COVID-19 School Closure Update

Dear Academy Families and Scholars,

Thank you for your continued trust and support as we work together to navigate this ever-changing public health situation.  

We have stated in previous messages, but we cannot say enough, that the health and safety of our scholars and employees is a responsibility we take seriously.  Earlier this week both Governor Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond made public recommendations for schools to close for the remainder of this school year in order to aid in the reduction of COVID-19 impacts in the state.  While these were recommendations, not orders by the Governor and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, we have since received guidance from the County Public Health offices in both counties advising for the closure of school for the remainder of this academic year. 

According to Placer County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson, “Based on modeling of the COVID-19 outbreak in California and in Placer County, it will not be safe for students to return to school in a traditional in-person model through the end of May into early June.” 

With this guidance, superintendents, charter school operators and the County Superintendent of Schools in both Placer and El Dorado Counties have made a unified decision to close school facilities for in-person instruction through the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.  

John Adams Academy will continue providing instruction to scholars at all three campuses through distance learning for the remainder of the scheduled academic calendar.  We know this decision is hard on all of our Academy stakeholders. The situation is fluid and we learn new information about the spread and transmission of COVID-19 on a daily basis. We take these factors, as well as the guidance of state and local health officials and educational leaders, into account as we navigate this unique situation. 

Seniors who are on track to graduate will graduate. We are considering many options for Senior graduation and end-of-year celebrations and will provide additional information in the coming days.  We recognize the importance of these momentous life events, especially for our seniors, and we will work closely with our scholars, staff, and families to make these experiences as meaningful as possible. 

Sometime between now and after spring break you will be hearing from your child’s teacher regarding what the plan will be for distance learning for the remainder of the school year.   We will continue to share updates as we develop plans for the future.

Thank you for continuing to live the 10 Core Values as we navigate this ever changing health situation.


John Adams Academy