Home-schooling programs have seen a surge of interest since campuses closed in March. Parents are looking for flexibility and control.
Massive wildfires have become an annual event in California, and they are the first test of how schools can handle a crisis while distance learning.
California teachers have had to be creative to keep students learning after campuses shut down in March.
Superintendents who lead districts where they grew up say they are motivated by a yearning to honor their mentors who nurtured them along the way.