Valley Fire

Transportation Status Update

posted Dec 2, 2015, 1:36 PM by Nick Hadgis

Dear Middletown School District families,

I just wanted to remind you that due to road hazard abatement on both highways 29 and 175, our buses are going to be delayed at times.  It is really important that this work is completed so that the roads will be safe, especially with the upcoming storms this winter.  Some of the burned trees are already beginning to fall, so it is even more critical for this work to get done - we do not want any trees falling on anyone.

In addition to this, our transportation department has been hampered by a shortage of school bus drivers. If anyone out there is interested in becoming a driver, please contact Wendy Farrell (987-4180).  To become a driver, you must go through specialized training and testing, drug screening, and get a class B license.  Drivers are subject to random drug and alcohol testing throughout the year as well.

As if that all wasn't enough, due to the Valley Fire, our buses have been driven many more miles and been subject to more stresses than usual.  Despite our best efforts, some of them are breaking down, which means the transportation department has had to get resourceful - borrowing buses, using vans, and doubling up runs. 

Every single person in our transportation department has had to work a lot of overtime due to these factors.  They hate sitting in traffic as much as you and I do, and are equally frustrated by not knowing whether they'll be on schedule each day or not.  

We sincerely hope things will return to normal soon, but until they do, please try to be understanding when your student's bus is delayed.  Our transportation department has done, and continues to do, an exemplary job under very trying circumstances.

Thank you,

Cobb reopening, Revised Bus Schedules and New Start Times!

posted Oct 15, 2015, 12:21 PM by Nick Hadgis

Hello Middletown families,

We want to share some good news!  On Monday, Oct. 19th, Cobb School will be reopening.  Along with that, we are going to be able to start school earlier, and our former bus runs will be restored. 

Because we are still bringing in students from other areas,we still need to start a little later.  Effective Monday, and for the rest of the year, your student's school will start a half hour later than in did at the beginning of the year, and end a half hour later than it did at the beginning of the year.  Please check with your student's school for exact times.

The new bus schedules are posted on the district website.  Please check them because these times have also changed.

Thank you for your understanding over these past few weeks as we got schools up and running again.

Out of district bus service

posted Sep 23, 2015, 11:10 AM by Nick Hadgis

Parents and students of Middletown Schools!  

We need to know if any of our students who are living in Lakeport, Kelseyville, Clearlake, Calistoga or other surrounding areas need a ride to their school down here next week when we open. We're trying to get bus service set up. Please spread the word, and ask anyone who is interested to contact me or their principal by e-mail to let them know.  We'll need your student's name and pick-up address.  


Middletown High School:

Middletown Middle School

Loconoma Valley High School

Cobb Mountain Elementary School

Coyote Valley Elementary School:

Minnie Cannon Elementary School:

School Starts Monday, September 28, 2015!

posted Sep 22, 2015, 2:03 PM by Nick Hadgis

Dear Middletown USD families,

I am happy to tell you that we will be starting school again on Monday, September 28th.  We are still working out some details, but we know our schools will be ready for you to come back then.

Our bus schedules might change a little, as well as some stops, so please check the district website for updated information frequently.  We are also trying to arrange for bus service from Lower Lake for those of you staying elsewhere in Lake County.  We'll keep you posted!

Cobb School's "home away from home" is going to be in the portables on the backside of the Middle School campus.  There's a playground from when Minnie Cannon was there, and all of our other resources.  We are putting the classrooms together now.  Watch for information from Mr. Leonard soon.

I am very much looking forward to welcoming you all back to our schools on Monday.  I also understand that some of you may not be able to come back just yet.  Please just e-mail me or your principal so we know you're OK.

Take good care of yourselves, and we'll see you on Monday!


UPDATE Friday Sept 18, 2015

posted Sep 18, 2015, 8:29 AM by Nick Hadgis

Dear Middletown USD families,

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as we begin, as a community, to recover from this terrible event.  I want you to know that we are working very hard to have the schools ready as soon as possible so that we are ready for your children whenever we are allowed to return home.  We think we may be able to open at the end of next week, or on Monday of the following week.

