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What You Need to Know

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    Welcome to Portland Public Schools. This webpage covers key news and information about district practices, programs and priorities intended to help you support your student’s success.

    Getting urgent news - quickly

    Weather-related delays. School emergencies. Special events:

    • Opt-in to School Messenger by sending the text message Yes or Y to 68453. You will also receive auto-dialer calls.
    • Twitter: @PPSConnect at www.twitter.com.
    • Facebook: www.facebook.com/pps.homepage
    • Phone call: Auto-dialer calls go to the “primary” number on the student registration form in all supported languages. Remember to update contact information with your school if your phone number changes.

    Calendar 2018-19

    The school year runs Aug. 27-June 7. Kindergarten starts Aug. 30. For dates of holiday, teacher planning days, teacher-parent conferences and other key dates, see the full school calendar.

    Student transportation

    PPS provides yellow bus service to students PK-8 depending on distance from school and safety considerations. Learn more, 503-916-6901

    TriMet passes for high school students

    The YouthPass Program provides TriMet passes at no cost to high school students. Students receive a free TriMet pass thanks to TriMet and Portland Public Schools. TriMet schedules: Trimet schedules.

    School meals

    • Pay for school meals at www.schoolcafe.com or bring a check to your school office or cafeteria.
    • All students eligible for free or reduced-price meal benefits must complete a new application annually. Applications are available online or at school.
    • All students at the following schools receive free meals regardless of income: Alliance @ Meek, Boise Eliot/Humboldt, Cesar Chavez, George MS, Harrison Park, Martin Luther King Jr., Lent, Pioneer @ Youngson, Rigler, Rosa Parks, Scott, Sitton and Woodmere.
    Grades Breakfast Lunch
    PK-5 $1.50 $2.90
    6-8 $1.50 $3.15
    9-12 $1.50 $3.40
    Reduced* $0.00 $0.00

    *Funding provided by the Oregon Legislature to eliminate the reduced price payment for school meals.

    Learn more: Contact your school cafeteria or PPS Nutrition Services, 503-916-3399.

    Student health

    School-based health centers: Accept insurance and can also assist uninsured families. Centers located at: Cleveland, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison and Roosevelt high schools, Cesar Chavez K-8 School and George Middle School.

    Immunizations: All students must have proof of one dose of all required immunizations on first day of school. Children who are not up-to-date on their immunizations by Feb.20, 2019 will be excluded from school until their immunizations are up-to-date.

    Counselors, drug/alcohol, health, discipline: PPS Student Services 503-916-5460, studentservices@pps.net

    Sharing your flier, renting PPS buildings

    Fliers: PPS only allows the distribution of materials for events and activities that are district-sponsored or come from a governmental organization. PPS schools can distribute and display materials that are from the district or a governmental organization without getting central office approval. Governmental organizations must provide their own copies of flyers and posters. It is not the responsibility of district staff to make copies for governmental organizations.

    Rent PPS building

    School-based concerns: Ombudsman

    The ombudsman serves as an independent, neutral and confidential resource, assisting parents and community members in addressing complaints, conflicts and other school-related issues: Judi Martin, Ombudsman, 503-916-3045, ombudsman@pps.net

    • Learn more: View complaint policy and complaint resolution process.

    Track academic progress: ParentVue

    View student grades, attendance and assignments and email teachers through Synergy ParentVUE.

    • Learn more: Contact your school

    College and career readiness: GET READY, GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

    Graduation requirements

    Get Ready: A PPS web tool for college and career planning including financial, admissions and job shadow guidance.

    Learn more: 503-916-5114

    Athletics

    The Portland Interscholastic League offers a Youth Sports Program (6-8) and a High School Program (9-12).

    Family Involvement

    Parents/guardians are invited to join district committees to help advise PPS on policies and practices.

    • Learn more or call 503-916-5234. Special Education Advisory Council, 503-916-3723 • TAG Advisory Council, 503-916-3358 • Migrant Parent Advisory Council Title I-C, 503-916-5777 • English Language Learner Advisory Council, 503-916-6525.

    Volunteering

    Volunteers provide invaluable assistance through classroom support, curriculum enrichment, service in parent organizations (PTA, booster clubs, etc.) and grounds upkeep.

    Language access for families

    The Translation and Interpretation Department provides free language access to PPS parents and guardians. Request an interpreter for oral communication at school meetings or request written translation of documents. School staff can help submit those requests. Bilingual staff is also available to answer your questions during school hours. Call the PPS Language Line at:

    Spanish 503 916-3582
    Vietnamese 503 916-3584
    Chinese 503 916-3585
    Russian 503 916-3583
    Somali 503 916-3586
    Other/More information 503 916-3254

    Registering for school

    List of schools/contact info

    Enrollment & Transfer Center, enrollment-office@pps.net, 503-916-3205.

