First day back to school postponed in Westwood

Westwood Unified School District is pushing back the start of school as the Dixie Fire forced evacuations in the area last week.

According to a statement from Superintendent/Principal Mike Altenburg, “The past few weeks have been tough. We are on day 28 of battling the Dixie Fire and many if not all our families have been displaced. We continue to think about each and everyone of you. Times are tough at the moment, and we are starting to feel the strain of this devastating fire.”

The statement continued, “With the start of school on the horizon, I want to inform you of the changes brought upon by the mandatory evacuations from the Dixie Fire: The first day of school is postponed. School will begin two-weeks after the mandatory evacuation orders are lifted for Westwood and surrounding areas”

More details will follow with an exact date once the order is lifted.

“All our staff at Westwood Unified School District wish you the best during these hard times. Our community is resilient and will bounce back stronger than before. Even though we are all separated we are still here for you emotionally. If you need any support, please reach out to us. Take care, stay safe and remember that we are here for you,” read the statement shared with families.