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Yosemite High Closed Friday for ‘Deep Cleaning’

OAKHURST — Yosemite Unified School District Superintendent Glen Billington announced late Thursday that Yosemite High will be closed Friday (March 13) after a school employee developed flu-like symptoms.

Billington said the closure would likely last just “one day” and explained the action was being taken “out of an abundance of caution.”

“Based on information received today and a recommendation from the Madera County Public Health Department, Yosemite High School will be closed tomorrow (Friday, March 13),” Billington said in a statement posted on the district’s website Thursday evening.

“This decision is being made out of an abundance of caution because a staff member visited an area of California where there is some level of Coronavirus community spread and is now experiencing flu-like symptoms,” the superintendent’s statement said. “This staff member has not been at school this past week, and we are awaiting the results of testing; at this point this is not a confirmed case. ”

Madera County Public Health Officer Dr. Stanley Paul has reassured the district that the risk of infection is “very low,” Billington added.

“The district is in constant communication with our public health agencies and is taking every precaution to keep our students, staff, and community healthy and safe. This will include an additional deep cleaning of Yosemite High School while school is closed. We will continue to update you as information becomes available.”

Educational Options Schools also will be closed on Friday. All sporting events, dances and the SAT test scheduled this weekend also have been cancelled.

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