New Metrics for Reopening Schools

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To our David Douglas District Community,

The State of Oregon has updated the metrics that it uses to determine whether students can return in person to schools and classrooms. Based on data and what has worked in other countries or other states, these new metrics are designed to get more students back to school sooner.

These metrics are based on COVID-19 cases county by county. We want you to know that Multnomah County does not yet meet these metrics, so David Douglas Schools will continue in Comprehensive Distance Learning for the foreseeable future. However, we do hope that these new metrics will allow us to reopen sooner than otherwise expected, but we do not yet know when that will be.

These new metrics will determine whether we remain in Comprehensive Distance Learning, move to a hybrid combination of distance and in-person learning, or fully reopen. Below are links to documents that provide metric details and other information.

We will continue to closely monitor the metrics in Multnomah County while also preparing for a safe reopening when that time comes. We also will continue to update our community.

While we hope these metrics allow us to at least partially reopen this school year, we first must continue our efforts to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases, and we are moving in the wrong direction. The State of Oregon set a new record for numbers of new cases on Oct. 30. We all must help to reduce those numbers.

Avoid social gatherings. Wear masks over your mouth and nose when out in public. Stay at least 6 feet away from others. Wash your hands frequently.

Our teachers, families and students are doing an amazing job of Comprehensive Distance Learning. But our students need to be back in school as soon as possible. Please help us get there.

Meanwhile, thank you for your ongoing and invaluable partnership with us in providing the very best distance learning education possible. We recognize how difficult this is for our families, and we commit to continuing to support you any way we can. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your student’s principal or teacher.

Below we have linked to our Family Resources page designed to support you during this time. Also linked are documents from the State of Oregon containing additional details about the new metrics and how decisions about reopening will be made.

Family Resources

State Metrics Press Release

COVID-19 Exclusion Summary Guidance

COVID-19 Metrics Explainer

Updated Ready Schools, Safe Learners Guidance