CHICO, Calif. - Over 12,000 students are expected to start classes within the Chico Unified School District on Aug. 15 with around 300 being due to more students moving to Chico after fleeing the Camp Fire.
The surge that followed the November fire is continuing through the 2019-2020 school year as many families have made Chico a permanent home.
"Obviously the 300 came earlier than we thought but we were preparing over the years for attendance to increase and a lot of our facilities already were getting new buildings," said Jay Marchant, an assistant superintendent. "One of our [elementary schools] is just finishing up and another two are almost ready to be done."
The North Valley Community Foundation helped secure a grant to add three new part-time counselors to each high school and teachers have been partaking in training to help students in a wide range of topics.
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