Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education announced the Ready Schools, Safe Learners plan for the 2020-2021 school year.
Under the direction of Governor Kate Brown, the ODE has worked closely with the OHA to put together a blueprint of requirements and recommendations for school districts as they continue to navigate COVID-19 before and during the next school year.
The guiding principals of the plan include four main goals:
1. Ensure safety and wellness
2. Cultivate connection and relationship
3. Center equity
Along with public health guidance, the plan was developed with the help of comments from 8,000 parents over the last few months. The plan will continue to be updated as more information about the coronavirus comes in.
Although it is a statewide plan, it will look different for each county and maybe even each individual school.
According to the ODE, “each and every public school will work under the direction of the school district to develop an Operational Blueprint for Reentry that meets the requirements outlined in the guidance while tailoring their approach for their own students, staff, and community.”
Each school’s plan must keep in mind eight essential elements: public health protocols; equity; instruction; and family and community engagement.
Under the direction of the districts, each school will have to determine if they teach all students in-person, continue to teach all students through distance learning or to use a hybrid of the two. The local school boards will review each school’s plan before the beginning of the school year.
Also as part of the guidance, schools must come up with a protocol to screen students and staff for symptoms.
📷: Operational Blueprint