Inyo County Superintendent of Schools, Barry Simpson discussed the possibility of closing school Friday morning.
“This is a real fluid situation. We are getting multiple updates from the state and local levels. There are no school closures, but that is subject to change.”
Simpson says Inyo County Schools will make its decision to close school depending on what the department of public health says. “Yesterday, superintendents met with Public health Director, James Richardson, and will follow the guidance the departments put out when it comes to closing school.” Simpson expressed.
The superintendent made it clear that his office is in constant contact with health officials, as well as all superintendents from Lone Pine, Owens Valley, Big Pine, and Bishop Unified School Districts to make sure everyone has the most up-to-date information.
“We have a conference line, and superintendents are having daily check-ins right now. We will be in regular communication.” he said.
Simpson expressed his frustration with having to possibly close school. One reason he does not like it, is because underprivileged youth will be affected.
“We don’t like the closures because of the effect it has on socioeconomically challenged students who rely on meals they may not get at home. We are attempting to keep our schools open as long as we can, but we will close them if circumstances arise.”
More updates will follow as this story progresses.