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Anxious students head back to school in Napa

  • 'She is terrified,' Meagan Currie said of her daughter Madison, 5, whom she tried to comfort while dropping her off for kindergarten on the first day of classes after Sunday's earthquake at Browns Valley Elementary School on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 in Napa. (BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat)

Napa brothers Javier and Jesus Ramirez normally would be out the front door of their house before their parents, eager to get to school. But on Wednesday, their mother, Silvia R. Guzman, struggled to get the boys, 10 and 7, respectively, out of the family’s SUV when they arrived on campus.

It was their first day back at Browns Valley Elementary School since Sunday’s magnitude-6.0 earthquake rocked the Napa Valley. The 3:20 a.m. quake disrupted water and power services, injured more than 200 people, severely damaged more than 100 structures and caused serious damage to several hundred more.

“I’m scared because I think there’s going to be another earthquake,” Jesus Ramirez said as he lined up outside his classroom off Buhman Avenue in west Napa — not far from the fault line that released the powerful earthquake.

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Anxiety was evident as students arrived on campus, hanging on to their parents, who waited with them until school started.

Meagan Currie held tight to her 5-year-old daughter, Madison, who cried when it was time to go into her kindergarten class.

“I’m terrified,” Currie said about leaving her daughter at school. “I didn’t want her to go.”

However, she said her husband urged her to drop their daughter off at school “to make her brave and strong.”

School had been canceled throughout the Napa Valley Unified School District on Monday and Tuesday while officials made sure there was no damage to the district’s 31 campuses in Napa, American Canyon and Yountville.

With a clean review at all but one school — Stone Bridge Charter School, where minor cracks were found — school was back in session Wednesday.

There wasn’t a significant change in school attendance Wednesday, compared to other days, according to a district official.


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