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Due to icy roads and lingering power outages, students will get at least a four-day weekend.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Southridge High School students participate in a financial literacy class in early 2020, before the coronavirus pandemic shut down schools.Daytime temperatures may be in the 40s on Portland's Westside and most students may still be learning from home — but Tuesday, Feb. 16, will be a "snow day" for students in the Beaverton and Tigard-Tualatin school districts, among others.

The school districts in Portland's western suburbs both announced late on Presidents Day that classes won't be held Tuesday. Because of power outages from the weekend's winter storm, comprehensive distance learning classes in the districts are canceled as well.

The Tigard-Tualatin School District is asking "mission-essential staff" to report to work, but district facilities will be closed for everyone other than administrators and essential staff.

All activities are canceled for both districts. That includes meal service and deliveries.

The neighboring Lake Oswego School District also said Monday, Feb. 15, that it will be closed Tuesday, with online learning canceled for the day. So did the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, the boundaries of which include part of east Tualatin.

The closure effectively extends a holiday weekend to four days. Classes were not held Monday due to the Presidents Day holiday.

While school facilities were closed Friday, Feb. 12, due to inclement weather, distance learning was held as normal.

The last of the icy precipitation fell Sunday, Feb. 14, and temperatures warmed overnight into Monday. However, significant snow and ice accumulations take time to melt away, and freezing rain caused significant damage to electrical infrastructure.

Washington County evaded the worst of the damage, with Portland General Electric reporting fewer than 10,000 customers without power as of Monday evening, but well over 300,000 addresses from Portland south to Salem are still dark. PGE said Monday that crews are working around the clock to restore power, but full restoration could take several days due to the extent of the damage.

By Mark Miller
Editor-in-Chief, Washington and Columbia counties
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