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Dear Parents & Supporters of CORE Butte,
Posted on November 16, 2018 by Mary Cox

Dear CORE Butte Community,

We know many of you are anxious for answers. I first want to reassure you that we are doing an incredible amount of work behind the scenes, with many different agencies, to be ready to support our Butte County families. The CORE Butte administration and staff have been tirelessly meeting to gather and plan so that we are ready once Butte County Office of Education gives us the "go ahead" to open our centers back up in Chico.

Once that happens, classes whether from Paradise or Chico, will be hosted at the Chico Centers. If you were enrolled in a Paradise Center class, that same class will be offered in Chico with your teacher.

Those affected by the Camp Fire directly, your CORE Butte Community will take care of you. Please do not worry about books or materials. When you are ready to reach out, we are ready to meet you where you are at. You're welcome to contact your PLT directly, or one of the following staff members:

Matt Harvey, High School Director
Linda Scherba, TK-8 Director
Mary Cox, Executive Director

Here is a link to a question form. We are working to answer questions that you have for our community. Please click on this link and someone will personally respond with an answer. We will use these to generate an FAQ form on our website as well.

Our website also has wonderful resources shared by Butte County Office of Education. I encourage you to check out the resources when you are ready.

If you are wanting to help, you're welcome to contact any email address above and we will let you know if there are immediate needs by our CORE Butte Community affected by the Camp Fire. If you are wanting to donate, please consider the following options:

Gift Cards- can be delivered to CORE Butte High School Campus
The North Valley Community Foundation- specifically Charter Schools
CCSA Charter Schools Affected by the Camp Fire in Butte County Fund

My heart is heavy, as I'm sure many of yours are too. CORE Butte had trauma counselors working with our staff on Wednesday and one piece really resonated with me. In times of tragedy we often want to find our own quiet space separate from others, and this is okay. When you are ready to start healing, "break bread" with one another. Find your community and support each other. Talk, share your stories. Laugh and cry together. Through community we will heal together, each at our own pace and place.

Our hearts are with all of you and we will do our best to communicate as much as possible.

If you have other questions, please view the FAQs on the right or the most recent blog updates below.

Mary Cox, M.Ed., Executive Director

Press Release from Tim Taylor of BCOE
Posted on November 16 2018 at 04:30 PM  by Susan Smith

Chico, CA Butte County education leaders have set December 3rd as the date for reopening an entire countywide school system shut down by the deadly Camp Fire. It is estimated over 5,000 students have been displaced by the blaze. Between now and December 3rd, district employees will attend trainings in preparation for reopening school sites that are safe for use.

At an afternoon news conference, Butte County Superintendent of Schools Tim Taylor said the priority in the fire region is to keep students together with their friends and teachers from their communities. [Click here to view the entire news conference.]

"One of the most important things for a child in their life is their school and their teacher. We want to make sure that while they"ve lost their schools that they haven"t lost hope," Taylor said.

The Butte County Office of Education (BCOE), 14 local school districts and 18 charter schools, are working together to enroll students. Families seeking information about the enrollment and placement process are asked to dial 2-1-1 for assistance beginning Monday, November 19.

The Camp Fire is still an active fire and space for temporary school sites is limited. Education leaders estimate needing the equivalent of at least 100 portable classrooms so Butte County students can return to school.

The greatest need is in Paradise where the Paradise Unified School District and a thousand charter school students are now displaced because multiple school sites were damaged or destroyed. "We will come back and we will come back much stronger, and that"s the message we want to get out there," said Paradise Unified School District Superintendent Michelle John.

Meantime, neighboring Chico Unified School District and other districts in the region are working to find available room within their boundaries for displaced students from neighboring districts.

"Whatever we have, we are willing to share. We are ready to do that," said Kelly Staley, Superintendent of the Chico Unified School District.

"I didn"t just lose my home. I lost my hometown," said Casey Taylor, Executive Director of Achieve Charter Schools.

Superintendent Taylor also made a public plea for support from a wide range of potential benefactors ranging from philanthropists, high tech businesses, and members of the entertainment industry to lend financial support for the rebuilding effort.

"We need your help,"Taylor said.

For the latest information, please visit the BCOE website at


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Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that the closure of Butte County schools has caused a lot of concern and questions. Below are some of the most commonly heard questions followed by answers we hope you will find helpful. Click on any question you would like to view the answer to.

What is the best way to get my questions answered?
Please submit any questions or concers to Someone will personally get back to you.
Is there a central list of local resources and activities for families displaced?
The Butte County Office of Education is maintaining a current list of available resources and activities for both students and families. Please CLICK HERE to view their page.
When will Butte College and Chico State classes resume?
At this time, Butte College and CSU, Chico are planning to resume class on 11/26. Students taking college classes should plan to attend. Visit or for up-to-date information.
I'm worried about finishing my college class. What should do I do?
If you are unable to continue with a Butte College class, you can call 530-895-2511 or visit the Admissions and Records Office to drop one or all of your classes.
Our student attended the Paradise resource center. Will our student now have a new PLT at one of the Chico centers?
Our hope is that students remain with their Paradise personalized learning teacher. No students or families will be forced to change teachers. Several staff members may team together to provide the best instruction and support possible for our students.
Will all students who want to transfer to CORE Butte have a spot or is there be a chance that there won't be availability?
Currently the high school does have a waitlist, but there is plenty of room in our TK-8 program.
My curricula was lost in the fire. What should I do?
CORE will replace all lost CORE curricula. Please contact your personalized learning teacher to initiate the process.
Can you please clarify when CORE classes will restart?
All of the information we have at this time states that all Butte County schools will re-open on December 3rd. We will update this as we get more information.
I need a copy of my transcript for my new school. Where can I get one?
Transcripts may be requested online at
I'm worried about the air quality. Is it safe to re-open on December 3rd?
We are following the guidance provided by the county superintendent of schools who is monitoring air quality daily. If it is in the best interest of our students to delay re-opening the county will make that decision and we will revise our expected date. We will communicate any delay as soon as we are made aware of it.