In reaction to the coronavirus pandemic that is affecting life throughout the United States and rest of the world, Portland Public Schools has been closed since March 16. On April 8, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced that all in-person classes in Oregon were canceled for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. 

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SUMMER MEALS FOR CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY

The PPS Nutrition Services department will be extending meal services into the summer, June 11th through August 21st at all locations except Rigler and Harrison Park due to extensive construction projects (for the full list of locations, click here).  Breakfast and lunch will be provided to any PPS student and any children in the community ages 1-18, Monday through Thursday. Meals for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are provided on Thursdays. Children do not need to be present to pickup the meals. Nearby Lents locations:

  • Harrison Park School – 2225 SE 87th Ave
  • Lent School – 5105 SE 97th Ave
  • Woodmere Elementary – 7900 SE Duke St
  • Madison at Marshall – 3905 SE 91st Ave

For more information about access to food for families, please call 211 or visit oregonfoodfinder.org.

Childcare

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, as part of Executive Order 20-12, decreed that during the current coronavirus crisis, essential workers must be prioritized in child care services. This includes first responders, emergency workers, health care professionals, critical operations staff and essential personnel, and other individuals working outside of the home. To receive a customized referral to emergency child care programs, contact 211info by:

Option 1: Calling 211

  • Press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish, # for all other languages
  • Enter your 5 digit zip code
  • Press 3 for child care
  • Press 2 to access a child care provider for your family.

Option 2: Texting the keyword “children” or “niños” to 898211 (TXT211).

Option 3: Emailing children@211info.org.

211 HOURS: Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

ALSO

Portland Public Schools and KinderCare are offering child care for school-aged children in grades PK-6.

The care will be offered through Champions, a division of KinderCare specializing in before- and after-school programs.

This service will be offered at Rieke Elementary School, located at 1405 SW Vermont Street in Portland. Parents will be responsible for getting their children to and from the school.  

Contact Champions for more information about hours, meals, cost and subsidies, and maintaining a healthy environment. 

Need help paying for emergency child care? Learn about temporary changes to employee related day care subsidies from the Oregon Department of Human Services.

Questions? Call the Champions Family Support Phone at 1.800.246.2154 Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, to essential workers who register: Request for Care: Rieke Option.

Mental Health/Safety

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Are you or someone you know feeling suicidal? Are you worried about your mental health or someone else’s? We care about you. Please reach out to a friend, family member or one of the following helplines (each notes if interpretation is available):

Call to Safety: If you are an adult and worried about your safety at home, 888-235-5333. Interpretation line available.

Proyecto Unica: Spanish version of Call to Safety, 503-232-4448

DHS Hotline (Oregon Department of Human Services) If you are worried about the safety of a child, 855-503-7233. Interpretation services available.

Multnomah County Crisis Services: Call Center/Crisis Line, 503-988-4888 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Interpretation services available.

Kaiser Crisis Line: Available if you have Kaiser insurance, 503-331-6425

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: English, 800-273-8255; Spanish, 800-628-9454 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Interpretation services available.

Oregon Youthline: For youth to connect with other youth, text “Teen2Teen” to 839863 to instantly text with another person. Interpretation services available.

Trevor Project: Supporting LGBTQiA+ youth. Text “START” to 678678 or call TrevorLifeLine, 1-866-488-7386

Trans Lifeline: Supporting trans community members, call 877-565-8860

Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips for Parents and Educators (from the National Association of School Psychologists)

Medical care

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For students who need medical care, the Multnomah County Student Health Center at Parkrose High School remains open:

  • Address: 12003 NE Shaver St.
  • Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m-4:45 p.m.

Please call 503-988-3392 first for more information about appointments. The center is open to students ages 5-18 who live in Multnomah County. There is no out-of-pocket cost. (The student health centers at five PPS high schools — Cleveland, Franklin, Jefferson, Madison at Marshall and Roosevelt — have been closed during the coronavirus crisis.)

Multnomah County also offers low-cost family health care to all county residents, including those who are low income and uninsured, at Primary Care Clinics. Four are open during the crisis (Portland unless noted):

  • East County Health Center, 600 NE 8th St., Gresham
  • Mid County Health Center, 12710 SE Division St.
  • Northeast Health Center, 5329 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
  • Health Service Center at Gladys McCoy Building, 619 NW 6th Ave.

Please call 503-988-5558 for an appointment.

Telemedicine appointments also are available at 503-988-3392 (Parkrose for students) and 503-988-5538 (primary)

Health Insurance

Families that have had a loss of income or have lost insurance coverage could be eligible for the Oregon Health Plan.

Go to www.oregonhealthcare.gov to apply. Certified assisters can help you apply; find one through the website or by calling 800-699-9075.