By Carolyn Jones

January 29, 2018

See Original Post

California schools ravaged by fire, floods and mud this year have mostly

re-opened and are diving in to a new semester, but district leaders say

they've learned some crucial lessons about handling natural disasters that

all schools could benefit from.

"A disaster could happen anywhere at any time in California," said Steven

Herrington, superintendent of the Sonoma County Office of Education, where

two public schools were destroyed, nearly a dozen schools were damaged and

hundreds of students and staff lost their homes. "We all have emergency

plans. For us, overall, things went pretty smoothly. But nothing can really

prepare you for a major disaster like what we experienced."