Contact: Jeanne Wells

310-450-8338, ext. 239

For Immediate Release

September 11, 2001

We are deeply saddened by the tragic events occurring across our nation today, but wish to inform parents and others concerned, that all schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District remained open today, September 11, 2001. We anticipate tomorrow that all schools will run on normal schedule.

Counselors, teachers and administrators are available to talk with students and/or parents who might need individual support during this national crisis.

Back-to-School Nights and after-school activities for the night of Tuesday, September 11, have been cancelled. The CREST Program and child care are in session.

All of our employees - from custodians and teachers to the superintendents of schools and the school board - put the safety of students first. NOTHING has a higher priority for us. Central Office staff and the Board members visited campuses today. Our observations were that the schools ere running extremely well.

Parents are encouraged to contact your school site if you have any questions or concerns about student safety.####

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

1651 16th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404 • 310-450-8338 fax 310-581-1138