A Message from Superintendent Tom Reusser
Governor Newsom made a number of changes to the state's previous resilience roadmap last week. Instead of a state county monitoring list, now counties are categorized in a four tiered colored framework. Currently, both Sutter and Yuba Counties are in the most stringent category, purple. What this means is that the purple tier is where the virus is widespread. What this means for our schools is that we must continue with distance learning.
This four tiered system relies on two leading health metrics: number of cases per 100,000 residents and percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive.
Counties must remain in every tier but purple for a minimum of 21 days before being eligible to move into the next tier. Each Tuesday, beginning on September 8, California will update each county's data for the previous week and make corresponding changes to tiers. In order to move into a less restrictive tier, a county must meet that tier's criteria for two straight weeks.
Conversely, counties that fail to meet the metrics for their current tier for two consecutive weeks must move to the next most restrictive tier. The plan also includes an "emergency brake" where the state can intervene more immediately for concerning factors like hospitalizations.
The Purple Tier is substituted for the previous County Data Monitoring List. Schools in the (Purple) widespread tier aren't permitted to reopen for in-person instruction, unless they receive a waiver from their local health department for grades TK-6. Schools can reopen for in-person instruction once their county has been in the Red(Substantial) tier for at least two weeks.
Dr. Luu, our bi-county health officer, stated that each county (both Sutter and Yuba) must be in the red tier for 14 consecutive days and not bounce back during that time before in-person schooling can resume. Each county must have lower than 7 new cases per day on average and less than 8 percent positivity rate before moving into the red tier. Currently, we are averaging a daily case count of 13-26 new cases in Sutter County; 3-10 new daily cases in Yuba County.
I encourage all of you to support our efforts to stop the spread by continuing to wear your mask when out in public and be mindful of social distancing during this time.
Stay safe and healthy.
Superintendent Tom Reusser