Update, 2 p.m. Wednesday:
The evacuation order for Santa Margarita Elementary has been lifted and classes will begin on Thursday.
“The safety of AUSD students, staff, and community members continues to be our top priority,” the Atascadero school district said in a statement. “We are excited that students and staff are able to return to the campus and AUSD will continue to follow the recommendation of the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District and the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department.”
A meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday to provide information to the community in the Santa Margarita Elementary School multi-purpose room. It will also include a short question and answer session with representatives from responding agencies.
The transportation stop at H Street and Pinal Avenue is still not accessible because of the evacuation order. Any students displaced by the closure can access transportation services by arriving at the Santa Margarita school stop. Go to bus routes at http://atasusd.org for more information.
Update, 3 p.m.
Santa Margarita Elementary School will not open for the first day of classes, according to an announcement from the Atascadero Unified School District.
According to the announcement, Cal Fire notified the district that the evacuation order for Santa Margarita Elementary School will remain in effect into tomorrow and until local authorities lift the order.
"AUSD's number one priority is the safety and well being of our students, staff, and community," district representatives wrote in the news release. "Our thoughts and concerns are with the community of Santa Margarita and anyone effected by this event."
Additionally, the Santa Margarita School and H Street and Pinal at the Park transportation stops will not be accessible due to the Cal Fire evacuation zone in Santa Margarita. Any students displaced due to these closures may access transportation services by arriving at any other stop on Route 7 or 9.
Cal Fire spokesman Bennett Milloy said Cal Fire couldn’t give the school a specific answer on whether it would need to evacuate.
Fire officials were waiting until the afternoon winds passed to see how much of a threat the blaze is to the school.
“It was their decision to do that,” Milloy said of the decision not open. “We weren’t able to give them direction one way or another quite yet.”
Santa Margarita Elementary School officials canceled two back-to-school events Tuesday in light of the Cuesta fire threatening the community, though they are planning for the first day of classes to start Wednesday.
The elementary school canceled its annual Kindergarten Tea and a Meet and Greet scheduled for Tuesday, principal Michelle Fox announced on the school website.
Santa Margarita Elementary School is at 22070 H St., within the mandatory evacuation zone set up Monday night. As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, the evacuation remained in effect, so the school remains on standby concerning whether it can open Wednesday.
Parents will be notified via the district notification system if classes will not be held Wednesday, according to the school website.
Anyone with questions regarding the school is asked to call the Atascadero Unified School District at 805-462-4200.