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School Should Resume in Fall with Distance Learning Model

Sacramento County School Superintendents and Health Officials Focus on Safety

Dave Gordon and Peter Beilenson

County Superintendent Gordon and County DHS Director, Dr. Beilenson, conduct a video news conference announcing that schools should resume with a Distance Learning model.

For the past several weeks, superintendents from Sacramento County’s 13 school districts have been working closely with Sacramento County Department of Health Services (DHS) Director, Dr. Peter Beilenson, and Public Health Officer, Dr. Olivia Kasirye. The goal has been to safely return students to some form of in-person school.

Doctors Beilenson and Kasirye have provided the superintendents with data on increases in the community spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and cited the inability of the current testing system to support a sufficient, timely return of test results if schools were to reopen.

In light of these circumstances, the district superintendents and the Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools—with support from Doctors Beilenson and Kasirye—have made the following determination: school should resume in August/September 2020 with a Distance Learning model.

We recognize the significant impact school closures have on our entire community, students, families, and staff. The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) and local school districts will continue to work diligently and collaboratively towards a safe reopening of schools in Sacramento County when health conditions allow.