WEED, Calif. — While the Weed elementary and high schools are still closed for fire investigations, College of the Siskiyous is back in session for students today. Students at College of the Siskiyous are just being released from classes on the first day back since the fire.
Representatives say students had to be evacuated from dorms the day of the fire. Right now, the school is still trying to get a number of students who’ve been affected. Along with students and their families, Many members of the staff here are displaced from their homes this week and some have lost everything.
Bill Boggs, a student at College of the Siskiyous explains, “I think the classes will be smaller. Do you push through and try to stay positive? Or do you try to help the community?”
Dawnie Slabaugh, Director Public Relations with the college, says, “we are going to have counseling available for students and staff, and just trying to do everything we can to support the community.”
The counseling staff and representatives for the school say they don’t expect all of their students to be on campus today. They say the classes are a way to help people get back into their normal schedules and feel supported by their college community.
And here at the student center, students are helping each other. The associated student body has a fire information board to help students who aren’t in the affected neighborhoods understand where the fire was the most damaging and how they can help their classmates.