Sac City Unified to Continue Providing Free Meals Over Summer
Serving breakfast and lunch to anyone 18 or younger at 13 sites
Students can still get nutritious breakfasts and lunches at no charge throughout the Sacramento City Unified School District beginning June 15.
Sac City Unified has served nearly two million meals since the beginning of the COVID-19 closure.
Dear Sac City Unified Community,
The 2019-20 academic year was quite literally like none other. It has been difficult on our students, our teachers, our staff, and our community. This year has tested all of us to the core.
On top of closing out a very difficult year due to COVID-19, our awareness about the need to end systemic racism and violence has been heightened, as we stand with our community whose pain and anger have been rightly brought to the forefront by the senseless murder of George Floyd.
Starting May 4, many Sac City Unified schools and other community locations will host buses with free wireless super hotspots, allowing you to access the internet from our parking lots and other locations.
This innovative pilot program will help us close the digital divide by providing internet access in areas with limited connectivity. As part of the program, WiFi Buses will be equipped with combinations of equipment providing high speed connectivity with a range of up to 1,800 feet.
This Wednesday, April 29, Sac City Unified will distribute computers to all remaining K-12 students who need one.
We will provide computers to students who were on waitlists or who were unable to pick up a computer during prior computer distribution events. We will distribute one (1) computer per student who needs one.
Students should pick up the computer from their school of enrollment.
This Wednesday, April 22, Sac City Unified will distribute computers to families of high school students at the below schools only. We will offer a make-up day for other schools on another date.
We will distribute one (1) computer per family of high school students.
As additional computers are made available, we ultimately expect to provide each of our students with a computer, if they do not have a computer at home. As such, we will announce additional distribution dates soon.
This Friday, April 17, Sac City Unified will distribute computers to families of students in grades 7 and 8, as well as students who were unable to pick up a computer during prior computer distribution events.
We will distribute one (1) computer per family of students in grades 7 and 8.
As additional computers are made available, we ultimately expect to provide each of our students with a computer, if they do not have a computer at home.
We will announce additional distribution dates for our high school students soon.
As we move closer to the start of our student-centered distance learning plan on Monday, we understand that these are uncharted territories and that there remain many questions about the plan; how it will be implemented; and what our students will be doing in the first week of class.
Sac City Unified Presents its Distance Learning Plan
Students to begin distance learning on April 13
We recognize the mental toll that the coronavirus pandemic has taken on students, families, and employees as they anxiously await details that will shape our distance learning plans. We understand the stress felt by parents trying to adapt to homeschool, students coping with the disappointment of missing major milestones like graduations, and teachers worrying that their most vulnerable students’ basic needs are met. There is an urgent need to take action as every day of lost learning will have lasting impacts on the academic and social-emotional well-being of our students.
This Friday and Saturday, Sac City Unified will distribute approximately 8,600 additional computers to our students. On April 3, Sac City Unified distributed approximately 3,500 computers to students.
Soon after our school closure began, Sac City Unified rush-ordered 20,000 laptops for our students but, like many other districts, we are still waiting for shipments of them to arrive. We will continue to distribute computers from our current inventory as we wait for shipments of new computers to arrive.
When we departed from school on March 13, we had no idea that our students wouldn’t be coming back to our classrooms for the rest of the school year. Like you, we are learning, we are adjusting, and we are grieving. But our mission – to support our students’ academic, social and emotional needs – pushes us on.
Negotiation Update: District Reaches Distance Learning Training and Collaboration Agreement with Principals
We are pleased to share that we have reached a vital agreement with the United Professional Educators (UPE) outlining the role of principals in distance learning during the period of school closures.
The student-centered agreement includes a commitment by Sac City Unified principals to:
As we approach April 13, we want to clearly communicate to you the thinking behind the District’s distance learning plan for our students and the student-focused proposals that we have made related to our plan.
As our Sac City Unified community navigates together through this unprecedented health crisis, we recognize the importance of providing accurate and timely information to you. While there is much uncertainty, our District will continue to offer transparency and comfort to our community through regular status updates. We want to assure you that your well-being, health, and safety are our top priorities.
Today, the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), with the full support of Sacramento County Public Health (SCPH), announced that the closure period for schools will be extended through the end of our academic year on June 11, 2020 as part of the effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
From Superintendent Aguilar:
***PLEASE NOTE: Students must visit their school of enrollment to pick up a computer. If your school is not listed below, please wait until a pick-up location is scheduled at your school site.
Dear Sac City Unified Parents and Families:
We are pleased to share that we have reached an agreement with the Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) for the second step of our distance learning plan during the period of school closures.
The second step of our plan includes:
We want to thank you again for your patience as we work diligently to meet the needs of our students during this unprecedented public health crisis. We hope that you will take time to review the following message which contains updates on the following:
We want to thank you for your patience as we’ve been working diligently to respond to this unprecedented public health crisis. We realize how challenging this has been for our students and entire school community. We also want to thank the many dedicated educators and staff working to fill the gaps.
Sac City Unified continues to coordinate with the Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento County Public Health, the California Department of Education, and Governor Gavin Newsom should our closure be extended.
While we work to meet the nutrition and social-emotional needs of our children, equally vital is our ability to continue high-quality learning during the school closure period no matter how long the period of such closure is.
We know that families have many questions about how we plan to continue providing academic, social-emotional, and other essential support services to our students during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Please know that we have been working around the clock to develop a plan that meets the needs of all our students remotely during our school closure.
Sac City Unified’s goal is to establish a distance learning program so that all of our students can continue their education until schools reopen.