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Michelle John Portrait

Michelle John - Superintendent

(530) 872-6400 ext. 223

Jennifer Robbins Portrait

Jennifer Robbins - Executive Assistant

(530) 872-6400 ext. 223

February 2019 Parent LetterTop of Page

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, Staff and Community Members;
We made it through our first month of the new calendar year. Today is day 90 since the Camp Fire destroyed many of our buildings, homes and schools. What it did not destroy is our spirit!
We have happy students actively and successfully learning in Magalia, Chico, Durham, and Oroville. Students are with their teachers and friends each day. We have daily counseling services available for students and staff continuing to cope with trauma and loss.

As we begin planning for the 2019-2020 school year we will be seeking input from all stakeholders. As the town begins to clean up, so do outstanding schools. It is our goal to return to PHS and Om Wraith Field on June 6th for the senior class graduation.
Paradise Unified has every intention of running full, activity-based, problem solving, academic programs next school year, and even enhancing programs such as Construction, Welding, and Engineering to enable our students to have the skills necessary to help rebuild our town.
Soon we will be sending out a short survey asking parents and guardians their thoughts on returning back up the hill for the 2019-2020 school year once all sites are cleaned and we have received clearance on air quality, soil quality, and water.
Paradise Unified is determined to come back stronger than ever to ensure that the students on the Ridge receive the very best education possible. As we rebuild we will be thinking Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, Visual and Performing Arts, Career Technical Education, and Athletics. We will rebuild our schools and labs for 21st century learning. Thank you for your continued patience throughout this disaster. Please know that you are in our thoughts as we work together to rebuild our community. Remember that the essence of PUSD was never its buildings, it was always the people inside them.
The link below is from a recent trip to Southern California that many of our PHS students attended:
Choir from Fire-Ravaged Community Sings of Hope
The second link is from a recent talk I had the privilege of being asked to give to our State Assembly Education committee. The topic was The Impact of California Wildfires of Public Schools: Response and Recovery
We will soon begin a communication campaign tentatively titled, “Coming Home”. PUSD is a strong district now, and will continue to be. We will need help rebuilding our schools and community. But never doubt that the small community of Paradise will do just that. Our students need and deserve this. We look forward to you being a part of our rebuilding process.
Please do not hesitate to call or email me if I can be of assistance.
Michelle John