By Carolyn Jones
January 29, 2018
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."