GREENOUGH - It was not a typical first day of school for Seeley Swan High Schoolers Tuesday. Classes have been moved to The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough temporarily.
That's because the high school is in the middle of a mandatory evacuation zone due to the Rice Ridge fire burning dangerously close to the town of Seeley Lake. Classes will be held at this location until further notice according to the Missoula County Public School officials.
Seeley Swan Principal Dr. Kat Pecora says the day was hectic, but that its awesome to be at Paws Up Ranch.
Gabby Sexton, a Seeley Swan student, offered her experience from the first day of her senior year.
"It's great. Going back to school stinks, but this place is pretty great and the food is awesome," Sexton said.
"I thought it went really well. All my classes were well-behaved and engaged and they are just ready and excited to be back at school," said Seeley Swan Science Teacher Tonia Smith. "The whole staff recognizes that The Resort at Paws Up went above and beyond in helping us offer a great classroom experience for our students."
Athletic practices will take place at Mt. Jumbo elementary in Missoula if air quality in Missoula is good enough to hold outdoor practices.
Each days, students on football, volleyball and cross country teams will be bussed to Mt Jumbo for practice and then bussed back to Seeley Swan or Condon to return home. You can click here for bussing info.
-- Information and photos from Missoula County Public Schools