COVID-19 Updates 7/7/2020

Rep. Sollman

Friends and Neighbors,

Governor Updates

Governor Kate Brown Announces Healthy Early Learners Council

Council will advise programs serving children, birth to eight, on safely reopening and staying open

Governor Kate Brown announced yesterday that she will be convening a Healthy Early Learners Council to advise her and the Early Learning Division (ELD) on guidance for the reopening and ongoing operation of early learning and child care programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The work of this Council will align with the work of the Early Learning System strategic plan, Raise Up Oregon, the Governor’s Early Learning Council, and the Joint Taskforce on Access to Quality Affordable Child Care. The early childhood education sector, including early learning and child care programs, faces unique challenges in the midst of COVID-19, given the limited ability for children and staff to maintain physical distancing, the potential child development implications of staff wearing face coverings in this environment, and the increased cleaning protocols that programs must implement without professional support. “As anyone with young children at home knows, Oregon's early learning educators and child care providers have their work cut out for them tending to health, safety, and learning during this pandemic," said Governor Brown. "Through the work of the Healthy Early Learners Council, we will help ensure the health and well-being of Oregon’s young children returning to early learning and child care programs – as well as the dedicated professionals who serve them.” The Council, which will meet over the next several months, will be charged with:

  • Aligning reopening guidance for children birth through age 8 – including child care, preschool/pre-kindergarten, and Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education programs – grounded in equity and the science of child development;
  • Informing revised guidance issued by the Early Learning Division and the Oregon Health Authority to support early childhood program operations with health and safety in mind;
  • Advising on policies to support providers’ and children’s developmental, physical, and mental health needs, including addressing challenging behaviors when returning to care and preventing increases in suspension and expulsion, particularly for young children of color; and
  • Recommendations for the health and well-being of young children and their families during COVID-19, in collaboration with the Early Learning Council.

The Council will include elected officials, child care providers, early learning providers, public health experts, and parents, with a focus on ensuring that a wide and diverse range of community voices are represented. A full roster of members will be available prior to the Council’s first meeting in July.

Washington County Updates

Washington County is Offering a Second Grant Opportunity for Small Businesses


Washington County will have a second round of small business economic assistance grants of $3,000 each. They will be opening the application period at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 8. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, July 10, or until 10,000 applications are received, whichever comes first.

Links to the applications will be available on the County’s Business Recovery website.

Washington County Solid Waste & Recycling Phase 1 Updates


Washington County is currently in Phase 1 of reopening. While County offices are now open, and some in-person services are being offered, most of Solid Waste & Recycling's staff will continue to work remotely.

We are still available to answer general questions regarding garbage and recycling services as well as mail educational materials. Please feel free to contact us by phone at 503-846-3605 or by email. For more information and resources related to the COVID-19 response in Washington County, click here.

We are still encouraging everyone to securely bag their garbage in order to contain facial tissues, disposable wipes, gloves, face masks and other personal protective items. Taking these measures will keep maintenance, janitorial and waste collection company staff safe.

Thank you for your patience and your ongoing commitment to keeping yourselves and our community safe, healthy and sustainable!


Community Outreach

Virtual OMSI After Dark ZestFest: July 24, 2020, 7:00PM-9:00PM

Join us for our first virtual OMSI After Dark! ZestFest: A celebration of spicy foods!

OMSI After Dark

Let’s get together, virtually to enjoy some delicious spicy foods! Expect science demos, hot sauce experts, music and more. Information on how to access the live stream will be emailed to ticket holders the day of the event.

Normally the event is 21+ but this event is open to all ages and available to anyone in the U.S. Check out the FAQ page for more details. 

Due to the popularity of this event, we strongly recommend that you purchase tickets in advance as capacity is limited and may sell out.

OMSI After Dark Virtual ZestFest Tickets

Community Bread Donations for Summer School Food Pantries

Donate bread

School's out for the summer but hunger hasn't stopped.  Shall we continue to BAKE LOVE together for the Hillsboro and Beaverton School District food pantries this summer?!!  Donate a $6 loaf of bread and both Great Harvest Bakery Hillsboro AND Ark Realty will MATCH YOUR DONATIONS!  Yes, that's right, for every loaf YOU donate this summer, school food pantries will receive THREE loaves.  And that's TRIPLE the amount of LOVE!  There aren't usually school food pantries in the summer (meal programs but not food pantries) but this year, the need is so great several pantries have been set up for schools to continue to help families in our community.

