East Orient Elementary School

Return To Learn Plan

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Dear East Orient Families,

We could never have imagined that a global pandemic would have devasted communities across the world. The school community was no exception. As the Gresham-Barlow School District made the very difficult decision to not reopen schools in August, it broke my heart. While it was the absolute correct move to ensure the safety and health of our students and staff, it was not easy for any of our stakeholders. Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) was much more robust than what we offered our students in March 2020. There are so many benefits of online learning, but having students in our classrooms is paramount to their learning.

Bringing back students in a Hybrid Model is the safest way for us to deliver in-person instruction. In order for us to continue to deliver in-person instruction families and students will need to follow different protocols and expectations. I completely understand that change is never easy, but I know together we can ensure the safety of our students, staff, and community.

This document will highlight those updated protocols so everyone is informed of the measures we are taking to keep everyone safe. If you have any questions or need any clarification please do not hesitate to contact me via email at or via phone at 503.663.4818


James Milliken, Principal

East Orient Elementary School


The Purpose of this Plan

The purpose of the East Orient Elementary School Return to Learn Plan is intended for informational purposes only. It is our goal to return students safely to our school for in-person instruction. This document serves as a reference to our plans to return to school. These plans are constantly evolving; and, therefore, this handbook does not contain all of the information you will need to know during our Hybrid Model of Instruction.

Decisions are made based on Oregon’s Ready Schools, Safe Learners Guidance

The Gresham-Barlow School District has put together an informational video explaining additional expectations for our Hybrid Model of Instruction. Click on the video below.

Health and Safety Protocols Overview for Elementary Schools
Spanish Version: Health and Safety Protocols Overview for Elementary Schools

For additional information related to opening our schools safely, you can visit the Oregon Department of Education website.

Other helpful information from the Oregon Department of Education:

Important Implementation Dates for Hybrid Instruction

  • 03/30 - K-5 Materials Distribution @ 1:00 - 6:00
  • 03/31 - K-5 Materials Distribution @ 11:30 - 4:30
  • 04/01 - K-1 Hybrid Instruction Starts (Cohort B)
  • 04/05 - K-1 Hybrid Instruction Starts (Cohort A)
  • 04/08 - K-5 Hybrid Instruction Starts (Cohort B)
  • 04/12 - K-5 Hybrid Instruction Starts (Cohort A)
  • 04/14 - Grading Day, No School


All students K-5 must wear a mask at all times. Students may remove their mask only when eating and drinking.

It is important to pick a mask for your child that is comfortable and fits properly. It will be important to set your child up for success before your child needs to wear their mask. Although this varies by child, it may take repeated prep and practice to be comfortable wearing a mask.

Explain to your child why it is important to wear a mask. Some children really like to know the reason why they have to do something. Try to make this explanation positive, so your child does not get scared and refuses to wear a mask. For example, you could tell your child “We wear a mask to keep ourselves and other people safe. When we wear a mask, germs cannot jump from person to person. Masks stop the germs from spreading!”

Students should follow these expectations on how to wear a mask properly:

· Wash your hands before putting on your mask

· Put your mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.

· Try and fit it snugly on the sides of your face.

· Make sure you can breathe easily.

Have your child watch this child-friendly video on YouTube that explains why we wear masks!

Masks are not a toy; therefore, you should not play with your mask. Students should always follow the directions of an adult to know when it is safe to take off their masks.

Social Distancing

Most of us call it “social distancing” but it can help to think of it as “physical distancing”. Social distancing puts space between people, usually 6 feet or more. When people keep their distance from others, people infected with COVID-19 are less likely to spread it.

COVID 19 mainly spreads when someone breathes, talks, coughs, or sneezes, which sends tiny droplets into the air. People standing nearby can get these droplets in their eyes, nose, or mouth. When there is at least 6 feet between people, these droplets are more likely to fall to the ground rather than on other people.

Some people infected with COVID-19 may never show any symptoms, therefore, it is best to keep a safe distance whenever you are around people you do not live with.

At school, students must stay at least 6 feet away from each other and wear a mask. At East Orient Elementary School, we have added floor markers and additional signage around the school to promote social distancing. Sit or stand at least 6 feet away from others while in the classroom and outdoors. Desks and chairs will be arranged so students are always seated at least 6 feet away from each other. Large walkways will ensure students can move about the classroom and keep socially distant.

New measures at East Orient Elementary School also include the following:

· Physical barriers, such as plexiglass on the front office counter

· Floor markers indicating the flow of movement and social distancing

· Signs in highly visible locations remind students about social distancing

· Staff monitoring arrival and dismissal to perform visual health checks

· Visitors/volunteers will not be allowed on campus for any reason


Cohorts of students will be created in an effort to enhance student and staff safety. Cohorts will not be able to exceed 100 people within the educational week. Cohorts are described as the following:

· Classroom – Students that are on the same AA/BB schedule

· Grade Level – Students that are in the same grade attending the same AA/BB schedule

If we have Recess there will be zones established to keep classroom cohorts together

Contact Tracing Measures

Students will be expected to sign in and out of their classroom anytime they leave the room. During our Hybrid Model of Instruction, students will also stay in their classrooms for PE and Music.

