Reports to the California Department of Education Emergency Services Team indicate that most schools in the state only sustained minor damage during the series of storms that hit the state in January, but that four school districts are still working to recover from major damage.
After a levee at Planada Elementary School in Merced County broke, water poured into classrooms, offices, and the library. According to the Merced County Times, the nearby Cesar E. Chavez Middle School has had to consolidate 300 students and teachers into fewer space. Repairing the elementary school’s infrastructure could take as long as 10 months.
Sunol Glen Elementary in Alameda County suffered extensive damage when a creek in the area broke through a fence, leaving mud and downed trees in its wake and flooding classrooms and offices and destroying the playground and garden. All of the students are back in class.
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The Arena Union Elementary School and Pacific Community Charter School in Mendocino County, which share a building, were both damaged when a tree fell on it. At Collegeville Elementary School in Stockton, three classrooms sustained unspecified damage.