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Start pushed back for Gresham area schools because of poor air quality, wildfires around the region

Students in the Gresham-Barlow and Reynolds school districts will have one more week of summer after a decision was made to push back opening day.

Because of hazardous air quality and the threat of looming wildfires, there will be no school in the Gresham-Barlow district the week of Sept. 14-18. Now the first day will be Monday, Sept. 21.

Device distribution for at-home learning was delayed this week due to the smoke in the air. That will now occur next week.

Students who attend Dexter McCarty Middle School or Clear Creek Middle School should pick up a device from their school on either Sept. 17 or 18. Distribution will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Families of students who still need a device and attend one of the district's other schools should call their child's school beginning Sept. 17 to make arrangements to pick one up.

Gresham-Barlow's Meals Program will continue operating during next week's closure. Learn more about where to pick up meals, as well as the routes buses will take to deliver to neighborhoods by visiting https://bit.ly/3kezX5P

In the Reynolds district, the first day of school has been delayed to Thursday, Sept. 17. District leaders are monitoring conditions and will reevaluate this start date if necessary.

If conditions permit, Reynolds schools will continue device distribution and instructional planning on Tuesday, Sept. 15, and Wednesday, Sept. 16.

There will be no meal distribution Monday, Sept. 14. If conditions allow, this service will begin again on Tuesday, Sept. 15.


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