• Following guidance from health officials and Gov. Kate Brown, Portland Public Schools will start the 2020-21 school year online until at least January 28. This page will offer regular updates on our Comprehensive Distance Learning program and other supports for students and families during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

November 13 Update: Classes Will Continue Through Inclement Weather During Distance Learning

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    Dear PPS Families,

    Snowfall in the Cascades this week reminds us all that we have entered the time of year when inclement weather is most likely. We are ready for winter storms just as we would be any year, but also operating in a much different landscape dictated by COVID-19 and framed by Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). 

    Comprehensive Distance Learning will, in most cases, continue during inclement weather that in more normal times would have prompted us to close schools and declare a “snow day.” This will allow us to protect instructional days whenever possible. Student and staff safety is always our highest priority; distance learning means potentially dangerous winter travel to and from school campuses is not necessary. In cases of storm-related power outages or other factors that preclude distance learning, we will make sure that students are not penalized. 

    Inclement weather could still impact campus-based activities we are conducting during CDL. This includes meal service, meal delivery, child care in PPS sites, athletic training for high school students and any other on-site activities. We will follow our inclement weather protocols on deciding if those activities can continue, and will keep you updated via multiple channels, including automated phone calls, emails, text messages, social media and our website (click here to learn more about those channels).

    Thank you.

Previous Fall 2020 Messages

  • October 30 Update: Oregon Revises COVID-19 Criteria for Opening Schools

  • October 23 Update: Information About Middle and High School Parent-Teacher Conferences

  • October 22: Updates to Meal Service as Weather Changes, Distance Learning Continues

  • October 15 Update: Limited In-Person Opportunities Becoming Available

  • October 7 Update: PPS Distance Learning to Continue Through January 28

  • September 25 Update: Clarifying Expectations for Middle School Instruction

  • September 22 Update: Breakfast and Lunch Are Free for All Students

  • September 21 Update: Information about Middle Grades Virtual Schedules

  • September 10 Update: Menu of Student and Family Supports

  • September 9 Update on Child Care

  • September 2 Update: What Students and Families Need to Know about Attendance

  • August 28 Update for Families

  • August 26 Message to Families: Sample Instructional Schedules

  • August 21 Message to Families on "Soft Start"

  • August 14 Message to Families

Resources for Families

  • Click on the image below to see our webpage of resources for families for the start of the 2020-21 school year as students learn from home.

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Coronavirus Resources

  • Click image below to see our webpage with the latest updates, along with resources for meals, child care, mental health/safety and more:

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    School Meals

    Click image below to see pickup sites and delivery of school meals:

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Instructional Delivery

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