Banks School District
Beaverton School District
Centennial School District
Clackamas Education Service District
Corbett School District
David Douglas School District
Forest Grove School District
Gresham-Barlow School District
Hillsboro School District
Parkrose School District
Portland Public Schools
Reynolds School District
Riverdale School District
Sherwood Public School District
Tigard-Tualatin School District
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The 2019-20 school year ended with nearly three months of distance learning, and with many parents wondering what a return to school will look like in the fall.
As COVID-19 continues to spread across Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) on Aug. 11 announced an updated Ready Schools, Safe Learners framework to help dictate whether the state’s school districts can safely welcome students back into the classroom this fall.
The new framework includes updated metrics for in-person classes, primarily in small schools and in counties with lower populations, specific scenarios for responding to illnesses in schools, requirements for ensuring equity and access, and new conditions for comprehensive distance learning.
Rural and remote schools under the new guidance will have more flexibility to offer in-person instruction. In many cases, smaller Oregon districts have not seen the impact from COVID-19 that more heavily populated areas are seeing.
Exceptions to the statewide case count metrics are allowed for school districts with less than 75 students total and counties with less than 30,000 people.
Flowchart: Following the metrics for in-person learning
Exceptions are also allowed for K-3 students, who “get the virus at lower rates, get less sick when they get COVID-19 and may spread the virus less than older children or adults,” according to the ODE update.
The overall framework for responding when someone has become ill in a school:
- People who have tested positive for COVID-19 should isolate.
- Any person who has been in close contact with a person with positive COVID-19 should quarantine.
- Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who was exposed to COVID-19 does not need to quarantine.
More specific rules and scenarios are applied when people are ill and test negative, or if they don’t get tested. ODE also released responses to illnesses based on classroom and transportation cohorts.
The new equity and access guidelines focus on students in historically marginalized groups. Support systems for these students include limited in-person instruction and limited in-home services.
In order to ensure equity in student opportunities, ODE’s new conditions for comprehensive learning stipulate that no students will be held back based on their performance during the spring 2020 term.
ODE says the top priority is for all schools to return to in-person classes as soon as it’s safe to do so.
Portland metro area school district officials: If your district is not on the list, or the information here needs to be updated, please let us know by sending us the updated info right here.
Chapter one: Banks School District
Here's the latest update from the Banks School District:
Banks School District has been working closely with Washington County Public Health, Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education to ensure there is accurate and up-to-date information available to people about the virus, and are currently working on putting more specific preventative and response plans in place should the virus emerge in our area. We will share information as it becomes available.
Consistent with Governor Brown's Executive Order; the Banks School District, along with districts around the state, kept school campuses closed for students through the end if the 2019-2020 school year.
There are a lot of questions and unknowns out there. The Banks School District will continue to work closely with local and state agencies while having frequent and open communications with the Banks community. As we plan, updates will be posted on this site and the health of our students, staff, and community will continue to be our number one priority.
Chapter two: Beaverton School District
The Beaverton School District on July 28 announced that classes will be fully online from the start of the school year through at least Nov. 13. The district also announced that its hybrid model - when it's safe to bring students back - will be set up for most students to be online three days a week and in-person two days a week.
The BSD Return-to-School Plan has two paths:
Continue to be enrolled with your neighborhood or option school:
The first day of school for students will be Monday, September 14. We’ll be starting the school year with Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). All students will be learning online from home with their regular neighborhood or option schools. We’re committing to remain in a Comprehensive Distance Learning model through November 13, 2020. We’re providing these dates so that parents can make any necessary work or child care arrangements. All daily coursework, lessons and learning tasks in grades K-12 will be delivered through Seesaw or Canvas by neighborhood or option school teachers.
When it is safe to do so, we’ll begin to bring students back to school in a Hybrid Model: two days in school and three days online from home. (English Language Newcomers and some students in specialized programs will be eligible for additional in-person instruction on Wednesdays.) The on-site experience will provide an opportunity to address the social-emotional and behavioral health of our students. Students also may receive whole group, small group or individualized instruction on site.
For students who aren’t comfortable returning to physical school buildings, they may remain 100% online with their regular school teacher.
FLEX Online School: The first day of school for FLEX Online School students will be Monday, September 14. FLEX Online School is a separate online school run by the Beaverton School District. It will be staffed by licensed BSD teachers using a curriculum specifically designed to support online learning. If students choose to attend FLEX Online School, they’ll no longer be enrolled at their neighborhood or option schools.
Chapter three: Centennial School District
Superintendent Dr. Paul Coakley posted an update on July 10. It doesn't appear the district has released any information since Gov. Brown's announcement on July 28. Here is part of the July 10 update. You can read the whole update here.
Dear Centennial Community,
I wanted to provide you with up to date information about our efforts to safely reopen schools in September. You may be aware that the Oregon Department of Education released statewide guidelines for the safe reopening of schools for the 20-21 school year. We recently sent a survey to get feedback on ideas of how we can safely reopen in September. There are still many details to problem solve and today we can give you an update of what we know and what we are still working on as a district.
