Schools

Schools closing for three districts

ALL IN-PERSON classes in the Garden Grove Unified School District will be closed through April 10 (Shutterstock photo).

UPDATE: Joining several other West Orange County public school systems in efforts to contain the coronavirus, the Westminster School District is suspending all in-person classes from March 16 to March 27. The WSD Board of Trustees made that decision today (Friday).

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UPDATE: The Huntington Beach Union High School District’s board of trustees Friday afternoon voted to close its schools from March 16 to March 27. The HBUHSD includes Edison, Huntington Beach, Marina, Westminster, Ocean View and Fountain Valley high schools.

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All in-person classes in the Garden Grove Unified School District will be suspended effective Monday, March 16, through Friday, April 3, the district announced Friday afternoon. With spring break following, the GGUSD will see schools closed through April 10.

The announcement came after the closure of all public schools in Orange County was recommended by the superintendent of the Orange County Department of Education.

A conference call Friday afternoon with the heads of county’s K-12 school systems had Al Mijares support the closure of the campuses for a minimum of two weeks as a way to prevent contagion of the corona virus.

“This is not a decision we take lightly,” Mijares said. “We know that temporarily closing a school has a tremendous impact on our families, and steps will need to be implemented to support the continuity of learning and to ensure students have access to healthy meals. But the safety of our students and staff remains our top priority, and we have confidence that this is the proper precautionary course for Orange County.”

The OCDE has no direct authority over the public school districts in the county and each of those would be making any decisions about possible school closures.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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