School Information

Embracing the way we do school this year has been difficult for many of our families. To help ease the burden on our local schools, Clackamas County has been assisting with their reopening plans, prevention and response protocols, and consulting on infectious disease management planning. 

The Governor has developed a framework using science and scenario forecasting to determine a series of metrics and guidance for schools to follow. These limitations are in place to create the safest environment possible with the information that we have today. As we continue to learn how to manage COVID-19, these indicators may change.

Kudos to our students, parents and teachers for adapting to these circumstances with such courage and grace. This school year will have challenges, and we will meet them together. Together we can keep each other safe while preparing our next generation to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

School reopening criteria & Clackamas County COVID-19 data

This information is based on data from the Oregon Health Authority as of 11/25/2020.

This page helps you understand how Clackamas County’s most recent COVID-19 statistics match up to Oregon’s criteria for transitioning to (or continuing with) in-person learning at all 170 private and public schools in the county.

The Criteria

State metrics differ by learning model—on-site, distance learning or a combination of the two. Based on the latest two weeks of data, counties are categorized into one of the models. In the long run, the objective is to move to the left in these columns, to on-site.

Clackamas County

According to the latest data, Clackamas County must maintain comprehensive distance learning with limited in-person instruction for at least the next two weeks.

        Our current phase
Metric On-site On-site and
distance learning
Transition Distance learning
Clackamas County COVID Cases
per 100,000 people, last 2 weeks
less than 50 50 to 99 100 to 199 200+
% Positive Tests
14-day period
less than 5% 5 to 7% 8 to 9% 10%+

Below is a trend of our metrics.

Period Cases/100,000 population % test positivity
11/8 - 11/21 339.9 7.4%
11/1 - 11/14  284.8 6.4%
10/25 - 11/7 193.9 5.3%

At this time, using the most recent data, Clackamas County must utilize the “Transition” learning model. This means we will maintain comprehensive distance learning with limited in-person instruction for at least the next two weeks. (Oregon’s Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance explains exemptions in detail; see page 17). Clackamas County has not met the metrics to allow K-3 on-site learning.

The metrics in place to guide opening schools to on-site learning are based on science. Once the county meets the criteria to reopen schools, individual schools make the actual decisions about their operations, learning mode, and timelines. And parents and families make their own decisions whether to send their children back to on-site learning.

An increase in on-site learning will most likely lead to more COVID-19 cases. 

Parents and families should realize that any school that provides on-site learning could experience COVID-19 cases and outbreaks. Oregon public health rules require individual schools to be prepared to work with local public health officials in responding to cases and outbreaks and, if necessary, switch back to distance learning. Parents and families need to be prepared to return to distance learning, as well. 

The best tools to protect individuals remain physical distancing, face coverings and hygiene.

County public health officials continue to work with the 170 schools in Clackamas County to ensure safe practices and protocols to allow for safe on-site learning when the time is right. These safe practices and protocols include:

  • Physical distancing
  • Face coverings
  • Hand hygiene
  • Cleaning and disinfecting
  • Airflow and ventilation
  • Effective screening and response to cases, with quick access to testing and implementing isolation and quarantining

Helpful Links

Reopening Plans

We are coordinating with over 170 schools on the Blue Print for Ready Schools, Safe Learners to plan for the 2020-21 school year.Ready Schools. Safe Learners. guidelines

Canby School District

Colton School District

Estacada School District

Gladstone School District

Lake Oswego School District

Molalla River School District

North Clackamas School District

Oregon City School District

Oregon Trail School District

West Linn/Wilsonville District


Individual Schools


Clackamas County-specific questions:

General Ready School, Safe Learners initiative questions:

Office Hours:

Clackamas County Call Center
Monday to Thursday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Regional Information

Clackamas County Crisis and Support Line

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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