At a July 28 press conference, Governor Kate Brown shared state policies regarding the re-opening of schools in September. She cited new health metrics developed by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority that must be met for schools to receive permission to offer in-person or hybrid learning.
Portland Jewish Academy, Maimonides Jewish Day School and Maayan Torah Day School will all start the year with online learning.
“Because Multnomah County does not currently meet these new requirements, PJA will begin the year with comprehensive distance learning,” says PJA Executive Director Steve Albert. “While there will be no in-person learning at the start of the school year, we will monitor and re-assess our ability to offer hybrid learning as the COVID-19 case rate and positive test rate change, and we look forward to offering hybrid and/or in-person learning when we are permitted to do so.”
PJA has an emergency child care license for 150 children and still plans to welcome 120-130 children on Aug. 31. That is a drop from the roughly 180 children who normally attend PJA’s infant/toddler and preschool programs.
Maayan Torah is also moving forward to adapt to the July 28 rules.
“We will be having a comprehensive online model for learning,” says Maayan Torah Principal Aviel Brodkin. “Our parents felt that we provided a strong remote learning program option in the spring. We now look forward to developing it further.”
Maayan Torah is also exploring the possibility to “extend our licensed emergency child care to include older ages to meet families’ needs,” adding that families are in great need of support at this time. The current license is for preschool age children.
“We are working on opening up virtually, with the ability to return to the classrooms when allowed,” says MJDS Principal Rabbi Shneur Wilhelm.