After four straight snow days, at least five Central Oregon school districts — Bend-La Pine, Redmond, Crook County, Culver and Jefferson County — will be sending students back to class Friday.

“I believe students and families are best served when we are open,” Bend-La Pine Superintendent Shay Mikalson wrote in an email to district families Thursday. “As a parent of students myself, I know school closures are hard on our families.”

Crook County Superintendent Sara Johnson confirmed Thursday her district would also welcome back students Friday, and Redmond and Culver school districts’ websites announced schools would reopen Friday.

Curtiss Scholl, Sisters School District’s superintendent, said he would make a final decision early Friday morning, but as of late Thursday afternoon, the roads in town were clear enough to send kids back to class.

“In case something changes overnight, we’re not going to make a proclamation tonight, because who knows,” said Scholl.

Thursday saw slightly higher temperatures, sunny skies and no new snow after a four-day record snowstorm pummeled Central Oregon earlier in the week.

As all six Central Oregon school districts missed four straight school days for snow, a few districts will be deciding how to make up the snow days.

Redmond and Sisters had plans in place to not make up the missed days and add on school days in June, respectively.

In his Thursday email to parents, Mikalson wrote that Bend-La Pine would decide in a week or two how many days students would make up. He said “we expect that some or all of the days” will be made up.

Both Central Oregon Community College and Oregon State University-Cascades will also start classes again Friday after four days of canceled classes, according to the college’s respective spokespeople Ron Paradis and Christine Coffin.

— Reporter: 541-617-7854, jhogan@bendbulletin.com

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