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District Adds One-Hour Delay Option to Storm Day Procedures

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District Adds One-Hour Delay Option to Storm Day Procedures
Posted on 10/29/2015
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The Portland Public Schools is including a new option to the district’s snow day procedures this year: The district sometimes may delay the start of school for one hour because of bad weather, instead of canceling a full day of school.

District schools are sending out a letter to families informing them of the change. It should mean fewer snow days, resulting in more student learning during the school year, and an earlier start to summer vacation. Most families taking a recent survey on the issue supported a delayed start when conditions permit.

In the past, whenever there was too much snow or ice in the early morning, the district canceled school for a full day. However, sometimes it is safe to travel soon after city workers have plowed the roads and sidewalks. On those days, the district will just push back the time school starts one hour, not cancel school.

If a one-hour delay is called, students will start school one hour later than on a normal day, and if students take a bus, then the bus will come one hour later than normal. Students will still come home at their regular time after school.

On occasions when the weather is very bad, the district will continue its practice of canceling a full day of school.

If there is a one-hour delay to the start of school, the morning session (8:00-10:30 a.m.) at the Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) will be canceled. In addition, all Portland Recreation before-school care will be canceled on days when there is a one-hour delay.

There are a variety of ways to learn about delays in school start times and school cancelations: Look for morning notices on local television stations; on the district’s website, www.portlandschools.org; on the district’s educational television cable channel, Channel 3; and on Facebook and Twitter. Also, families will receive a “robo” phone call – usually by 6 a.m.– on the day of the delay or cancelation.