Superintendent Todd Hamilton joked that it’s been “a very short summer break for district staff” from the transition of the end of the school year into thinking about the reopening strategy for Fall 2020. 

The Oregon Department of Education released Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance for the next academic school year. 

Each school will develop an Operational Blueprint for Reentry that is tailored and informed by the local context surrounding each school. Hamilton explained that it’s categorized into two main areas: What will happen if another outbreak occurs and the response that will take place. 

The education process will follow more of a hybrid model between in person and online learning. 

Board Director Emilio Hernandez brought up the importance of cultural sensitivity during this time as well. He said there’s a lot of Latinx grandparents who live with their families who have superstitious beliefs and they’re not going to want their grandchildren going to school or out in public spaces. 

“That’s going to put a strain on ODE requesting numbers from this group to the next,” he said. “From my perspective, the more points we can bring to inform culturally different communities, these communities need to be allowed flexibility on those numbers.”

He added that there’s more layers to look at with a diversified community. Hamilton said there will be multiple opportunities to communicate with families and get their feedback.