SANTA ROSA - Teacher Linda Severs lost her school but not her house. Parent Matt Todhunter lost his home but not the school his children attended. And Debra Sanders, who has spent the last six years providing school services for homeless families, suddenly found her own family in that same classification.
Northern California’s Oct. 8 wildfires were among the most destructive in U.S. history, and in Sonoma County, they uprooted an entire school system. As the fires raged, nearly all of the county’s 183 public schools closed, serving 71,000 students. As of Friday, about 75 of those schools remain shuttered, either because of fire or smoke damage or the inability to bring back dislocated teachers, staff and students.
Never before has a California wildfire disrupted a county’s K-12 education so widely, said Steven D. Herrington, superintendent of the Sonoma County Office of Education.
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Photo: Northern California’s Oct. 8 wildfires were among the most destructive in U.S. history, and in Sonoma County, they uprooted an entire school system. Stuart Leavenworth firstname.lastname@example.org