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As students and educators in and around the town of Paradise begin a new semester, just two months since the deadliest wildfire in California history, they are carrying with them levels of trauma that will certainly impact their ability to learn and teach, experts say.
Paradise Unified School District officials have found a location in Chico that will, for the foreseeable future, serve as the district’s high school while campuses decimated by the Camp Fire are rebuilt.
School officials throughout Butte County are working furiously to find classrooms for children who lost their schools in the Camp Fire, while also worrying about the emotional impact of the losses on students and teachers.
The Camp Fire damaged or destroyed the majority of the schools in the Paradise Unified School District and at least 3,800 of the district's students, along with scores of teachers and several school board members, lost their homes in what has become the deadliest fire in California history.
As of Monday, Oct. 30 all schools had re-opened except Riebli elementary, Schaefer elementary, Roseland Collegiate Prep and Hidden Valley Satellite. Students at those schools are attending other schools, at least temporarily.