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Sierra Sands Unified School District announce school opening delays

Posted at 12:51 PM, Aug 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 12:46:08-04

In a letter sent to families, the Sierra Sands Unified School Distrcit announced that the opening of two schools - Gateway and Richmond elementary schools - will be delayed due to damage caused by the July 4th and 5th earthquakes.

According to the letter sent out on August 5th by Superintendent Dave Ostash the start of school for those two locations will be August 19th. All other schools will open as scheduled on August 13th.

The letter states that "all available resources have been focused on the district's recovery and repair of all schools sites, departments, and office facilities." The letter goes on to say that "every school and district property has required some leve of repair" as a result of the earthquakes.

Gateway and Richmond schools were the schools most impacted by the earthquakes.

"The delayed start for students at Gateway and Richmond will allow for for the full recovery of essential repairs, property cleanup, and for timely access for faculty and staff to prepare classrooms for instruction."

Ostash finished by saying that he wanted to "express sincere gratitude" for everyone's patience and support.