• Response to COVID 19: Message to Families


    Dear families,
    I hope that you are healthy and well.  In this update, I’d like to point you to some resources.  Please read carefully and if you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out via email at darmenda@pps.net.

    The PPS website dedicated to COVID-19 response will be the best source for timely information.  There, you will find updates on the following and more:

    It is likely that Cesar Chavez School  (5103 N Willis Blvd)   is the closest food distribution center for Peninsula families.  

    Meal Service - Tuesday 3/17  through Friday 3/20 & Monday 3/30 & Tuesday 3/31

    ·       Meals will be available for pickup outside the school from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for students. 

    ·       Each student will receive 1 breakfast and 1 lunch.

    ·       Students can also pick up for a family i.e., 3 siblings in the household receive
            3 breakfasts and 3 lunches. 

    ·       Students will not be questioned, the idea is to keep our students fed. 

    ·       Students must come each day and cannot pick up a week’s worth of meals,
             per USDA regulations.

    ·       Meal distribution will be grab and go

    ·       Only PPS Nutrition Services staff will be distributing food

    ·       Each of the 14 sites will have the following staff: Lead Administrators (2),
            District Leadership staffers (2), Mental Wellness Provider, Curriculum Assistant,
            and Campus Security Agents.  

    Curriculum & Enrichment Tables

    ·       Each site will have a curriculum table staffed by PPS Office of Teaching and Learning staff with work that students K-12 can do over the break

    ·        The work will not be graded

    Health Services

    ·       Health services are available for all K-12th students in Multnomah County over Spring Break at the Parkrose Student Health Center.
            See this Spring Break Flyer (English/ Spanish) for more information.

     Volunteering at sites

    ·       The district is closely following the directives from State and City leadership and therefore have imposed certain protocols/procedures to reduce exposure to students, families and staff. Many of you have asked if you can volunteer, and I want to thank you for your willingness to assist. However, PPS is asking that employees/volunteers not assist and instead are encouraging employees/volunteers to stay home to reduce exposure.  Parties interested in volunteering are encouraged to contact the Oregon Food Bank and Meals on Wheels.

      PPS Fund

    ·       Help our Portland Public Schools respond to the needs of students, families, and school communities during this unprecedented school closure. While public dollars are currently covering the cost of maintaining basic nutrition services at a number of school sites, we know that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt more broadly across our school communities. Please consider making a donation. 


    As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me by email at darmenda@pps.net

    In service to children,

    Debbie Armendariz

    Peninsula School Principal