Randy Seals, Superintendent of the Bass Lake Joint Union Elemenetary School District (BLJUSD), has confirmed that all classes at all four of the district’s school sites are canceled Tuesday because of wildfires scorching the Mountain Area.
Diane Adney, assistant principal at Yosemite High School, also confirmed classes would be canceled at the site, and at its alternative education and adult education programs Tuesday. All other schools in Yosemite Unified School District (YUSD), including Rivergold and Coarsegold elementary schools, were scheduled to go on as normal, she said.
Cecelia Greenberg, Superintendent of YUSD, further confirmed shortly before 8 p.m. that the closure would include John Muir North. Raymond-Granite High School and John Muir South would be open, she said, though students will stay inside and all outdoor sports, whether a game both home or away or practice, would be canceled, same as Yosemite High.
All classes at all sites in Chawanakee Unified School District, including Minarets High School and North Fork Elementary, and all outdoor sports would be canceled as well, Superintendent Darren Sylvia confirmed at 8:10 p.m. Monday.
BLJUSD, which has about 880 students, includes Wasuma Elementary, Oakhurst Elementary, Oak Creek Intermediate, and Fresno Flats Day School.
“There’s very unhealthy air quality we’re being hit with every morning and throughout the day,” Seals said. “But also, we have a number of student and staff whose families have either been evacuated or are under evacuation advisory. There’s no way we can ask folks to come to work or come to school and have them be able to concentrate on education right now.
“What’s most important right now is that they take care of their homes, and of each other.”
Seals added there were concerns about how the fire could change behaviors, and noted buses couldn’t make it past established road closures, which could cause disruptions.
Darin Soukup, director of Oakhurst Community College Center, said classes would run as normal at the campus on Tuesday.
Michelle Townsend, Superintendent of Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary School District, confirmed that the district’s elementary school would be in session Tuesday.
“We will be taking all necessary safety precautions if the air quality levels are unhealthy,” Townsend said.
Officials with Yosemite-Wawona Elementary Charter School, located in Wawona inside Yosemite National Park, also canceled classes from Tuesday through Friday due to health and safety concerns. Three fires continued to burn inside the park through Monday, causing smoky skies.
Correction: This story initially misplaced Raymond-Knowles Elementary School in Yosemite Unified School District. Raymond-Granite High School is in YUSD. Raymond-Knowles Elementary School is in the one-school Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary School District. The correction has been made, and we regret any inconvenience the error may have caused.