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Category 5 atmospheric river slams Southern California, causes campus closure, asynchronous learning to take effect

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Campus is closed, and classes are taking place remotely today due to a category five atmospheric river impacting Southern California. The Archer community was notified of the campus closure in an email from Head of School Elizabeth English Sunday, Feb. 4, following increasing intensity of weather conditions.

A rare category five atmospheric river hit Southern California Sunday, Feb. 4, prompting Governor Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency for counties within the region, including Los Angeles. Alongside the promise of several inches of rain, the storm brings with it evacuation mandates and dangerous driving conditions.

Head of School Elizabeth English sent an email to the Archer community Sunday, Feb. 4, at 6:13 p.m., announcing that campus would be closed Monday, Feb. 5, and classes would be asynchronous due to the extreme weather conditions. According to English’s email, all after-school activities and sports are cancelled because of the storm.

English wrote that students should check their class pages on Canvas, as well as their email inboxes, throughout the school day for class instructions and asynchronous lesson information from their teachers.

“The campus will be closed, and all sports and after-school activities have been canceled,” English wrote. “The latest weather forecast indicates excessive rain accumulations and dangerous driving conditions across Los Angeles over the next 24 hours.”

Additionally, English wrote that more information regarding campus reopening will be distributed to the community as more details regarding weather conditions and severity become available throughout the day.

“Please note that we will determine in the late afternoon tomorrow, Monday, Feb. 5, whether it is safe to resume classes on Tuesday, Feb. 6,” English wrote.

The Oracle will continue covering any subsequent updates on the weather and campus closures within the coming days.

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Siena Ferraro, News Editor
Siena Ferraro joined the Oracle as a staff reporter in 2022. In 2023, she became News Editor. Outside of reporting for The Oracle, Siena leads the annual Used Book Fair and Popup events, volunteers for For Goodness Cakes, volunteers in Archer's garden and tutors students in writing and executive functioning skills after school through Power Hour. In her free time, you'll likely find Siena reading for hours on end.

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