ISP Covid-19 Health & Safety Plan
Engaging Learning, Safe Students
The primary focus is the health and safety of our students and employees. We are committed to providing a safe way to give our students the best of the International School of Portland. Our teachers and staff remain dedicated to providing your child a unique, quality ISP education.
Our ISP Covid-19 Safety 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 Multnomah County Health Department, the Oregon Department of Education, and the Oregon Early Learning Division to ensure our planning for our Early Childhood students aligns with their requirements.
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.
Covid-19 Restriction Phase Out Plan
In March 2022, the International School of Portland released its multi-step plan for lifting Covid-19 restrictions. Please see the plan summary here.
Covid-19 Safety Protocols
- Morning Drop Off Screenings – SchoolPass App
We use SchoolPass to enable quick student arrival, screening, and dismissal.
- How Do You Help to Keep my Child Safe at School?
- 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 staff are mandated to be vaccinated and up-to-date on boosters.
- We have an extremely high vaccination rate (94%) for students in Kinder-5th Grade
- We sanitize common spaces multiple times a day, and classrooms nightly.
- What Does Classroom Learning Look Like?
Although we have had to tweak some of our Elementary classroom layouts per sanitization and student distancing requirements, our core beliefs and values about teaching and learning remain the same throughout the school. We continue to provide a robust, playful, inquiry-based language immersion education for all students.
While we have fully reopened and operating on campus since February 2021, 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.
Supporting Your Child
As of April 4, 2022, outdoor masking is optional for students and staff. The indoor masking mandate is scheduled to be lifted on campus on April 18, 2022. Children and staff can always choose to continue wearing masks.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are constantly changing regulations and as a parent, it’s truly hard to know what to expect in these trying times. We hope that our Frequently Asked Questions is of assistance to you.
Oregon ELD & ODE Protocols
Covid-19 Protocols and Recommendations by the Oregon Early Learning Division – for Preschool-aged students
Ready Schools, Safe Learners Protocols by the Oregon Department of Education – for Kindergarten – 5th Grade students