Laurelhurst School

School Grade Levels: K-8

840 NE 41st Ave.Portland, OR 97232Ph 503-916-6210Fx 503-916-2649

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  • Need to Report an Absence? There's a form for that!


    The new Student Attendance Form has been so helpful in communicating absences and appointments to the school office! Thank you to everyone who is using this quick and easy tool. Please keep in mind that when you come in to pick up your student for an appointment, it can take a few minutes to get your student down to the office; please plan accordingly and come a few minutes early for pick-ups during school hours. NEW: we’ll be revamping the absence form prior to the return to school after Winter Break. Thanks to the great feedback we’ve received from a few of you about how to improve the form. 

  • Last Chance to Claim Lost and Found Items


    Our Lost and Found is overflowing! Missing something? Check out the lost and found rack, which will be in the school Friendship Garden (benches area) on Wednesday morning December 15th. You are also welcome to come in to check for missing items after school any day; please check in at the front office and show your COVID vaccination card upon entry. As a reminder, please label your students’ jackets, sweatshirts, water bottles, balls, and other items, and encourage your students to keep their treasured belongings safe at home. 

    All clothing items not picked up by December 17th will be donated to our PPS Clothing Closet, and balls, water bottles, and other non-labeled items will be donated to a local family shelter.

  • Test to Stay is Coming Soon


    As part of our ongoing commitment to increase in-person learning for all students, we are pleased to announce that in partnership with OHA/ODE we will start the Test to Stay program the first week of January of 2022. 

    Benefits of Test to Stay: Given the lower level of COVID-19 in schools, students exposed at school will have the opportunity to stay in in-person learning and minimize the impact quarantine has had on their education. This is called a modified quarantine and requires students to continue to wear masks during any activity that does not require its use, for example band, athletics, etc., until day eight (8). Students must remain symptom free and will be provided two tests during their quarantine period. You can help expedite the process by signing and returning the consent form for the BinaxNOW rapid nasal swab test, unless you already did it this year. Forms are available in the front office of each school. 

    For students who were exposed outside of the school day (at home, extracurricular activities, etc), we will have available the Test to Return process. This process will allow students to return on Day 8 after an exposure with any negative antigen or pcr COVID-19 test performed between days 5-7.  

    As always, vaccinated students who do not have symptoms do not have to quarantine or Test to Stay. We will share more specifics about this program in early January. 5-Step Process for Parents and Families

    In order to participate in the program, students must have a signed opt-in form on file which allows school staff to perform a rapid COVID-19 BinaxNOW test with their student on site. If you are unsure as to whether you have turned in the form, please go ahead and resubmit a signed copy. You can find the form here


  • January 9th, 2022

    Dear Laurelhurst Community, 

    Thank you for supporting TreeCycle and the bark chip spreading event this last Saturday. It was amazing to see the community support in action on a Saturday morning! I look forward to hearing about the success of the TreeCycle fundraiser from the PTA, and I know that parents and teachers alike will be so happy to see the fresh bark chips out there on the playground tomorrow. 


    As you all know, this has been a challenging week–headlines of the omicron surge, friends and family facing positive results or quarantine, and the news late last week about some PPS school closures. We are thankful that situations at schools are being looked at on a case-by-case basis; at Laurelhurst we have continued to experience low case numbers for both students and staff. 


    Again, I commit to you all to share information as soon as I am able. I can’t say enough how much we all appreciate the support of all you families who are keeping your kids home when they are feeling unwell. In the case of in-school COVID exposures, I will inform your family immediately if your student is identified as a close contact. Our MESD and Communicable Disease teams are working overtime to stay on top of cases and they are overwhelmed, so official notices of exposure and positive cases to the whole community may be delayed. 


    Thank you for all you are doing to take care of yourself and your family by being so diligent in following safety protocols. Please reinforce appropriate mask wearing, social distancing, hand hygiene, and symptom monitoring in your homes. Do not send your child to school if they have any of these symptoms, even if they are fully vaccinated. Please complete this Absence Form to let the school know your student will be absent, and once you have completed the form, we will be in contact with you should follow up be needed. You may receive a phone call from the front office, Nurse Courtney, AP Stricker, or me. 


    The district just sent out an email last week highlighting a few more specifics about what it might look like if Laurelhurst had to transition to temporary on-line. All students in grades 3-8 already have been issued a Chromebook. For families in K-2, we are inventorying our devices to ensure we can provide one for all students who need one. We are also arranging to have hotspots for families if needed. As of this moment, there is no plan for Laurelhurst to move to distance learning, so please hold off on contacting the school about Chromebooks or other remote learning tools. 


    Thank you for hanging in there as we all face another year of challenges and unknowns. Together, we will get through this. 



    Alyson Brant (she/her) 

    Principal, Laurelhurst K-8


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