District campuses closed for entire week

The Mesa Press Staff

The San Diego Community College District decided to extend the closure of all campuses through Oct. 28. due to the smoke pollution and possible displacement of students, faculty and staff caused by several fires burning throughout San Diego County.

Chancellor Constance M. Carroll sent out a district-wide email on Tuesday at 4:40 p.m. announcing the closure. She advised people to check the district web site on Oct. 28 after 5 p.m. for further information.

During this time, there will be no classes or services offered at any district site.

The Mesa campus was initially closed Monday morning shortly after 10 a.m. At 10:15 a.m. on Monday, Mesa Vice President of Instruction Elizabeth Armstrong sent a campus-wide email stating that the Mesa campus was closing for both day and evening classes. Check points were set up at all campus entrances and were manned by police to prevent more people from entering campus.

Another email sent by Mesa President Rita Cepeda at 1:13 p.m. confirmed the campus would be closed through at least Tuesday. Just moments earlier, Carroll announced that all district campuses and offices were to be closed effective immediately.

“From the stress of massive evacuations affecting students and staff, the prohibitive traffic problems and road closures, the poor air quality, and, of course, the encroaching fire itself on some of our communities, this is a very difficult situation for everyone,” Carroll said in her email.