Oroville Schools to Remain Closed

Even as evacuation orders are now lifted, schools that were forced to close due to the troubled Oroville Dam spillway, will remain closed through the rest of the week.

Classrooms were empty again on Tuesday for dozens of school districts across Yuba, Butte and Sutter counties.  Dr. Bal Dhillon is the Sutter County Superintendent of Schools.  She notes that the counties are in constant contact.  "(They are) trying to have a common message to our students, their families, and my superintendents have been really, really wonderful with that," said Dhillon.  Dhillon adds that extending the closure will allow for safe travel back into town.

Evacuees from the Oroville Dam area take shelter at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico, California on February 14, 2017. A sheriff lifted a mandatory evacuation order in northern California, which had impacted nearly 200,000 people in an area under threat of catastrophic failure at the tallest dam in the United States.

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Bill Ainsworth with the The State Department of Education says these schools qualify for relief through Average Daily Attendance Funding.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson writes, " Schools in California should not suffer financially for putting the safety of our students first based on these unprecedented flood dangers."

Sutter County  school closure information will be found here.  Butte County school closure information is here.


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