We Are Planning for Hybrid Instruction in 4th Quarter2/26/2021
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.
HYBRID INSTRUCTION TO START IN APRIL
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.
Please note we cannot bring all of our students and personnel back into our classrooms at the same time under current Oregon Department of Education pandemic safety rules. We will have much more information, including example school schedules, available to families as we finalize discussions with our teachers union.
Our hybrid learning option for families is pending agreement with the Portland Association of Teachers and contingent upon the number of COVID-19 cases in our region remaining below current public health guidelines and requirements. Changes to any of these in the coming weeks could postpone our proposed start to hybrid learning.
STUDENT AND STAFF SAFETY
For families considering hybrid learning for their students, it’s important to know that PPS continues to collaborate with public health experts and agencies and our PPS Health Advisory Panel. We also continue to follow Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance from the Oregon Department of Education.
You can find out details about our hybrid health and safety planning by clicking here.
We will be in touch with more information next week. In the meantime, we wish you a safe and peaceful weekend.