Hesperia Unified School District schools are closed Friday, as a result of the severe weather hammering the city.


"The rumors are true: We are closing tomorrow," Deb Baker, assistant to Superintendent Mark McKinney, said Thursday afternoon. The largest school district in the Victor Valley's schools will be closed "for a variety of reasons, including the [traffic] advisory that went out from the city."


The weather this week has already impacted attendance.


"Our attendance was extremely low today, and because tomorrow's Friday, we assumed that tomorrow's attendance would also be extremely bad."


The HUSD has a single "snow day" built into the 2009-2010 school year calendar to absorb just such an unplanned day off.


The school district's automated Connect-ED system will be calling students' families and staff at 6 p.m. to inform them of the closure, and will try a second time at 8 p.m. to reach anyone missed the first time around. The message from McKinney cites "unsafe road conditions and road closures caused by inclement weather" as the reasons for the closures.


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