There is a lot of smoke, ash, and soot in some of our campuses, and this needs to be cleaned out (by wiping everything in the rooms and HEPA vacuuming) and then the air purified.  All of the food in our refrigerators and freezers has spoiled and needs to be removed and replaced. This work begins with a large team from ATI coming in on Saturday. They are hoping to be done by Wednesday, but it depends on what they run into.  I walked all the campuses with them on Tuesday, and we did a very thorough assessment, but it is always possible we missed something.

The Minnie Cannon, Coyote Valley, and Middle School campuses came through the fires without much smoke impact.  The high school/ag program was impacted more, and Cobb School the most. The large rooms seemed to fare the worst and will need extensive cleaning:  HS and MS gym, Coyote Valley and Cobb multipurpose rooms.

The Loconoma classroom and our maintenance facility burned.  We will be replacing both and plan to move the Loconoma program over to another classroom until their building is replaced.

As you can guess, Cobb School has a huge amount of smoke, soot, and ash infiltration.  This leaves the air unhealthy to breathe in the schoolrooms.  Because of the way the school was built with those lovely peaked roofs, the smoke and soot are very concentrated in the attics.  The team is going to need to access these areas to get it all cleaned out.  They’re also going to need to replace a lot of ceiling tiles, clean all carpets, wipe down every single thing in every single room, and then run air purifiers for some days.  It may take two months to get that campus ready for the staff and kids again. We are developing plans to bring the Cobb kids and their teachers into town until Cobb reopens.  Our goal is to keep everyone together.

We are also working on getting our sewers and wells back online district wide.  Our school buses seem to be fine.  They get checked out today.  ATT has placed an emergency communication satellite and generator on the Cobb field.  This will be there until the ATT lines are repaired so that the community has 911 access.

A number of our teachers, staff members, and principals have lost their homes, as have so many of our families.  We know that some families will need to stay elsewhere for awhile.  Anyone in that situation has the right to enroll their student(s) in the local schools until they can return.  We are also trying to figure out a way to provide bus service into the district for those of you who are staying in Clearlake and Kelseyville and areas nearby and want your children to continue to attend our schools.

Middletown USD families, we are here to teach and support your children in every way we can.  We are very anxious to get things back to normal for all of our students and know that you, our community, feels the same way.  We will have teams of counselors and mental health professionals on campuses to help us transition the children back into school and deal with the trauma of the Valley Fire. There are going to be some bumps in the road, and we hope you’ll be patient with us as we deal with them.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to e-mail me.  As long as I can keep my devices charged up, I will respond.

Love to you all,

Catherine Stone

Superintendent, Middletown Schools

UPDATE: Thursday Sept 17, 2015 (en español)

posted Sep 17, 2015, 7:20 AM by Nick Hadgis   [ updated Sep 17, 2015, 7:21 AM ]

Hola a todos, quiero asegurarles que no vamos a abrir nuestras escuelas durante un tiempo. Sabemos que tenemos a nuestra comunidad de estar de vuelta antes de que podamos abrir. Pasé el día caminando por todas nuestras escuelas con nuestra gente de seguros. Tenemos una gran cantidad de daños por humo en nuestras aulas y oficinas, y que conseguir todo eso limpiado antes de traer a nadie de nuevo. También perdimos nuestra aula de la escuela Loconoma. Os mantendremos informados en cuanto tengamos más información sobre cuándo podríamos abrir. Gracias por su comprensión y esperamos que estés a salvo y poder volver pronto.



UPDATE: Thursday Sept 17, 2015

posted Sep 17, 2015, 7:15 AM by Nick Hadgis   [ updated Sep 17, 2015, 7:15 AM ]

Hello everyone, 

I want to let you know that we are not going to be opening our schools for a while. We know that we need our community to be back before we can open. I spent the day walking around all of our schools with our insurance people. We have a lot of smoke damage in our classrooms and offices, and need to get all of that cleaned up before we bring anybody back in. We also lost our Loconoma school classroom. We will keep you informed as we get more information about when we might open. Please feel free to contact me (PM or comment) with any questions or concerns you have. I respond intermittently when I have access to the internet. Thank you for your understanding, and I pray you're all safe and able to come back soon.



School Canceled Until Further Notice

posted Sep 15, 2015, 3:45 PM by Nick Hadgis   [ updated Sep 15, 2015, 4:08 PM ]

Due the Valley Fire, school has been cancelled until further notice. All of our schools are OK.

We send our very best thoughts to all in our devastated community.

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