Wildfires impacts on school: Meal and technology distribution cancelled, first day of school delayed

School districts around Oregon and Washington are dealing with the impacts of wildfires on the start of a school year already destabilized by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Several districts have delayed the start of the school year or canceled school this week.

Salem-Keizer schools will start for students in grades K-12 Wednesday, with time to meet with a teacher and classmates. Instruction will begin Thursday.

“While we focus on everyone’s safety, we are making changes to next week’s back-to-school schedule,” said Superintendent Christy Perry in a statement.

Springfield and Eugene 4j have both delayed the beginning of the school year, starting September 21 instead of September 14.

Several buildings at Sage Community School are burned to the foundation after the Two Four Two fire tore through Klamath Agency along Highway 62, north of Klamath Lake.

Several buildings at Sage Community School are burned to the foundation after the Two Four Two fire tore through Klamath Agency along Highway 62, north of Klamath Lake.

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“The Holiday Farm Fire has already impacted large portions of our district

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