What we know:
We understand, from your feedback this spring, that a primary objective in developing our plan should be to maximize the number of students who can engage in face-to-face learning, while also providing flexible learning options for students. We agree wholeheartedly and share your goal to bring as many students to our school campuses each day as possible.
The state guidance focuses on three core standards that help minimize the risk of spread of the virus:
Health and safety protocols: How we clean and sanitize, how we group (cohort) students for contact tracing, entry and exit rules, etc.
Social distancing: Students must have 35 sq ft. per space to help keep a distance from peers and staff. This is an average of about 18-19 students per classroom in Centennial. We also must maintain at least a 3-foot distance between students who ride our district transportation (This is approximately 12-28 students per bus depending on bus size).
Hygiene: All schools will focus on hygiene expectations to keep everyone as safe as possible. This includes increased expectations for handwashing and sanitizing on a frequent basis. We will also require face shields/masks for staff in compliance with ODE and state requirements. In addition, per current information, we will strongly recommend masks as age-appropriate for students, unless there is a health condition or disability that may interfere with a student wearing a mask.
In order to determine the most effective Instructional Model we are reviewing best practices, considering public health guidelines, and incorporating stakeholder feedback. At this point, the state has provided three instructional models options for our return to school.
Chapter four: Clackamas Education Service District
The Clackamas Education Service District serves all 10 Clackamas County school districts and works with them on a regional service plan for their schools and communities.
The district has built a new Reopening Schools 2020 website "devoted to keeping track of the many moving parts around school reopening in Clackamas County," said Clackamas ESD spokesperson Shirley Skidmore. "We'll keep this site updated as our regional districts confirm more details about their reopening plans."
The website is primarily designed for CESD education partners' use in preparing their reopening plans, Skidmore said. But it also includes information on each of the 10 school districts for parents, students, staff and others.
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Canby School District
Canby School District Superintendent Trip Goodall sent out a draft version of the district's reopening plans on July 17, which said no students would return until Sept. 8. No update has been posted since Gov. Brown's July 28 announcment.
The letter reads, in part:
We are excited to share our initial plans for returning to our schools this fall. In this document, you will find information about our initial plans to safely return to our schools using a hybrid instructional model. This plan was developed using guidance from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), the Oregon Health Authority, the Centers for Disease Control, and Clackamas County Public Health.
Looking to return to our schools, our goals are to:
- Maximize the health and safety of all our students and staff, including those identified as medically at risk;
- Ensure equitable access for all students to the full range of educational services and quality instruction; and
- Provide individualized, specially designed instruction to all students in accordance with their learning needs.
Because staff need additional training to prepare for these new learning models, the Canby School Board voted to move the start date of the school year until after Labor Day. At this point, no students will return to schools until September 8. Schedules may vary by grade level. A final calendar update will be provided as soon as it is complete.
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Colton School District
The Colton School District posted in June answers to a list of frequently asked questions about the 2020-21 school year, and has publicly posted the draft operational blueprints for Colton Elementary School, Colton Middle School and Colton High School.
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Estacada School District
The Estacada School District on July 28 sent out an update for parents, saying it was still too early to tell whether schools would open in September, but that administrators "are confident that even if students are unable to return to in-person learning on September 8th, we will still be able to support them through our virtual learning opportunity."
Here's the full statement:
Estacada School District leadership have worked to create a comprehensive plan that features two different learning options: a hybrid part-time on-campus model and a 100% virtual model. This plan was developed with the understanding that our district may need to transition between these two models based on restrictions and the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community.
Today, Governor Kate Brown announced new guidelines and requirements around on-campus learning in the fall. These metrics will be used to determine whether or not we will be able to offer our hybrid on-campus option in the fall.
At this time it is too early to tell whether our county’s COVID-19 cases will be low enough in September to allow us to open our doors to students. We will keep families updated as we work through these difficult decisions.
One thing that remains constant is our dedication to providing high quality learning for all students. We are confident that even if students are unable to return to in-person learning on September 8th, we will still be able to support them through our virtual learning opportunity. The Estacada School District has built a best-in-class online learning platform, allowing students to experience school anywhere while learning daily alongside their neighborhood friends, guided by a highly qualified teacher creating individualized instruction for your child. Our district has made significant investments to ensure that we are continuing to improve our virtual school through increased technology, staff training, increased support resources for families, and the implementation of one Learning Management Platform districtwide.
As soon as we have the “green light” to reopen our school buildings, we will do so. We still are planning to execute the protocols and plans we have created to ensure a safe start to on-campus learning. We also ask that you respond to your child’s back-to-school survey sent from your building principal if you have not done so already. Your participation is crucial in ensuring a smooth transition back to in-person school.
