2022-2023 Back to School Updates – Sacramento City Unified School District

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Dear Unified Sac City Families,

It’s hard to believe that there are less than two weeks left before the start of the new school year. We look forward to welcoming your students! The first day of school for all SCUSD schools (except New Joseph Bonnheim and New Technology High School which are already back in session) will be Thursday, September 1, 2022. Now is the time to help prepare your student for back-to-school . school routine by setting a consistent bedtime.
Get more tips for a stress-free morning on the big first day here
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Below, you’ll find helpful resources, important forms, and key updates as we count the days! You will receive two more communications from SCUSD before the first day of school with additional information about contact records, health services, and required forms.

ACADEMIC CALENDAR AND BELL TIMES

The school calendar for the 2022-23 school year can be viewed here. NOTE: There will be no additional days this school year to make up lost learning time as a result of the 2021-22 strike.

There may be changes to your student’s middle or high school bell schedule due to a new state law affecting class start times. Most school bell schedules have been updated and posted here. If your school’s bell schedule isn’t listed yet, expect to hear directly from your principal soon.

EVERY DAY COUNTS

Since the start of the pandemic and the shift to distance learning and vice versa, we have seen an increase in chronic absenteeism. We know that student success and graduation rates are directly related to attendance. Please encourage your child to go to school every day, unless they are sick. If they get sick, a short-term independent study can help them catch up. Your student may continue to receive instruction from a teacher through short-term independent study. School site staff will discuss this option with you if you need it.

INDOOR MASKING POLICY

We base our indoor masking policy for schools and district offices on the
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Community Level Assessment for Sacramento County
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  • If we are at the HIGH community level, indoor masking is required.
  • If we are in the MEDIUM or LOW community level, indoor masking is highly recommended.

Our current level is average. We will send an update to families after the CDC releases the August 25 report. The soonest we will know the status of the masking for the first day of school on September 1st.

COVID-19 VACCINES AND TESTS

In our efforts to keep our students, staff, and community safe, SCUSD will continue to provide COVID-19 testing. Students and staff returning for the 22-23 school year will be required to sign the new 22-23 COVID Testing Consent as soon as possible.
Please sign the new school year consent today
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SCUSD has revised our student “vaccination or test” requirement for the upcoming 2022-23 academic year to align with the state of California’s vaccination mandate beginning at the start of the 2023- 24. Rest assured that we are following the advice of public health officials and continue to prioritize the safety of our students and staff. Vaccine verification for SCUSD employees in schools remains in effect for staff. Staff must either be vaccinated or undergo testing at least once a week. Visit our website for frequent updates on free vaccination clinic opportunities. SCUSD continues to hold weekly vaccination clinics open to all community members ages 5 and up for the first, second, or booster dose.

State health officials expect over-the-counter (OTC) testing to meet more need as test kits are widely available from health providers, by government order and now in the schools. As such, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) staff support for testing is ending. Going forward, SCUSD will only test when students are symptomatic, exposed to Covid, or return to school. Additionally, we will offer testing when students return from extended vacations (winter, spring, summer, and holidays) and before high-risk activities such as dances, indoor graduations, etc. These testing strategies align with new guidelines from the

CDC
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CRPD
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Check with your school’s website to get an OTC test kit before school starts. Also check your student’s backpack for the OTC test kits we will be sending home the Friday before Labor Day. Test your student before they return to school after the holiday weekend. Be sure to communicate your student’s test results via
Primary health.

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