All classes will be canceled Friday and Monday at Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District campuses “in an abundance of caution,” due to a parent possibly being exposed to coronavirus.

District Superintendent Ben Drati told the Los Angeles Times the campuses will be deep-cleaned because “a community member with children in our schools” was exposed to the virus.

Teachers and staff are still expected to report to work, but no students will be on campus.

“We have noticed a higher than normal absentee rate on our campuses today (Thursday) and will take this time to determine if students are ill, with what type of illness or if parents are keeping students home during the coronavirus pandemic,” Drati said in a statement to The Times. “This allows us time to consult with our local agencies and consider the status of this health emergency in L.A. County and the communities we serve. Staff and teachers will prepare for possible school closures next week.”

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