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Jan-07-2008 07:24printcomments

School Closures and Delays Due to Ice

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(SALEM, Ore.) - Marion Co. Schools: North Santiam Sch. Dist. (Stayton): North Santiam School District (Stayton); the following buses on snow routes; rt. 14, rt. 39, and rt 43.

Community Action Head Start of Marion & Polk Cos.: Dallas site - No morning class

Yamhill Co. Schools: Amity Sch. Dist.: 2 hrs late
Dayton Sch. Dist.: 2 hrs late

Willamina Sch. Dist.: Willamina Sch. Dist.: Closed UPDATE
Yamhill-Carlton Sch. Dist.: AM buses on snow routes bus 7 meet at shelton road
McMinnville Sch. Dist.: Buses on snow rts
Sheridan Sch. Dist.: 2 hrs late
Head Start of Yamhill Co.: AM Dayton and Sheridan Classes closed today

Linn Co. Schools: Scio: Snow Routes for Bus #4 and Bus #5

No. Ore. Coast Schools: Lincoln Co. Sch. Dist.: 2 hour delay for Waldport Schools ONLY, Lincoln City buses are on snow routes, snow routes for buses E62 and E58. UPDATE
No. Ore. Coast Schools: Jewell Sch. Dist.: Closed

Knappa Sch. Dist.: 2 hrs late, no AM kind

St. Paul Sch. Dist.: Buses running 1 hr late.

Columbia Co. Schools:
Rainier Sch. Dist.: 2 hrs late. No AM kindergarten.
District phone lines down and under repair. UPDATE

Private & Charter Schools - SW Wash.:
Columbia Adventist Acad.: Two hour late start. Handbells begins at 9:10; Band at 10 a.m. and regular classes at 10:50 a.m.

Lower Columbia Schools:
Naselle-Grays River Valley Sch. Dist.: 2 hrs late

Private & Charter Schools - SW Wash.:
Meadow Glade School: Meadow Glade School starting 2 hr. late with no kindergarten

Linn Co. Schools:
Scio: Snow Routes for Bus #4 and Bus #5

Polk Co. Schools:
Falls City Sch. Dist.: No school for all students (including special program students), staff report 2 hours late, 10 a.m. UPDATE
Perrydale Sch. Dist.: 2 hrs late, no AM kind UPDATE

Private & Charter Schools - Salem area:
Silverton Christian: Two hour delay, no morning kindergarten or preschool

Washington Co. Schools:
Hillsboro Sch. Dist.: Schools are on regular schedule but Zone #1 Bald Peak, Zone #2 Chehalem Mt, and Zone #9 Dixie Mt and Pumpkin Ridge are on snow routes.

Clark Co. Schools:
LaCenter Sch. Dist.: 2 hrs late
Washougal Sch. Dist.: due to snow in higher elevations, 2 hr late start, buses 12, 17, 20, 27, 44, 50, 51 on snow routes.
EOCF Head Start/ECEAP: EOCF Head Start Closed in Woodland

Clackamas Co. Schools:
Molalla River Sch. Dist.: Maple Grove Elementary Only - Buses on Snow Routes - No Kindergarten.

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Neal Feldman January 7, 2008 3:42 pm (Pacific time)

The people here drive like idioys. Period. It rains here 2/3 of the time and they don't know the first thing about driving on wet roads (first thing, studded tires are BAD as they REDUCE traction on wet roads - but I see so many driving around in the rain (no snow or ice) with their studded tires they throw on the day they are legal and keep on until they get a ticket or something ripping apart the roads for no good reason).. they drive no slower if it is raining due to visibility or wet roads... they could not care less. They seem to get a kick out of roaring through large puddles near pedestrians in the hopes of drenching them (as if the peds aren't wet enough having to walk in the rain). Makes one wish for something severe to happen to these yahoos (that only injures them, not anyone else or anyone else's property)... there are so many drivers who should get their licenses pulled permanently and locked up for a long time should they ever get on the road again driving a motor vehicle. Ah well...

Anne January 7, 2008 1:48 pm (Pacific time)

I grew up in Michigan and through my first winter season here, I was also amused at the panic mode that goes into overdrive here over a little inclement weather. At the same time, you have to account for the fact that they don't have the winter weather systems in place here that they do in areas that expect major winter weather like N.E. and Michigan. I know in MI, the plow and salt trucks hit the major roads as soon as much accumulation started. I don't see that here... and better safe than sorry. I presume (no info here yet... got a small blurb off SJ earlier this morning), that the 10 car pile-up that closed the overpass on Portland Rd this morning was very likely ice related.

Neal Feldman January 7, 2008 8:44 am (Pacific time)

Maybe it was just where I grew up in New England but we never saw schools close for weather unless there was about 2-3 feet of newfallen snow and the plows could not keep up with it. I walked to school when there was sufficient ice to make trees explode (literally - they could not take the stress and went with a loud crack/boom). I've noticed in Salem if a snowflake is seen everyone panics. I learned to drive in New England in February and suggest all do so if they can... then you learn from the start how to deal with ice and snow behind the wheel, not fear it. Ah well...

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