Thomas Fire Information & FAQ
Calendars have been revised and will be effective as of January 8, 2018.
Please see below for School Calendars:
Elementary (K-5) Calendar
Incident Information: http://www.readyventuracounty.org/
Air Quality: Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
American Red Cross: Ventura County Chapter
Helping Children Cope: Helping Children Cope
Emotional Support and Counseling
Helping Children After a Wildfire: Tops for Parents and Teachers from the National Association of School Psychologists (English | Spanish)
Parent Guidelines for Helping Children Impacted by Wildfires from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (English | Spanish)
Helping Children Cope (categorized by age group) from Ready.gov
Listen, Protect, Connect - Psychological First Aid from Ready.gov
- For Students and Teachers | Quick Reference for Teachers | Full Teacher Guidelines
- For Children and Parents
Help Kids Cope App from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Free phone counseling is available from the Optum Health Critical Incident Response Services at 866-342-6892
Assistance and Recovery for Fire Victims
Ventura County Recovers - official recovery updates and resources from County of Ventura
Human Services Agency Resource Sheet - housing, cash aid, internet, childcare, foster children, seniors
2-1-1 Ventura County - storage, volunteering, donations, childcare, animals, veterans, special needs
ThomasFireHelp.com - community-based resources, including where to give/receive donations and volunteer opportunities
Assistance for School Employees
California School Employees Association Disaster Assistance (login required)
Correspondance to Staff
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When will schools reopen?
A. We anticipate all schools will be open on Monday, January 8, 2018. Confirmation will be provided via our social media sites and telephone messaging systems on Friday, January 5th by 5:00 p.m.
Q. Will all activities resume on Monday?
A. Monday's reopening will be subject to review of all relevant facts on Friday, January 5, 2018.
Q. Will we need to add days or minutes to make-up for lost school days?
A. In previous emergencies similar to this, districts have submitted a state waiver to avoid adding days to the year for days lost to fires.
Q. Once schools open, what happens if an employee cannot make it to work due to personal fire events?
A. We are sensitive to the personal impact of these fires and our employees, please notify your immediate supervisor.
Q. What if I am interested in making a donation?
A. Please see resources above, we not authorized to take any monetary donations.
Q. Were any of the schools damaged by the fire?
A. We are thankful that none of our schools were damaged by the fire.
IN TIMES OF GREAT EMERGENCY, WITH A LOT AT STAKE FOR KIDS, PEOPLE RISE TO THEIR VERY BEST. OUR APPRECIATION TO THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE DONE SO ON A DAILY BASIS. TOGETHER WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS MOST CHALLENGING OF TIMES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HUMANITY AND YOUR PROFESSIONALISM.