The Paradise Unified School District and Butte County Office of Education have a plan to get school kids back in some form of classroom.
PUSD has identified locations for elementary students (TK-6) and will begin classes Dec. 3. The district has arranged transportation.
Grades 6-12 will be on an independent study until the district can find suitable buildings to hold classes. Students will meet with teachers until the start of the second semester in January.
“Through all of this, you have to understand that although our schools were destroyed our school district was not,” said PUSD Superintendent Michelle John. “We’re still here and we are working hard to welcome our students and staff back as soon as possible.”
Only one of the nine PUSD schools escaped damage or destruction, though most of the district’s infrastructure was damaged or destroyed by the fire. Four of the district’s five charter schools also were damaged or destroyed.
“If we can’t get our students with all of their classmates and with their teachers, we at least want them enrolled in school where they are now so there’s no break in their education,” said Butte County Superintendent of Schools Tim Taylor.
As Capital Public Radio has previously reported, Taylor also said disaster and trauma experts from throughout the state will work with students and teachers.
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