The public health crisis created by the Corona Virus is not something any of us could reasonably have expected to happen, and we’re in uncharted waters as we work to prevent the spread of the illness. Together we are facing an unprecedented health crisis in our community. In our response to COVID-19, we have relied on the wisdom of the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventist leaders, national health experts and elected officials.
Beginning March 16, 2020, School Associate Superintendent Bill Arnold, under the authority of SECC, has directed the closure of Desert Adventist Academy until March 30th, 2020. In fact, the SECC is recommending that all 176 churches suspend services throughout the month of March. This necessary action is an effective way to disrupt the spread of COVID-19. The students will be having school online this next week. If needed, additional instruction may be provided.
This is a very fluid situation and things rapidly keep changing. The decision to close the school is a result of recommendations and the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, California Department of Public Health, and our county health departments (San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Imperial, San Diego). On Friday, March 13, at 5:10 pm Riverside County Public Health Officer, Dr. Cameron Kaiser ordered a closure of all schools in the county, public, private, charter, preschools, colleges, and universities.
Our incredible school staff, school leaders, and support staff have been unwavering in their commitment to students during this trying time. We appreciate their service to our community, children, and families of Desert Adventist Academy.
We are committed to update you with current information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease as it is certain to continue to impact our churches and schools. We value the health and safety of our employees, church members and students. God bless you and thank you for all you do for our school.
Desert Adventist Academy
School Board Chairman