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What does the Stay-at-Home Order mean for schools?

Dear PRUSD Learning Community,

Yesterday, Governor Newsom announced a regionally based stay-at-home order for periods of three weeks to try and limit the spread of COVID-19 in our state.  The stay-at-home order will be triggered on a region-by-region basis when the remaining ICU capacity falls below fifteen percent (15%).   Unfortunately, Nevada County has been lumped into a large Greater Sacramento region that includes areas with elevated incidences of positive COVID-19 cases.  The following image from the Governor’s Office depicts the five state regions:

State Regions for Stay-at-Home Order 

In those areas where the Stay-at-Home Order is triggered, the State is prohibiting private gatherings of any size, closing sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requiring 100% masking and physical distancing in all others.  The Governor reiterated that schools that have received waivers may remain open.  His staff later clarified that all schools that are currently open can remain open. Pleasant Ridge Union School District’s Schools will remain open for in-person and distance-learning instruction.

To be preventative, it was decided after the Winter Recess (Holiday), PRUSD will be transitioning to a modified instructional model for the first two weeks.  January 4th – January 15th instruction will be conducted only in a distance learning model to allow for a self-quarantine period of time for the entire learning community.  This means Mondays will be packet pick up days and check in with teachers.  Tuesday-Friday will be online direct instruction with your child’s teacher.  It is required for your child to check in with their teacher.  Other assignments will be provided for independent work.  Once again this is to allow for all of us to remain apart so when we resume back to our current model, we may not have increased cases or direct contacts of the virus.  Students will not be on campuses between the dates of January 4th – January 15th.

We will continue to keep you informed of developments related to COVID-19 if anything else changes.   

Have a good weekend.  

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