SHASTA CO. Calif -- California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson visited the schools affected by the Carr Fire today along with other county and local school officials.
Officials from local schools all the way up to the state superintendent toured the schools affected showing their support for the communication and partnership between them.
The group toured 4 schools in the burn areas, some of which were damaged by the fire but all have students that now without homes because of the fire.
Now the process begins of rebuilding and making sure that all students in these schools are given the education they deserve.
I have all my top staff working on it” Says Torlakson. “Sharing the school's story and figuring out what can further be done to get those students back in the classrooms.”
One of the heaviest hit schools is Shasta union elementary school that sustained some damage.
Shasta County Superintendent Judy Flores was one of those touring the damaged school.
While there was damage to sheds, a workshop, some classroom, and playgrounds, Flores remarked “the learning environments for the kids... the office areas... the cafeteria... all that stands as it was last spring.”
But the biggest task now is starting the school year at a new school for the 150 students who attended Shasta elementary school last year.
According to the county, the students will be starting at Igo-Ono Elementary School on Monday of this next week.
Flores also told us today as she is aware of the rebuilding process will take 4 to 6 months to repair Shasta Union Elementary School.
Once Repairs are finished the students will continue their school year back at the school they were supposed to go to.
This will be a long process between transportation, paperwork, and new learning needs, everyone involved in the education process will be here to help those students affected.
Torlakson pledged his commitment to the area as well as other areas today by saying “we are going to be continuing to help... we did this last year, we are still helping with those fires in Napa and Sonoma.”
Ultimately the state superintendent says that student’s health and students learning and that he sees an intense show of community support and cooperation within our community. And pledges his support through it all.
He says “fighting the fire... suppressing the fire we are seeing that we are grateful it is coming under greater containment but this will be a one or two year process now where these districts will need help.”
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