BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– The Boulder Valley School District will resume classes on Wednesday, Jan. 5 after the holiday break and the devastating Marshall Fire. The school district said that students will return to school because none of its facilities were destroyed or badly damaged by the fire.

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“It may be the only place in their lives that resembles any sense of normalcy. And with that being said, we know that school won’t look normal in the coming weeks. And our plan is really to do our best to wrap our kids. To provide them with the support that they need and really be with them during this most traumatic situation,” said Randy Barber, BVSD communications chief officer.

The school district stated that it did take into account the families that lost their homes in the fire, and the superintendent said that the district will work to provide support to students and their families following the tragedy.

In a statement, BVSD Superintendent Dr. Rob Anderson wrote in part, “Our hearts are with those who are waiting for word regarding their missing family members, as well as the 991 families who got confirmation that their homes have been destroyed on Saturday. We cannot fully comprehend what you are going through, but know that we are standing with you during this difficult time.”

Police tape closes off access to a home destroyed by the Marshall Fire in the Rock Creek neighborhood in the town of Superior in Boulder County, Colorado on January 1, 2022. (Photo by Jason Connolly / AFP) (Photo by JASON CONNOLLY/AFP via Getty Images)

The school district staff are air scrubbing the buildings that were impacted by smoke. School buildings will have natural gas service restored by Tuesday. Xcel Energy said that BVSD has had power restored to all its facilities.

The school district will distribute bottled water to students because of boil orders in effect for Superior and Louisville. Food service will continue to be available to all students.

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BVSD is also working to coordinate carpools to help students get to school and other activities.

Jennifer McRae