School closures in Santa Clarita

The William S Hart Union High School District office. Dan Watson/The Signal

Following the Los Angeles Unified School District’s decision to close its doors Friday morning, local districts have begun to follow suit by temporarily closing their campuses and transitioning to online learning to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

William S. Hart Union High School District 

William S. Hart Union High School District has announced that it will be closing all schools starting Monday, March 16, according to a message on the Hart District website published Friday. 

“This message is to inform you that the Hart District – in concert with our elementary school district partners — will be closing all schools starting Monday, March 16, and extending for a period of three weeks,” the message said. “On-campus classes will resume after spring break Monday, April 13, 2020.” 

Saugus Union School District 

In a statement posted to Facebook, superintendent of the Saugus Union School District, Colleen Hawkins, announced that school closures will be in effect starting Monday. 

Closures will extend for a period of three weeks, Hawkins added. 

“Students will be at home and we’ll be looking into our school employees,” Hawkins said. “We’ll also be talking about possible child-care services and offering food services at some school sites.”

Newhall School District 

Newhall School District board member, Brian Walters, confirmed that schools in the NSD will begin closing starting Monday. 

Castaic Union School District 

A notification posted on the Castaic Union School District website states that all schools will be closed for a period of three weeks:

“This message is to inform you that the Castaic Union School District – in concert with the other Santa Clarita school districts — will be closing all schools starting Monday, March 16, and extending for a period of three weeks. On-campus classes will resume after spring break Monday, April 13, 2020.”

Sulphur Springs Union School District 

Sulphur Springs Union School District officials have announced, in an email to parents, that schools within the district will begin to close Monday. 

“In coordination with the William S. Hart Union High School District, and our neighboring four elementary school districts in the Santa Clarita Valley, all schools will be closed for students from March 16 through April 3. Spring break will be held from April 6 through April 10,” the message said. 

Santa Clarita Valley Chinese School 

For the past two weeks, the Santa Clarita Valley Chinese School has fully transitioned its curriculum to online learning amid the COVID-19 outbreak. 

“We actually moved online two weeks ago,” said ​Jinghong Li, director of SCVCS. “We were the first ones to move online.” 

Trinity Classical Academy 

Trinity Classical Academy will temporarily move to a remote learning campus starting Monday, and are set to return to school on April 14, according to a message posted on the school’s site.

“Please note that we make these changes and take these precautions not out of fear, but out of love for one another and for our community,” Head of School Liz Caddow said in the message. “We’d rather (be) on the side of caution to help prevent the spread of this virus for those who could be greatly impacted and to lessen the impact on our community at large.” 

Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School 

SCVi, an iLEAD school in Santa Clarita, has decided to close all TK-12 school and preschool programs and transition to online learning, beginning Monday. 

“Our leadership team members have finalized a plan to continue offering educational opportunities to our learners over the coming weeks,” said iLEAD co-founder, Dawn Evenson, in a news release sent to parents on Friday. “As we discussed in a recent e-mail, our site-based schools have moved classes and programs to virtual/online platforms. We have loaded and updated class rosters, and your class facilitators will be reaching out to you to familiarize you and your learners with the virtual learning and online platform.” 

The release reminds parents and students to check their email for further updates. 

Signal Staff Writer Raychel Stewart contributed to this report.

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