Back-To-School Guidance

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Representative Smith Warner


Today the Oregon Department of Education released reopening guidance - Ready Schools, Safe Learners - that includes an operational blueprint for public and private schools for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. The blueprint instructs districts to develop a  back-to-school plan that utilizes a mix of on-site and distance learning options to protect the safety of students, staff, and families. Districts are tasked with developing communicable disease management plans and contingency plans in the event of COVID-19 outbreaks––including returns to fully distance learning and modified school year calendars as necessary. The guidelines are expected to evolve throughout the year based on the school district, public health and community feedback as the COVID-19 situation changes. 


Statewide Greenhouse Gas Reduction Update                                                                       The Oregon Statewide Transportation Strategy, or STS, is a state-level scenario planning effort that examines all aspects of the transportation system, including the movement of people and goods, and identifies a combination of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas, or GHG, emissions. Oregon’s Statewide Transportation Strategy: A 2050 Vision for Greenhouse Gas Reduction outlined ways to fight climate change by reducing transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions in the state by reducing overall emissions to at least 75 percent below 1990 levels. In 2019, Governor Brown directed the Oregon Department of Transportation, Department of Land Conservation and Development, Department of Environmental Quality, and Department of Energy to identify specific actions to help the state get back on track with the strategy’s vision through Executive Order 20-04 earlier this year. The four agencies have developed a two-year Multi-Agency Implementation Work Plan to help make progress toward the vision. You can submit public comments on the Multi-Agency Implementation Work Plan  through this online survey by June 15. 

Oregon Public Utility Commission Survey                                                                             The Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC) has launched this survey to learn what Oregon residents think of available telecommunications services. Residential telephone and cellular service customers are encouraged to take this survey to provide input about the quality of service received and whether there is access to appropriate telecommunications services for individuals and communities. 

TriMet Informational Meetings                                                                                             TriMet is hosting three upcoming budget open houses to inform riders about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on TriMet operations and services.These informational meetings will take place:

  • Tuesday, June 9, from 5 p.m-6:30 p.m (Spanish)
  • Wednesday, June 10, from 5 p.m - 6:30 p.m (English)
  • Thursday, June 11, from 5 p.m - 6:30 p.m (English)

TriMet will discuss plans to preserve service, jobs and safety in the coming year. Participants will also be able to submit questions to the panelists using the chat feature in Webex. For more detailed information, click here

                                              Upcoming Community Event                                                      Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) provided African Americans the  opportunity to obtain higher education at a time when virtually no other colleges would. Today, HBCUs have rich traditions and outstanding academic programs. Please join me and Rep. Janelle Bynum on June 16 at 5 pm, for HBCU Connections, an event highlighting and promoting awareness of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Please spread the word widely to students and families who might be interested, and  click here to register in advance. 

HBCU Connections

Please reach out to my office if you have any additional questions, or if there’s anything you think I could help with. 



Representative Barbara Smith Warner
House District 45

email: I phone: 503-986-1445
address: 900 Court St NE, H-295, Salem, OR 97301