Sacramento City Unified to keep student mask mandate through spring break

Students in the Sacramento City Unified School District will continue to have to mask up indoors after the state lifts its mandate on March 12. Officials at a board of education meeting on Tuesday decided to require masks through at least spring break, saying Sacramento County needs to be in the “low transmission” category of COVID-19 spread for four continuous weeks. (Previous coverage in video above.) As of last week, Sacramento County had a seven-day rate of 10.4 cases per 100,000 people, according to a county dashboard. That’s down from a high of 246 cases back in early January. The county is categorized as having a “medium” level of COVID-19 spread, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A separate dashboard maintained by the school district showed 58 active cases, as of Tuesday. February’s cases among staff and students totaled 1,212, down from nearly 4,000 in January. The district said that if the earliest the county moved into a “low community level” was on March 10, their mandate would end when students returned from spring break on April 18. Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the district decided to delay enforcement of its student vaccine mandate until after the school year ends in June. The district originally set a Nov. 30 deadline for students to be fully vaccinated or sign up for weekly COVID-19 testing. Students who did not do that by Feb. 1 would be assigned to independent study, according to the earlier plan. But that deadline was pushed back until Feb. 28 after only half of the students reported their vaccination status. Last month the district scrapped that timeline, saying it did not have enough resources to meet its deadline. The district said Wednesday that 93.82% of SCUSD students had met its requirement by submitting their vaccination status or registering for routine COVID-19 testing. “The district does not have staffing capacity to enroll the remaining 2,330 students that have not been vaccinated or agreed to routine COVID-19 testing into independent study,” the district said. According to the district’s dashboard, 60% of students have reported being fully or partially vaccinated, 4% had exemptions and nearly 35% of eligible students were either unreported or reported being not vaccinated. As of March 8, 99% of district staff members had met the district’s requirement by submitting their vaccination status or having an approved exemption, the district said. The district said that it is reaching out to 36 employees who have not met the district’s requirements. Those workers could be put on unpaid leave starting March 14 if they do not meet the requirement by Friday.

Students in the Sacramento City Unified School District will continue to have to mask up indoors after the state lifts its mandate on March 12.

Officials at a board of education meeting on Tuesday decided to require masks through at least spring break, saying Sacramento County needs to be in the “low transmission” category of COVID-19 spread for four continuous weeks.

(Previous coverage in video above.)

As of last week, Sacramento County had a seven-day rate of 10.4 cases per 100,000 people, according to a county dashboard. That’s down from a high of 246 cases back in early January. The county is categorized as having a “medium” level of COVID-19 spread, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A separate dashboard maintained by the school district showed 58 active cases, as of Tuesday. February’s cases among staff and students totaled 1,212, down from nearly 4,000 in January.

The district said that if the earliest the county moved into a “low community level” was on March 10, their mandate would end when students returned from spring break on April 18.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the district decided to delay enforcement of its student vaccine mandate until after the school year ends in June. The district originally set a Nov. 30 deadline for students to be fully vaccinated or sign up for weekly COVID-19 testing. Students who did not do that by Feb. 1 would be assigned to independent study, according to the earlier plan.

But that deadline was pushed back until Feb. 28 after only half of the students reported their vaccination status. Last month the district scrapped that timeline, saying it did not have enough resources to meet its deadline.

The district said Wednesday that 93.82% of SCUSD students had met its requirement by submitting their vaccination status or registering for routine COVID-19 testing.

“The district does not have staffing capacity to enroll the remaining 2,330 students that have not been vaccinated or agreed to routine COVID-19 testing into independent study,” the district said.

According to the district’s dashboard, 60% of students have reported being fully or partially vaccinated, 4% had exemptions and nearly 35% of eligible students were either unreported or reported being not vaccinated.

As of March 8, 99% of district staff members had met the district’s requirement by submitting their vaccination status or having an approved exemption, the district said.

The district said that it is reaching out to 36 employees who have not met the district’s requirements. Those workers could be put on unpaid leave starting March 14 if they do not meet the requirement by Friday.

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