ELK GROVE, Calif. – March 10, 2020 – We would like to provide you with an update on three main points: New mitigation criteria issued by Sacramento County Public Health, student eligibility in athletic and/or academic event participation and discussions regarding reinstatement of spring break as originally calendared to take place the first week of April.
First, based on the new mitigation criteria from the Sacramento County Health Office, which we will explain at the end of this update, EGUSD is reinstating student eligibility for academic and athletic team events scheduled for today, March 10th and Wednesday, March 11th. We expect to have answers about other academic and athletic team events scheduled for the rest of this week by Wednesday afternoon.
Secondly, this afternoon, we will meet with labor leaders in hopes of keeping the originally calendered spring break in place. Our discussion will center around either seeking relief from the state about missed school days or about adding time to the end of the calendered school year.
And, thirdly, please note that the Sacramento County Public Health announced that they have made a criteria change from containment to mitigation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this means the use of strategies of exposure control that include actions that persons and communities can take to help slow the spread of respiratory viruses. These actions include personal protective measures for everyday use (e.g., staying home when ill, covering coughs and sneezes, and washing hands often) and coordinated community-wide measures that can include school closures and dismissals, social distancing in workplaces, and postponing or cancelling mass gatherings as well as other environmental measures like routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
Lastly, of the 13 cases Elk Grove Unified was monitoring in coordination and collaboration with Sacramento County Public Health regarding potential exposure to CoVID-19, Sacramento County Public Health has cleared all but one case. That one family, which was reported yesterday, is on quarantine.
Updates regarding Elk Grove Unified’s ongoing efforts to help stop the spread of CoVID-19 will be provided as we work together with local, county and state officials all with the goal of keeping students and staff safe. Please stay tuned and visit our www.egusd.net/covid-19 website.
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day to Prepare College, Career and Life Ready Graduates.
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