Thank you Great Harvest Bakery Hillsboro!  Thank you Ark Realty!  And thank you Community for continuing to reach out to our school families!  Let's BAKE LOVE Together!  Here's the link to donate!  Set a reminder to donate a loaf (or two!) each week; the summer school pantries will run through end of August!

Summer Volunteer Opportunities with Solve

Solve Oregon
  • Join the City-Wide Cleanup - Pick it Up, Portland! Registration is live for Pick it Up, Portland! Sign up now to join the two-day, city-wide, cleanup blitz, happening on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18. Join SOLVE staff, community leaders, and your neighbors in doing your part to give back to the Rose City. Volunteers will be cleaning neighborhoods, city streets, and parks for all Portlanders to enjoy over the summer. As with all SOLVE events, volunteers and volunteer leaders are asked to review and agree to our COVID-19 Safety Guidelines. Are you interested in hosting your own cleanup? Follow this link to learn the ways SOLVE can support you.
  • SOLVE kicks off Summer Beach Cleanup Series This July and August, SOLVE is supporting beach cleanups as a part of the Summer Beach Cleanup Series, presented by AAA. This is an opportunity for volunteers to get involved in a beach cleanup again after the Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup was canceled. Join a small, local cleanup or create your own! SOLVE will support your efforts with supplies, project planning, and disposal assistance. The health of our oceans and the Oregon coast will thank you! Follow this link and get involved today.
  • Looking for Leaders! Join SOLVE IT for Oregon Our new statewide SOLVE event, SOLVE IT for Oregon, presented by Portland General Electric, is making its debut from August 1 – August 15. SOLVE is currently looking for volunteer leaders to host local cleanup or restoration projects. These projects can be public and be placed on the SOLVE calendar or can be private, just for friends and family to participate in. Either way, SOLVE is excited to support your project idea with planning assistance, project tools, cleanup supplies, and more. Learn more about hosting a SOLVE it for Oregon event by clicking this link! Let's come together, through our local SOLVE IT for Oregon efforts, to care for our favorite outdoor spaces.

Education Updates

Autism and the Pandemic of School Absence: Equipping Families

UO Webinar

Across the country, children with autism and developmental delays and their families are adjusting to the reduction of school-based support for children with disabilities. This disruption in schedules and routines can be even more detrimental to youth with autism, than to the general population, with lasting effects on mental health and school outcomes.

Join our panel of experts as they share how the UO has shifted to a telehealth model and implemented family-centered services that provide parents with the tools to manage interventions at home. Learn how their innovative work could lead to more effective interventions and disability services, and prepare the next generation of teachers and school professionals to navigate these new challenges.

Our panel incudes:

  • Geovanna Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of School Psychology in the Special Education and Clinical Sciences Department.
  • Laura Lee McIntyre, Department Head of Special Education and Clinical Sciences and Professor of School Psychology.
  • Wendy Machalicek, Associate Professor in Special Education and research faculty with Educational and Community Supports

July 8, 2020
6:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Zoom Webinar

The webinar will be available to view at a later date. Please register and you will be provided with a link after the event. Register here.

Oregon Youth Authority-Congratulations Class of 2020!

Last year I had the pleasure of being invited to attend the high school graduation at Camp Florence Youth Transitional Facility. It was truly an uplifting day seeing the youth graduate from high school, hearing their stories about what they had accomplished and what they hope to in their future. This year, I was able to send in a short message for a congratulations video to all of this year's graduates in the Oregon Youth Authority. I am so proud of their achievements and look forward to their bright futures. They are strongly investing in themselves.

OYA video

Portland Community College

Ordinarily, Portland Community College would host a night of celebration for thousands of PCC grads and their families. It's a moment that makes all of our work worthwhile. COVID-19 had other plans, so in lieu of a formal commencement, Future Connect produced this congratulation video, as well as campus specific ceremonies such as this one from our SE campus. While it's not nearly as good as being together, it did fill our hearts to see the impact of this program, which supports first-generation or low-income students. We hope it does yours as well. Future Connect is integral to PCC's commitment to equitable student success and one vehicle to help dismantle systemic racism that exists throughout our education system. Hillsboro is one of just a few city governments that support and sponsor students in the program.   I hope this serves to underscore that the work matters — we all play a role in getting these students to the finish line.  See more about the Future Connect Program here:

Future Connect

Additional Resources

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Federal Delegation Links

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Be good to yourself and each other! ❤

Onward & Upward,


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