Important Information Regarding Potential Strike

This is information from PPS for families and community members in the event of a teacher strike:

Dear Families and PPS Community Members:

Portland Public Schools is focused on reaching a contract settlement with the labor union representing our teachers, the Portland Association of Teachers. Mediation is continuing today, Monday, Feb. 10.

If agreement is not reached, the teachers’ union will ask teachers to stop reporting to work beginning Thursday, Feb. 20.

Following are key points for families regarding the plan for schools:

If teachers proceed with a strike February 20, PPS will prioritize opening elementary, middle and PK/K-8 schools with high schools to follow, putting the needs of our youngest students first.

Following is our anticipated schedule. Updates will be provided in a timely manner:


Monday, Feb. 17 President’s Day, no school
Tuesday, Feb. 18 Regular school day
Wednesday, Feb. 19 Scheduled late start is now cancelled. Instead, schools will start on time but students will be dismissed early (schools will inform families about the dismissal time).
Thursday, Feb. 20 Teachers’ strike begins, schools closed for training of staff.
Friday, Feb. 21 Schools closed for staff training
Monday, Feb.24 Schools closed for staff training
Tuesday, Feb. 25 Prioritize opening elementary, middle and PK/K-8 schools with high schools to follow

Stay informed and learn more

Families please make sure you have up-to-date contact information on file with your school office. PPS will use Rapid Broadcast phone calls to communicate key information to families in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Somali and Russian.

For updates and more information you can also:

If you have questions:

  • A PPS Community Hotline will be available beginning Wednesday, Feb. 12, weekdays from 7:30 am to 6 p.m. in all supported languages. Call 503-916-3260 or email
  • PPS will hold informational community meetings specifically for families who are fluent in languages other than English. Interpretation and child care will be provided. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Harrison Park School, 2225 SE 87th Ave. Thursday, Feb. 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Cesar Chavez School, 5103 N. Willis Blvd.

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