PPS families prepare for online learning, relocation due to 3 flooding closures

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Three Portland schools will remain closed for several weeks due damage taken during a bout of severe winter weather that hit the city in mid-January.

Forest Park Elementary School is the latest to be added to an extended closure list that already included Robert Gray Middle School and Markham Elementary School.

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During a school board meeting Monday night, the district indicated it intends to relocate nearly 900 students to other schools while the buildings are serviced for broken water pipes and flooding issues.

Meanwhile, parents have expressed concern that their children may fall behind after they already missed three weeks during the PPS teacher’s strike and another week due to winter weather.

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Markham families arrived across the street from their school this morning to pick up Chromebooks, tech cards, books and other learning materials. Teachers and volunteers set up under tents in the pouring rain to make sure the students got what they needed before online learning officially begins Thursday.

“We are still providing the same curriculum that we give in the building online so that they’re keeping up with this open sequence,” Principal Traneice Brown said.

Online learning has already started for Robert Gray students, and will begin for Forest Park next week.

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