After mandatory evacuations that began about 2:00 am Monday morning, many UUSD students and staff remain unable to return to their homes because of fire activity or road closures. “Sadly, some people will have no homes to return to,” said Superintendent Debra Kubin, referring to the fact that several homes have been lost to the fires.
The District will decide whether to open schools after Tuesday based on the status of the fires. It will inform the public about whether school is in session via local radio and news outlets, social media, and automated phone calls to student homes.
Thus far, all UUSD schools and other District facilities remain unharmed by the fires. District personnel are working with the Mendocino County Office of Emergency Services to keep up-to-date about the firefighters’ progress.
When students return to school, UUSD plans to provide counseling and other support services. “We can’t know the full impact of this fire yet, but we will do all we can as a school district to help students and staff work through this tragedy,” Kubin said.