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Central Oregon public schools closed again Thursday


(Update: Deschutes Libraries open regular hours)

With many areas still digging out from three-plus feet of snow this week, Central Oregon schools again were making the early call Wednesday afternoon to cancel a fourth straight day of classes on Thursday.

The public schools closure list includes: Bend-La Pine, Redmond, Culver, Jefferson County, Crook County, Sisters, COCC, OSU-Cascades, Trinity Lutheran School, Three Sisters Adventist, Sisters Christian Academy, St. Francis of Assisi, Eastmont School, Cascades Academy and Redmond Proficiency Academy.

Redmond explained why it made the call yet again in this note:

“Based on road conditions due to additional snowfall last night and today, we do not feel like we can safely transport students on all bus routes.

“Our crews are still doing an amazing job clearing pathways, driveways and parking lots, so please be sure to thank them if you get the chance.

“We do not normally make these decisions the night before, but after spending the day assessing roadways all over the district, canceling classes tomorrow feels like the best decision.

“We want to thank you for being understanding and patient this week. Thank you for partnering with us to ensure the safety of all students and staff. ”

Bend-La Pine also cited “continued hazardous conditions.”

Other Thursday closures and cancellations: Inspire Preschool, East and West campus, Samara Day School, Waldorf School, Cascade School of Music, High Desert Montessori School, Phagan’s Central Oregon Beauty College, NeighborImpact Head Start classes, Reach Redmond before- and after-school program, Desert Sky Montessori, Redmond Senior Center and Jericho Road in Redmond meals for homeless.

High Desert Learning Center in Bend said it will open Thursday at 8 a.m., two hours late, to help parents who have missed days of work.

And in another hopeful sign, here’s an opening to report: All Deschutes Public Libraries are open their regular hours Thursday.

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