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Amid widespread power outages, school districts and colleges canceled distance learning classes

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - A cyclist takes to the snowy streets in Southeast Portland. All transit services were heavily scaled back and Portland area schools canceled Tuesday, Feb. 15, as widespread power outages lingered after an ice and snow storm.UPDATE: David Douglas School District announced Tuesday evening, Feb. 16 that classes will be canceled Wednesday, Feb. 17 for the second day in a row.

School districts in Portland canceled classes Tuesday due to power outages throughout the region.

With power restored to some households Tuesday, Portland Public Schools and Parkrose School District both announced distance learning would resume Wednesday, Feb. 17. Parkrose will offer meal services, but PPS warned meal service will be impacted by power outages.

"Home deliveries 2 hours late, and pickup sites at Arleta, Bridger, Whitman & Woodmere closed," the district tweeted Tuesday.

The David Douglas district announced meals and food pantries would reopen, but classes were canceled as power outages lingered in the wake of a snow and ice storm that pummeled the Portland Metro region.

Students at PPS, Parkrose and David Douglas saw their distance learning classes canceled and school campuses closed Tuesday due to the outages.

Schools in Beaverton also were shut down for the day Tuesday.

Students were out of school Monday, Feb. 15 for Presidents Day.

Portland Community College closed its campuses and classes Tuesday and Wednesday.

Most K-12 school campuses remain closed to students except for limited in-person instruction and some extra curricular and athletic conditioning activities, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The announcements came as utility crews worked to restore power to an estimated 288,000 Portland General Electric customers who were without power Monday. As of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, nearly 112,300 customers in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties were still without power, with Multnomah County accounting for roughly 34,000 outages, according to PGE.


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