Judge Orders Immanuel Schools to End In-Person Classes

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A Fresno County judge granted the county’s application for a Preliminary Injunction on Tuesday.

The Kindergarten through 12th-grade Christian school welcomed students back on campus last month for in-person instruction, defying Governor Newsom’s strict orders against it due to COVID-19.

Fresno County filed an injunction to force the campus to comply.

Last week, the California Supreme Court ruled against Immanuel Schools.

The order said in part:

Immanuel Schools and Ryan Wood, as well as their respective officers, employees, agents, representatives, members, volunteers and all persons acting under, in concert with, or from them must immediately cease and desist from conducting in-person class instruction at the Immanuel Schools property located at 1128 South Reed Ave. in Reedley.

In a statement, Immanuel Scholls said, “Obviously, we are disappointed with the Fresno County Superior Court’s decision to issue the Preliminary Injunction. While today’s decision is a setback, we know that God is still at work in our situation and we will continue to see His will. During the last five weeks we have seen God’s hand move mightily on our campus and throughout our community, without a single COVID related illness among our students, faculty, or families. We have seen first hand the importance of having school on campus based on the excitement of our students and communication with our families.”

The Immanuel Schools Board of Trustees will be meeting on Tuesday to determine its next step, which includes pursing the Cross Complaint against Fresno County.


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