Ready Schools, Safe Learners

Ready Schools, Safe Learners, developed under the direction of Governor Brown and in collaboration with Oregon Health Authority, provides a framework for schools for the 2020-21 school year that ensures the health and safety of all students and staff and the families they return to each day.


The Ready Schools, Safe Learners Guidance document, first released on June 10, is routinely updated based on:

  • The continuing impacts of COVID-19 and the state’s evolving mitigation efforts
  • Input from educators, students, families, and community partners
  • Continued review of equity impacts
  • Learnings from efforts in other states and countries
  • Guidance from the Governor’s Healthy Schools Reopening Council
Every school in Oregon wrote a unique Operational Blueprint for Reentry, which is explained on page 11 of the Ready Schools, Safe Learners Guidance document. Please follow the links below to blueprints for Hermiston School District educational facilities:

In drafting the blueprints, the administration considered equity of instruction and programming for each student. See page 56 of the Ready Schools, Safe Learners Guidance document. The Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance allows schools to implement three instructional models: on-site, distance learning, or a hybrid of the two. Further information on the instruction models is available on page 62.


Every blueprint must also include a planned response to a potential outbreak, reference page 55 of the Ready Schools, Safe Learners Guidance document, as identified by the Oregon Health Authority and local public health authorities.


Governor Kate Brown recently announced updates to outdoor sports guidance, allowing the resumption of outdoor contact school sports, with protocols in place, in schools that have returned to classrooms for at least limited in-person instruction. In High Risk and Extreme Risk counties, where COVID-19 remains more widespread, schools and other sports organizations can opt-in to resuming outdoor contact sports with additional protocols in place.

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