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2020-21 for Students

Ready Schools, Safe Learners: Guidance for the 2020-21 School Year 


Students, we know the last school year ended in a way no one expected and you probably have a lot of questions about how the 2020-21 school year is going to work. Please read the information below for an overview of the work your schools are doing to provide a safe learning environment for you. Translated versions are available at the links below.

A Statement for Oregon’s Students on School Year 2020-21

We care about you.

Hundreds, really thousands of people in Oregon are thinking about you every day and working together to solve problems and find ways for you to learn, play, and dream.

At the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), we wanted to make sure you understand how “school” and learning is being planned for the year ahead. ODE’s focus is on the safe reentry of students and staff to school.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • School leaders and districts have been given information and guidance to design how your schools will open this fall.
  • Different schools and districts will likely come up with different plans based on what they understand is best for you and the community.
  • Your teachers are important to how this works and will also be finding themselves stretched to support you and your learning while meeting the public health requirements we need to meet because of COVID-19.
  • Your teachers and districts benefit from your ideas, imagination, and your patience.
  • Every school is expected to follow what the science and data tells us is the best way to learn together in the new year.
  • You are encouraged to share suggestions on how to further improve the guidance that ODE is providing your schools and districts using this survey.
  • Everyone is working closely with public health leaders to keep learning about the most important ways to keep learning safe. As we learn more, the requirements for how your school learning is organized might keep changing.
  • Each and every school will develop what we are calling an Operational Blueprint for Reentry which will explain how your school will open in the new year and share their plans to meet the health and safety protocols required. Your schools will post it to their website no later than August 17, 2020.

Visit the ODE website or reach out to your teachers or school counselors to learn more information.