Marin County school districts have decided to close schools on Friday, October 13 as a result of a variety of challenges related to the wildfires regionally.
More than 1,000 Marin school employees live in the northern counties affected by the wild fires. We know that our community resources are being stretched including the ability of staff to report to work as well as the emotional stress on people impacted by the fires directly or indirectly.
"We have been in close contact with our districts and have considered a variety of options in the best interest of our students and staff," said Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools, "We think it is very important that the school districts countywide provide a consistent message and we feel that we need to support our staff, families and community as a whole. Our hearts go out to the families who are facing these devastating circumstances."
School related sports activities countywide have been canceled through the weekend as a result of poor air quality. Advice from the Marin County Public Health Officer is for people to remain indoors with limited physical exertion.
Several school sites throughout the county have been identified and are prepared to serve as evacuation shelters tomorrow and potentially into the future if needed.
College of Marin and Dominican University of California will also be closed on Friday.
Schools will plan to return to normal operations on Monday.
Mary Jane Burke
Marin County Superintendent of Schools