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North Bay Schools to Stay Closed Rest of Week

Napa Valley Unified School District schools will not reopen until at least next Monday because of ongoing air quality concerns related to the wildfires that continue to burn in the North Bay.

School district officials wrote on the district's website Tuesday that schools will remain closed through at least the rest of this week because "there is just too much variability in air quality to be confident for an entire school day."

The schools have been closed since wildfires sparked Oct. 8, burning across much of Napa County as well as Sonoma County and part of Solano County.

In Sonoma County, the Office of Education announced Tuesday that several school districts will remain closed through the week because of the fires, road closures or unhealthy air.

Bellevue, Bennett Valley, Geyserville, Kenwood, Piner Olivet Union, Rincon Valley, Roseland, Santa Rosa City Schools and Sonoma Valley school districts are all included in the closure.

The Mark West Union School District, which is located in the Larkfield burn zone, will be closed through Oct. 30 for cleanup. The district has contracted with Service Master Recovery Management, which estimates the fire mitigation effort will require 50 employees and take about 10 days to complete.

The Alexander Valley Union Elementary School District and Wright Elementary School District in Santa Rosa plan to reopen Wednesday. The Windsor Unified School District and Cloverdale Unified School District tentatively plan to reopen Wednesday.

The Oak Grove Union School District that serves west Santa Rosa and east Sebastopol tentatively plans to reopen schools Monday.

In addition, Santa Rosa Junior College announced that it would be closed for the rest of the week, with classes and activities resuming this Monday.

The Solano County Office of Education said all schools that were closed due to the Atlas fire reopened Monday.

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