May 22, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

UPDATE: Governor issues state-wide stay home order; Fullerton district extends closures

Fullerton Joint Union High School District issued a statement Thursday that its schools will be closed until May 1 and that athletics will be among the activities that will be postponed until then because of concerns about the coronavirus crisis.

It came on Thursday on the same night that Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an indefinite state-wide stay at home order. Residents are still allowed to go out for essential services such as food, gas and medical services and go out for walks. Grocery stores will remain open, Newsom said in a televised press conference, adding all the guidelines will be posted later on the state website.


The decision by the Fullerton district comes two days after a meeting by officials in the CIF state office.

CIF State officials delayed a decision earlier this week on whether to cancel sports until April 3, but the decision from the Fullerton School District made it clear there will not be athletics, at least through May 1. Instruction will continue on-line. Sunny Hills basketball coach Joe OK confirmed the district sent the announcement out and the Sunny Hills school newspaper, The Accolade, broke the story and published the initial tweet from the district and is working on a story tonight.

“All school events, field trips, athletics, and activities are canceled/postponed until further evaluation on May 1,” according to the statement from V. Scott Scambray, Ed.D. Superintendent Fullerton Joint Union High School District.

High schools in the district are Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra, Sonora, Sunny Hills and Troy. The district serves more than 13,000 students.,

Irvine Unified School District Athletic Director Mark Cunningham said that there have been no changes for IUSD schools, which are closed until April 6.

The statement from the Fullerton district said in part:

“Based on the most recent guidance and recommendations, all District schools and facilities will stay closed to students through May 1, 2020. Instruction will continue through Distance Learning (on-line) through May 1, 2020. This is a fluid situation and FJUHSD is working to provide our community with the most current and clear guidance.

“Though the Governor speculated about the potential timeline for the reopening of schools, our current plans remain in place. We will update you with information as it becomes available. Student safety and learning remain our top priority, and our teachers will continue with instruction through distance learning.”

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