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Newberg schools close as weather worsens

School district officials heed forecast for ice and sleet and close schools early this morning

Newberg schools were closed today following forecasts from the National Weather Service and other agencies of severe weather descending on the northern Willamette Valley through midday. School officials said the district had originally called a two-hour delay to the start of school, before cancelling classes altogether.

“We closed at 8:15 a.m. when the forecast was warning of ice/sleet through noon,” said district spokeswoman Claudia Stewart. “(School bus company) First Student couldn’t get buses off the valley floor. We had concerns about student drivers on the road and staff trying to get in from Salem, Portland, Hillsboro, McMinnville, etc.”

Stewart said school district officials met this morning and decided to approve evening activities, primarily Newberg High School’s 7 p.m. production of “Oklahoma.” The NHS girls soccer team dessert, however, will be rescheduled.

News from the school district may be received by district patrons in a number of ways, including via email, Portland area radio and television stations, the school closure hotline at 503-554-5001, the First Student snow line at 503-538-5897, text message, the school district’s website at www.newbergK12.or.us or via mobile phone notification at https://newberg.parentlink.net/html/ContentBase/Content/Home/Login.

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