PPS says distance learning will continue through inclement weather

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Sorry kids, distance learning means the chance of snow days is slim for Portland Public Schools this year.

Third grade student Elena thinks while reciting multiplication tables, as her brother Wyatt reviews his kindergarten work on a tablet with their mom, Christi Brouder, in the living room of the family home, while remote learning due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Haverhill, Mass. The Brouder family has four children that are distance learning. Many families with multiple students, some with special needs, are dealing with the challenges of remote distance learning in their home. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — With so many kids already participating in classes from home during the coronavirus pandemic, Portland Public Schools says snow days aren’t likely this winter. 

“We are ready for winter storms just as we would be any year, but also operating in a much different landscape dictated by COVID-19 and framed by Comprehensive Distance Learning,” Portland Public Schools wrote in a letter to families. 

The district said in most cases, Comprehensive Distance Learning will continue during inclement weather that would otherwise have prompted them to declare a snow day. 

In cases of storm-related power outages, the district said it will make sure students are not penalized.  

PPS said it’s aware inclement weather could still impact campus-based activities that are still being conducted during Comprehensive Distance Learning. This includes meal service, meal delivery, child care in PPS sites, athletic training for high school students and any other on-site activities.  

For these activities, PPS will follow its inclement weather protocols on deciding if those activities can continue.

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