Fires close 265 L.A. Unified schools; Santa Monica-Malibu closures continue

All Los Angeles Unified schools in the San Fernando Valley as well as 17 schools on the city’s Westside will be closed for the rest of the week, district officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

The decision closes at least 265 schools in neighborhoods affected by the wildfires raging in and near Los Angeles. The district’s number doesn’t include all adult schools and charter schools, some of which are also expected to close.

The district’s website has a list, as well as a reminder that everyone else is still expected to come to school this Thursday and Friday.

On Wednesday, more than 50 L.A. Unified schools were shuttered.

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will keep all of its 16 schools closed Thursday.

Officials made that decision “predominantly based on the expected high winds and the ongoing fires in our area, and the air quality,” said spokeswoman Gail Pinsker. As of Wednesday afternoon, the district planned to open schools Friday, but it will make a final determination Thursday.