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San Diego County Schools Announce Friday Closures

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Several schools in San Diego County have announced Friday closures, due to the fire. Others are monitoring conditions before they make a final decision. The County Office of Education has announced the following:

*Indicates districts that were open Thursday, May 15.

School districts closed on Friday:

· Bonsall Union

· Carlsbad Unified

· Cardiff

· Del Mar Union

· Encinitas Union

· Escondido Union Elementary

· Escondido Union High

· Fallbrook Union Elementary

· Fallbrook Union High

· Oceanside Unified

· Poway Unified

· Rancho Santa Fe

· San Dieguito Union High

· San Marcos Unified

· San Pasqual Union

· Solana Beach

· Vallecitos

· Valley Center-Pauma Unified

· Vista Unified

School districts open on Friday unless conditions change:

· Alpine Union*

· Borrego Springs Unified*

· Chula Vista Elementary*

· Coronado Unified

· Dehesa

· Grossmont Union High (including Helix and Steele Canyon charter schools)

· Jamul-Dulzura Union

· Julian Union Elementary*

· Julian Union High*

· Lakeside Union

· La Mesa Spring Valley

· Lemon Grove

· Mountain Empire Unified

· National*

· San Ysidro

· Santee

· South Bay Union*

· Spencer Valley

· Sweetwater High*

· Warner Unified

The following school districts are monitoring and will make a decision about a possible school closures on Friday, May 16, 2014 as additional information becomes available:

· Cajon Valley

· Dehesa

· Grossmont Union High

· Jamul-Dulzura Union*

· La Mesa-Spring Valley

· Lakeside Union

· Lemon Grove

· Mountain Empire Unified*

· Ramona Unified

· San Diego Unified

· San Ysidro*

· Santee

· Spencer Valley*

· Warner Unified*

San Diego Unified School District will be open Friday, May 16, with the exception of schools in the Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch neighborhoods.

The California Charter Schools Association is maintaining a list of San Diego county charter school closures.

The San Diego County Office of Education reported that each school district will continue to make school closure decisions on a day-to-day basis. The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego is telling Catholic schools to make their own decisions about closure, based on what neighboring public schools are doing. A County school district official said schools are considering the following factors as they make their decisions:

· Location of the current fire(s) and proximity to campuses

· Air quality

· Weather conditions

· Difficulty in staffing school sites, with many school employees impacted by evacuations and unable to report for duty

· Public safety officials' recommendation to keep the roads clear for emergency responders and evacuees

· Energy officials' recommendations to conserve energy


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