Regardless of the way we will be starting school, we will work diligently to meet each student’s individual needs while maintaining student and staff safety. Thank you for your understanding and support. We look forward to connecting with you and will continue to keep you informed over the coming weeks.
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The latest update from the Gladstone School District:
Because protecting the health of staff and students is paramount, we will begin the new school year with Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). Our program will offer a regular weekly schedule, substantial learning time, interactive teacher feedback, challenging academics, opportunities to connect with peers, regular grading, student meals, and academic support.
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Lake Oswego School District
In an email to parents on July 29, Superintendent Dr. Lora de la Cruz said the district will go to remote online learning through the first quarter of the year, which ends on Oct. 30. Here's the full email:
Thank you for your patience as we have developed plans, with rapidly changing information. With the health and safety of our students, teachers and staff as our top priority, LOSD has reached a decision that will affect all our families. We have studied the metrics that were released by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) yesterday and have consulted with Clackamas County Public Health. Consistent with the metrics, we have made the difficult decision to remain in Fully Remote Virtual learning through the first quarter, which ends on October 30. We’re providing these dates now so that parents can make any necessary work or child care arrangements.
Throughout the first quarter, we will monitor public health indicators and metrics to determine next steps, and will continue to keep you informed as we plan for the second quarter, which begins on November 2. Additionally, per the updated ODE and OHA guidance, when our region meets the metrics for approved exceptions, we will consider how to prioritize K-3 students and some limited on-site instruction for student groups that have been historically underserved, which may occur before November 2 if our metrics support this.
Along with school leaders, we will be deeply involved in preparing for opening the school year in the fully remote model, and will be sharing information soon about details for such things as virtual Kindergarten information sessions and meet-and-greets for students and teachers.
I know this news is deeply disappointing for all of us. Making this decision weighs heavy on my mind and heart, as I know that we share in the desire for students, teachers and staff to be in school. I am hopeful that COVID-19 will be contained in our community, region and state so that we can get back to school in the way we all want to be. Thank you for your continued patience and support.
The school district has created a comprehensive section on its website dedicated to school reopening updates.
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Molalla River School District
Molalla River School District Superintendent Tony Mann sent out the following information to parents on July 1 and has not posted an update since the July 28 announcement from Gov. Brown :
“Ready Schools. Safe Learners” is the new guidelines from Oregon Department of Education for the safe opening of schools in the fall. Over the last 2 1/2 weeks school districts around the state have been reviewing the guidelines and working with staff to begin to operationalize a plan that meets the needs of all learners within their districts while adhering to the new safety requirements outlined in their guidance.
Within days of our 2019-2020 school year ending, MRSD assembled a design team of principals, teachers, support staff, and operational leadership to begin to envision the pathways forward for our 2020-2021 school year. I am grateful for the hard work the team has invested in creating options for our students that support meaningful learning experiences in the coming year.
We are now at a point in the initial design work that we would like to get your feedback. Attached below are two links that will point you to some very important information. Your feedback and input is a critical piece of this process, and I would encourage you to take a few moments to watch the video below and then provide your thoughts by taking our survey.
The first set of links will take you to a school specific video that outlines the options or pathways that MRSD is currently considering. Please click on your school specific link.
The second set of links direct you to a survey where you can share your preferences on the pathways outlined in the video.
We appreciate your continued engagement and support while we work together as a community to develop and support a meaningful school year for our students.
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North Clackamas School District
Superintendent Matt Utterback sent the following update to North Clackamas School District parents on July 28, saying in-person classes will not be available until at least early November:
Dear NCSD Families/Guardians:
We would like to update you on the instructional models for the fall. North Clackamas Schools (NCSD) knows it is imperative for your family to have as much detail as possible to make an informed decision.
Given the Governor’s announcement today regarding the safe opening of schools, we know that it will be quite some time before we can return to in-person instruction. This solidifies our decision to start the 2020-2021 school year with the following two educational options:
- Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL)
- NCSD Virtual Online Program
The hybrid (in-person & online) option will not be available until Clackamas County can meet the new state reopening guidelines and metrics. Therefore, NCSD is committed to two on-line instructional models at least through the first part of November, allowing for a continuous grading period before any adjustments are considered.
Option #1 - Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL):
- All participating students will be engaged in interactive instruction which will include live video, virtual and/or written instruction using NCSD teachers and courses.
- CDL is rooted in strong instructional practices, effective teacher-student contact time, meaningful peer-to-peer interaction, equitable learning opportunities, and a consistent schedule.
- Attendance is required, grades are given, and homework is assigned depending on grade level.
- Instruction and accommodations for IEP, ELD, 504, and TAG will be provided.
- Students are provided with a laptop and Internet hotspots, if needed.
Answers to commonly asked questions about the CDL model are found on NCSD’s website.
Option #2 - NCSD Virtual Online Program:
- This is a one-year temporary program requiring families to commit to a full year of online education.
