Schools CLOSED 10/31/2023 Due to Highland Fire

Dear Cottonwood, Hamilton Elementary, and Hamilton Secondary School Families:

We hope this message finds you safe and well. Due to the ongoing and evolving situation related to the Highland Fire, school will be closed on October 31, 2023. 

We want you to know that this decision was not made lightly, but after careful consideration of local authorities’ advisements, evacuation orders, transportation impacts, the current level of fire containment, and the possibility of power outages. 

Our primary concern is the safety of our students, staff, and their families. The closure will remain in effect until conditions improve and it is safe to resume regular operations. We understand the inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this challenging time. 

We will continue to evaluate the situation and send updates daily regarding the reopening of schools. In the meantime, we encourage you to stay tuned to local news and emergency services for the latest updates on the Highland Fire. The safety and wellbeing of our school community remain our top priority, and we thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate this situation together. 


Hemet Unified