    New students:

    Returning students: Update registration forms annually at your school. Remember to update contact information with your school if your phone number changes during the school year.

    Welcome to Kindergarten: Full-day kindergarten is tuition-free for all families; Preschool and Head Start programs are also offered.

    Before- and after-school childcare referral: 503-916-3230, nhauth@pps.net

    English as a Second Language: We invest in inclusive quality instruction that honors students’ racial, cultural and linguistic assets 503-916-6525

    Special Education: 503-916-3152

    • PPS encourages families with concerns about their child’s development under age 5 to get an assessment for special education services. Call the Multnomah Early Childhood Program, 503-261-5535, for a referral to the PPS Early Childhood Evaluation Team. Contact the PPS team directly if you have questions: 503-916-3426. (English/Spanish)
    • Families concerned about their school-age child’s development may also talk to their child’s teacher about an assessment for services. If you have questions, contact your principal.

    Talented & Gifted: 503-916-3358

    • Students K-12 are first nominated by their teacher or parent/guardian and then assessed by PPS.

    Great Schools. Great Neighborhoods.

    Families are guaranteed a spot in their neighborhood school assigned by address. List of schools/contact info

    Other options

    Focus schools: Specialize in such areas as science or the arts. Apply in the November lottery for HS options or February lottery for K-8 options. Learn more: 503-916-3205.

    • Buckman Arts K-5
    • Creative Science School K-8
    • daVinci Arts Middle School
    • Odyssey @ East Sylvan K-8
    • Sunnyside Environmental K-8
    • Winterhaven Math and Science K-8
    • Benson Polytechnic High School
    • Jefferson High School – Middle College for Advanced Studies

    Dual Language Immersion (DLI):  Apply in the February lottery at the kindergarten level. A language assessment may be required for students entering after kindergarten. More Information, 503-916-3151.

    Open to neighborhood families only

    Spanish Immersion:

    • James John K-5 (George MS)
    • Rigler K-5 (Beaumont MS)
    • Scott K-5 (Roseway Heights MS)
    • Sitton K-5 (George MS

    Open to families district-wide

    Spanish Immersion:

    • Ainsworth K-5 (West Sylvan MS)
    • Atkinson K-5 (Mt. Tabor MS)
    • Beach K-5 (Ockley Green MS)
    • Bridger K-8
    • Cesar Chavez K-8
    • Lent K-8

    Vietnamese Immersion:

    • Rose City Park K-4 (Roseway Heights MS)

    Chinese Immersion:

    • Martin Luther King Jr. (K-5)
    • Harrison Park (K-2)
    • Woodstock K-5 (Hosford MS)

    Russian Immersion:

    • Kelly K-5 (Lane MS)

    Japanese Immersion:

    • Richmond K-5 (Mt. Tabor MS)

    Multiple Pathways to Graduation: Some students benefit from an alternative setting including alternative schools, drop-out prevention programs or charter schools, 503-916-5437.
    Left school without graduating? Call the PPS Reconnection Center for help getting back in school: 503-916-3956

    Find your school, learn about petitions, the lottery and Jefferson dual assignment PPS Enrollment & Transfer Center: 503-916-3205; enrollment-office@pps.net; 501 N. Dixon St., Suite 140

    Privacy & rights

    Photo permission: Please notify your school office if your student should not be photographed or videotaped for use in PPS newsletters, websites, Facebook, news media and more.

    Annual notices: PPS publishes important notices to families regarding:

    1. distribution of “directory information” from student academic records;
    2. student records;
    3. release of information to military and college recruiters;
    4. Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment;
    5. teacher qualifications in Title I schools;
    6. distribution of information from non-school groups;
    7. annual restraint and seclusion report.


    View notices

    School-based Health Services

    The Multnomah County Health Department offers school-based health centers for students at:

      • Cleveland, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison and Roosevelt high schools
      • Cesar Chavez K-8 School
      • George Middle Schools

    OHSU offers a school-based Student Wellness Center at Benson HS. Kaiser Permanente offers a school-based health center for students at Faubion K-8.

    The centers accept insurance and can also assist uninsured families.

    Learn more: multco.us/health/school-based-health-centers

    Learn more about counseling, drug & alcohol education, student discipline, student health: studentservices@pps.net, 503-916-5460.

    Healthy Schools

    Portland Public Schools is maintaining a Healthy and Safe Schools webpage to provide environmental health and safety information. Information includes water testing and radon monitoring results, as well as updates about the district’s ongoing work to address health and safety issues in schools

    Learn more: Risk Management, 503-916-3204.

