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Cajon Valley School District Working To Bring Students Back From Afghanistan

Paratroopers assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., facilitate the safe evacuation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans out of Afghanistan as quickly and safely as possible from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Aug. 22, 2021.
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Paratroopers assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, based out of Fort Bragg, N.C., facilitate the safe evacuation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigrant Visa applicants, and other at-risk Afghans out of Afghanistan as quickly and safely as possible from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Aug. 22, 2021.

The Cajon Valley School District started the school year with a piece of their family missing: 23 of its students are stranded in Afghanistan and haven't been able to make it back to school.

District officials said the families traveled to visit family for summer break and were left without a flight back home following the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul.

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Cajon Valley School District Working To Bring Students Back From Afghanistan
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Michael Serban, director of Family and Community Engagement at Cajon Valley, said his team works with immigrant and refugee families in the district.

“They were trying to get back here. They had flights to get back here. They were going to the airport and then this situation occurred,” Serban said.

They’ve made contact with families and are working with the federal government to help bring them home.

“We're doing everything we can and pouring out our hopes and desires that they are able to come back, but right now all we have is hope,” Serban said.

Meanwhile time is running out as the U.S. deadline to evacuate American citizens and Afghans from Kabul is only a week away. President Biden said on Tuesday that the U.S. is on pace to pull out by the deadline.

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Local School District Hopes For Safe Return Of Students From Afghanistan

However, lawmakers are asking national security officials to extend that date.

According to the white house more than 4,000 U.S. citizens plus their families remain to be evacuated.