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Reminder of Snow Day Plans - Superintendent Letter

Dear Portland Public Schools families and staff,

Although we’ve had hardly any snow so far this winter, that could change as early as this weekend. That’s why I’m writing to remind you of our snow day plans for this school year, which I first shared at a Board of Public Education meeting in November.

Here’s an overview of our snow day plans for 2023-2024:

In cases of inclement weather, we will use up to three traditional snow days. Our schools will be closed on those days and students will not be expected to go to school in person or learn remotely. No school meals will be provided on snow days.

Those days would be made up in June. This would mean that the last possible day of school for students would be Monday June 17th, and the last possible day for teachers would be Tuesday June 18th.

If there are more than three days of inclement weather, we will have remote learning days in lieu of a snow day. On remote learning days, students will stay home and will be expected to complete academic assignments. Remote learning days will not need to be made up at the end of the year. If an inclement weather remote day is called, the district will make school meals available for families to pick up.

Final decisions regarding snow days and remote learning days will be communicated by School Messenger and through various media outlets no later than 5 a.m. The information will also be on the district’s homepage banner and on social media.

For information about remote learning expectations, access to school meals, connectivity support and attendance guidance, please check the 2023-24 Snow Day Plan shared this past fall.

While we can’t make long-range weather predictions for 2024, we hope this information helps everyone as we prepare for a potential snow storm on Sunday.

Ryan Scallon