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School Delays & Closures Information

With the arrival of winter weather, we would like to remind parents/families about our district policy. If school is delayed or closed, the information is posted by 6:00 AM on:

  • District Website
  • District Facebook page
  • Mobile App
  • Automated calling system
  • Regional media outlets (newspaper online, radio, tv stations)

The location with the most accurate information to confirm a delay/closure is the district website. On occasion, media inaccurately reports school delay/closure information. If schools must close early, notification is given using the same method.

If no notice is posted, school is running on regular schedule. If you have questions about the policy, please call the District Office or your child’s school.

District Releases Plan to Make Up Snow Days

When the Morrow County School District established its 2016-17 school year calendar, administrators built in extra days to allow for potential snow days. Due to extreme inclement weather conditions this winter, schools in Boardman and Irrigon have been closed for 7 days and Heppner schools were closed for 5 days. To compensate for this lost instructional time for students, the MCSD will now be implementing the following adjustments to the 2016-17 calendar:

Boardman and Irrigon Schools:

  • Boardman and Irrigon schools will make up four of the missed student contact days due to inclement weather closures.
  • April 7, 14, 28, and May 12 are now designated as “Snow/Inclement Weather” make-up days for Boardman and Irrigon Schools.
  • In the event of another snow day; the dates listed above will not change.

Get Immunizations Updated Before School Exclusion Day February 15, 2017

image: immunization paper with syringes Morrow County School District reminds families that School Exclusion Day is Wednesday, February 15. If a child’s record on file shows missing immunizations, he/she will not be able to attend school until immunizations are brought up-to-date. State law requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities have up-to-date documentation on their immunizations or the necessary paperwork exempting the requirement. If you need assistance with completing all necessary immunizations for your child please contact the Morrow County Health Department.

Morrow County Health Department Heppner Clinic: (541) 676-5421

Morrow County Health Department Boardman Clinic: (541) 481-4200

In an effort to increase accessibility to Immunizations, Morrow County Health Department is providing office hours in addition to the regular clinic hours for students to access vaccinations.  Any student can access any location.

Heppner: 110 N Court St,. Heppner, Or 97836

Boardman: 101 NW Boardman Ave., 97801

Science Curriculum Public Viewing

For all Families and Patrons of Morrow County School District:

Please view science curriculum and give us your input! Parents, guardians, and community stakeholders are invited to give us input.

Contact each school listed for viewing location: Books may be located in staff lounge, library or in the office. Please check in at the main office.

Science Curriculum Public Viewing Hours/Locations
Location Viewing Dates Time

K-12 Heppner Schools
Grades K-6 at Heppner Elementary
Grades 7-12 at Heppner Jr/Sr High

Feb 6-10 9:00-3:00
K-12 Boardman Schools
Grades K-3 at Sam Boardman Elementary
Grades 4-6 at Windy River Elementary
Grades 7-12 at Riverside Jr/Sr High
Feb 14-20 9:00-3:00
K-12 Irrigon Schools
Grades K-3 at A.C. Houghton Elementary
Grades 4-6 at Irrigon Elementary
Grades 7-12 at Irrigon Jr/Sr High
Feb 21-28 9:00-3:00

New System for Reporting School Safety Concerns

The Morrow County School District has a new system, called SafeOregon, for reporting school safety threats. SafeOregon is a program created for Oregon students, parents, school staff, and community members to report and respond to student safety threats. Tips can be submitted through email, phone call or text, mobile app or the web portal. Tips are confidential and can be made anonymously.

Tips may include bullying, violence, threat of violence, harassment, intimidation, cyber bullying, self-harm, etc.

When a tip is reported, it is handled by specially trained technicians who are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for all of Oregon’s public schools Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade. The Oregon State Police provides this service through a contracted vendor.

SafeOregon is made possible through Oregon HB 4075 as a result of recommendations from the Oregon Task Force on School Safety.

The Morrow County School District is committed to student safety and realizes that when students feel safe in their schools, learning is more effective.

We encourage you to find out more about SafeOregon by visiting safeoregon.com.

Bussing Incident - January 12, 2017

January 12, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I would like to apologize for the lack of timely communication this morning regarding the delay in bussing.

In the future, if we are experiencing problems with busses not starting during inclement weather, we will send out a message via School Messenger, Facebook, etc. to all households by 5:30am and will go on a 2-hour delay schedule.  If we continue to have issues and cannot pick up students in a timely manner, we will cancel school for the day and send out an additional notification. 

Realizing that arranging for childcare on short notice can be an issue, I try to give as much advanced notification to families in the event of a 2-hour delay or closure, however, in an emergency situation when busses will not start we will follow the above protocol.  Students who may have missed school today due to the bussing issue will have their absence excused.

Again, I sincerely apologize for the lack of timely communication and any inconvenience today’s bussing issues may have caused.

Sincerely,
Dirk Dirksen
Superintendent