Update: Grossmont Union High School District schools will be open, though CIF sports events remain cancelled.
By Miriam Raftery
May 15, 2014 (San Diego)--The safety and security of students, faculty, and staff is of the upmost importance to schools across the county, the County Office of Education’s website states. As the current wildfires change and grow, each school district will continue to monitor the local emergency situation and make school closure decisions on a day-by-day basis.
Below is a list of schools that will be closed Friday, schools that will be open, and others that will announce their decision Friday morning.
County school districts are considering factors such as:
Location of the current fire(s) and proximity to campuses
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
Each district in fire-impacted areas must inventory its sites for cleanliness and air quality, to ensure they are safe for children and staff to occupy. The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is providing guidance to support those efforts
The following school districts will be closed on Friday, May 16, 2014:
Escondido Union Elementary
Escondido Union High
Fallbrook Union Elementary
Fallbrook Union High
San Marcos Unified
San Pasqual Union
Valley Center-Pauma Unified
The following school districts will be open on Friday, May 16, 2014 unless conditions change/ deteriorate:
Borrego Springs Unified*
Chula Vista Elementary*
Julian Union Elementary*
Julian Union High*
South Bay Union*
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:
Del Mar Union
Grossmont Union High
La Mesa-Spring Valley
Mountain Empire Unified*
Rancho Santa Fe
San Diego Unified
San Dieguito Union High
* Indicates districts that are open today, May 15, 2014.
Follow the San Diego County Office of Education on Twitter for tweets from various emergency agencies and school districts.