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Earthquake Scuttles Classes in Alaska, As California Students Return to School

By Denisa R. Superville — December 11, 2018 1 min read

While thousands of students in wildfire-ravaged Northern California resumed classes last week, thousands of others in Alaska stayed home after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Nov. 30.

Schools in the 48,000-student Anchorage district were to remain closed all week as administrators assessed the damage to the system’s 92 schools and buildings.

In Paradise, Calif., meanwhile, students returned to school nearly three weeks after the devastating Camp Fire ravaged the town, damaged or destroyed eight of its nine schools, and displaced about 5,000 students across Butte County.

Students in the hardest-hit towns—Paradise, Magalia, and Concow—are attending schools in neighboring districts. Some will take classes online and through independent study, at churches, and even at a local mall, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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A version of this article appeared in the December 12, 2018 edition of Education Week as Earthquake Scuttles Classes in Alaska, As California Students Return to School

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