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District Closes Schools Through April 20

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By Lookout Staff

March 17, 2020 -- The School Board voted Monday to close District Schools for five weeks, including spring break, an in effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The emergency resolution -- which also closes Child Development Services and Adult School -- includes three weeks of regular session and two previously scheduled weeks of spring break, District officials said.

"We will be evaluating during this closure to determine whether an extension is recommended, or we may safely return to school on April 20th," Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati wrote in a statement announcing the closures.

The District will continue educating students remotely during the three weeks of regular session.

"Our staff and teachers have thoughtfully developed materials and lessons to continue the continuity of learning for your student during this time," Drati said in a letter to parents.

"There will not be planned education during spring break," he added.

On Tuesday, the District began offering free breakfast and lunch to students enrolled in any District school or program.

The "grab-and-go" bagged meals can be picked up between 7 and 9 a.m. at Santa Monica High School, McKinley Elementary and Will Rogers Learning Community in Santa Monica and Webster Elementary in Malibu.

Students do not need to be enrolled at those schools, but a parent or guardian must accompany the students, unless they are in high school, officials said.

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