Paradise students return to class after the Camp Fire


    Monday morning, Butte County students head back to school for the first time since the Camp Fire.

    Schools have been closed countywide since November 8, when the fire swept through Paradise, Concow and Magalia.

    Fourteen schools were damaged or destroyed during the fire. On Monday, 87 schools with 28,032 students are scheduled to return to class.


    Students in Paradise Unified School District will attend classes in several different locations. Prior to the fire, Paradise schools had about 4,000 students.

    Students and staff from Paradise Elementary will be bused to Bird Street School in Oroville. A sign outside the school reads 'Welcome to Paradise Elementary School.'


    Ponderosa Elementary students and staff will be bused to Durham Elementary School.

    Cedarwood and Pine Ridge students will stay in their area and busing will resume to Cedarwood School.

    Paradise Intermediate and Paradise High School will be learning in an independent study model with drop-in labs at the Chico Mall.

    Officials said they hope to have a long-term solution ready next month.

    On Monday, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will speak with Butte County educators to mark the re-opening of Butte County schools, less than a month after the worst fire in California history destroyed most of Paradise and Concow. Torlakson will commend the hard work, dedication and determination of Butte County educators.

    About 300 Paradise students have chosen to enroll in Chico Unified School District.

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