El Dorado High School

School & District Updates

District Information Regarding Grades for UC/CSU Admission  |  April 1, 2020: EDUHSD Cancels Remainder of School Year  |  March 26, 2020: EDUHSD Update  |  March 25, 2020: EDHS Update  |  March 19, 2020: EDHS Update  |  March 18, 2020: Urgent Update for the EDUHSD Community  |  March 17, 2020: EDHS Update  |  March 17, 2020: Sports Update

District Information Regarding Grades for UC/CSU AdmissionGo To Top of Page

Dear El Dorado Union High School Community,

In response to the extended statewide shelter in place, the El Dorado Union High School District, in conjunction with local school districts and our County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala, have determined that students will continue distance learning through the end of the school year, Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

The Administration and staff of the El Dorado Union High School District understand that distance learning creates many challenges for families. Because students’ futures are so important, the District shall strive to provide students the opportunity to continue to develop college and career ready skills.

The District is working to support students and families by providing the following distance learning options and support for most courses:
  • Online materials.
  • Printed packets.
  • Chromebooks for families in need will be available for checkout at the schools during the week of April 12th.
  • Resources for low cost internet connections.
  • Families may choose to receive letter grades for the semester, or they may choose to receive a Pass/No Mark grade for the semester. Families may choose the Pass/No Mark option anytime during the semester up until May 22, 2020. Students receiving No Marks will not earn credit. The Pass or No Mark will not be averaged into the students’ GPA.

    For questions about course expectations, please email teachers directly. For questions about college eligibility and grading, please email your guidance counselor.

    The University of California and the California State University issued a joint statement on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 that they would adjust graduation requirements for students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Specifically, UC and CSU stated they would:
    • Accept Credit/No Credit grades in lieu of letter grades for A-G high school courses completed in the winter, spring or summer of 2020.
    • Adjust timelines for the receipt of official transcripts and acceptance of admission offers.
    • Reevaluate financial aid packages and eligibility for families whose circumstances have changed.
    • Accept Credit/No Credit for certain core courses taken at community colleges.
    UC also stated it would waive the SAT or ACT requirement for students applying for the fall of 2021, a decision that CSU is also weighing.

    Additional Resources:

    Dr. Ron Carruth
    El Dorado Union High School District
    (530) 622-5081 

    April 1, 2020: EDUHSD Cancels Remainder of School YearGo To Top of Page

    Dear El Dorado Union High School District Community,

    Thank you for your patience as we work our way through this unusual moment in history. 

    Earlier today at his Press Conference, Governor Newsom stated that we will not be returning to school this academic year. In a decision coordinated with all of our local school districts and our County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala, students will not return to school this semester. We take this action with the concurrence of Dr. Nancy Williams from El Dorado County Public Health.

    It is very important to note, school is not out as we fully intend to continue to pursue learning opportunities for our students through our last day of school, Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

    There are a great number of details we will work through together in the coming days and weeks, but we wanted you to know as soon as the decision was made.

    We will put all of our energy into strengthening our delivery of education through distance-learning for students. We ask for patience and understanding as we are all quickly transitioning into a new way of teaching and learning. Working together, we can find ways to meet this challenge. 

    We know that many students, especially our seniors, are looking forward to graduation ceremonies and are very concerned about missing out on these important celebrations. Please know that we will be planning how we might offer these experiences in different formats or at a later date if necessary. 

    In the coming days and weeks we will provide our families and students with information regarding how grades, graduation, transcripts, scholarships and distance-learning will be further enhanced. 

    We are preparing a large number of Chromebooks that will be available for checkout at the schools as needed during the week of April 12, 2020 and are working on resources for free or greatly reduced and very affordable internet connections. More details will be coming from each respective school site. 

    Thank you again for your patience in these extraordinary times and please watch for further communication from our teachers, schools and the District. 


    Dr. Ron Carruth
    El Dorado Union High School District
    (530) 622-5081

    March 26, 2020: EDUHSD UpdateGo To Top of Page

    Dear Members of the El Dorado Union High School District Community,

    We want to keep you up to date on the latest developments regarding our schools and what we anticipate ahead. 

    We are operating school remotely through our Spring Break and are currently scheduled to return to school on Monday, April 13, 2020. We realize that this is a rapidly changing environment in which many school districts are postponing students’ returning to class until May, with others canceling through the end of the school year.

    We are working closely with all of our El Dorado County Superintendents, County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ed Manansala, and the County Health Department to determine if extending our current closure date is warranted. We plan to make a decision in the early afternoon on Thursday, April 2, 2020 as to whether or not to extend the closure, and will message you at that time.

    All of our schools are offering distance learning opportunities through online or packet pick up for distance learning. It is very important that parents/guardians continue to work with their students and teachers to ensure that they progress in their learning and submit work to teachers as requested. We are working to provide the best educational program feasible under the circumstances. No work will be given over Spring Break from April 6-10, 2020.

    Additionally, we want to give members of the class of 2020 the assurance that they will graduate, including both the ceremony as well as diploma, whether we are back in school later this year or not. It’s critical that we celebrate this milestone. We will see if our current schedule holds or if we need to reschedule that date. It is important that seniors complete their work so that they continue to make the academic progress needed to earn credits and a diploma. 

