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 email@example.com.
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:
visitors/volunteers will need to wear the printed name badge that identifies
their name, the date and their destination. The system will create a record
with the scanned photo, name, date of birth, and last four digits of the ID
number. If you are undocumented or do not have a government-issued ID,
bring the official records that you have (i.e. birth certificate, foreign
passport, etc.) and school administrators will evaluate and make
determinations. Our database is for PPS district use only, and information is
not shared with any outside agency.
Approved volunteers who have cleared a Volunteer Background Check will already have their names in the system; however, they will still need to provide their ID upon their first visit. Upon future visits, they will be able to use their name to pull up their record and sign in. Approved volunteers may chaperone and work with students in our schools, whereas, visitors are only allowed restricted access and for shorter lengths of time. New volunteers should visit www.pps.net/volunteer to complete the online volunteer application. Thank you, in advance, for your understanding and support of enhancing school safety protocols in our district. Please bear with us over the next few months while we implement this new system, as it may take longer to sign-in with our office staff.
Carlos Galindo, Principal
Keeping with our commitment to student safety, PPS joined school districts across the state a couple years ago in using the SafeOregon Tip Line. We want to remind you about this important resource.
SafeOregon was funded by the Oregon Legislature as part of a statewide effort to improve school safety. It provides a secure means for anyone to anonymously report suspicious or imminently unsafe situations, such as threats of violence, fights, drugs and alcohol, weapons, bullying, harassment, intimidation or self-harm.
Anyone, from students to parents to community members, can access the system in a variety of ways, including:
● The “Report unsafe behavior” button found on every PPS school’s website
● The SafeOregon website
● A live call/text (844-472-3367)
● An email to firstname.lastname@example.org
● The mobile app that can be downloaded from your Smart Phone via iTunes or Google Play
Trained staff are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to respond.
Please be sure to share this information with your friends and family. Remind your students: If you see or hear something, say something - immediately.
Let’s work together to keep our community safe.
PPS is interested in learning about your family’s child care needs starting this Fall. We are exploring ways to provide learning support and child care when children are being taught online. Please take a moment to complete a brief online survey. Please complete this survey by Sunday, August 9 at 9 p.m.
Following weeks of public engagement, Portland Public Schools Board of Education voted 7-0 on Tuesday to refer a proposed 2020 School Bond Renewal to voters. If approved by voters, the 2020 School Bond Renewal would maintain the current tax rate and continue investments in Portland schools, including funding for critical educational, health and safety, and school modernization priorities.
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