- Students in this program access a fully online curriculum with regular virtual face-to-face support from NCSD teachers and support staff.
- Students will access the online curriculum through Edgenuity and/or Odysseyware. While not NCSD courses, both systems feature courses that are standards-aligned and include learning objectives, lessons, projects, and assessments.
- High school courses meet NCSD’s graduation requirements.
- Similar to a typical classroom, attendance is required, lessons are comprehensive, grades are given, and homework is assigned depending on the course and grade level.
- Instruction and accommodations for IEP, ELD, 504, and TAG will be provided.
- Students are provided with a laptop and Internet hotspots, if needed.
Answers to commonly asked questions about the NCSD Virtual Online Option, including the reason for the limited 550 student enrollment, are found on NCSD’s website.
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Oregon City School District
The Oregon City School District announced on July 29 that classes will be virtual in fall and that the transition to a hybrid model wouldn't happen until at least Nov. 11.
In a letter sent to parents, Superintendent Larry Didway said, in part:
This decision was difficult and heart wrenching. We all agree: kids need to be in school. There is no adequate replacement for in-person learning that can better support student growth, development and overall wellness.
It is a devastating reality. However, the schools must ensure a safe environment for students, staff, families and the community.
The district will stay with Comprehensive Distance Learning model through Nov. 11, the end of the first grading period. If the state and region meet new health standards by then, the district will consider transitioning to some in-person instruction.
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Oregon Trail School District
Oregon Trail School District Superintendent Aaron Bayer sent the following update to parents on July 26:
We appreciate your patience as we work through the state's ever-changing guidance for reopening schools. While there are still uncertainties regarding the upcoming school year, we are hard at work developing academic options - as we prioritize the health and safety of our students, staff, and the community at large. We understand the impact this critical decision will have on all Oregon Trail families and staff.
On July 15, we introduced our hybrid instructional model with A/B student cohorts that would attend in-school classes and virtual classes on alternate days. Since that time, COVID-19 cases have been on the rise in Oregon. The regulations and guidance coming down from the Governor's office, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is in a constant state of flux and will have a significant impact on our path forward. At the same time, our staff wants nothing more than to be back in their schools doing what they do best – providing our students with the quality education and services they deserve – with the COVID-19 health crisis behind us.
The Governor's latest press conference included new mandates for Oregonians and resulted in changes to school guidance. In light of these changes, we will continue to advance our hybrid model understanding that we may have to adopt a comprehensive distance-learning program for the start of school. If this becomes necessary, we are working on a plan to provide students with an opportunity to work synchronously and asynchronously with their classroom teachers through virtual means until we can reopen with the hybrid model. In addition, we will offer an online platform that parents and students may choose to attend for the entire 2020-2021 school year.
In the coming weeks, we will continue to monitor the information put out by the Governor's office, OHA, ODE, and the CDC to determine which model we will implement to begin the school year. We recognize the need for families to plan schedules for the fall and are working diligently to navigate these challenging times and find solutions that best fit our school community's health and safety needs.
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West Linn/Wilsonville School District
The district's plan hasn't been finalized but it posted a framework on its website with two options. The first option is a hybrid-model with a mix of in-person classes and distance learning from home. The other is a fully virtual online program.
But the district said in a July 24 update that administrators want to prepare the community for the possibility of opening school with Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) only. The district site has not been updating following Gov. Brown's July 28 announcement.
The July 24 note from the district reads, in part:
As we continue to develop our models for reopening school, the cases of coronavirus across our country and state continue to escalate, reaching daily records. We are hearing increased concerns from families and staff about the possibility of opening school with in-person learning in the fall. As you know, the health and safety of our students and staff has been and continues to be the top priority for our district.
In a recent meeting with health and state officials, we were told that even with the required safety protocols, physical distancing, cohorting requirements, and contact tracing, under these conditions with the infection rate as high as it is in our county, we WILL have virus outbreaks in our schools. These outbreaks would require the quarantine of students and staff for several weeks and the shutdown of in-person learning. Repeated opening and closing of classrooms and schools would continue until the virus is better contained.
We are increasingly worried that we will not have the necessary staff to either open schools--or keep schools open--to in-person learning under these escalating conditions. We struggled to fill substitute teaching positions prior to this pandemic, and we expect it will be far more difficult now.
Chapter five: Corbett School District
On July 1, the Corbett School District said it was hoping to reopen schools in September. It doesn't appear any information has been released since Gov. Brown's July 28 announcement. Below is the July 1 update:
As we get closer to the school year, we wanted to provide you with up to date information about our efforts to safely reopen schools in September. You may be aware that the Oregon Department of Education released statewide guidelines for the safe reopening of schools for the 20-21 school year. We recently sent a survey to our families to get feedback on ideas of how we can safely reopen in September. There are still many details to problem solve and today we can give you an update of what we know and what we are still working on as a district.
