A Statement for Oregon Families on School Year 2020-21
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) knows families are the first teachers and provide a vital foundation for children and young people. We recognize that you are essential partners for every school district and educator. We understand that you need and deserve a clear understanding of how school is being organized and delivered in 2020-21.
ODE has released
Ready Schools, Safe Learners Guidance designed for school leaders that puts forward the requirements and recommendations school districts will use to design and open schools across the state in the fall.
This guidance describes what we know now, with an understanding that we will all need to navigate the state’s evolving efforts to mitigate COVID-19. As part of that work, we will regularly release updated versions of the guidance based on feedback. We deeply appreciate the comments from over 8,000 parents in the last few months, and we used those comments to inform the development of the guidance.
ODE’s focus is on the Safe Reentry of Students and Staff to School. We have and will continue to work closely with the Oregon Health Authority to develop and update requirements and recommendations for school districts that meet our obligations for health, safety, equity, and quality instruction across the state. Oregon Health Authority epidemiologists helped create and vet this guidance, and this collaboration ensures that your school leaders have the critical information they need so that school doors are open and ready to welcome students in the fall.
For the 2020-21 school year, each and every public school will work under the direction of the school district to develop an Operational Blueprint for Reentry that meets the requirements outlined in the guidance while tailoring their approach for their own students, staff, and community. Through this process, each school must also determine whether they will teach all students on-site, teach all students through distance learning, or utilize a hybrid model that combines both approaches. Before the beginning of the school year, the local school board must review each school’s plan and make it available to the community on the district website.
ODE is honored to work alongside school leaders, health officials, educators, and families to meet the challenges and opportunities of this moment. This guidance places the design and decision-making of the coming school year into the capable hands of your district’s educators, principals, business managers, superintendent and school board-- people from your community who know best what your school needs to provide a high quality, equity-focused education for all students.
Thank you for your contributions, energy, and patience as we work together to keep students safe, engaged, and learning.