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Paradise Junior & Senior back open, 10 months after Camp Fire

Students have returned to school in the town of Paradise for the first time since the Camp Fire.

Posted: Aug 19, 2019 9:58 AM

Paradise, CALIF. - Students have returned to school in the town of Paradise for the first time since the Camp Fire.

According to Paradise Unified District Superintendent Michelle John, roughly 44% of the student body has returned, which is larger than the 33% that was predicted.  John says this had staff and faculty "scrambling" to accommodate all the extra students.

Still, school administrators were pleased that so many students returned.

Seventh graders Madison, Rachel, and Emily, all 12, all of whom lost their homes to the Camp Fire, walked into Paradise High School, now known as Paradise Junior/Senior, for their first day of 7th grade.  Their former school, Paradise Intermediate, burned down.

Principal Larry Johnson said, while the process may be intimidating for new, younger students, he thinks in the long run, these students will benefit from entering this school two years early. 

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