Chapter six: David Douglas School District
The David Douglas School District sent the following statement to parents and staff on July 17, and has not updated its site since the July 28 metrics update from Gov. Brown:
To Our David Douglas School District Families,
Since the end of last school year, David Douglas School District staff and administrators have been researching, consulting, planning and developing plans for how to safely reopen for next school year while we remain in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have been researching best practices; listening to health experts, our staff and our families; following the guidance of the Oregon Department of Education; and developing reopening plans aimed at keeping our students and staff safe. Our tentative plans are centered in equity and providing our students with the most robust and comprehensive education possible. As you can guess, this is both complicated and uncertain.
First, we need to be clear: Whatever plans we develop, everything can suddenly change at any time. Until there is a vaccine, the spread of the coronavirus itself will ultimately determine our actions and decisions. Our first priority always has been and always will be the health and safety of our students and staff. At any time, we may be forced to go back to full-time distance learning for all, and our families should be prepared for that.
In addition, as we get further into executing our plan, we may find there are aspects of it that we simply are not able to do. This plan could change, including to making a decision that we will not be able to reopen for in-person classes in the fall. We are also considering a delayed opening of the school year for students.
If we are able to reopen our buildings to students, our current reopening plan involves a combination of distance/online learning and in-person learning where students come back into their schools in small groups for live instruction from their teachers on shortened school days. This is what is commonly being referred to as a hybrid model. How this looks will depend on the grade level of your student. See attached plan here.
Our plan and hopes are that our youngest students in grades K-3, who need the most direct support from a caring, qualified adult educator, would be in school most of the time. Our older students would be in a hybrid model, which means they would spend half their time in school with teachers and the other half of their time at home receiving instruction online from David Douglas educators.
We also recognize that for a variety of valid reasons, some of our families will not feel safe allowing their students into a school building at all. Those families would have the option to choose full-time, online instruction.
Our schools would be open to students on Mondays through Thursdays. Fridays would be used for teacher planning, curriculum development and connecting with families. Here are our tentative plans for each level:
Grades K-3 – These students would attend school 4 shortened days a week in small cohorts of 10-15 students to preserve social distancing. Two days per week, half of a class would be with their regular teacher receiving direct instruction. The other half of the class would be with other school educators who will support and amplify that instruction. The two halves of the class would switch places on the other two days each week. To keep these cohorts small and practicing safe social distancing, alternative instruction areas such as cafeterias and gyms would be used.
Grades 4-5 – These students would attend school with their teachers in small cohorts two shortened days a week, while receiving online instruction at home the other two days each week. Each class would be split into two small cohorts and rotate attending school on an A-day, B-day schedule. There is not enough space in our schools to do the same model as K-3.
Secondary Grades 6-12 – Our middle and high school campuses would also operate on an A-day, B-day rotating schedule. Half the students would attend school on A days, while the other half would receive online instruction from David Douglas educators. Those students would switch places on B days.
Please fill out the short form linked below:
This will let us know if your student would be attending school in person, attending only online, must ride a bus, and other critical information we need for our continued planning. Please complete this form once for each of your students.
TRANSPORTATION – Our ability to bus students will be limited by social distancing restrictions. If and when we reopen, we encourage families whose students don’t need to ride the bus to find other ways to get to school so that those who must ride the bus are safe. All buses will be thoroughly cleaned between every trip.
Safety Precautions – Our schools and buses will be thoroughly cleaned between every cohort. Masks will be required of every adult who comes into our buildings and may be required of older students. Social distancing (6 feet apart) will be practiced at all times.
Meals/Food – Under this proposed plan, breakfast and lunch would be served to students in schools. Students may be eating their meals in their classrooms. In the event we are unable to reopen buildings in the fall, we will continue to provide grab-and-go meals at school sites.
We will continue to keep you informed as this plan and conditions change. Thank you for your ongoing feedback as we continue to plan for a safe return for the 2020-21 school year.
Chapter seven: Forest Grove School District
The Forest Grove School District announced on July 28 that it would be moving the start of the 2020-21 school year from Sept. 8 to Sept. 14, and that it will be using only a Comprehensive Distance Learning model until it's safe to send children back into schools.
The letter reads, in part:
We have been working extremely hard to establish a plan that will allow students to return to school. As we have communicated over the past few weeks, we have created Hybrid and Comprehensive Distance Learning options. These options have been created to provide the critical in-person interaction with teachers and fellow classmates while also providing an option for distance learning to take place synchronously online.
Unfortunately, as you well know, the virus continues to spread throughout our community, county, state and the nation. Throughout the state, we have seen a steady increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past several weeks. Counties that have managed to safely reopen schools have done so with declining infection rates and on-demand testing available. In Washington County, the unfortunate reality is that infection rates are rising, public health systems are taxed, and the funding we need to scale up safe learning and working environments simply isn’t available.
