Elk Grove Unified School District Board Makes Tough Decision To Close Schools For The Next Month
The Elk Grove Unified School District, as California’s fifth largest school district will keep it’s schools closed through April 11th (Traditional/Year Round) and April 18th (Modified Traditional). This announcement was made public according to a Friday press release by Elk Grove Unified School District. Schools in Elk Grove closed for an emergency hiatus on March 9th. The closure was due to end on Friday March 13th. Instead, students will be out of school for at least another month. The decision comes after Elk Grove Unified School District Board members met this week to decide on the calendar change. All 13 school districts in Sacramento County, including Elk Grove Unified School District, will be closed for the next month.
Several Board Members expressed deep emotion at the meeting. “This week has hard for all of us,” said EGUSD Board Member Bobbie Singh-Allen. “I just really wanna give a shout out, to this man right here,” Singh-Allen added while pointing to Superintendent Christopher R. Hoffman. “This is what a leader looks like, making those tough decision.” No word yet on whether any distance learning options are being considered. See the full press release below.
Media Statement: EGUSD Trustees, Superintendent
Declare School Closures Through April 3, 2020
Per the proclamation of a national emergency from the President of the United States and per the executive order from the Governor of California, and per the Sacramento County Office of Education’s announcement of school closures, and per the Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Education’s declaration of emergency conditions on Friday, March 13, 2020, in order to protect student, family and staff safety and well-being from the COVID-19 threat and in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Trustees upon the recommendation of Superintendent Christopher R. Hoffmann, have declared that EGUSD will remain closed through April 3, 2020 and will continue to be closed through the District’s originally scheduled spring break, which ends April 11, 2020 for schools on Traditional as well as for Year Round calendars and April 18, 2020 for schools on the Modified Traditional calendar.
The District’s decision to take an emergency hiatus this past week from March 9, 2020 through March 13, 2020 and to continue the hiatus now extends the window for District families and employees to be able to adjust to current conditions and to prepare. All residents are asked to heed the State’s direction to adhere to social distancing measures and self-isolation if symptomatic of COVID-19.
During this pause, District officials will assess all aspects of the Elk Grove Unified School District’s learning system, business operations, facilities use, operational functions and safety and security needs.
Employees will begin receiving communication, assignment instructions and other employee-related information from the District starting today and throughout the emergency hiatus in coordination with their supervisor. All employees are asked to check emails and the District’s website regularly to stay current on District decisions and information.
Parents, students and families will continue to receive updates and information from the District regularly through email, by phone, through social media and online at www.egusd.net/covid-19.
The District’s plan for re-opening schools after the emergency hiatus will begin with a staff only day where all employees will report to their posts for a briefing and to prepare for the re-entry of Elk Grove Unified School District students.
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Drive Through Meal Service For School Aged Children
Elk Grove Unified School says it is offering drive through meals for school-age children at a number of schools sites. Both Sacramento and San Juan School Districts, both of which also closed schools, are offering free meals for youth as well. In a twitter post, EGUSD said, “Elk Grove Unified’s Drive-Thru Meal Service continues for any child, 18 years and younger, regardless of free or reduced eligibility or school of attendance. Children must be present in order for meals to be provided.”
See below for details on meal distributions, including times and locations. Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) covers 67 schools, including 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy.
During the extended closure, EGUSD says it will, “will assess all aspects of the Elk Grove Unified School District’s learning system, business operations, facilities use, operational functions and safety and security needs.”
The release did not say whether faculty would continue to receive pay over the month long hiatus.
We iterate that EGUSD is asking all residents to, “heed the State’s direction to adhere to social distancing measures and self-isolation if symptomatic of COVID-19.”Additionally, EGSD said, “Parents, students and families will continue to receive updates and information from the District regularly through email, by phone, through social media and online at www.egusd.net/covid-19.
Nationwide some 46,000 schools are closed, affecting nearly 26 million students, according to ABC News. School closures in California as of Friday impact almost 80% of our state’s public school students, about 5 million children. California reported at least 247 confirmed cases of coranavirus infectIon. However, national health officials, including Anthony S. Fauci, warn a spike in positive tests is coming. Fauci heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.
President Trump on Friday declared a national emergency as the pandemic spread across America. As of Saturday, the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported 156, 396 confirmed cases of infection world wide, with 5,833 deaths worldwide. Currently, there is a shortage of tests for COVID-19.
Visit the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention to learn more about how to protect yourself from COVID-19 here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.