Schools Closed for 100,000 Students Due to Extreme Weather

Another atmospheric river storm hit the state this week, downing power lines and flooding towns. According to the California Department of Education, 178 schools were forced to close. In all, 102,000 students were impacted.

School closures have affected 18 counties, according to EdSource. The hardest hit schools and districts include Sequoia Union Elementary School, Saucelito Elementary School, and the Three Rivers School District – all in Tulare.

“The amount of debris and the power from the sheer volume of water is something I’ve never seen before,” Jeff Ramsay, director of general services for the Tulare County Office of Education, told EdSource.

Meanwhile, all but one school in the Pajaro Unified School District have reopened following a levee break that flooded the town last weekend. 

Read the latest on California’s extreme weather and its impact on education here