As several wildfires continue to burn in the Mountain Area, at least one school district in Eastern Madera County chose to keep its sites closed for another day.
Randy Seals, Superintendent of Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary School District (BLJUSD), confirmed all sites would be closed on Friday, as they were in previous days.
“This will give us through the weekend for the air quality to improve as they continue to gain more control over the local fires,” the district sent out through a message to area parents.
That meant Oakhurst Elementary School, Oak Creek Intermediate School, Wasuma Elementary School, and Fresno Flats Day School would again be closed.
The district’s schools briefly reopened on a two-hour delay Wednesday, but students were quickly sent home as the smoke created extremely hazardous conditions outdoors. They remained home Thursday as classes were canceled.
Yosemite Unified School District Superintendent Cecelia Greenberg also confirmed that in conjunction with BLJUSD, all Oakhurst area schools in the district (Yosemite High, John Muir North, and alternative education and adult education programs) would also be canceled Friday.
Southern area sites, including Coarsegold and Rivergold elementary schools, Raymond-Granite High, and John Muir South would be open, she said.
“Unless conditions worsen drastically over the weekend, we anticipate a regular schedule on Monday,” Greenberg wrote in a Facebook post.
Darren Syliva, Superintendent of Chawanakee Unified School District, said classes at all schools including North Fork Elementary and Minarets High would be on a normal schedule Friday.
Michelle Townsend, Superintendent of Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary School District, confirmed that the district’s elementary school would be in session Friday.
Darin Soukup, director of Oakhurst Community College Center, also said classes would continue as normal.