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Thomas Fire school closures: Lompoc schools to remain closed all week

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UPDATE (4:45 p.m. Tuesday) - Lompoc schools will be closed for the rest of the week, according to Lompoc Unified School District Superintendent Trevor McDonald.

Given the extraordinary circumstances due to the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County, LUSD has made the difficult decision to remain closed for the entire week of December 11-15, 2017. LUSD has continued to closely monitor the air quality on an hourly basis and conditions in Lompoc remain unhealthy for students and staff. Due to health and safety concerns, we have determined that all students will not be allowed on LUSD campuses this week.

Additional information will be sent out before the close of the business day regarding high school students and final exams.  Please anticipate this information within the next few hours.

Lompoc Unified School District may require some essential personnel to report to work this week.  These employees will be contacted individually.

Please have a wonderful and safe holiday season and we look forward to the return of students on Monday, January 8, 2018.


 Trevor E. McDonald
Superintendent of Schools
Lompoc Unified School District
1301 North "A" St., Lompoc, CA 93436
(805) 742-3320

ORIGINAL STORY - All school districts in the Santa Maria Valley will reopen on Tuesday, December 12.  Schools were closed Monday due to poor air quality conditions caused by the Thomas Fire. 

The school districts included are the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, Santa Maria-Bonita School District, Guadalupe Union School District, Orcutt Union School District, and Blochman Union School District.

Students and staff have been notified that outdoor activity before, during, and after school will be restricted.

Schools in the Lompoc Unified School District will remain closed on Tuesday. Currently, district officials plan to reopen all schools and facilities on Wednesday. 

In the meantime, the Lompoc Boys & Girls Club on Ocean Avenue will be open for Early Programming from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. free of charge for all members. For non-members, there will be a $20 daily fee. The YMCA also has childcare available for children ages 4 and up from 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. for $10 per child or $20 per family, according to district officials.

The Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District will also remain closed on Tuesday.

The Ballard, Buellton, Carpinteria Unified, Cold Spring, College, Goleta Union, Hope, Montecito Union, Los Olivos, Santa Barbara Unified, Solvang, and Vista del Mar school districts will remain closed all week. 

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