School Closure - August 21, 2023
Dear Los Angeles Unified Family,
Los Angeles Unified is making the difficult decision to close all of our schools, campuses and after-school programs tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 21. Students and families: please do not come to your school campus.
This was not an easy decision. Los Angeles Unified recognizes the unique, unprecedented nature of Tropical Storm Hilary, which has garnered city, county and state declarations of emergencies.
We are expected to experience the peak of this storm at midnight, which does not afford enough time for our staff to adequately inspect our facilities. In addition, we are expecting winds which may adversely impact our transportation network and system, putting students and employees at risk. Currently, there are downed power lines and impassable roads throughout the region, while flooding is forthcoming. These are imminent and major safety hazards.
For many of our students, school provides a safe space with food, shelter and services on top of the education they already receive. However, we also recognize that many of our families have been impacted by Tropical Storm Hilary and that traveling to school may pose hardship or risk.
To ensure continuity of learning, we have taken multiple steps to provide lessons and activities for students. Teachers will be asked to provide activities and resources on Schoology by 10:30 a.m. In addition, instructional resources are available at LAUSD.org, and KLCS will provide educational programming.
If your student or family needs additional help, please contact our Family Hotline at (213) 443-1300.
Los Angeles Unified will continue to monitor the storm closely and make adjustments based on weather conditions and consultations with emergency personnel. You may find updates by visiting LAUSD.org/schoolupdates, on social media @LASchools and on television on KLCS.
Los Angeles Unified expects to resume school on Tuesday, Aug. 22. As always, please continue to follow the advice of your local officials and please stay safe.
Alberto M. Carvalho