First Week of School Canceled Due to Wildfires

All classes and meal delivery in Canby School District has been canceled until Sept. 14 due to the ongoing wildfires and air quality issues.

“As we focus on the safety of our staff, students, and families, we are canceling classes for the remainder of this week,” Superintendent Trip Goodall said in a message to families. “We will resume classes on Monday, Sept. 14, in both learning models.”

Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued a statewide emergency declaration Wednesday as wildfires continue to threaten homes across the state. At least three large fires are burning in Clackamas County and thousands of homes are under evacuation orders — including the city of Estacada.

Weather conditions continue to pose a significant fire risk. Additionally, air quality has become an issue in Canby and neighboring communities.

“The well-being of our community is our highest priority,” Goodall said. “We want to ensure that our staff, students, and families have the opportunity to focus on their safety as we face continued uncertainty in the coming days.”

Anyone who needs assistance can call 2-1-1. In addition, free crisis counseling is available through the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990.

Classes and meal delivery will resume on Monday, Sept. 14. Until then, please take all necessary precautions and heed the warnings of local authorities and first responders, Goodall said.

Clackamas Community College will also cancel all classes through Friday.

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