Additional School Days Added onto 2016-2017 School Year Following Snow Closures
Due to the copious amounts of snow closures throughout the months of December and January, the Salem-Keizer school district has added on three snows days to the 2016-2017 school year; two that affects grades K-11, and one that affects seniors as well.
All grades, ranging from kindergarten to high school and including the senior class, will have to attend school on Mar. 23. Previously, this was a conference day, lengthening Spring Break. The senior class will not, however, have to attend school on June 15 and June 16. Due to the sudden addition of days, the original final testing dates will be rescheduled.
Portland schools have endured the highest number of closures, resulting in a total of nine to ten. Several districts went back to school today, but only after a two hour delay.
This year has been one of the coldest on record. The National Weather Service tweeted at 5:13 a.m. that “Not only was it the coldest first 6 days to a year since 1979 at PDX, it was also the coldest first 17 days to start a year since 1979.”
Salem is also on a flood watch until 4 p.m. on Jan. 19, due to worry over the amount of water that will accumulate because of rain and melting snow. A flood advisory is in place until 5:30 p.m. today.