Jeff Pack
Staff Writer

Riverside County health officials have begun approving waiver applications from public and private schools in the county and several area private schools have already been approved to reopen. 

As of yet, no public school districts have applied for the waivers, though many expect the county to move into the next tier in the state of California’s framework for reopening on Monday, Sept. 21. That would mean all schools in the county could reopen, provided they meet the requirements set by the state and county in order to safely do so. 

Most recently, Linfield Christian School and Rancho Community School in Temecula were given the go-ahead by the county and Linfield will open its doors to students in grades 6 and below on Sept. 21 with Rancho Christian doing the same on Sept. 22. 

Last month, Cornerstone Christian School in Wildomar and St. John’s School in Hemet were approved on Aug. 25. 

Then on Sept. 4, more private schools had their waivers approved. 

Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac School and Van Avery Prep Elementary School in Temecula opened Sept. 8 and Calvary Murrieta Christian Schools in Murrieta opened on Sept. 9. Concord Lutheran Academy was cleared to reopen, but Valley News has not yet been able to confirm the school reopened to students. 

Van Avery Prep indicated on its Facebook page that it was permitting students in 7th and 8th grades to attend, including those grade levels in a school drop off schedule, and Valley News reached out to the school for confirmation and clarification and has yet to receive a response from school officials. 

Valley News has not yet confirmed that students in 7th or 8th grade are currently learning on campus in any format.

Based on the acceptance letters issued by Riverside County health officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the acceptance letter posted on the county site would “serve as evidence you have been granted a waiver for (the) operation of grades 6 and below in your institution, as applicable, and you may reopen these grades for in-person instruction immediately in compliance with your application and reopening plan as presented.”

Lake Elsinore’s Expectations Academy was approved on Sept. 9. Valley News has not yet confirmed that the school has returned to in-person learning as of press time.

The applications for Murrieta Springs Adventist Christian Academy and Grace Christian School in Wildomar are still pending. 

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