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Press Release | When Local Schools Go Online Monday, Hermosa Beach's After School Program Will Close to Protect Public Health

Post Date:03/13/2020 4:00 PM

City Also Announces Skate Park’s and Other Closures beginning on Saturday to Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus  

HERMOSA BEACH, CA – With the Hermosa Beach City School District announcing it is shifting to online instruction on Monday to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Hermosa Beach announced today that it will close its P.A.R.K. After School Program on Monday to help protect public health. 

The City also announced the closure of the Hermosa Beach Skate Park and the suspension of all fitness permits and outdoor contract classes beginning Saturday. 

The School District told families Friday that it will shift from classroom instruction to online courses on Monday. This move to online instruction will remain in effect for at least a week, however, families should plan through the conclusion of spring break; returning April 13. The District told families that its offices and extended day programs will also be closed through at least April 13.

Hermosa Beach City Manager Suja Lowenthal said the decision to re-open the City’s After School Program will depend on the resumption of classes on Hermosa Beach school campuses and the City’s determination that it’s safe to resume the program. 

“We recognize that canceling and suspending these programs create a hardship,” said Lowenthal. “We also recognize the need to act now to slow the spread of COVID-19 so that our health care system has the necessary capacity to treat people with the virus while also continuing to provide care for other emergencies and illnesses.” 

The City Manager urged residents to follow public health experts’ advice for frequent handwashing, avoiding others who are ill, keeping a safe distance from one another and staying home if they are ill. More information about the necessary precautions is available here

The City already announced that it was restricting, postponing or canceling non-essential large public events and senior and community programs, as well as limiting public access to some City facilities during the month of March to comply with the recommendations of Gov. Gavin Newsom and public health experts to protect public health. The City will revisit these policies, as well as the suspension of fitness permits and outdoor contract classes, near the end of the month to determine if these classes and public events can resume in April. Numerous other Southern California cities have taken similar actions, including Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Pasadena and Malibu. 

The City and Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau also previously announced the cancellation of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that was scheduled to take place on Saturday. For a complete list of cancellations, please see the list on the City’s website page. 

The City is monitoring updates and sharing information about the coronavirus from trusted sources, such as the CDC, California Department of Public Health and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Information regarding the coronavirus is changing frequently, and the City will provide the latest information about COVID-19 and links to resources on its website.  To stay informed, please sign up for Hermosa Beach eNotificationspublic safety alerts or follow the City on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Hermosa Beach

Founded in 1907, Hermosa Beach is a thriving community of some 20,000 residents. Located on the southern end of the Santa Monica Bay in Los Angeles County, with beaches ranked among the best in the world, Hermosa Beach has been recognized for its work to highlight Southern California beach culture, foster a vibrant local economy and protect coastal and environmental resources.

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