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Sacramento City Unified School District To Keep Mask Mandates In Place

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While most local school districts are getting rid of their mask mandates for students, administrators at Sacramento City Unified School District will keep their indoor mask mandates in place.

Officials at a board of education meeting on Tuesday have decided to require masks through at least spring break, the official date being April 18, saying Sacramento County needs to be in the "low transmission" category of COVID-19 spread for at least four continuous weeks. According to a county dashboard, Sacramento County had a seven-day rate of 10.4 cases per 100,000 people as of last week, which is lower than recorded case reportings back in January. The district also decided to delay enforcement of its student vaccine mandate until after the school year ends in June during the meeting, which was originally set for November 30 as the deadline for students to be fully vaccinated or sign up for weekly COVID-19 testing.

The mandate policies also extend to staff and faculty in the district, and officials have reported that they are reaching out to 36 employees who have not met the district's requirements. Those workers could be put on unpaid leave starting March 14 if they don't meet the requirement by Friday.

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