Questions About the New COVID-19 Variant?
It’s likely you are fielding questions from families and staff about the omicron variant of COVID-19 that was recently discovered and what impact that might have on schools.
ODE is in constant conversation with the Oregon Health Authority on the practices and protocols needed in order to keep kids in school safely. The emerging information about the omicron variant indicates that the measures named in the health advisory issued on November 1 are still the best course of action to protect students, educators and staff.
Layered mitigation measures reduce the chances of spreading any variant of COVID-19, including vaccinations and boosters for everyone over the age of five.
If you have any questions, please contact the ODE COVID-19 inbox at ODECOVID19@ode.state.or.us. Thank you!
Oregon Students Selected For USSYP Scholarship
The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will participate in a remote learning experience about the work of their national government.
- Caroline Gao, West Albany High School
- Alejandra Lopez Nestor, Warrenton High School
- Jenny Duan, Jesuit High School
- Trace Terrell, La Pine High School
Congratulations to these students and all of the wonderful student applicants!
Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, and they will hear from the president of the United States and a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, the delegates are awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. For more information, visit the U.S. Senate Youth Program website.
Preschool Promise Provider Interest Survey
Share your interest in the Preschool Promise program by taking a survey. In the 2022-2023 program year, the Early Learning Division (ELD) will expand the Preschool Promise (PSP) program. To help determine the level of expansion, ELD invites you to complete the survey about your program’s capacity and interest in PSP. The survey deadline is Monday, January 10, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (PST).
For more information and to take this survey, visit the ELD website.
Nominate an Oregon Financial Education Leader Today!
Oregon Treasury’s Financial Empowerment Awards recognize standout educators and community champions for their efforts to help more people be prepared to navigate our complex financial system. The awards will be given for the first time in 2022.
The awards are made possible through a collaboration with the Oregon College Savings Plan, which helps Oregon families save for higher education and job training.
Financial Educator: This award recognizes educators and/or administrators who have gone above and beyond to make financial literacy education more widely available, more relevant, and/or more exciting to help students make smarter money decisions, now and in the future. Candidates must be a classroom teacher, educational assistant, librarian, or administrator at an accredited K-12 Oregon public, private, or charter school; school district; or Education Service District in the 2021-22 school year.
The honoree will receive $1,500 and another $500 to their school. In addition, students at the school – chosen at random – will share $500 in scholarships from the Oregon College Savings Plan.
Financial Empowerment Community Champion: An organization, association, business, or education enterprise that is making a positive difference when it comes to improving financial wellness and empowerment for Oregonians. The organization should be based in Oregon or have a significant presence here.
The champion organization will receive $2,000, plus will be able to “Pay It Forward” and select another financial empowerment-focused organization or effort to receive $500.
The winning educator and community champion organization must agree to be recognized publicly.
Nominations are due by March 1, 2022, and winners will be announced in spring 2022.
Please note that 1-2 letters of recommendation on behalf of the nominee must be submitted to Treasury by the nominator; they can be attached when filling out the nomination form. Letters should identify how the nominee meets the criteria for the award. Paper nomination forms are also available.
Questions? Please email us.