‘New normal’ at these California schools: Wildfire, blackout days built into calendar

A Northern California school district is adapting to years of deadly fires in the state — and predictions of a fiery future — by adding extra days to its schedule in case wildfires, smoke or blackouts force fall classes to be canceled.

“We’re having to deal with a new normal,” Joe Schunk, a Napa Valley Unified School District trustee, said Thursday before the education board voted unanimously to designate three days on the calendar for make-up classes to be held if needed, the Napa Valley Register reports. “I’ve raised the concern (before) about smoke days and shutoff days, and that’s the unfortunate new normal that’s affecting our cities and our schools.”

This week’s vote in the county north of San Francisco Bay came as district officials expressed a need to “account for such emergencies in a time of growing fire danger to ensure full repayment by California for disaster-triggered closures,” the Register reported, adding that Wine Country fires and Camp Fire smoke pollution closed schools for weeks in recent years.

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