Children return to school 3 weeks after California wildfire

December 4, 2018

About 31,000 Butte County students have been away from school since the disaster. On Monday, nearly all of them went back, though some of them attended class in other buildings. Counselors brought in from around the country were in nearly every classroom to help children.

Eight-year-old Bella Maloney woke up next to her little brother in a queen-size bed at a Best Western hotel and for breakfast ate a bagel and cream cheese that her mother brought up from the lobby.

And then she was off to school for the first time in nearly a month.

For Bella, brother Vance and thousands of other youngsters in Northern California who lost their homes or their classrooms in last month’s deadly wildfire, life crept a little closer to normal Monday when school finally resumed in most of Butte County.