ODE releases resiliency framework for 2021-22 school year
Friday, June 25, 2021
The Oregon Department of Education released the Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework Friday for the 2021-22 school year. This framework replaces Ready Schools, Safe Learners Guidance for School Year 2020-21, and is effective June 30. The framework may be used for summer school 2021 as well as school year 2021-22.
OSBA and other education representatives have been meeting with ODE staff to develop the framework.
OSBA Executive Director Jim Green said that school boards and their administrative teams will need to work together to decide their district’s health and safety plans moving forward.
“We will be returning the control of our schools back to locally elected school boards and administrators as we put the worst of COVID-19 behind us. The safety of our students, staff and communities still need to be at the forefront of these decisions as we reopen schools in the fall, but these decisions will now be made at the local level.”
Gov. Kate Brown has called for full-time, every-day, in-person instruction in every school in the fall, but COVID-19 precautions will remain. ODE Director Colt Gill, however, has said local leaders will make more of the decisions about school implementation.
Most health and safety protocols, including face coverings and physical distancing, will move to advisory next academic year. Key measures that remain required include maintaining a communicable disease plan, maintaining an isolation space in schools and submitting a plan for operation. Instructional hours requirements will return to pre-pandemic rules. Credit requirements for graduation are the same, but the essential skills requirement will remain suspended.