Jefferson High School releases students early amid air quality concerns from warehouse fire

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Students at Jefferson High School were released early Wednesday after a fire at a nearby North Portland warehouse negatively affected air quality.

In a letter addressed to students’ families, Jefferson Principal Drake Shelton confirmed students would be released at 1 p.m. and that all after-school activities were canceled. This comes after a large fire Wednesday morning at a North Portland warehouse “adversely impacted air quality, both in our neighborhood and our school building,” the letter said.

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The school had been advised by the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and Portland Fire and Rescue to release the students early. However, the letter said that students and staff already at Portland Community College would continue with their classes as the air quality “remains at a safe level.”

The letter also said school leaders would remain at Jefferson for the remainder of the day “to assist students and families.” Officials said they don’t expect the incident will impact Thursday’s school day.

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