Del Norte Schools Delayed Until September 5

Wildfire emergency delays school year


Del Norte County Unified School District announced a delayed start to the school year on their Facebook page.

The post reads:

We understand that only some are able to receive email at this time, so for the sake of staff, we are broadcasting this across all communications channels.

Dear Staff,

In light of the Smith River Complex Fire and to ensure the best possible outcomes for students, families, staff, and the community, we would like to inform you of a change in schedules for staff and students.

In consultation with Del Norte Teachers Association and the California School Employees Association, the District has determined that it is in the best interest of everyone to push back all regularly scheduled employee return dates by one week and to postpone the start of school to September 5th. This means, for example, that certificated employees who would have returned this Wednesday, will now report to work on Wednesday, August 30, and classified employees who would have started this Friday, will now report on Friday, September 1. The school secretaries’ meeting has been changed to August 28. All 260 day employees will still report to work tomorrow.

Please note the following exceptions to voluntary trainings: Youth Mental Health First Aid training will proceed as planned at DNHS, and Conscience Discipline training will take place as scheduled at the District Office Boardroom. However, any other trainings will be postponed until further notice.

We understand that there may be questions about these changes, and we will provide detailed communications as more information becomes available. For specific questions regarding changes in individual schedules, please reach out to your immediate supervisor for further clarification or assistance.

As educational staff, regardless of our roles, we are each committed to doing everything we can to provide the safest and best educational experiences for our students and supporting our community. We strongly recommend you stay updated on the Smith River Complex Fire. The most current information can be found at or on the front page of