Coronavirus-COVID-19

KairosPDX is monitoring the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak according to the guidelines and recommendations of government agencies and our Portland Public School district. Please see below for our community updates which include community resources. We are asking all staff, students & families to please use the email covid19@kairospdx.org for any communications related to Coronavirus COVID-19. 

KairosPDX Humboldt building is closed to the public. Only KairosPDX staff are permitted to be inside.

All Staff must complete:

Health Questionnaire  (prior to your entrance in the building at your scheduled time)

Building Entry Log (upon entering the building)

Building Exit Log (at time of exiting the building)

 

Community Resource – COVID-19

In response to COVID-19 developments, some internet providers are offering free services to low-income families and households with students. 

The Fund for Portland Public Schools + Comcast Internet Essentials

In a partnership between PPS and Comcast, they are offering 6 months of free internet access to PPS students for distance learning. Follow this link: https://fundforpps.org/internet and fill out the online form to request wifi access. You will need your student’s PPS ID and KairosPDX’s school ID to complete this form. Please email frontoffice@kairospdx.com if you do not know this information.

Free internet for students from Charter Spectrum

Households with students K–12 or university students can sign up for a new Charter Spectrum internet account to get the first two months of internet with speeds up to 100 Mbps for free. Installation fees will be waived for those who qualify for the offer. Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll.

Spectrum Internet Assist Program 

Internet discounts for low income households. Requirements: At least one member of household must receive assistance from either the National School Lunch Program, Community Eligibility Provision or Supplemental Security Income. https://bit.ly/3l3PllH

Spectrum Wi-Fi hotspots are also currently open and free to use.

Low-income internet from Cox

Cox is helping get families in need connected to the internet through our Connect2Compete program for $9.95/month. During this time of uncertainty and required in-home learning, Cox is helping get families in need connected to the internet through our Connect2Compete program. Through June 30th, 2021, Cox will waive late payment fees and work with Connect2Compete customers experiencing hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic to create a payment plan.

KairosPDX Wildfires Information & Resources
September 10, 2020
Greetings KairosPDX Families and Staff,
The following information was curated by PPS and we wanted you to have access.  We know many of you are impacted by the current weather events.  This list is a good emergency preparedness list to use as a resource. We hope you are safe and cared for at this time. Please read below and take good care.
Warmly,
Zalika

Outdoor Air Quality and Stay Indoors Guidelines

With wildfires burning throughout our metro area and state, there is a substantial amount of smoke in the air today. Current and forecasted outdoor air quality in Portland is rated as “unhealthy,” and therefore guidance is to limit outside activities for adults and children.

Per the Oregon Health Authority’s guidance regarding outdoor activity during the spread of wildfire smoke, we are recommending that our community stays indoor as much as possible. 

Community Members Affected by Recent Fire Evacuation Orders

Many staff and families live in areas that have been evacuated or are at risk of being evacuated due to wildfires, and many in our community have family and friends impacted. If you need to evacuate, of course please take whatever actions you need to protect the welfare of you and your family during this time.  Please keep the school informed regarding your safety and any necessary absences.

Information and Resources

  • Clackamas County Check-In Sites– Up-to-date check-in sites and locations for evacuees.
  • Apply for housing relief on the State of Oregon Wildfire Housing Relief website.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)– For 24-hour crisis help, counselor or legal services, visit comand use code: OEBB or call 866-750-1327. This benefit is available to anyone living in your household whether enrolled in your medical insurance or not.
  • The American Red Cross– The American Red Cross is operating several Temporary Evacuation Points (TEPs)where evacuees can go for information and assistance. Locations change with the need. As of this email, Greater Portland-Metro TEPs are located at:
    • Clackamas Community College, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City, OR
    • Oregon State Fairgrounds, 2330 17th St., NE, Salem, OR
  • Local Temporary Sheltersand Oregon Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
  • Free Meals for Children– Meals are available at multiple PPS locations for all children, 1-18 years.

