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Important Message for TUSD Families regarding School Closure

Important Message for TUSD Families regarding School Closure

Dear TUSD Families,

Late tonight, in a conference call with multiple agencies regarding the North Hangar 1 Fire, South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) made us aware that debris found in the Tustin Legacy area tested greater than 1% positive for asbestos.  

With student and staff safety being our highest priority and in collaboration with the City of Tustin and the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA), we made the decision to close all school campuses within Tustin Unified School District tomorrow, Thursday, November 9.  For tomorrow, no instruction will take place throughout the district.  In addition, all preschools and daycares (Catalyst and YMCA) in TUSD will be closed tomorrow.  

Recommendations from OCHCA have been shared in their communication and include limiting exposure by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed; avoiding touching ash or debris from burned structures; avoiding vigorous activity; and running air conditioner or air purifier.  In addition, SCAQMD has shared resources regarding wildfire smoke and ash health and safety tips

We apologize for the timing of this email and understand how this greatly impacts students, staff and families.  We are awaiting additional information from SCAQMD.  Please be assured that we will communicate with you throughout the weekend regarding important updates, as more information becomes available.


Mark Johnson, Ed.D.