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Harriet Tubman Middle School and Franklin High School will move to remote learning until Jan. 21

COURTESY PHOTO: BETH CONYERS FOR PPS - Franklin High School in Portland will close temporarily and move to distance learning amid a wave of school closures due to COVID-19 related absences. Harriet Tubman Middle School and Jefferson High School are the latest campuses in the Portland Public Schools district to transition to distance learning.

The school district announced Thursday, Jan. 13 that it will close the Franklin High School and Tubman Middle School campuses beginning Friday, Jan. 14, while temporarily transitioning to distance learning starting Tuesday, Jan. 18 through at least Jan. 21 "due to a significant increase in the number of COVID-related absences for both students and staff."

All PPS schools are scheduled to be closed Monday, Jan. 17 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

PPS is offering breakfast and lunches for pickup by families during designated hours at all affected campuses.

In addition to Tubman Middle School and Franklin High temporarily moving to distance learning due to COVID-related absences, six other schools in PPS are currently closed to in-person learning as of Thursday: Leodis V. McDaniel High will remain in remote learning until at least Friday, Jan. 14, along with Cleveland High, Roosevelt High, Jefferson High, Ockley Green Middle School and Faubion pre-K-8.

Despite the pause on in-person learning, PPS has allowed for limited in-person activities to continue on each affected campus, including extracurricular activities, Portland Interscholastic League sports and performing arts, as well as counseling appointments for students who need them.

Last week, PPS leaders said closing a school temporarily due to staffing shortages is a "last resort" when determining how to keep students and school staff safe.

School across the state are closing due to staffing shortages caused by illness and absence. Parkrose School District temporarily closed all its campuses earlier in the week, as several schools in the Tigard-Tualatin School District, as well as all schools in Centennial School District, did the same.

Meal pick-up options

Families can pick up meals every day from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Franklin High School.

Tubman Middle School families can pick up meals from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Tubman.


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