At the direction of the Governor, the Oregon Department of Education is developing guidance for the 2020-21 school year that accounts for a variety of possibilities, knowing our course must adjust to protect the physical and mental health and wellbeing of Oregon students, educators, families and communities.
The guidance will provide essential functions and specific criteria for how to integrate public health guidance into our education system.
While the disease creates uncertainty, ODE is confident in the ability of our communities and educators to come together to meet the challenge to provide continuity of learning for our children.
We’re centering families, youth, educators, local district leaders and community organizations throughout the state in the planning process because the people who are most involved with schools are the ideal source for the solutions we need.
We are stronger when we move together, growing collective resilience to meet the health, emotional and academic needs and strengths of our children and communities.
- Science and health driven. The virus and science/data-based mitigation efforts will determine the levels of course correction and require contingencies.
- Complex context. In local response to COVID-19, there is varying knowledge, expertise and capacity, and considerations for values within communities.
- Strained system. As the pandemic has impacted the economy, public schools are experiencing disruptions in their community context, resource limitations and readiness issues.
- Communities have been impacted disproportionately. All public schools must recognize disproportionate impacts and respond to counter inequities.
- Accommodations for vulnerable people. Accommodations will be needed for students, teachers, administrators and school staff.
- Family confidence and readiness. Parents and families must have confidence that schools are ready to open and serve students while keeping them safe.
- We need your thinking. The people who are closest to the education system are the key to unlocking the innovative solutions we need to meet the academic needs and strengths of Oregon students and the social-emotional needs of Oregon students and staff.