PARADISE, Calif. - Students are back on campus in Paradise after fleeing to other district campuses following the Camp Fire.
Assistant Superintendent Tom Taylor said the enrollment is much higher than they anticipated. 400 students higher to be exact.
"It sends a great message to our community that things are returning to normal, a little bit," said Taylor.
With some Paradise schools merging with others, Taylor says on those first few days back, the teachers and staff worked very hard to have the rooms ready for the kids to come in.
As far as helping the students further, two additional counselors have been added to each school as well as different programs being added to help the kids, like art therapy.
Taylor says the district buses are running and are picking up about 800 kids from Chico, Oroville and Durham.
The Town came together on Friday for the first game of the football season.
"That was a great thing to return to the ridge. You saw so many people who had left the ridge [and then] returned," said Taylor. "5,200 people, we believe, total [showed up]. [It was] just a real positive evening for the kids and for the parents."