Welcome to the 2020-21 Resources & Updates page for Portland Public Schools. You will find the latest updates as we start 2021 under distance learning, as well as resources we've gathered to help students and families deal with the challenges of education during the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 5 Update: Gov. Brown Announces Return to In Person Learning, Later Tours Sitton Elementary
Dear PPS Families and Colleagues,
We proudly welcomed Governor Kate Brown to Sitton Elementary today for a tour of our limited in person instruction classrooms there and to look at the health and safety measures the school has implemented in anticipation of hybrid learning this spring. Our thanks to Principal Dana Nerenberg for hosting us at her wonderful school.
Earlier in the day, Governor Brown announced that all Oregon schools will reopen, at least in hybrid form, in late March (grades kindergarten to 5) and in mid-April (grades 6-12). PPS, and all school districts in Oregon, await further details as we continue our planning work, now months in the making, to welcome back students to safe and supportive learning environments this spring.
Given the significance of today’s announcement from Governor Brown, it’s understandable that you might have concerns and/or questions, whether you are a student, educator, staff member or family member. Along with other school districts across the state, we are anticipating more detailed guidance from the governor and the Oregon Department of Education. We will share those details with the PPS community as soon as we receive them.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic more than a year ago today, everyone at PPS has worked to support our students and families, providing learning in the safest manner possible given community health metrics. We have been continuously engaged in planning for the eventual and safe reopening of our schools. We have aimed to be safe, prudent and responsible throughout this pandemic, and soon it will be time to begin seeing more of our students in person. With safe practices and routines in place, we believe students will benefit from being on campus and seeing their classmates once again.
We remain grateful for your flexibility, creativity and understanding over the last year. Much more to come next week.
We wish you a safe and peaceful weekend.
February 26 Update: We Are Planning for Hybrid Instruction in 4th Quarter
Dear PPS Families and Staff,
This week, Superintendent Guerrero and senior leaders presented a COVID-19 school reopening update to the Board of Education. The update largely focused on the district’s plan to offer hybrid instruction to middle and high school grades by mid-April. This follows a similar announcement two weeks ago regarding kindergarten through 5th grades.
In short: PPS plans to open classrooms to hybrid instruction in April for families who prefer their students to experience in-person learning this school year. Our plan is in response to improving COVID-19 trends in Oregon and the Portland metro area. It is aligned with guidance from the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education, and vetted by public health experts including our own Health Advisory Team. The plan also reflects the input of our families, who in our most recent survey of kindergarten through 5th grade families, show that 69% want some sort of in-person instruction made available to students.
Student and Family Supports
This summer, Portland Public Schools educators, central office leaders, public health professionals and community leaders, came together to build a comprehensive plan to ensure that in this time of distance learning our PPS students and families have the resources and supports they need to learn.
In the pages that follow you will learn more about all of the internal and external resources we are providing to students and families listed by school. This catalog shows what we are currently offering and establishes new ways that our PPS students and families can access supports during this season of comprehensive distance learning.
To see a snapshot of the current offerings, with descriptions of the services and a school-by-school list of where they are offered, please click on the image to the right. It will be updated regularly to keep students and families up to date on available supports.