The Summer Current

LOSD News • Aug. 14, 2020

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

ODE Guidance Update

State Education Budget Update

LO Online Sign Ups, Next Steps

Back to School Timeline for Families

Smart Start Save the Date

LMS Ready to Receive Students November 2

New Books to Pilot

LOSD Participates in City's #MaskupLO Campaign

Verify Student Info Before Returning to School

Take Oregon Metro Back to School Transportation Survey

Flicks at the Farm This Weekend

Regular Reminders:

  • Grab & Go Meals
  • 3 Ws: Watch Distance, Wear Mask, Wash Hands
  • Childcare Providers in Clackamas County
  • Local Testing Sites for Covid-19
  • Summer Counseling Supports
  • Tutorial Resources
  • Hunger Fighters
  • Clothing Closet
  • Clackamas County Go Teams
  • Safe Oregon
  • Get Social with LOSD
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App

Message from the Superintendent

LOSD district and school leadership has been deep in the details preparing for the start of school on Tuesday, Sept. 8. This week all schools in the state received updates from the Oregon Department of Education about reopening guidance, and the Oregon State Legislature on the education budget to for this second year of the biennium. The new information provided LOSD with more clarity and some confirmation, and our approved plans for welcoming back students, teachers and staff are moving forward.

With only a few weeks left of summer break, I hope you all are able to find ways to rest and relax. The school year ahead will be like no other in education. We need everyone in our learning community restored and ready for new year.

ODE Guidance Update

This week the Oregon Department of Education updated its guidance for the 2020-2021 school year. The approved LOSD framework for reopening schools is inline with the updated guidance. The update provides more clarity on how students may meet with their teachers onsite for Meet & Freets and Smart Start, as well as limited small group instruction when health metrics allow it.

State Education Budget Update

The Oregon State Legislature, through the special session this week, restored the K-12 State School Funding (SSF) for this biennium (2019-21) to the original $9 billion allocation. The legislature used $400 million of the state education reserves, which is more than half of its pre-special session balance of $708 million. The Oregon Department of Education acknowledged the May 2020 state economic forecast shows that the 2021-23 biennium will face significant budgetary challenges. The next state economic forecast, which will be released on September 23, 2020, will provide updated information on the likely extent of those budgetary challenges.

LO Online Signs Ups, Next Steps

Nearly 1,300 students signed up for LO Online: approximately 550 elementary students, 350 middle school students, and 380 high school students are signed up.

Students, teachers and staff in the LO Online model will remain online for the 2020-21 school year, or until the Governor gives all districts the greenlight for all return to school together.

The district and schools are working with teachers and staff to make assignments, and organize classes and cohorts. Like students in all models, schools will be sharing students' teachers, schedules and cohorts the week of Aug. 24.

Back to School Timeline for Families

Week of Aug. 24

All grade levels: class schedules and teacher assignments available

Week of Aug. 31

Teacher-student meet & greets and Smart Start (9/2 - 9/4)

  • Introductions, assessments, device & textbook pick up

Week of Sept. 7

First day of school (9/8) -- Virtually

Week of Sept. 14 - Oct. 31 (tri-county status)

Hybrid -- Fully remote teaching and learning

LO Online -- Fully remote teaching and learning

Smart Start Save the Dates

At the beginning of the school year, meetings for students with IEPs and 504s is called Smart Start. This voluntary opportunity gives students and their parents/guardians an opportunity to introduce themselves, as well as provide any important information about how you learn and how best to support you. Sign ups to make your appointments with teachers will go out the week of August 31st, once schedules and class assignments are finalized.

Students are encouraged to complete a one-page profile to share with your teachers during their introductory meetings. Please click here for a fillable elementary and secondary option that can be emailed or printed.

For more information on what to expect when transitioning your student with an IEP or 504 back into school, please click here for a parent/guardian checklist created by Student Services for the start of the school year.

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Lakeridge Middle School Ready to Receive Students November 2

If there is a silver lining to starting virtually it's that students, staff and teachers at Lakeridge Middle School will have their first day of onsite school in the new building. The new Lakeridge Middle School building will be ready for occupancy by November 2, which is the earliest middle school students may return to onsite school. More information about the new building coming soon.

New Books to Pilot

A favorite agenda item at School Board meetings is Dr. Jennifer Schiele's presentation on new books to pilot in our schools. Two new books were added to the pilot program:

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha is a graphic novel for sixth graders.

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie is a novel for twelfth graders.

Books are researched by teachers and staff, and after a year of piloting, they are recommended or not to incorporate into the curriculum.

LOSD Participates in City's #MaskupLO Campaign

The City of Lake Oswego invited LOSD to participate in its #MaskupLO campaign. Our whys came to us very easily. What's your why? See City of Lake Oswego website and social media to see the new campaign to encourage our community to wear masks, watch distance, and wash hands.

Verify Student Info Before Returning to School

LOSD thanks all the parents who have already verified their students' information for the 2020-21 school year. If you haven't done so yet, please to log into ParentVUE and review/update your students' information through the Register/Verify tab. This benefits both families and schools by:

  • Ensuring that schools have accurate information to reach parents and other contacts in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Verification is important even if your contact information has not changed over the past year because the school may have incorrect information from a previous year.
  • Allowing parents to review the health conditions on file at your student's school.
  • Enabling distribution of electronic devices covered by the district's Technology Agreement

The verification window closes September 18, 2020.

