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Stay in it to Win it For Public School COVID-19 Health and Safety Information for the 2022-2023 School Year, please click here. 

Layered health and safety measures like getting vaccinated, wearing face coverings and improved airflow and circulation can keep Oregon school doors open through the challenges of winter. The virus can pass through one or two layers but not all. That’s why every layer matters and every layer helps keep students in class.

Image: Illustrated graphic of a student wearing a face covering sitting in a desk at school. The student is protected from the COVID-19 virus because of the 11 health and safety layers Oregon schools are using. The more health and safety layers in place, the better protected students will be from COVID-19 transmission. Reading in order of appearance of the graphic, these layers include: training and education; cleaning and disinfection; hand washing; physical distancing; cohorting; airflow and circulation; COVID-19 testing; symptom screening; isolation; face coverings; and COVID-19 vaccinations.

For individuals with disabilities or individuals who speak a language other than English, OHA can provide information in alternate formats such as translations, large print, or braille. Contact the Health Information Center at 1-971-673-2411, 711 TTY or

2021-2022 School Year

ODE’s Resiliency Framework for the 2021-22 school year focuses on advisory health and safety recommendations. The majority of health and safety protocols are advisory, meaning school districts, public charter schools and private schools will have the option to implement, as appropriate. This allows flexibility for school districts to design their own return to school plans that best meet the needs of their community. Each district 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.

Wear a face covering: The Oregon Health Authority’s statewide rule for 2021-22 school year requires face coverings in all indoor school settings, both public and private, for all individuals two years and older, including all students, staff, contractors, volunteers and visitors.

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:

State-Sponsored Charter Schools

Public Charter Schools

Learn more about schools and COVID-19

Questions or concerns? Here are a few resources for more information.

Ready Schools, Safe Learners: Resiliency Framework for the 2021-22 School Year.

For more information, resources and protocols, visit our Ready Schools, Safe Learners page.

Feedback and Input

If you have questions about the RSSL guidance, please contact the Oregon Department of Education.

If you believe a school is not in compliance with the RSSL guidance you can file a named or confidential complaint with Oregon OSHA at 1-833-604-0884 or online. The OSHA complaint process is open to staff, students, families and community members. School safety and other COVID-19 school related questions can be answered by emailing us.

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