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Coronavirus: SJUSD says all schools will close, beginning March 16

Updated March 13, 5:22 p.m.–
Sentinel staff report– The San Juan Unified School District announced Friday that all campuses will be closed for its more than 40,000 students, beginning Monday, March 16.

According to a Facebook post by the district, the decision was made “in coordination with health officials and other local school districts.” The closure is planned to continue through the end of Spring Break, which is April 12.

More information was later published on the district’s website,, which said the decision was a mitigation effort and “NOT the result of a confirmed case of COVID-19 among any of our students or staff in the district.”

San Juan Unified operates more than 65 schools in the areas of Citrus Heights, Arden Arcade, Fair Oaks, and Carmichael.

All other districts in Sacramento County also announced closures for up to three weeks, leaving 250,000 K-12 students out of school, according to the Sacramento Bee.

During the closure, the district will be providing opportunities for families with children 18 and under to pick up two meals per day through a temporary drive-thru or mobile walk-up program, available at 26 school sites. The meals will be available from March 17 through April 3, Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Participating schools in Citrus Heights are listed below. A full list is posted on the district’s website,

  • Arlington Heights Elementary, 6401 Trenton Way
  • Carriage Drive Elementary, 7519 Carriage Drive
  • Grand Oaks Elementary, 7901 Rosswood Drive
  • Kingswood K-8, 5700 Primrose Drive
  • Lichen K-8, 8319 Lichen Drive
  • Mariposa Avenue Elementary, 7940 Mariposa Ave.
  • San Juan High, 7551 Greenback Lane
  • Woodside K-8, 8248 Villa Oak Drive

The district said students will not be asked to complete any assignments during the closure, but “optional enrichment opportunities” for students will be put in place, where staff members can be contacted virtually.

The closure announcement comes a day after the district announced it was cancelling larger events and preparing for potential school closures, amid growing coronavirus concerns.

In a prior update on Thursday, the district said county health officials had not advised closures at that time, but preparations were being made in case closures were necessary.

Prior to reopening campuses, the district said a team will perform a deep cleaning of all facilities.

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