Where can I find the reopening status of a specific school district?
Click here to view an online map.
Are face coverings required?
Yes: Effective 7/24/20, face coverings are required for all students over 5 and all staff.
Transportation (school bussing) has additional requirements. See Transportation Requirements per CDC (1/29/21).
What are the physical distancing requirements?
As of 3/22/21, the restriction was changed from 6 feet to 3 feet.
Key updates to Ready Schools, Safe Learners include:
- Elementary schools must maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students to the maximum extent possible.
- Middle and High School must maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students to the maximum extent possible, when the county case rate is <200 (green level on the metrics chart in Section 0).
- Middle and High School must maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance between students to the maximum extent possible, when the county case rate is ≥200 (yellow and red levels on the metrics chart in Section 0).
- All schools must maintain 6 feet between staff at all times and 6 feet between staff and students to the maximum extent possible.
- Removal of the 35 sq ft per person requirement and other physical distancing changes are documented in the RSSL guidance.
Why has the Executive Order on school reopening changed?
More research and data have surfaced about COVID19 transmission rates and methods in schools. Based on these findings, the Governor has determined that RSSL decisions may be made at a local level. Here is a summary of some of the findings (not an exhaustive list).
What has changed?
Each school now has a designated and simple process that allows for named and anonymous sharing of concerns that can be reviewed on a daily and weekly basis by the designated RSSL building point-person. Example: Anonymous survey form or suggestion box where at least weekly submissions and resolutions are shared in some format.
What about school sports?
Governor Brown made an announcement 2/10/21 allowing limited returns to school athletic programs. For more information, see the “Sports” tab to the left.
What should I do if I don’t think my child’s school is in compliance with RSSL guidance?
If you believe a school is not in compliance with the RSSL guidance you can file a named or confidential complaint with Oregon OSHA at 1-833-604-0884 or online.
Can’t find your answer? Search this list of FAQs from ODE.
What is an Operational Blueprint? (1/18/21)
An Operational Blueprint is essentially your plan for resuming school activities. It is due by August 15 or the start of school, whichever is earlier.
How do I know which model to choose?
There are three instructional models for schools in the 2020-21 school year:
- Hybrid, and
- Comprehensive Distance Learning (full requirements here)
Note: If you are changing your instructional model, a new Operational Blueprint may need to be completed. Please contact us for more information.
You can start by looking at this Decision Tree.
Don’t know which method to choose? Use the chart below.