Rio Americano High School

  • We are involved in a highly fluid situation with constantly changing circumstances related to COVID-19. As we’ve shared previously, we continue to be in close contact with health officials and at their advice and in coordination with other school districts we have made the decision to close San Juan Unified campuses to students as of Monday, March 16. We will be closed to students through the end of spring break (Sunday, April 12), including athletics and all extracurricular activities.
  • While our school facilities will be closed, plans are being put in place for students to access optional enrichment opportunities. Each school site will create a document, which will contain information on how to communicate virtually with staff members during the closure. This information will be shared with school communities next week. We appreciate your patience while staff works to implement virtual office hours.
  • In addition, each school website will have a list of online enrichment resources to maintain learning during school closures. We will not be asking students to complete any assignments. Our intent is to provide virtual office hours to support students with enrichment opportunities.
  • While we are closed to the public, a dedicated team from our maintenance and operations department will be conducting a deep cleaning of our campuses to ensure our facilities are sanitized prior to reopening.
  • San Juan Unified will provide an opportunity for families to pick up two meals daily (lunch and breakfast for the following day) in a mobile walk-up or drive-thru meal service for children 18 and under. This will begin Tuesday, March 17 at 26 school sites from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At this time, this service will continue through Friday, April 3, Monday through Friday at the following Sacramento and Carmichael locations:


    • Cottage Elementary, 2221 Morse Ave., Sacramento, CA 95825
    • Del Paso Manor Elementary, 2700 Maryal Dr., Sacramento, CA 95821
    • Dyer-Kelly Elementary, 3101 Bell Street, Sacramento, CA 95821
    • El Camino Fundamental High, 4300 El Camino Ave., Sacramento, CA 95821
    • Greer Elementary, 1300 Bell St., Sacramento, CA 95825
    • Mira Loma High, 4000 Edison Ave., Sacramento, CA 95821
    • Pasadena Avenue Elementary, 4330 Pasadena Ave., Sacramento, CA 95821
    • Thomas Edison Language Institute K-8, 2950 Hurley Way, Sacramento, CA 95864
    • Whitney Avenue Elementary, 4248 Whitney Ave., Sacramento, CA 95821


    • Cameron Ranch Elementary, 4333 Hackberry Lane, Carmichael, CA 95608
    • Carmichael Elementary, 6141 Sutter Ave., Carmichael, CA 95608
    • Charles Peck Elementary, 6230 Rutland Dr., Carmichael, CA 95608
    • Coyle Avenue Elementary, 6330 Coyle Ave., Carmichael, CA 95608
    • John Barrett Middle, 4243 Barrett Road, Carmichael, CA 95608
    • Starr King K-8, 4848 Cottage Way, Carmichael, CA 95608

  • These meals will be available free of charge for anyone 18 and under regardless of what school they attend. No paperwork is required. Children must be present in order for meals to be provided. Meals will be provided based on the number of children present. This program will be solely for the pick up of meals, and meals will not be consumed on-site. We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site and utilizing social distancing once meals have been distributed.
  • We will continue to do our best to keep you informed. Circumstances may change quickly so we encourage you to check our website at for updates.
  • We recognize that this closure will be a hardship for many families and appreciate your patience and cooperation as we help to ensure the safety and well being of our students and families.

Several student members and leaders of the Anti-Vaping Alliance met with Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis at her State Capitol office in December to discuss the teen vaping epidemic and its impact on student health, academics and school operations. Students shared stories of nicotine and marijuana addiction, the vaping culture on campus, and the loss of class time due to fire alarms set off by vapers in the bathrooms. The Lieutenant Governor applauded the students for their leadership and suggested that their voice on this topic at the Capitol will be incredibly important during the new legislative session. She encouraged them to meet with as many lawmakers as their schedules would allow...and to support bills designed to curb the epidemic.

Since that meeting, the Lieutenant Governor has become a co-sponsor of Senator Jerry Hill's SB 793, a bill which would ban flavored tobacco.

In addition to state-wide efforts, Anti-Vaping Alliance and Public Health Club students will be meeting with Sacramento County Director of Health Services, Dr. Peter Beilenson, on Friday at noon at Rio. Dr. Beilenson will be discussing the proposed county-wide flavored tobacco ban set to be heard by the Board of Supervisors later this month. Students will be participating in advocacy training with the California Youth Advocacy Network next week as well.

Anyone interested in participating in the Anti-Vaping Alliance can email Anne Del Core at

Fact sheets and free services for teens and adults to quit vaping (app-based, telephone coaching and online chat) can be found at the California Smokers' Hotline: