UPDATED: Paradise Charter Schools to Reopen for the First Time Since Camp Fire

November 28, 2018

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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UPDATED: Paradise Charter Schools to Reopen for the First Time Since Camp Fire

Schools to convene at Living Hope Fellowship, Life Church and CORE Butte Gymnasium

CHICO, CA - The Paradise charter school community today announced that school will resume for Paradise charter school students beginning next Monday, December 3 after the deadly Camp Fire displaced all six charter schools in the area, two of which were completely destroyed and one of which was severely damaged. Working together to ensure students have a safe space and lose little instructional time, charter school educators will convene classes at Living Hope Fellowship, Life Church, and CORE Butte Gymnasium in Chico.

"Our top priorities are the safety, well-being and education of our students, and one of the most impactful ways we can ensure this is to get our students and teachers back together as soon as possible to begin the healing and rebuilding process," said Casey Taylor, executive director, Achieve Charter Schools of Paradise. "Structure, support, and, security are critical for our students during this rebuilding phase, and we are so grateful to Living Hope Fellowship, Life Church and CORE Butte Charter for sharing their facilities with us as a temporary home."

The two charters schools that were destroyed in the Camp Fire include Achieve Charter High School and CORE Butte Paradise Center. Children's Community Charter School was severely damaged in the fire.

Starting Monday, December 3:

  • Achieve Charter School of Paradise K-8 students will attend school at Life Church located at 1492 East Avenue in Chico. The school will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • CORE Butte Paradise Center students, who are all non-classroom-based students, will be able to access CORE Butte Chico resource centers as needed. K-8 students will use the 2847 Notre Dame Boulevard location, and high school students will use the 260 Cohasset Road #120 location in Chico.

Children's Community Charter School, which was severely damaged in the fire, will join forces and share space with Paradise Charter Middle School starting the week of Monday, December 3 at the CORE Butte Gymnasium located at 2847 Notre Dame Boulevard in Chico. Since this space is shared, the Gymnasium will run on a block schedule split between the two charter schools as follows:

  • Mondays and Tuesdays will be open to Paradise Middle School students 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays will be open to Children's Community Charter School students 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Fridays will be open to all students from both Paradise Charter Middle School and Children's Community Charter School 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Also beginning Monday, December 3, HomeTech Charter School and Achieve Charter High School students will attend school at Living Hope Fellowship located at 355 Panama Avenue in Chico. Since space is shared, the schedules for each school and their students will be slightly different:

  • HomeTech Charter School will be open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Achieve Charter High School will be open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Fridays, the school will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.

School will be closed for the regular holiday break from December 20 through January 4 and will resume on Monday, January 7, 2019.

In an effort to start the rebuilding process as quickly as possible, the Paradise charter school community holds regular meetings with the Butte County Office of Education, Paradise and Chico Unified School Districts, third party vendors, and charter school champions from across the state to identify new locations for their schools. Living Hope Fellowship and Life Church are long-term interim locations for Achieve Charter Schools and HomeTech Charter School. CORE Butte Gymnasium is a temporary location for Paradise Charter Middle School and Children's Community Charter Schools, but partners continue to meet and work around the clock to secure permanent sites for each school.

For a full list of Camp Fire supports, visit the Butte County Office of Education: https://www.bcoe.org/

To join relief efforts and help Paradise charter schools rebuild, visit: https://info.ccsa.org/paradise-butte

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