Sacramento health officials order Capital Christian to shut down for violating COVID-19 rules

Sacramento County health officials on Tuesday ordered Capital Christian School to stop on-campus instruction, saying the school was violating state and local coronavirus orders by claiming to be a day care center.

Under emergency orders issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sacramento County schools are not yet allowed to open for in-class learning. Child care centers are, however, allowed to be open with restrictions.

Given those restrictions, Capital Christian Head of Schools Tim Wong told The Sacramento Bee the school used its elementary-school program as a model, in effect classifying the classroom as a day care session, allowing it to open.

Students returned to classrooms last week. Kindergarten through fifth-graders are required to attend in person, according to the school website. Older students and their families are allowed to choose whether to attend in person or to participate online from home.

Capital Christian is one of the largest private schools in

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As pandemic upends childcare plans, here are ways Sacramento families make do

With schools closed since mid-March, some parents working from home and others busier than ever as essential workers, the pandemic has been a complicated time for childcare. While family situations vary immensely, here are a few pieces of wisdom from Sacramento parents that might help others in pursuit of some semblance of childcare-work-life balance.

Trade off with the other parent

Sarah Farnsworth Torres, an immigration lawyer, and her husband, a tax preparer, devised a schedule aimed at maximizing their work productivity while balancing time with their kids. They each work six days a week, with days divided into two shifts — 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. They alternate who works and who watches their 1½- and 3-year-old children during each period.

“I sat down and did the math,” Torres said. “I wanted to get as close to a 40-hour work week as possible. But I

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Large Sacramento suburban school district will start fall with distance learning only

The Folsom Cordova Unified School District will begin the 202-21 school year with a distance learning-only plan.

The decision, which came during a special board meeting Tuesday night, caught dozens of parents who tuned in online by surprise.

The school board voted 4-1 to have all 20,000 students in the district start the school year online.

Transitional schedules, or hybrid models where students will return two to four days a week in morning or afternoon cohorts, will be implemented as soon as it is deemed safe to return to campus.

The school district also approved a virtual academy option for students who wish to sign up for it. Charter homeschool programs are still options for families.

Many parents shared their frustrations during public comment and on Facebook groups, upset the district was eliminating all other options, including their children’s chance to physically return to campus August 12. More than 300

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