    We will continue to distribute meals (see attached) for students through a reduced Spring Break schedule and until school resumes. More details will be sent out next week. We know that many families have members who have been laid off from work and we are here to help. 

    Finally, thank you for your continued patience as we all stay home to slow the spread of this virus. If there are things we can do to assist you, please feel free to reach out to our sites or the District Office as we have staff ready to help address any needs you may have.


    Ron Carruth, Ed.D.

    March 25, 2020: EDHS UpdateGo To Top of Page

    Hello El Dorado Families:

    I most sincerely hope this note finds all El Dorado families doing well. Between the quarantine measures and snow storm, last week was very difficult for many.

    Small Gym:
    The small gym remains open Mon - Fri for packet pick and drop off. Submitted work is returned to teachers by Friday. However, many teachers are picking up work much more frequently.

    We are trying to keep hand sanitizer and gloves stocked in the gym for people to use while picking up work.

    We are still trying to connect with all students. Please check in with your student to make sure they have touched base with all teachers. I realize that in a schedule that has 6 or 7 teachers this can feel overwhelming. We are doing the best we can to streamline a few things. However, each connection a student has with his or her teacher is a positive connection and creates more options for learning.

    Phase Two:
    We initially set out to provide work for last week through this current week. We currently have school closures running until April 13. I am sure many of us are aware of either schools, districts, or other agencies that have extended closures beyond this date. The El Dorado Union High School District, El Dorado County Office of Education, and all El Dorado County School Districts, continue to work together to make the best decision possible regarding the duration of our current closure.

    Beginning on Monday March 30, all courses will have two options available for students. One will be an On-Line and the other will be a packet available for student pickup. In many cases, what is currently in place for classes will not change. The systems set up on March 30 will continue for as long as necessary. If your student is electing to work on packets, these will be prepared by the teachers on a weekly or greater basis.

    Food Service:
    Food service continues in the bus circle between 11 - 1 Mon - Fri.

    Big Questions:


    As this issue of school closure truly stretches around the globe, many states and districts are trying to work together regarding grading and assessment during this time. Key colleges and universities have also begun to weigh in on this topic, both for current students and what it might look like for high school students applying for admission in the years to come. Clearly there are countless questions here and we are doing everything in our power to not penalize students. I am hopeful in the coming days there will be more, national and state, directives on this front to help guide our decisions.

    Like the issue above, questions around graduation are very complex. The collective hope is to gather with our seniors to celebrate graduation. Keeping that as the hope, we will continue to let this situation play out and when safe and appropriate potentially share some plans that allow this group to get together and celebrate as a class.

    Thank you and I will be sharing more information as it comes,
    Matthew Barnes
    El Dorado High School 

    March 19, 2020: EDHS UpdateGo To Top of Page

    Good Evening all El Dorado Families and Students:

    Earlier this evening, Governor Newsom placed the entire state of California on a Stay-At-Home directive. This limits all non-essential activities throughout the state in an effort to curb the spread of the Coronavirus. Due to this directive, we will be adjusting some of the functions taking place at El Dorado High School. I want to extend our most sincere appreciation to all of our families for their understanding and support as we navigate these truly historic times.

    Our primary focus as a school and institution of learning is that of academic progress. We will remain dedicated to this goal and mission. However, we know things this year will be different. Questions around grades and credits are still outstanding and will be addressed. However, the curiosity and growth of young people remains an important function. To that end, the faculty and staff at EDHS will continue to provide opportunities to learn for all of our students. If available, I encourage all students to be connecting with teachers on-line. If this is not feasible at this time, packets of work will remain available in the small gym from 11am - 1pm Monday - Friday. If this time or availability changes I will be informing everyone through ParentSquare of those changes.

    Our food service option has been very successful over the last few days. This too will remain in tack going forward. Meals will be available for all children ages 2-18 from 11am - 1pm Monday - Friday.

    Our Food Services Department will provide an opportunity for families to pick up meals during our school closures at two locations in the bus circles between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    • El Dorado High School: 561 Canal Street, Placerville, CA 95667
    • Ponderosa High School: 3661 Ponderosa Road, Shingle Springs, CA 95682

    Thank you again for your understanding and patience as EDHS not only creates opportunities for students to continue to learn but works to create space and time to continue our services to all of our families. While challenging, I know we will weather this crisis. Take care of your family and be well, we all look forward to getting everyone back to school. 

    Thank you, we will continue to share as much information as we have with our entire school community.
    Matthew Barnes
    El Dorado High School

    March 18, 2020: Urgent Update for the EDUHSD CommunityGo To Top of Page

    Dear El Dorado Union High School District Community,

    The public’s health and safety is paramount to El Dorado Union High School District (EDUHSD) and all of its community and educational partners.

