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Campus Open Friday, December 8, 2017

Based on current Skirball Fire conditions, Santa Monica College will resume all classes, services and programs on all campuses on Friday, December 8. Normal business will resume. Our thoughts are with those affected and we urge everyone to stay safe.

We will continue to monitor safety and air quality conditions throughout the evening. We will notify you of any changes in plans. Please monitor your email, the SMC website, and the @SMC_edu Twitter account for updates.

SMC will be open Friday, December 8, for all classes, services, and programs.

Update: Classes Canceled, Campus Closed on 12/7/2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Due to the ongoing impact of several fires in the Southern California region, Santa Monica College has decided to close the campus today (12/7/17). All classes are canceled. Although the college is not in danger and air quality continues to be at a moderate level, transportation to SMC’s campuses may be difficult. Students are advised to check in with their instructors about plans to deal with missed class time in anticipation of final exams that​ begin next week.

We continue to monitor conditions and the local Skirball fire is at 5% containment. Winds are anticipated to be strong, and the residents in the area west of the 405 freeway are instructed to be in the “Ready, Set, Go ” mode.

Essential personnel will be on campus, and we urge everyone in our community to continue to monitor the College’s website, emails and the @SMC_edu Twitter account for further instructions.

Campus to Re-Open 12/7/2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

Based on current conditions, Santa Monica College will resume classes and services tomorrow, Thursday, December 7.

We will monitor safety and air quality conditions throughout the evening. We will notify you of any changes in plans. Please monitor your email, the SMC website, and the @SMC_edu Twitter account for updates.

Our thoughts are with those affected and we urge everyone to stay safe.

Campus Closed on 12/6/2017

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

10:05 a.m. - Campus Closed

The college campus will be closed effective at 12 p.m. today. 

8:55 a.m. - Classes Cancelled

Due to the close proximity of the Skirball Fire, SMC will be cancelling classes. Business services are still open at this time. This fire is affecting air quality and road conditions in an around the SMC area. Please monitor your email, the SMC website, and the @SMC_edu Twitter for updates.

Message from President Jeffery: Update on Smoke/Ash Conditions

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Dear SMC Community:

Air quality has been impacted in Santa Monica because of the wildfires in neighboring cities in Southern California. We are deeply sorry for those who have suffered property loss or have been evacuated, and are grateful for the first responders who are working to keep our communities safe.

Recent updates show that the South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued a PDF File Smoke Advisory that is in effect at least until Wednesday morning. Los Angeles County Public Health has also declared unhealthy air quality due to smoke from the Creek Fire. Smoke Advisory: Unhealthy air quality declared due to smoke from the Creek Fire.

At Santa Monica College, we have advised faculty to use their judgment in holding Kinesiology classes and athletics activities. In turn, instructors and coaches have made recommendations to students as to alternate activities and are seeking to limit outside activities. Classes will be canceled given the circumstances as deemed necessary by faculty members.

We will continue to distribute more information as it becomes available.

Here are some helpful tips courtesy of the City of Santa Monica:

  • Smoke levels from wildfires change substantially over the course of the day. Smoky air quality is anticipated to last until Wednesday morning. Monitor air quality maps for Southern California.

  • All persons should avoid vigorous outdoor exertion, like prolonged exercise or sports activities.

  • Individuals with pre-existing respiratory and cardiovascular (lung and heart) disease, children, pregnant women, and older adults should limit exposure to outdoors.

  • Dust masks, surgical masks, or other covering that does not have a N95 rating can be used for comfort but do not prevent the wearer from breathing in airborne particles.

Sincerely,

Kathryn E. Jeffery
SMC Superintendent/President

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