Stay up to date, be prepared, and know before you go

Sign up for PublicAlerts (Code RED) to stay informed about your specific location. PublicAlerts has information on how to protect yourself from smoke, protect your property, and to know when to go.

The State of Oregon Wildfire Resources website includes up-to-date information regarding road conditions and the Fires and Hotspots on this Dashboard.

For location specific information, visit the wildfire information pages for Clackamas CountyWashington County and Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.

Understanding evacuation levels

  • Level 1 – BE READY(green) – Monitor emergency services websites and local media outlets for information. This is the time for preparation and precautionary movement of persons with special needs and, in some cases, pets and livestock.
  • Level 2 – BE SET(yellow) – Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. There is significant danger to your area. Be prepared to voluntarily relocate to a Temporary Evacuation Point (TEP) as set up by the Red Cross, or move to family/friends outside of the affected area.

Level 3 – GO (red) – Leave immediately! Danger to your area is current or imminent. Do not delay leaving to gather any belongings or make efforts to protect your home.

 

KairosPDX Community Health Update – COVID-19 August, 2020

Greetings KairosPDX Families,

Hope this message finds you well. As we settle into the new year and summer meal distribution comes to a close, I wanted to provide a few updates on school meals and food info. Please read carefully as there is a lot of information in this email.
 
1. PPS Meal Sites and Home Delivery

As you know, Portland Public Schools will begin the school year with Comprehensive Distance Learning until at least November 5 (see pps.net/fall2020 for details). The Nutrition Services department will continue to offer onsite meal distribution. We want to update you on our plans to provide meals for students during this time.

PPS meal service:

  • Where: Meals will be available for pickup outside 38 schools. Click here to see the full list of schools/sites.
  • When: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Other details: Students will receive five days’ worth of meals each week. On Monday, they will get breakfast and lunch for Monday and Tuesday; on Wednesday, they will get meals for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

For families not near a meal pickup location or who need assistance accessing meals, PPS will be offering an additional service: home delivery of school meals. Nutrition Services will partner with PPS Transportation to deliver breakfasts and lunches directly to homes. If you would like to request home delivery of meals, please fill out this online form. Please note that deliveries may vary based on the number of requests, and each drop-off may include several days’ worth of meals. We have confirmed with PPS that KairosPDX families are eligible for home delivery.

Pickup and delivery of school meals will be free to those eligible for free or reduced lunch, or any student enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (see the Nutrition Services’ Free and Reduced-Price Meals webpage for eligibility information).

For families not eligible for free or reduced meals, each breakfast will cost $1.50, and each lunch will cost $2.90. Families must reapply every school year for free or reduced priced meals, and may apply at any time during the school year (see below for more info on how to apply)

We will have more information on this, along with an updated list of CEP schools for 2020-21, in the coming days. If you have questions specific for PPS please contact them at nutritionservices@pps.net or call 503-916-3399. If you have questions specific to KairosPDX, please email graham@kairospdx.org or call (971)322-9134.

2. Apply for Free/Reduced Meals
For those of you that receive SNAP/TANF benefits or have already applied for Free/Reduced Meals, you should’ve received a notification letter this week from Mr. Graham regarding access to free/reduced price school meals.
If you have not received notice but believe you may qualify, you can apply by filling out this document. Here is more info from ODE if you need.
Again, email graham@kairospdx.org with any questions about the application process.
3. Pandemic EBT Benefits
The Department of Human Services and the Oregon Department of Education are still in the process of disbursing Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) to qualifying families. This is a critical program to families, so this is a quick update and some answers to frequently asked questions we have been receiving. According to a DHS press release, the deadline to disperse P-EBT benefits have been pushed back to September 15th. For further information, please see the attached Q&A section.
Thank you so much for your patience as we navigate these extended school closures, and please don’t hesitate to email Mr. Graham at wellness@kairospdx.org with any questions.
Best,
KairosPDX Wellness and Nutrition Team