    In response to the rapidly evolving COVID‐19 circumstances and the potential impact in El Dorado County, School District Superintendents and the County Superintendent of Schools, have decided in concurrence with Dr. Nancy Williams, County Public Health Officer, to extend the closure of all EDUHSD schools through April 13, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on the status of school closures. We urge families to prepare for the possibility of a longer duration extending beyond Spring Break (April 6- April 10, 2020). Dr. Nancy Williams continues to report that while there are no current positive cases in our county, the El Dorado County Public Health Division expects to begin seeing positive cases in the coming days and weeks, which may require a continued response.

    Our teachers are contacting all students through email to continue their learning.

    During the time of the school closure, we are asking that students and families follow the County Public Health Officer’s directive to stay home and minimize social contact to the extent possible. Dr. Williams emphasizes that, “while school dismissals are intended to protect students, teachers, and staff, we need everyone to take social distancing seriously if we are to achieve the greater benefit of protecting everyone in the County from COVID‐19.”

    Effective tomorrow our school offices will close to the public, but will be accessible via phone and email. We will continue to respond to phone calls. In addition, our Grab-And-Go Meal Program will continue street-side at El Dorado High School and Ponderosa High School from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday with any child age 2-18 present.

    This is a dynamic situation where information and circumstances can evolve quickly. We are grateful to community members and our community leaders throughout our county for their tremendous care, collaboration, and understanding during these challenging times.

    For the latest updates, visit:
    ● El Dorado County Public Health
    ● El Dorado County Office of Education

    For parent questions regarding this closure, please contact your school site.

    For more information about the El Dorado Union High School District, please visit www.eduhsd.k12.ca.us and follow us on Facebook.

    Thank you for your patience.

    Ron Carruth, Ed.D.
    El Dorado Union High School District
    (530) 622-5081

    March 17, 2020: EDHS UpdateGo To Top of Page

    El Dorado High School Community:

    Good evening, the Governor's press conference concluded just a short time ago. During this address, Gov. Newsom shared a fair bit of new details regarding California's response to the growing situation surrounding COVID-19. In cooperation with our district, we will be examining these new details and how they will impact and potentially change the current plan for our school. More information will inevitably come out in the next few days. I also understand that this note may not reach many of you for a few days as you dig out from this weekend's storm and hopefully have power restored soon.

    In the meantime, I wanted to share a few reminders:

    Food Services:

    Our Food Services Department will provide an opportunity for families to pick up meals during our school closures at two locations in the bus circles between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    • El Dorado High School: 561 Canal Street, Placerville, CA 95667
    • Ponderosa High School: 3661 Ponderosa Road, Shingle Springs, CA 95682
    To ensure the nutritional well-being of our students while at home or under other care, our District will be distributing FREE breakfast and lunch grab and go meals every day, Monday-Friday during the school closure, starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020 for any child between 2-18 years of age.

    No paperwork is required. This will be a drive up or walk up service, where we will hand you meals for each child that is in your vehicle or care.

    School Work - Online and Packets:

    Hopefully your student has made contact with their teachers. Each teacher is currently working with their own students to put out an initial week or two of work in order to continue learning. For those families needing to pick up packets of work, those packets are available in the small gym from 8:00am - 4:00pm. Please notify either the administration or counseling office if you receive this message but your student has not yet made contact with teachers. It the hours change for packet pickup we will be notifying all families via ParentSquare.

    Thank you all for your understanding and patience as we navigate these truly unprecedented times.

    Thank you, more information to come
    Matthew Barnes
    El Dorado High School

    March 17, 2020: Sports UpdateGo To Top of Page

    Good Afternoon El Dorado High Families,

    By now you, should have received communication from the El Dorado Union High School District, in regards to this week's school closure and related activities. The communication included the following:

    "The public's health and safety is paramount to El Dorado Union High School District (EDUHSD) and all of its community and educational partners. El Dorado County Public Health declared a public health emergency on Thursday afternoon, March 12, 2020.

    After careful consideration and effective immediately, the District will close all of its schools, cancel classes and any student-related activities including athletics from Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20, 2020. On the evening of March 21, the District in consultation with public health, will determine if the closure shall be extended."

    What does this mean for EDHS Athletics?

    As of the release of Saturday's district communication, ALL athletic activities are suspended. This pertains to both in-season (spring) and out of season sports activities ---practices, PTC, and any team organized activities, on or off campus.

    Additionally, these closures go beyond the confines of EDHS. The Sierra Valley Conference, our member league, has suspended all league contests through April 13th. As a member of the Sierra Valley Conference, and the CIF Sac- Joaquin Section, we also work in conjunction with their guidelines in terms of athletic programs and participation. As a result, the State CIF and CIF Sac-Joaquin section committees will be meeting on Today and Wednesday, with the first agenda item --spring sports. Please visit the following links to see their respective press releases:

    CIF - https://www.cifstate.org/news/spring_sports_update_3.13.20

    CIF - SJS:  http://www.cifsjs.org/announcements/COVIDUpdate

    We will provide updates as soon as we have them. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this unprecedented time for all of us.

    Justin Gatling, M.Ed | Assistant Principal
    El Dorado High School
    530-622-3634 ext: 1016 | http://cougar.eduhsd.k12.ca.us