For Immediate Release
Fire ravaged Anova School to Re-open Monday October 30, 2017
Santa Rosa, CA, October 28, 2017 - After three emotional and action packed weeks, the Anova Center for Education’s Santa Rosa campus will re-open on Monday October 30, 2017. Previously at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, the Anova School lost most of the program to the Tubbs Fire and was out of session for three weeks.
Their 125 students from ages 5-22 will be temporarily divided and served in three locations in Sonoma County. Anova wishes to thank the Bennett Valley School District and the City of Healdsburg for generously offering classroom space to lease for our students. Along with Anova’s Santa Rosa offices, these spaces will serve as Anova’s home for the next few months.
Most Anova students are living with autism and find change or disruption to be extremely difficult. At least 9 Anova students also lost their home and therefore are at risk of displacement or other negative outcomes. Therefore the return of school programming is essential for our students and a huge accomplishment for the Anova families and our community.
It took an unprecedented amount of effort and cooperation on the part of the Anova team, local fire and building officials, local and state education administrators and many others to build the Anova School back to this point in only three weeks.
Anova co-founder Andrew Bailey said, “We are eternally grateful to our community for the support Anova has received in this endeavor. We are glad to be back to the ‘new normal’ and serving the children of the north bay at our three new locations.”
Founded in 2000, Anova is Northern California’s most trusted provider of education and therapy services for children and teens diagnosed with autism, learning differences, and other neuro-developmental impairments. Anova’s services include two specialized non-profit K-12 schools located in Santa Rosa and Concord, CA, behavior analysis, speech and language, social cognition, occupational therapy, sensory integration and training, early intervention, paraprofessional support in public schools, in-home services, and a transition program. www.anovaeducation.org
For questions or comments contact:
Andrew Bailey, Anova Co-founder
Mary Beth Ludwig, Anova Co-founder