the International School of Portland Health & Safety Plan
Unlike many schools and districts, we have the space, population size, and resources to welcome back our students full time while adhering to the Oregon Department of Education and Early Learning Division’s stringent social distancing and disinfection protocols.
Our goal is to provide a safe and robust in-person experience for our students and teachers, as well as an improved Continuous Learning program in the event that we cannot be on campus.
Our Operational Blueprint for Reentry Plan
The Oregon Department of Education requires all schools to submit detailed reopening plans that align with a host of detailed safety and sanitization requirements. Read our Operational Blueprint for Reentry Plan here.
Our ISP Reopening Team—consisting of members of the Senior Management Team (SMT), the Educational Leadership Team (ELT), and our Health & Safety team—has been working hard to ensure that we provide a safe environment for students and staff on campus. We engage directly with the Oregon Early Learning Division to ensure our planning for our Early Childhood students aligns with their requirements.
What Will School On Campus Be Like?
- Morning Drop Off Screenings – SchoolPass App
We will be doing daily health screening for students as well as faculty and staff and contact tracing when necessary as required by the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education. We will be using SchoolPass to enable quick student arrival, screening, and dismissal.
While in person, students will interact in small, stable cohorts throughout the day, which in most cases will be their homeroom class. This includes outdoor recess. All faculty and staff are required to wear face coverings, as they are for children age Kindergarten and up.
Although we will need to tweak some of our practices, our core beliefs and values about teaching and learning will remain the same. We will continue to provide a robust, playful, inquiry-based language immersion education for all students.
While we are confident in our ability to reopen and operate campus safely, we are also making improvements to our well-established Continuous Learning program. Should it become necessary to close campus, we will quickly shift to Continuous Learning, which incorporates these latest enhancements. We are confident that we will be able to provide a high-quality education to our students, regardless of whether campus is closed or open.
Preparing Your Child
Per Governor orders, all children aged 5 and older will be required to wear face coverings. We will strongly encourage our younger students to do so as well. We urge parents to practice face mask usage with their children now, especially for those who have younger children. We recommend starting with short periods of time to begin with, like walks around the neighborhood.
Proper handwashing remains one of the best ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Here’s a video that you can show to your child that demonstrates the proper technique.
Plans for Oregon ELD & ODE
School Health & Safety Protocol
- Symptom Checks
All students and staff will be screened for symptoms upon entry. Access to the buildings will be limited, and anyone exhibiting symptoms will be sent home.
The state has provided a strict protocol that dictates the amount of time required before a person can return to school after exhibiting symptoms, or if a household member tests positive for COVID-19.