    Required annual notices for families

    Portland Public Schools is required annually to distribute seven notices to families with important information about their rights and those of their students. Please read about: (1) distribution of “directory information” from your student’s education records; (2) family and student rights regarding student records; (3) release of information to military and college recruiters; (4) the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment; and (5) families’ right to know about teacher qualifications in Title I schools; (6) distribution of information from non-school groups; (7) annual restraint and seclusion report.

    1. Directory information
    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law, requires Portland Public Schools, with certain exceptions, to obtain your written consent before the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, Portland Public Schools may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the district to the contrary in accordance with district procedures.

    The primary purpose of directory information is to allow Portland Public Schools to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include: a playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production; honor roll or other recognition lists; graduation programs; and sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.

    Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require schools receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information — names, addresses and telephone listings — unless the parent/guardian or the student has advised the school that they do not want the student’s information disclosed without prior written consent.1 If you do not want Portland Public Schools to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the district in writing within 30 days of enrollment in school.

    Portland Public Schools has designated the following information as directory information:

    • Student’s name
    • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
    • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
    • Degrees, honors, and awards received
    • Major field of study
    • Dates of attendance
    • The most recent school attended

    1 These laws are: Section 9528 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 7908), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (P.L. 107-110), the education bill, and 10 U.S.C. 503, as amended by section 544, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002 (P.L. 107-107), the legislation that provides funding for the nation’s armed forces.


    2. Student records: Annual notification of rights

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are:

    A. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the school receives a request for access. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. Portland Public Schools forwards education records requested under OAR 581-021-0250(1)(m) and (p) within 10 days of the receiving the request.

    B. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask the school to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the principal clearly identifying the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

    C. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. School officials include, but are not necessarily limited to: persons employed by PPS as administrators, supervisors, instructors or support staff members (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); persons serving on the school board; persons, entities or companies with whom/which PPS has contracted to perform special tasks (such as attorneys, auditors, medical consultants, or therapists) or that perform tasks on behalf of the school (such as the Portland Schools Foundation, the school based threat assessment team, the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods Community Schools providers, the School Resource Officers); and a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request from the receiving school district, Portland Public Schools discloses education records, including special education evaluation services, without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

    D. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA are: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-46052

    All PPS records policies are located at: https://www.pps.net/Page/1477

    3. Release of student information to military and college recruiters

    The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires school districts to provide, upon request, the names, addresses and phone numbers of juniors and seniors to military recruiters and colleges or universities.

    If you do not want the school district to provide information about your student to either the military or colleges or universities, you have an opportunity to “opt out.” To do so, you must check the box marked “NO” next to one or both of the categories (Military or College/University) on the student’s registration form or the yearly verification form and then sign and return the form immediately to your school. If your child is over 18, he or she must also sign the form.

    If you do not check “NO” or if you fail to return the registration/verification forms, the school district must release the student information to military or college recruiters upon their request. Once this information is released, the district cannot control how these institutions use the information.

    A list of the guidelines on military recruiters’ and colleges’ access to information can be found at:
    http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/hottopics/ht10-09-02.html

    If you have questions, please contact your school counselor.

    4. Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment

    The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) affords parents certain rights regarding our conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include the right to:

    • Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education: political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent; mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family; sex behavior or attitudes; illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior; critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships; legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers; religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
    • Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of any other protected information survey, regardless of funding; any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under state law; and activities involving collection, disclosure or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.
    • Inspect, upon request and before administration or use protected information surveys of students; instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales or other distribution purposes; and instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.

    These rights transfer to from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under state law.

    Parents who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-5901.

    5. Title I: Parents’ “right to know”

    Upon the request of a parent, a Title I school must disclose, in a timely manner, at a minimum:

    1. Whether the teacher has met state licensure requirements for the grade-level and subject area in which they are currently teaching.
    2. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or provisional status through which state licensing criteria have been waived.
    3. The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher, any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
    4. Whether the child is provided services by a paraprofessional, and if so, their qualifications.
    5. In addition to notification of their right to request information on the professional qualifications of their child’s teacher, schools must also provide timely notice to parents if a child is assigned to, or has been taught for more than four consecutive weeks by a teacher that is not highly qualified.

    6. Distribution of Information from non-school groups: Under Board Policy 3.30.35 and Administrative Directive, schools may distribute information from certain non-PPS groups. The groups providing this information are not endorsed or sponsored by Portland Public Schools. District policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation BP 1.80.020. Not all outside groups comply with the district’s non-discrimination policy. Families are strongly encouraged to review all materials closely.

    7. Annual Restraint and Seclusion Report

    Portland Public Schools completes an annual report detailing the use of physical restraint and seclusion for the preceding school year. The report is available at this webpage