Critical Steps for Reopening
The first thing districts need to be aware of are the Ready Schools, Safe Learners: Community COVID-19 Metrics brought forth by OHA.
Ten Critical Steps:
1. Read this Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance in its entirety. (updated June 30, 2020)
2. Consult your Local Public Health Authority and familiarize yourself with the disease management metrics within your health region. Schools with attendance boundaries within more than one county may need to consult multiple local public health authorities.
3. Assemble appropriate personnel within the school/district, including teachers, and any community partners to create a planning team.
4. Work with the planning team to complete the Operational Blueprint template for your school.
This must include a plan for all settings in the school, such as preschool and EI/ECSE classrooms or community transition programs which may be housed in other locations. Private schools are required to complete sections 1-3.
5. Consult with key partners (see section six, including Tribal Consultation) to complete the Operational Blueprint for Reentry.
6. Submit the Operational Blueprint for Reentry to your local school board. Public Health
7. Submit the Operational Blueprint for Reentry to your Local Public Health Authority.
a. Public school districts, ESDs, and public charter schools should compile all the school blueprints at the district level. The district should then submit the blueprints to the appropriate LPHA for each school site. School district and ESD boundaries sometimes overlap LPHA (typically county) boundaries. School districts and ESDs may be submitting plans to more than one LPHA based on the location of each school in their district.
b. State Sponsored public charter schools should submit directly to the LPHA.
c. Private schools that are part of a system of schools (E.g. Catholic schools) should compile all the school blueprints at the system level. The system operator should then submit the blueprints to the appropriate LPHA for each school site. Private school system boundaries sometimes overlap LPHA (typically county) boundaries. Private school systems may be submitting plans to more than one LPHA based on the location of each school in their district.
d. Private schools that operate as a single school entity should submit directly to the LPHA.
8. Your Local Public Health Authority will attest to receiving the blueprint, naming that the LPHA will be reviewing sections 1-3, and that the LPHA stands ready to work together with the school to mitigate impacts from COVID-19.
Final Plan Submission
9. Post the Operational Blueprint for Reentry on your school and district websites. If there is no school or district website, it can be posted to the ESD website.
10. Submit links to the final plan(s) for each school to the Oregon Department of Education.
As schools will be partnering with LPHAs on an ongoing basis, once they receive the letter from the LPHA confirming receipt and have ensured posting of the Operational Blueprint to their website and submission to their local board and ODE, they can operate within the plan they’ve set forth.
Schools must repost updated Operational Blueprints and ensure updates are submitted to the LPHA and ODE.