Students will be issued a GBSD ID card that will allow them to easily check-in and check-out of East Orient Elementary School. This ID card will be attached to your child’s lanyard for convenience. During arrival and dismissal, each student will be required to swipe their ID card by the electronic door reader. This process will allow us to have detailed contact tracing in the case to minimize infections at the school.

Cough and Sneeze Etiquette

If you feel a cough or a sneeze coming on because of seasonal allergies, or other dust and pollen, here is what to do.

· Get as far away from other people as you can, ensure you are keeping socially distant.

· Keep your mask on to help contain the droplets from your sneeze or cough.

· With your mask on, sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow. Coughing or sneezing into the inside of your elbow is the best way to limit the spread of germs.

· Wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer after your cough or sneeze.

There will be extra masks for students in the event a student needs to replace one.

Handwashing and Hand Sanitizer

The Gresham-Barlow School District will provide students and staff with hand soap and hand sanitizer that has a higher percentage of alcohol then recommended by the CDC. Students will have multiple opportunities to ensure their hands are clean and sanitized throughout the day.

Student Arrival

East Orient Elementary School will have different arrival procedures than years past. These changes will make it easier for school personnel to monitor students as they enter the building. This allows the school to screen students of symptoms of COVID-19. Students should NOT exit either cars or buses until a staff member asks them to do so. Please do not drop off students before the doors open and a staff member is present.

Please fill out the pre-screening survey each morning on your assigned day. Do not send your child to school if they are displaying any of the following symptoms:

· Fever

· Persistent coughing that will not stop

· Vomiting and/or diarrhea

· Shortness of breath

· Chronic or bad body pain

· New loss of taste or loss of smell

If your child arrives at school exhibiting any of these symptoms, they will be made comfortable in our student Care-Room until a parent/guardian can pick up their child. There will be ten days of exclusion unless the student receives a negative test result (and has not been in close contact with a positive case), as well as being fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.

Late Arrival

It is most beneficial for your child to arrive at school on time, however, we understand that late arrivals might happen from time to time. During our Hybrid Model of Instruction, parents must follow the following protocols when dropping off their child late to school:

· When parents/guardians arrive at East Orient Elementary, please ring the doorbell and let the front office staff know who you are dropping off late to school.

· A member of the staff will meet you at the front door so your child can enter school.

· Parents/Guardians will need to wait with their child outside until someone opens the door.·

Students will check-in with the front office staff and then be escorted to their classroom by a staff member.

Bus Arrival

Bus Riders

· Visual Screening for COVID-19 symptoms by a staff member.

· Escorted by staff to the designated entrance.

· Each student scan badge for contact tracing.

· Walk directly to their classroom and washes hands for class.

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Car Arrival

Car Riders, Bike Riders, & Walkers

Students should NOT exit cars until a staff member asks them to do so. Please do not drop off students before the doors open and a staff member is present.

· Screened for COVID-19 symptoms at drop off

· Scan badges for accurate contact tracing

· Walk directly to their classroom to wash hands

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Student Dismissal

East Orient Elementary School will have different procedures for student dismissal during our Hybrid Model of Instruction. Student safety is a high priority and these measures are aligned with the Oregon Department of Education guidelines. Student dismissal will take longer than in years past. Your patience during this process is very much appreciated!

Bus riders will be escorted from their classrooms. Students will exit the building through the playground doors, and scan their badges as they leave the building. Students will need to use hand sanitizer prior to boarding their bus.

Car riders will be dismissed from their classrooms. Students will be called out one at a time as guardians pull up to the pickup doors. Students will be required to scan their badges as they leave the building.

Early Dismissal

Parents should avoid picking up their child early from school, however, we understand that this might happen from time to time. During our Hybrid Model of Instruction, parents must follow the following protocols:

· Call the front office and let us know which student you are picking up for early dismissal.

· When parents/guardians arrive at the School, please ring the doorbell and let the front office staff know you are here to pick up your student.

· Parents will wait outside for their child.

· Students will need to sign-out in the Front Office.

· Students will be escorted by a staff member to the front door and released to the parent/guardian.

Bus Expectations

· Students must maintain a 6-foot social distance at the bus stop.

· Driver will visually scan each student upon entry.

· Seats will be marked so students know where to sit.

· Same family cohorts will be allowed to sit together.

Bus Procedures

Masks are required at all times.

Students will load the bus starting in the back then moving to the front.

Students will be released from the bus starting from the front and moving towards

Essential Materials Pick-Up

It is that time again for another Materials Distribution event! All K-5 students are invited any time between 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM to pick up their materials. All you need to do is drive up and let us know who your student(s) are and we will do the rest!


Tuesday, March 30th, 1-6 pm

Wednesday, March 31st, 11:30 am-4:30 pm

Hybrid In-building Cohort Calendar