Oregon schools are getting ready for students to return to the classroom this fall. For kids and families, this can be a mix of anxiety, excitement and opportunity. This may be especially true for families and students who have personally experienced the deep impact of COVID-19, including those who are Black, Latinx, Indigenous, LGBTQ2SIA+, living with a disability, or living in a rural community. It’s important we all show up with care and connection for each other as we begin the new school year together.
Resiliency Framework for the 2021-22 school year focuses on advisory health and safety recommendations.
The majority of health and safety protocols, including face coverings and physical distancing are advisory, meaning school districts, public charter schools and private schools will have the option to implement, as appropriate. This will allow flexibility for school districts to design their own return to school plans that best meet the needs of their community. As school districts across Oregon finalize their own plans for the upcoming school year, each district’s approach must:
Have a plan: School districts must have a communicable disease management plan that describes the measures they’ve taken to limit the spread of COVID-19 in their schools.
Stay home if exposed: School officials are required to exclude any staff or student whom they suspect has been exposed to COVID-19, and will work closely with local public health to determine exposures.
Isolate if sick: If a student gets sick during the day, schools must have a space for that student to rest and be monitored by staff until they are able to go home.
Note: Per federal mandate, passengers and drivers must wear a face covering on school buses, including on buses operated by public and private school systems.
Your local school district
Local school districts are in charge of setting health and safety rules. Find information on your school district’s plan by finding your local school district below:
Learn more about schools and COVID-19
Questions or concerns? Here are a few resources for more information.