SANTA ANA, Calif.
— More than 100 school closures were announced Thursday as Santa Ana Unified School District officials announced the closure of more than 1.5 million students nationwide following a wave of deadly shootings.
The district announced its plan to close 1,700 schools and suspend 3,000 others in the Santa Ana area after shootings occurred at an elementary school, an middle school and a high school.
In the latest incidents, an elementary student was shot in a middle school on Wednesday and another was killed when a gunman opened fire in a school.
The school districts plan to cancel all regular classes, including those with fewer than 30 students, and reduce enrollment by 30 percent, according to a district statement.
Schools will reopen in the coming days, but only after the district completes an assessment of the damage to the district, the statement said.
Schools are also closing for a week or more, with some schools already being closed because of safety concerns.
In addition, Santa Ana Mayor Scott Wiener announced the city will open all of its schools on Thursday.
Santa Ana officials also announced plans to close more than 700 parks across the city, and to suspend all outdoor activities for one week in the city.
Wiener said there is no known risk to public safety, and that the city’s plan is to make sure everyone who uses public parks feels safe.
Santa Barbara County also closed all parks Thursday.