Springfield schools close early; Eugene, Bethel remain open

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Students will head home early Thursday from classes in the Springfield School District, but both Eugene 4J and the Bethel school district had not announced any changes to class schedules as of 11 a.m. | Current School Closures & Delays

Eugene 4J canceled all afternoon and evening activiites shortly after 11 a.m. and put busses on snow routes.

"A decision about Friday's school schedule and bus routes will be made by early Friday morning, based on the most current information about weather and road conditions. If there is a change from the original schedule, it will be announced by 6:30 a.m.," the district said.

At noon, South Lane School District said it was sticking with regular release times Thursday. Some buses will be on snow routes at the end of the day, including Bennett Creek and Saginaw West.

Springfield elected to start sending students home early.

"We have decided to make today a half-day because, according to current weather forecasts, releasing students early will help us avoid the worst of this winter storm," the Springfield School District said.

  • Afternoon kindergarten is canceled.
  • Elementary schools will be released at 12 p.m.
  • Middle and high schools will be released at 1 p.m.
  • Buses will run on snow routes.
  • Lunch will be available prior to release.
  • All evening activities are canceled.

"Our elementary and middle schools will be working with families to identify the safest and most immediate way home," the Springfield district said on its website. "Safety is our first priority and we will be making decisions based solely upon the safety of our students and staff."

The Bethel district in West Eugene opened on time Thursday.

"The district will continue to monitor the conditions and updated weather forecasts but it is the intent to have a full day of school," the district said on its website. "Parents are always the best judge of the travel conditions in their own neighborhoods and have the final say on the safety of their children."

The Eugene 4J has already had to make plans to make up days missed after a December 6 snowstorm