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Schools preparing for possible closures during upcoming snowstorm

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With a potential snow storm in this week’s forecast, school districts are monitoring the conditions for students and staff members.

Beaverton School District:

Maureen Wheeler, a spokesperson for the district said its transportation department staff members will assess road conditions around 3 a.m. Wednesday. They will make a recommendation to the Superintendent who will make the final decision.

It is possible for Beaverton schools to have a late start or closure, but the decision will be made after 5 a.m., according to Wheeler.

Hillsboro School District:

A similar protocol will be made at Hillsboro School District. Staff members will access road conditions early Wednesday morning and decide whether buses will need to be on snow routes or whether there will be a delay or closure, according to Beth Graser, communications director for the district.

Graser said parents will be informed of the districts decision through email, the district’s app, and through social media sites.

Lake Oswego School District:

Nancy Duin, Director of Communications at the district said parents should be prepared for a possibility that schools may close early.

If the decision is made to have an early dismissal, junior high schools would be dismissed at 11:35 a.m., high schools would be dismissed at 11:40 a.m., and elementary schools at 12:15 p.m.

Duin added, the district will provide parents an update by 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Portland Public School District:

Courtney Westling, a spokesperson for PPS district said that staff members will assess road conditions at 4 a.m. Wednesday. 

Westling added, the district knows early release calls are inconvenient for families with working parents and will try to make a decision in the morning.

Typically, a decision is made around 5:30 a.m., according to Westling. The district will communicate the information through email, text messages, phone calls, it’s website, and social media sites.

Tigard-Tualatin School District:

Susan Haydon, spokesperson for the school district said that an email has been sent out to families Tuesday.

Haydon said that district staff are monitoring the conditions and will make a decision Wednesday morning. 

Haydon added it’s complicated to close schools because of different elevations and road condition in the district.

“The safety of all of our students is considered when we make school closure decisions so it is possible that schools may be closed because of weather conditions that affect a portion - but not all of the school district,” Haydon wrote.

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