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California education news updates

Schools in 36 California counties have either cancelled classes or asked students to study at home independently because of PG&E power shutoffs.

The utility shut off power to some areas of the counties on Sunday because of high winds and dry conditions.

The shutoffs, called Public Safety Power Shutoffs by the utility, have impacted students in parts of Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Kern, Lake, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba counties.

Many schools in the rural areas have returned to in-person instruction, but most schools are still in distance learning because of Coronavirus concerns, with students learning from home on Zoom.

This year wildfires burned 4 million acres and killed 31 people in California.

Go here to find out when PG&E will restore power to each county.

Diana Lambert

EdSource staff

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