Not only will COVID-19 outbreaks directly impact infected individuals and their families, but it will also require the quarantine of exposed students and staff for several weeks, ultimately leading to the breakdown of our in-person learning. This cycle of opening and closing classrooms and schools will be highly disruptive to the learning process. Inevitably, this pattern will continue until our communities and public health authorities have the virus more under control.
As these cases rise, I am increasingly worried for the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and families. With this in mind, and the safety of our students as our top priority, Forest Grove School District will be starting the new school year fully in the Comprehensive Distance Learning model. All students will be learning online from home until the guidance released today from the Governor’s Office and Oregon Health Authority is met and students can safely return to school. We are sharing this disappointing, but necessary, news so that parents can make the critical work and childcare arrangements.
There are still details to work out and decisions to be made. Our next communication to you will be on Thursday, August 6th, where we will continue to provide you with more details about Comprehensive Distance Learning.
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Chapter eight: Gresham-Barlow School District
The Gresham-Barlow School District announced even before Gov. Brown's metrics were released on July 28 that the first day of school was moved from Sept. 8 to Sept. 14, and that classes would be online only through at least mid-October.
A letter to families on July 24 reads, in part:
Over the last several weeks the Gresham-Barlow School District held three online information sessions for GBSD Families. The webinars provided information about the District’s draft Return to Learn Plan for Fall 2020. Participants asked questions and shared feedback. Many thanks to the families who attended and participated in the webinars!
If you were not able to attend a webinar, the July 23 6:30 pm webinar is available to watch online. The webinar is in English and Spanish.
The school district is developing a “Frequently Asked Questions” list for families based on questions submitted during the webinar. Feedback submitted will be also be used to inform future communications. The District will email the FAQ to families when it’s completed.
First Day of Instruction moved from September 8 to September 14:
Due to health and safety, technology, curriculum and instruction professional learning needs, the district will move the first day of instruction for students from September 8 to September 14.
Online instruction only from September 14-through mid-October
Because of current Oregon Health Authority and Governor Brown’s guidelines for Phase 1, instruction will be completely on-line at least through mid-October. At that point, the District will determine whether in-person instruction can begin based on guidance established by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority.
GBSD Draft Return to Learn Plan
The District is in the process of finalizing its Return to Learn Plan for Fall 2020. After you have reviewed the draft plan, you are invited to share your feedback through our online survey.
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Chapter nine: Hillsboro School District
The Hillsboro School District announced on July 28 that the first day of school was changed from Sept. 8 to Sept. 14, and that classes would be online only through at least Nov. 5, in accordance with Gov. Brown's new metrics for reopening.
The district sent out a letter to parents that reads, in part:
Thank you for your patience as we continue to develop our return-to-school plan. With the health and safety of our students and staff as our top priority, the Hillsboro School District has reached some decisions that will affect all of our families. These decisions are aligned with the guidance that was released today by Governor Brown, Oregon Department of Education, and the Oregon Health Authority regarding new health metrics and standards for opening schools. The cases of coronavirus across our country and state continue to escalate and we will not be able to return to in-person learning in the fall. We understand that while we are addressing the global pandemic, additional needs of our community have been highlighted, especially those related to racialized disparities; we will continue to anchor back to our equity policy to guide our decision making.
We will begin the K-12 school year in Comprehensive Distance Learning on Monday, September 14, therefore, students will not be on campus, but will be learning virtually at least through the first quarter (November 5).
We will be publishing an updated District calendar in the coming weeks. Based on guidance from the Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority in addition to the latest health data, we will then decide when and if students can return to school in a Hybrid Model. We’ll be paying particular attention to what phase of recovery Washington County is in and the trajectory of positive COVID-19 cases.
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Chapter ten: Parkrose School District
The Parkrose School District posted its most recent update on June 30 in the district's messages from the superintendent folder. It reads, in part:
As we approach July I wanted to provide you with up to date information about our efforts to safely reopen schools in September. You may be aware that the Oregon Department of Education released statewide guidelines for the safe reopening of schools for the 20-21 school year. We recently sent a survey to our families and staff to get feedback on ideas of how we can safely reopen in September.
There are still many details to problem solve and today we can give you an update of what we know and what we are still working on as a district.
If you’re planning for Online school only, please complete the ‘2020-21 Parkrose Learning from Home Family Survey:
I know this process is difficult and not knowing all the details can be frustrating. We are working to gather information and create plans for a safe return to school. Parkrose is intent on creating a hybrid learning experience that is safe and effective in helping students learn. We will stay in touch and keep you informed as we solidify our plans. Thank you for your patience and support.
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Chapter eleven: Portland Public Schools
After reviewing the COVID-19 guidance on returning to school that Gov. Kate Brown and Oregon health officials announced on Tuesday, Portland Public Schools (PPS) decided the 2020-21 fall semester will consist of only online classes.
