Coronavirus: Possible Exposure at SMMUSD Schools, Superintendent Drati Maintains Malibu Not On the List

SMMUSD Superintendent Ben Drati sent out the following email on March 12th, 2020 regarding possible exposure to Coronavirus:

Dear parents, guardians and staff,

District leadership spent several hours today in our Emergency Operations Center, which closed for the evening at 6:30 pm. We continue to be in communication remotely, as needed. We will reconvene tomorrow.

During our session today, we discussed the concerns of possible exposure that was shared with you in our earlier email. Upon further discussion, we agreed that additional information would be appropriate to be shared with our staff and families regarding the exposures mentioned.

We want to inform you that we are aware of several situations where people MAY have been exposed to Coronavirus. These potential exposures are related to Franklin Elementary, John Muir Elementary and Santa Monica High School. We can assure our communities that we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19.

In an abundance of caution, the decision was made to call dismissal for Friday and Monday, while we gather more information on these possible exposures and the status in the broader community. The health and safety of our students and staff are our top priorities.

Campus cleaning is in progress. As you are aware, teachers and staff will be working to provide students with continuity of education that we will share with parents in the next few days. We appreciate the effort of our teachers and support staff to prepare the necessary materials and programming to accomplish this.

In the meantime, we hope your secondary students will be studying materials they have, or for younger students, enjoying reading and educational related materials at home or online.

We will be back in communication with you by Friday evening with more information regarding continuity of education.


Dr. Ben Drati, Superintendent


Cece Woods

The Current Report Editor in Chief Cece Woods started The Local Malibu, an activism based platform in 2014. The publication was instrumental in the success of pro-preservation ballot measures and seating five top vote-getters in the Malibu City Council elections.

During the summer of 2018, Woods exposed the two-year law enforcement cover-up in the Malibu Creek State Park Shootings, and a few short months later provided the most comprehensive local news coverage during the Woolsey Fire attracting over one million hits across her social media platforms.

Since 2020, Woods was the only journalist reporting on the on-going public corruption involving former L.A. Metro CEO Phil Washington. Woods worked with Political Corruption expert Adam Loew, DC Watchdog organizations and leaders in the Capitol exposing Washington which ultimately led to the withdrawal of his nomination to head the FAA.

Woods also founded Malibu based 90265 Magazine and Cali Mag devoted to the authentic southern California lifestyle.

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