August 13, 2018
State Superintendent Torlakson Visits Shasta County Schools Impacted by Wildfires
REDDING—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Tuesday plans to visit Shasta County public schools impacted by massive wildfires that continue to burn while the school year is scheduled to start.
Torlakson will meet with Shasta County Superintendent of Schools Judy Flores, who is leading efforts to open schools on time, make sure facilities are safe, and serve students and their families, including those whose homes burned in the Carr fire.
The wildfire started nearly three weeks ago and has burned more than 200,000 acres in Shasta and Trinity counties, destroyed about 1,600 buildings, and has been linked to the deaths of eight people.
“Superintendent Flores and her team are doing outstanding work in the midst of terrible tragedy, and I am supporting their efforts to open schools on time and help students succeed,” said Torlakson, who leads the nation’s largest public school system. “The California Department of Education has been working daily with Judy and other county school superintendents to assist with fire recovery, cleanup, and other resources.”
Fire crews made school protection a top priority during the firestorm, and only a few buildings sustained damage. But many students and their families were evacuated, lost homes, and are living in temporary housing.
Torlakson will join Flores on visits including the Gateway Unified School District in Redding, which had no major school damage but has 300 students currently made homeless by the fire. He will also stop at Shasta Union Elementary School, where buildings were damaged and students are being relocated to Igo-Ono Elementary School in Redding.
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100