In Time of Crisis the Diocese of Sacramento Catholic Schools Welcome Local Public School Students

Butte County students in Paradise, CA are welcomed into the local Catholic schools for the remainder of the school year.

Arlington, VA – The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) commends the Diocese of Sacramento for opening its classrooms to accommodate local public school students in grades PreK – 12. Anticipating that the devastation of the Camp Fire will keep many damaged and destroyed schools shuttered for the foreseeable future, the Diocese of Sacramento Superintendent Lincoln Snyder has announced that Catholic elementary and high schools in the Northern Sacramento Valley will accept these students for the remainder of the school year.

The following is a list of Catholic schools in the diocese that will be able to accept some displaced students:

Mercy High School, Red Bluff (7-12)
St. Thomas the Apostle School, Oroville (TK-8)
Notre Dame School, Chico (TK- 8)
Our Lady of Lourdes School, Colusa (TK-8)
St. Isidore School, Yuba City (TK - 8)
Sacred Heart School, Red Bluff (TK – 6)
St. Joseph’s School, Redding (TK-8)

Mr. Snyder announced tuition for these students for the remainder of the year will be waived, citing this offer might be one of the few options those families have to keep “a stabilizing force in the lives of their students.” Many families in the Catholic school community also have lost their homes and will need support as rebuilding begins.

The diocese asks for help in supporting all the families affected with donations of any amount. Mr. Snyder emphasized that the funds will be used for such things as uniforms, school materials, hot lunches, field trips, and other expenses associated with educating a child, as well as material and tuition relief for the currently enrolled school families in need. Any surplus will be used for future support for these affected families and Catholic schools of the region.

Donations are being accepted online through the Camp Fire Student Fund. More information is available on the Diocese of Sacramento website.

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