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Staff Report
6:05 pm PDT October 30, 2019

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Malibu schools will not be in session on Halloween as district officials and Malibu residents brace for severe winds coupled with extremely hazardous fire conditions.

Santa Monica schools, meanwhile, are expected to be in session.

“Conditions differ greatly from Santa Monica in that [Malibu is] under an extreme fire watch, threat of power and road closures, under City of Malibu alert to be prepared for evacuation, stronger winds and elevated smoke and air quality risk,” Superintendent Ben Drati states in an email to Santa Monica parents. “None of these conditions are present currently in Santa Monica.”

It has not yet been decided if schools will be in session on Friday.