St. John’s Lutheran School – Summer and Fall 2020 Updates


Choice Lunch Update #2

Also, visit our A La Carte website at and download the compilation of frequently asked questions from all of the Zoom meetings in May.


Choice Lunch Updates for Fall 2020 – Hot Lunches will be SAFE and healthy!

Click to access Planfor2020_FAQs.pdf


Zoom Town Hall Audio Recordings

Kindergarten-1st Grade

2nd-3rd Grade

4th-5th Grade

6th-7th Grade

New Parent

8th Grade

Excellent Resource for Research-Based Information about COVID-19


FAQs from Zoom Town Halls

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Recently California Governor, Gavin Newsom, said that schools might start early (July). St. John’s will be starting at the normal start date as posted in our 2020-2021 calendar. First day of school: Tuesday, August 18, 2020.

2020-2021 Calendar

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Click for an important video announcement concerning learning at St. John’s


St. John’s will be continuing online learning the week of 4/20/2020.

Re-Opening Information

  1. California:
  2. Federal Government:
  3. Federal Government Press Release:


Yesterday Governor Newsom stated: “”We should not prepare to bring our children back into the school setting,” Newsom said, adding that school districts should instead be focused on improving and enhancing distance learning. Newsom stopped short of issuing an executive order related to school closures.”” (Quoted from LA Times). THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT ST. JOHN’S WILL BE ONLINE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. St. John’s is and will continue to make the call about school coming back on campus based on local, state and federal health department recommendations.

Keep praying! 


SJLS Parents – Yesterday the State Superintendent for School in CA stated that “it appears that our students will not be able to return” to classrooms this school year. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT ST. JOHN’S WILL BE ONLINE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. First, the state superintendent does not govern private schools. St. John’s is and will continue to make the call about school based on local, state and federal health department recommendations. Second, the superintendent said “it appears.” Even he doesn’t know for sure. Third, much of the decision making at the state schools level is also based on negotiations with public school teacher unions.

St. John’s feels that making decisions week-by-week is the best way to plan wisely. We will be online through April 10 and most likely through April 30, but we will make that call in a week or two.

Easter/Spring Break is April 10-19. There will be NO online instruction during that time.


Family resources for talking with your children about COVID-19


Although Orange USD has announced they will remain closed through May 8, St. John’s will continue to make the call about campus closure on a week-by-week basis. See below.

St. John’s Lutheran School will continue to follow federal, state and local health officials with regards to the length of this online learning period. St. John’s will make the call week by week as to when school will resume on campus. The school (preschool – 8) will be online the rest of this month (March) at the least. If school moves back to face-to-face, that information would be sent out to all parents as soon as the decision is made. 

If your student needs a technology device during this time, please reach out to your child’s teacher (K-8).

Tuition: St. John’s continues to offer education, so we will continue to collect tuition. The economic hardships for each family are different, and there are some that need help during this COVID-19 economic downturn. St. John’s will work with each family individually to reschedule payments (there are no payments in June, so that is an option for some) as needed by each family situation. Tuition questions should be addressed to Dr. Hollatz and Shannon Arnold (school bookkeeper).

Families impacted by the current economic downturn and COVID-19 need easy to access free resources available to the community.  Many resources are scattered here and there, thus I put together a Facebook page with links to free resources, like food pantry, grab and go bags, grocery store runs and etc. (From a SJLS mom!)
It is a public site.  Please feel free to share it to anyone who might benefit from it. 


Today’s chapel message:

If you are having fun with an activity at home and would like to share it so that I can share it on SJLS social media, please send me pictures or videos. We would love to showcase the various activities going on at home to provide others with hope and encouragement! Be sure to follow us on social media: @sjlsorange on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to follow the fun! Try this to upload larger files My email is

St. John’s continues to do everything we can to make sure that our child experiences a full and robust learning experience! We are praying for your families each day. Please pray for us during this time as well. You can pray with us as a community at


No SAC or Preschool childcare per OC Health Guidelines posted today.

School Office hours 10:00-2:00.

The most up-to-date information will be posted to this page and stored in this Google folder

Continue to check your email and Slices for up to date information!

Pray with us on Dr. Hollatz’s prayer blog


Author: jhollatz

I am the principal of St. John's Lutheran School and a proud dad of two girls at SJLS!

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