"This means all students Pre-K through Grade 12 will participate in an online learning model from Sept. 2, the first day of the 2020-21 school year in PPS, until at least Nov. 5, which is the end of the first quarter," PPS Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero said.
He added that it's still possible the fully online system will extend into the second semester if COVID-19 metrics don't improve. He said if that is going to happen, PPS staff and families will know by Oct. 10.
According to Gov. Brown's new set of COVID-19 metrics, in order to resume any in-person learning, even part-time, a county needs to have less than 10 cases per 100,000 people for three weeks straight, with some exceptions for certain very small rural school districts.
Some counties are still far away from reaching that milestone. Multnomah County, for example, has a population of 812,855 people and would need to see a rate of 81 cases per week or less. Last week the county had 453 new cases.
"I want to acknowledge that we have all been anxious to learn what the new school year might look like, and that this news may provide a sense of assurance to some and a further challenge to others," Guerrero said. "Nearing the end of the summer now, we all hoped to be in a different reality with this pandemic."
He also assured parents that the model this school year begins with will be much different than the impromptu system put into place at the end of the last year. Children will be connecting with teachers and staff during an orientation for the first two weeks of school. After that, they'll follow a regular weekly schedule and interact with their teachers every day.
"As an educator, I know that there is no true replacement for face-to-face learning and the interaction between a student and a dedicated teacher or staff member," said Guerrero. "But our announcement today is in keeping with our highest priority during a global pandemic, which is the health and well being of our students and employees."
For more information about PPS plans for the fall semester, visit its website
Chapter twelve: Reynolds School District
After Gov. Brown's announcement on July 28, the Reynolds School District announced it would start the school year with online learning. Here is the July 28 update on the district's website:
With this new information, Reynolds School District will be starting the 2020-21 School Year in a Comprehensive Distance Learning model and will only be able to review moving to any type of in-person model once the metrics are met by the state and county. We are committed to ensuring that our students, families, and staff have the resources they need to start the new school year with remote learning including the technology, internet access, supplies, meals, teaching instruction, training, communication, etc. Please look for more information coming soon.
We are still waiting for results from the staff survey and look forward to publishing those results next week. Using the survey results from families and staff along with new state guidance, we will also be releasing our finished Operational Blueprints for Reentry for each of our schools on August 14 which will include models for our Comprehensive Distance Learning which we will start and Hybrid Learning (some students learning at school while some students are learning at home) which we will move to once all metrics are met. I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as we gather input from our families and staff to learn how to best support our students in the fall and use that input to guide our plans.
We know this is a difficult time for our families. Together, we can fight COVID-19 by being vigilant in wearing face coverings, limiting our contact with other people, washing our hands, and staying home when ill. By following these important guidelines, I know that I will once again be able to reopen our schools and welcome our students back into our buildings.
We will continue to send regular updates to keep you informed, and we are always available for questions and comments as we navigate this new path together.
Together… “We are Reynolds!”
Dr. Danna Diaz, Superintendent of Schools
Chapter thirteen: Riverdale School District
Riverdale School District's Fall 2020 Instruction Team Leader Joanna Tobin sent a letter to parents on July 23 that reads, in part:
Over the past month, the Fall 2020 Instruction Planning Team made up of Riverdale School District teachers, parents and administrators have been developing a plan to best deliver seamless instruction to our RSD students in the fall. The delivery of instruction and creation of learning opportunities, either in-person, remotely, or in a hybrid of the two models, is complex and challenging work, especially in this dynamic environment. This will take ongoing innovation, flexibility and partnership. Below I share a brief overview of our work to date and our recommendation to the RSD Leadership. A comprehensive presentation will be made to the RSD School Board at the board full-day work study on Aug. 10, 2020.
Decisions and processes for returning to campus are being guided by best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oregon Department of Education and state and local health authorities. Meanwhile, the Fall Instructional Planning Group is working collectively as well as within their sub-groups (K-4, 5-8, 9-12) to apply this guidance to Riverdale to keep our students on pace to achieve their academic milestones. The landscape is ever changing, and we are adapting as thought-partners and planners as we go.
- Health and Safety. Riverdale will plan around and follow health and safety guidelines from ODE and public health authorities.
- Educational Excellence. Riverdale’s mission is to provide an excellent educational experience to RGS and RHS students.
- Continuity. Riverdale’s plan will allow students and teachers to shift fluidly from in-class learning to distance learning as health and safety guidelines change.
- Student Connection and Relationships. Riverdale’s plan will foster the connection and relationship between Riverdale teachers/staff and students and will strive for regular connection in each model - online, in-person/hybrid. This includes support for social emotional/mental health support.
- Innovation. We strive to be inclusive in thought and prepared for all learners. Riverdale will pursue creative student-centric options to meet students’ needs in the 2020-21 school year.
- We will provide educational programming that is rigorous, effective and engaging, and upholds high academic standards, whether online or in-person.
