Huntington Beach

City, schools react to coronavirus

HUNTINGTON BEACH CIVIC CENTER (Orange County Tribune photo).

Concerns over the coronavirus will be on the agenda for Monday’s meeting of the Huntington Beach City Council.

The council will meet in closed session to discuss health and safety issues related to COVID-19 with city management and the city attorney.

Later in the public portion of the meeting, the council will take up a response plan to the crisis. The report includes an estimate that reductions in sales and “bed tax” (charged to hotel guests) could mean a decrease in revenue to the city of between $3.5 and $4.5 million.

That could mean not filling vacant city positions in non-essential services such as police and fire.

The council will meet in study session at 4 p.m., closed session at 5 p.m. and the regular meeting at 6 p.m. in its quarters at the Civic Center, 2000 Main St.

Two more districts to close schools

The Ocean View and Huntington Beach City school districts are joining other public school systems in Orange County, California and across the nation in closing down in response to the coronavirus issue.

The OVSD, a K-8 district which serves the north part of Huntington Beach as well as sections of adjacent cities. announced Friday it would close its schools for the period of March 16-27.

It will provide free meals for pupils up to age 18 during the closures. A breakfast and lunch will be available for pick-up at school sites between 9 and 11 a.m.

Learning materials will be provided online.

The HBCSD, also a K-8 district, serves the the southern/coastal part of Surf City and will similarly be closing campuses from March 16 to 27. Students won’t get work to complete, but a list of activities will be posted online to keep students active.

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