School Reopening

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The Oregon Dept of Education (ODE) has published guidelines on school reopening, with the acknowledgement that this process will be subject to change.  The initial plans give criteria that must be met to proceed with in person teaching; these criteria vary depending on the prevalence COVID-19 in the county and the school's individual situation, for example if a school is in a rural area of a populous county they may qualify for some allowances.  The department has created  a tool kit to assist districts and schools with potential scenarios that could develop in schools as a result of COVID-19 and the appropriate steps to take.   

What's happening in my county?  Use this tool for tracking your county's COVID rates as they relate to school reopening status.

Full Guidance for Schools: Ready Schools, Safe Learners Guidance

How COVID-19 Metrics determine what schools can open: COVID-19 Metrics Explainer

Guidance for Private Schools: Private School COVID-19 FAQ

Visit the Oregon Dept of Education's COVID-19 page for further information.

Please contact your school or school district for information specific to your area. 

Public School and School District Directory


A note from the Oregon Department of Education:

ODE remains committed to the guiding principles introduced in spring 2020 to generate collective action and leadership for efforts to respond to COVID-19 across Oregon. These principles are updated to reflect
the current context:
● Ensure safety and wellness. The decision to return to school settings must be driven by health and safety considerations. In planning, prioritize basic needs such as food, shelter, and wellness and support the mental, social, and emotional health of students and staff.
● Cultivate connection and relationship. Quality learning experiences require deep interpersonal
relationships and a learning environment where people feel safe, seen, and valued. Especially in the midst of returning to school settings from an extended school closure, supporting students and families should begin with connection and relationship.
● Center equity. Recognize the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black, American
Indian/Alaska Native, and Latino/a/x, Pacific Islander communities; students experiencing
disabilities; and students and families navigating poverty. Apply an equity-informed, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive lens to promote culturally sustaining and revitalizing educational systems that support every child.
● Innovate. The complex circumstances in which learning is currently situated requires ongoing
reflection and iteration to assure deep learning for every student.