What you need to know 2015-16

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Portland Public Schools is a big place—78 schools and more than 48,500 students. This brochure highlights key information—from student registration to emergency communication—you’ll need as your student(s) move through school.

Getting urgent news - quickly

Weather-related delays. School emergencies. Special events:

  • NEW Text Messaging: Opt-in to School Messenger by sending the text message Yes or Y to 68453.
  • Twitter: @PPSConnect at www.twitter.com.
  • Facebook
  • Phone call: Auto-dialer calls “primary” number on student registration form in all supported languages.

Late starts 2015-16

The school year runs Aug. 27 – June 7. Elementary, K-8 and middle schools open two hours late on eight Wednesdays for staff training: Sept. 16; Oct. 14; Dec. 16; Jan. 20; Feb. 17; March 16; April 20 and May 18. Exceptions are Beverly Cleary, MLC, Rosa Parks and alternative and charter schools.

High schools: No late starts. Instead, early release Oct. 7, Jan. 20, Feb. 17 and March 16. Exception is Jefferson.

School calendar

TriMet passes for high school students

The YouthPass Program provides TriMet passes at no cost to high school students. Students receive a free TriMet pass good from Aug. 27, 2015 to June 25, 2016 thanks to the City of Portland, TriMet and PPS. Trimet schedules.

School meals

Pay for school meals at MySchoolBucks.com or bring a check to your school office or cafeteria. Qualified students receive free meals; students who qualify for reduced-price meals will also receive meals for free thanks to the Oregon Legislature.

All students at the following schools – regardless of income - receive free meals: Alliance @ Meek, Boise Eliot/Humboldt, Cesar Chavez, Faubion, George MS, Harrison Park, James John, Jefferson HS, Kelly, King, Lane MS, Lee, Lent, Madison HS, Marysville, Pioneer Program, Rigler, Roosevelt HS, Rosa Parks, Scott, Sitton, Vestal, Whitman, Woodlawn and Woodmere.

Full-priced meals:

  • Pre-K-Grade: $2.70
  • Grades 6-8: $2.95
  • Grades 9-12: $3.20

Learn more: Contact your school cafeteria or PPS Nutrition Services, 503-916-3399.

Student health

School-based health centers: Accept insurance and can also assist uninsured families. Centers located at: Cleveland, Franklin, Grant, Jefferson, Madison and Roosevelt high schools, Harrison Park and Cesar Chavez K-8 schools and George and Lane middle schools

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Immunizations: All students must have proof of one dose of all required immunizations on first day of school. Exclusion day is Feb. 17 if immunizations not up to date.

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Counselors, drug/alcohol, health, discipline: PPS Student Services 503-916-5460, studentservices@pps.net

Sharing your flier, renting PPS buildings

Fliers: Outside groups, non-profits and businesses must submit for approval the information they wish to post or share about events, programs or services in our schools.

Rent PPS buildings

Ombudsman: Addressing school-based concerns

The ombudsman serves as an independent, neutral and confidential resource, assisting parents and community members in addressing complaints, conflicts and other school-related issues: Judi Martin, Ombudsman, 503-916-3045, ombudsman@pps.net.

Learn more: View complaint policy and complaint resolution process.

Track academic progress

View student grades, attendance and assignments and email teachers through Synergy ParentVUE.

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College and career readiness

Graduation requirements

Get Ready: A PPS web tool for planning for college and career - from financial planning to job shadows to admissions guidance.


The Portland Interscholastic League offers a Youth Sports Program (grades 6-8) and a High School Program.

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Family involvement

Parents/guardians are invited to join district committees to help advise PPS on policies and practices.

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Volunteers provide invaluable support in classrooms, curriculum and school projects. PPS is updating background check procedures to maintain student safety and create equitable access for those interested in serving our schools.

Learn more or call 503-916-3078.

Language services for families

PPS Translation & Interpretation Services provides support, free of charge, in Chinese, English, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese and can also arrange for assistance in other languages. Request assistance from your teacher or principal.

To get assistance from a bilingual staff member, press the appropriate number indicated on the recorded message or call the PPS Language Line at:

  • Spanish: 503 916-3582
  • Vietnamese: 503 916-3584
  • Chinese: 503 916-3585
  • Russian: 503 916-3583
  • Somali: 503 916-3586
  • Other/More information: 503 916-3589