Santa Rosa Junior College will reopen Monday after shutting its doors last week during the deadly North Coast fires, which destroyed hundreds of students’ homes and forced even more to evacuate.
Classes will resume online and at all its campuses and sites, including the Southwest Santa Rosa Center, Shone Farm and the Public Safety Training Center in Windsor, college officials said Wednesday. More than 27,000 students are enrolled this fall, and many looked forward to their return to campus.
The college surveyed students, and more than three-quarters of the 10,000 who responded said they were ready to head back, SRJC officials said.
Many faculty and staff had already returned to campus to provide other employees and students support and to get the campus ready for their return. The fires destroyed the homes of more than 450 students and 60 employees, according to the college, which started a relief fund to assist them. The Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation contributed $100,000 to the fund.
The college opened the student resource centers at its Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses Wednesday to provide support services to students affected by the fires, while the human resources department is assisting faculty and staff. The student resource centers will remain open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
“In the last week I’ve been so inspired and touched by everyone’s efforts to make the best of a very difficult situation,” SRJC president Frank Chong said in a statement. “Despite so many tragic losses, we will always be #SRJCstrong, #SRJCfuerte.”
The college plans to hold an event for its students and employees Thursday to provide them with information on campus services and distribute basic supplies. Food also will be provided.
Students who were heavily impacted by the fires and need assistance should call 707-527-4424 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Faculty or staff can reach out to the human resources department at 707-524-1624 or 707-527-4831.
College officials also said parking at all SRJC campuses and sites will be free through Oct. 28.
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