What is Ready Schools, Safe Learners?
Under the Governor’s Executive Order 20-25(10), each school district and Education Service District in Oregon must follow the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Ready Schools, Safe Learners (RSSL) requirements created in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). By August 17, 2020 or prior to the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, whichever is earlier, every school must complete an Operational Blueprints for Reentry. Blueprints are submitted to the local school boards, the local public health authority, and ODE. The blueprint must also be made available to the community online.
The requirements create a framework for serving students using remote strategies in a “Comprehensive Distance Learning” (CDL) model, or using “On-site” and “Hybrid” models to deliver in-person instruction when certain health metrics are met related to COVID-19 infection rates across Oregon. Districts are required to have plans for transitioning between CDL and On-site or Hybrid models.
Currently, all districts and ESDs in Oregon will start school this fall using the CDL model. This model leverages remote learning options but also provides some exceptions for K-3 students, students in small and rural schools, and other students to receive in-person services in certain defined situations.
SOESD provides evaluative services in our offices, as well as direct student instructional services in the schools of the districts we serve. Each district we serve submits a blueprint for each of their schools where we may serve students. SOESD’s other direct instructional services for students are outlined in separate SOESD blueprints here.
SOESD assists districts with preparing and updating blueprints with resources available in the Operational Blueprint Templates and Protocols available through the button below.