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News and Updates

This page contains memos and other messages sent by former ODE Director Colt Gill to school district superintendents, school principals and others since the COVID-19 pandemic began affecting education in Oregon. Information and links under the heading 2020-21 and 2021-22 School Years are presented for reference only.

Here you will find Slides from ODE's March 2, 2022 Q & A with Superintendents.

Updates from the Director

2020-21 and 2021-22 School Years

Note: this information is presented for reference only. Some links may no longer work due to updates since this information was created.

Updates from the Director


August 2021

Videos and PSAs

These Public Service Announcements (PSAs) welcoming students back to school are running on KATU, NATU (MeTV) and Univision Portland. Read the press release announcing these PSAs.

January 2021

September 2020


The presentations created by ODE leaders were developed to rapidly respond to questions and information related to the planning for the 2020-21 school year. You will find each slide deck below along with the date it was presented.

Office Hours

The purpose of RSSL Office Hours is to provide clarity around the Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance as districts plan for implementation and launch the school year. Recordings of past Office Hours are linked below. RSSL Office Hours are held as needed on Mondays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. We hope you’ll join us for the next RSSL Office Hour.