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Citrus Heights school reopenings could be delayed further

Sentinel staff report–
Students in Citrus Heights may have to wait until further into next year to return to school, after Sacramento County last week reentered the most restrictive “purple tier” for COVID-19.

According to an update last week, the San Juan Unified School District said it is still planning to reopen schools beginning Jan. 5 for in-person learning, but officials said that date largely depends on the county making it out of the purple tier by Dec. 15.

Even under that best case scenario, the district said it will only move forward with in-person instruction two days per week for those families who want their students back in school. To minimize the number of students on campus at a time, half the students will attend classes on Mondays and Tuesdays while the rest will attend classes on Thursdays and Fridays. The bulk of the instruction would still be through distance education.

The district said its decision was based on a recent survey conducted of families and staff. The decision was met with some pushback from both staff and parents when the announcement was made on social media on Friday.

Read the district’s full update from Nov. 13 at

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