- We will use Riverdale’s equity lens to inform our decision-making, with particular focus on vulnerable learners receiving instruction and support to minimize opportunity gaps and achievement gaps.
- All students have access to high-quality educational programming with differentiated support from staff to address unfinished learning, scaffolds, extensions and enrichment.
- We value having K-12 students in school as much as possible to maximize in-person learning.
- Our teaching practices will be centered on clear expectations that are widely known and understood by staff, students and parents, all of whom will be provided the necessary training to maximize their opportunity for success.
- We will work to continuously improve and support all teachers/staff to uphold these principles in order to have consistency across schools and classrooms.
As you can imagine, the constraints from the ODE Guidance require the Fall 2020 Instruction Planning Team to think differently about how our schools may safely operate in-person. In order to follow these COVID mitigation requirements, most districts are considering distance learning and hybrid models that bring students back into the school facilities in a limited fashion rather than the traditional five-day-per-week schedule. The Riverdale School District is no different. We are committed to continued creativity while working within the guidance.
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Chapter fourteen: Sherwood Public School District
Sherwood School District Superintendent Heather Cordie announced on July 28 that schools would be starting the 2020-21 school year with at least nine weeks of Comprehensive Distance Learning, based on Gov. Brown's COVID-19 metrics.
Her letter to families reads, in part:
As you likely know, COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Oregon. Since closing our schools in March, it has been our greatest hope to bring students and staff back together in our buildings. The health and safety of our students and staff are of the utmost importance, and we have carefully attended to state guidance, every step of the way.
Earlier today, Governor Kate Brown, OHA and ODE released data-based metrics to clarify the ability for school districts to safely return to face-to-face instruction. This information has significant implications for our district, as well as districts throughout Oregon. Currently, case rates exceed the limits set forth by the governor for in-person instruction, and although there are separate, more lenient metrics for allowing K-3 instruction, case rates do not meet those metrics either.
Given these new requirements, the Sherwood School District will commence the 2020-21 school year by implementing a Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) program for all students grades K-12. While we anticipate this model could be in place for at least the first nine weeks of the term, as we are seeing in the plans of our neighboring districts, we will continue to monitor reopening metrics to determine when students can safely return to our buildings. This will include close monitoring of Washington County case rates and their impact on the exception for grades K-3.
We know from stakeholder feedback that some families have concerns about the effectiveness of distance learning, based on their experiences this past spring. Since closing our schools in March of this year, our staff have worked diligently to adapt to the realities of providing education to our students during a global pandemic. Moving rapidly into a distance learning environment last spring posed significant challenges, as we had little time to prepare and even less time to provide much needed professional development for staff.
Chapter fifteen: Tigard-Tualatin School District
The Tigard-Tualatin School District announced July 28 that its schools will start the 2020-21 school year online with nine weeks of comprehensive distance learning:
This announcement follows Governor Kate Brown’s guidance released today in partnership with the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority. Superintendent Dr. Sue Rieke-Smith identified the guiding factors leading to this decision to include the continued spread of COVID-19 specifically in the metropolitan area; the mandated health and safety measures that must be in place to open buildings and serve all students; and the disruption to learning that will be caused by mandatory 14-day quarantining of students and staff and the shutting down of classrooms and buildings when positive cases are reported.
“As educators, we are painfully aware of the importance of in-person instruction and relationship building, and all of us cannot wait for the day when we can welcome our students back into our buildings,” said Superintendent Rieke-Smith. “This decision was made by weighing evidence-based data from our county and state health officials alongside my obligation to protect the safety and well-being of each of all of our students, teachers, and staff. Making this decision now allows our staff time to focus on creating a robust online learning experience that will thoughtfully meet the needs of every TTSD student.”
Per the district’s newly amended school year calendar, TTSD’s first day for students will be Monday, September 14, 2020. Online instruction will continue for the first nine weeks of the school year. Planning will continue to ready the district to safely transition back into buildings and for hybrid in-person instruction. That timeline will be informed by local and state public health conditions as reported in the Governor’s health metrics and the phased recovery of Washington County.
TTSD is currently hosting community presentations to engage students and families in the planning to-date for the “Operational Blueprint to Reentry” plan as directed by “Ready Schools Safe Learners” (RSSL) guidance from the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority. Parents, guardians, and students are highly encouraged to participate in this process as their feedback is helping inform this planning. Presentations specific to grades, schools, languages, and special needs will be hosted over the next several weeks. A calendar of upcoming virtual community and family meetings, along with presentations and important return-to-school resources are available on the district’s website.
TTSD will finalize planning over the next two weeks and present the completed Blueprint to the School Board on August 10th. The full plan and details specific to elementary, middle, and high school will be sent to district families the week of August 10. All Oregon districts must file their Health and Safety plans with their county health departments and the “Blueprint to Reentry” with ODE by August 15, 2020. The district’s finalized plan will be posted and available to the public on the district website.
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