SMMUSD Superintendent Ben Drati sent an email to parents at about 8 p.m. on Thursday night detailing possible coronavirus exposure related to three local schools: Franklin Elementary, John Muir Elementary and Santa Monica High School. His email is below:

Superintendent’s Message: Follow up on COVID-19 exposure concerns

Dear parents, guardians and staff,

District leadership spent several hours today in our Emergency Operations Center, which closed for the evening at 6:30 pm. We continue to be in communication remotely, as needed. We will reconvene tomorrow.

During our session today, we discussed the concerns of possible exposure that was shared with you in our earlier email. Upon further discussion, we agreed that additional information would be appropriate to be shared with our staff and families regarding the exposures mentioned.

We want to inform you that we are aware of several situations where people MAY have been exposed to Coronavirus. These potential exposures are related to Franklin Elementary, John Muir Elementary and Santa Monica High School. We can assure our communities that we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19.

In an abundance of caution, the decision was made to call dismissal for Friday and Monday, while we gather more information on these possible exposures and the status in the broader community. The health and safety of our students and staff are our top priorities.

Campus cleaning is in progress. As you are aware, teachers and staff will be working to provide students with continuity of education that we will share with parents in the next few days. We appreciate the effort of our teachers and support staff to prepare the necessary materials and programming to accomplish this.

In the meantime, we hope your secondary students will be studying materials they have, or for younger students, enjoying reading and educational related materials at home or online.

We will be back in communication with you by Friday evening with more information regarding continuity of education.


Dr. Ben Drati, Superintendent

Matthew Hall has a Masters Degree in International Journalism from City University in London and has been Editor-in-Chief of SMDP since 2014. Prior to working at SMDP he managed a chain of weekly papers...

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