BACK TO
SCHOOL 2021

Prioritizing a healthy in-person learning experience for every
PPS student and educator.

We are excited to welcome our students, families and school staff to a full, five-days a week in-person school year on September 1. As we approach the first day of school, we continue to monitor the local spreadof COVID-19, including the Delta variant, and will implement layers of health protections against COVID-19 across every school building.

Since the beginning of this pandemic, we’ve remained firm on being guided by public health expertise. In keeping with this commitment, below is our 2021-2022 School Year Health and Safety Measures Against COVID-19, which will help us have a full-time, in-person learning experience for PPS students this school year.

We are excited to return to

in-person, five days a week and
full-time learning, extended learning
and enrichment for PPS students

for the 2021-2022 school year.

Layered health and safety measures

will help us maximize full, in-person
learning at PPS.

PPS’ “Swiss Cheese” Model: Layered Health and Safety Measures Against COVID-19.
 
Firm on being guided by public health experts, PPS will use a strong
set of layered health and safety measures against COVID-19.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Vaccinations are the most effective way to end the COVID-19 pandemic. 
All PPS staff, contractors and volunteers will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Proof of vaccination for staff will be due August 31.   
PPS will promote and create access to COVID-19 vaccinations f
or families, students, staff, and partners this fall. We will focus our efforts on increasing awareness and confidence that fully vaccinated people are at low risk of symptomatic or severe infection from COVID-19. 
We also recognize that the COVID-19 vaccination is currently approved only for adults
and children over the age of 12 and eagerly await authorization for children under 12.

Masks

All adults and students will be required to wear masks at all times, regardless of vaccination status, whether indoor, outdoor and on school buses, except when eating, drinking or playing a musical wind instrument across every PPS school.

Physical
Distance

Three (3) feet physical distancing for students and staff will be
maintained
to the extent possible.

Airflow and Circulation

Our indoor air quality efforts include:

Continuing to introduce fresh outside air into the system.

Exhausting air from indoors to the outdoors.

Cleaning the air that is recirculated indoors with HEPA filters in every
classroom and school buses.

Upgrading central air filters to MERV 13 standards across our schools.

COVID-19
Testing

In partnership with the Oregon Health Authority, we plan to support free COVID-19 screening testing to PPS students and staff. Screening testing is for individuals without symptoms or known exposure to COVID-19. Specific criteria for students are still being developed.
We will also continue to offer diagnostic testing to students who display symptoms during the school day.

Isolation and Quarantine

Employees and parents/guardians of students will be required to self-screen daily for symptoms of illness before entering district property or using district transportation. 
Children who are exhibiting COVID-19 primary symptoms must stay home (and families should consult their primary care provider).We will follow local public health guidance and requirements regarding COVID-19 isolation and quarantine procedures.If there is a case, we will follow MESD and Multnomah County Health Department contact tracing and quarantine procedures.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASE RESPONSE PROTOCOL

Cleaning and Disinfection

PPS will continue to implement regular cleaning procedures in all
District facilities.
Special attention by custodial staff will be given to high-touch
surfaces throughout the day.

Classroom outbreaks of COVID-19 will result in comprehensive
disinfection
of associated areas per local and CDC guidance.

School buses will be cleaned and disinfected daily.

Hand Washing

PPS will continue to provide ready access to soap, water and
alcohol-based hand sanitizer
with at least 60% alcohol.

Schools will prioritize handwashing with soap and water after students, educators
and partner staff use the restroom and throughout the day as appropriate.

Training and Education

Our schools serve as learning hubs in our community. PPS will partner with public health agencies to educate and promote COVID-19 vaccinations and other health and safety measures to protect against COVID-19.

All staff and partners will have access to COVID-19 health and safety trainings that provide updated information and clear guidelines to meet the health and safety expectations set out by the District.

Health and Safety Plans

We will have:
A “Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services” Plan, describing our layered mitigation strategies to limit the spread of COVID-19. (OAR 581-022-0105)An updated Communicable Disease
Management Plan, explaining our emergency operation plans in addressing infectious disease during a pandemic.
(OAR 581-022-2220)

Visitors and Volunteers

Visitors and volunteers will be allowed into school and central office buildings during the 2021-2022 school year. All
visitors and volunteers must sign in and follow PPS health
and safety protocols while on school and central office grounds.

Cohorting

Elementary schools will continue to use classroom cohorts for students to the extent possible.Class cohorting will not be implemented for middle or high schools.Student contact tracing will be completed via attendance for each time a student moves to another class.

Supplies

PreK and Head
Start