If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click "I am a Parent," then click "Forgot Password." If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account, contact your student's school. For assistance with the verification process, refer to the user guide on the LOSD website or contact your student's school. Please note that verification is not part of the ParentVUE mobile app. However, a button in the app allows you to open verification in a web browser, or you can log into ParentVUE on a computer.

Take Oregon Metro Back to School Transportation Survey

Our Safe Routes to School program, in partnership with Metro, is gathering input from parents and caregivers throughout the greater Portland metropolitan region about how students will travel to school when school resumes in-person teaching.

Please click here to take Oregon Metro’s Back to School transportation survey!

Flicks at the Farm This Weekend

The City of Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation invite you to it's new Flicks at the Farm featuring Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on Saturday, August 15 and Toy Story 4 on Saturday, August 16 at Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Rd. $45 Res/$52 Non-residents per parking space per film. Complimentary bag of kettle corn with each parking space purchase. Snacks and sweet treats will also be available to purchase onsite.

Assigned load-in based on vehicle size starts at approx. 7:15pm. Flicks start at dusk (8:45pm). COVID-19 protocols will be in place.

To register click HERE. In person registrations are taken over the phone at 503-675-2549. All members on a Family pass must be listed.

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Grab & Go Meals

LOSD meal service has been extended through the summer. Grab-and-go meals are available for pick up once a week on Mondays, 10:30-11:30 a.m., from one location at Lake Oswego High School. Students may to pick up five days of meals at this single pickup.

Next week's lunch special: Lakeable.

3 Ws: Watch Distance, Wear Mask, Wash Hands

In order to bring students back into schools, we must control the COVID-19 transmission in our community, and in the tri-county area. We are seeing increases in children with COVID-19 around the country, which is a concerning trend. The community's actions (wear mask, wash hands, watch distance) directly impact our schools.

Childcare Providers in Clackamas County

Clackamas County currently has 76 childcare providers who have openings for child care. 211 is the first point of contact if parents are interested in reaching out about child care options in the area. Parents will need to have the following information ready when working with 211.

  • parent first name and last name
  • child’s DOB and first name
  • address to search for care (near home or work)
  • email address to send referrals
  • any childcare requests
  • days/times needed

Parents can reach 211 in the following ways:

  • Calling 211 1-866-698-6155 - Listen to the prompt for child care and press the specified number
  • Texting the keyword “children” or “niños” to 898211 (TXT211)
  • Emailing
  • Click here to visit the website

Clackamas CCRR can support parents if they aren't able to connect with 211. CCRR can be reached at (503) 675-4100 or via e-mail at

Local Testing Sites for Covid-19

For testing Covid-19 sites in our area, please click on the county:

Clackamas County COVID-19 Testing Sites

Washington County COVID-19 Testing Sites

Multnomah County COVID-19 Testing Sites

Oregon Health Authority has also released a webpage that allows users to put in their address or zip code to find the nearest testing site. Click here to find a testing site near you

Summer Counseling Supports for Students

While school is out for the summer, the LOSD Wellness Team of counselors, social workers and psychologists has prepared an updated list of resources for students and families. Please click here for resources for mental health and social-emotional supports.

If your concern is urgent, call the 24-7 Clackamas County Crisis and Support at 503-655-8585.

Tutoring Resources

Are you looking for someone to tutor your students? Many people, including students, reach out to LOSD offering assistance. Each year LOSD updates its list of approved tutors. Click here to access that list.

Hunger Fighters Food Pantry - Pickup or Delivery!

Hunger Fighters, located on the Lake Oswego High School campus, is continuing to serve clients in two ways. Clients are welcome to visit the pantry once a week either on Saturday between 1-3 p.m. or Wednesday between 4-6 p.m. to pick up pre-packed grocery bags, or Lake Oswego clients who are homebound, immunocompromised, and/or at-risk can sign up for grocery delivery.

NEW! ALL clients, including delivery clients, will be provided with perishables such as fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, eggs, meat, and/or dairy as available. Additionally, Hunger Fighters is providing masks to all clients who need one - just stop by and ask!

Delivery requests must be submitted by Thursday to receive a delivery of groceries on Saturday. Delivery clients must be home to receive the delivery of perishables. Visit to submit a request and for more information on the delivery program.

Clothing Closet Expands Service

I Love Lake Oswego provides clothing and essential hygiene products to people in need. It has expanded its services to everyone in the community. Families should contact the service through its website, phone or email. Provide your needs and clothing sizes. Volunteers will either deliver the items, or make arrangements for pick up.



Call/Text: 503-882-0880

Clackamas County Go Teams Ready to Help

Clackamas County recently developed “Go Teams.” These staff members go out into the community to help individuals and families who are struggling with anxiety, unemployment, grief and a host of other emotional and social problems that are becoming more and more common during this time.

Call Clackamas County Go Teams at 503-655-8585.


Parents who have concerns about a student’s well-being are encouraged to reach out to their principal, and to maintain strong lines of communication and partnership between students, families, staff, and other resources.

SafeOregon is also an effective way to report a tip regarding safety threats or potential acts of violence to our students or schools.

(Students should also be aware that intentionally providing a false report is a serious offense.)

Get Social: Follow, Share, Engage

LOSD has ramped up its social media presence. Please join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @LOSD_Proud

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