The Summer Current

LOSD News • July 16, 2021

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

Survey Results Face Covering, Distance, Cohorts

Draft Plan and New Survey

Planning and Engagement Timeline

School Board Meeting

Virtual LO Information Session

Summer Meal Service

Verify Student Info Before Returning to School

SmartStart Aug. 26

Take A Virtual Tour of LMS

Help the Bond Campaign

Schools Under Construction

Wildfire Preparedness

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Message from the Superintendent

Summer is in full swing and I hope you are making the most of it. Summer for me is about spending as much time as possible with my family. I am the youngest of 9, and my children have 27 cousins. Every July, we come together from all over the country to gather for a family golf tournament. This weekend I am hosting 30 of my family members, making up for missing each other in 2020. Wish me luck:)


Like my family, I know that our learning community is very much looking forward to reconnecting. The district team and I are finalizing plans for how we can do that in the coming school year, with several opportunities for students, parents-guardians, teachers and staff to share input and give feedback.


Summer is typically a difficult time to get people’s attention. In this newsletter is a schedule of what you may expect to help you know when and how to engage in the process. We appreciate your involvement in making sure you are reflected in our plans. Thank you for your participation.

Survey Results Face Covering, Distance, Cohorts

Parents-guardians in the school community were provided with an electronic survey (or phone calls) on July 6-9, asking preferences regarding three of the COVID-19 mitigation measures: face coverings, physical distancing and cohorting. Following are the results from that survey:


  • Face Covering: On average, 88% of survey respondents (n=4,819) supported sending students to in-person learning without masks; 12% did not. The percentage was slightly lower for primary parents-guardians (83%) and slightly higher for secondary parents-guardians (92%).

  • Distancing: On average, 92% of survey respondents (n=4,819) supported sending students to in-person learning without physical distancing; 8% did not. The percentage was slightly lower for primary parents-guardians (90%) and slightly higher for secondary parents-guardians (93%).

  • Cohorting: Lastly, on average, 94% of secondary parent-guardian survey respondents (n=2723) supported sending students to in-person learning without cohorting. Elementary parents-guardians were not asked this question as elementary students are in cohorts typically.


For parent-guardians who were reluctant or opposed to in-person learning unless face coverings, physical distancing or cohorting remained required, the reasons trended towards concerns regarding the Delta variant or waiting until vaccinations are available for younger children.

Draft Plan and Follow Up Survey

Based on our learning community's input, we have drafted the Health & Safety Plan. Please click here to review the draft plan.


After reviewing the draft plan, please click here to complete a follow up survey to provide further input. Your input in the survey is appreciated by July 21, 10 a.m., before the plan is discussed at the School Board meeting on July 22.

Planning and Engagement Timeline

Following are key dates for engaging in and staying informed of the planning process for the coming school year.


July 6: Survey emailed to all families and employees about face covering, distancing, and cohorting

July 6-9: Feedback collected on face covering, distancing, and cohorting

July 16: Initial draft plan and survey emailed to all families and employees in The Current

July 16-20: Feedback collected on initial plan

July 22: Updated guidance from CDC/OHA/ODE anticipated

July 22: Further developed Health & Safety Plan shared at School Board meeting

July 22: Survey emailed to all families and employees about further developed draft plan

July 27: Host Parent-Guardian Information Session Re: Virtual LO

July 27: Open Virtual LO sign up process

July 23-29: Feedback collected on further developed draft plan

August 2: Final report of LOSD’s Health & Safety Plan to the School Board

School Board Meeting/Retreat

Thursday, July 22

Regular Session -- 8:30 a.m.

Work Session -- 9:30 a.m.

Executive Session -- 1:00 p.m.

Resume Regular Session -- approx. 1:10 p.m.

Click here for the agenda posted on district website


NEW: Board members will be taking both written and in-person testimony. Please click here for instructions on how to submit testimony. For the July 22 meeting, because it starts in the morning, testimony is due the day before, Wed., July 21, at 12 noon.


Board members, staff, and invited guests will be attending the meeting in person. All are welcome to observe the public session by clicking here.

Virtual LO Information Session

For any LOSD family that needs online learning, Stride K12 Education will be available. LOSD is hosting an Information Session for interested families to learn more and ask questions.


Tuesday, July 27

5-6 p.m.

Zoom: https://loswego-k12-or-us.zoom.us/j/82147174787

The session will be recorded.


Virtual LO sign ups will open after the Information Session. Space is available for Grades K-12.

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Verify Student Info Before Returning to School

Parents-guardians of all students enrolled for the 2021-22 school year need 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 address or contact information has not changed over the past year because the school may have incorrect information from a previous year.
  • Confirming parent email addresses for Google Classroom and other applications to participate in your student's learning.
  • Enabling distribution of key information in the district's K-12 Family Handbook and Technology Agreement.


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.

Save the Date: Smart Start Aug. 26

Smart Start is an opportunity specifically for our students with 504s and IEPs, and their parents and guardians, to make introductions with their teachers and to feel prepared for the start of school. For the 2021-22 School Year, Smart Start is in person Aug. 26, 2021, from 1-3 p.m.


Teachers will be familiar with your student’s plan and accommodations. To help better know your students, please complete the attached one-page profile or create one on your own ahead of time, and give it to the teacher at the Smart Start introduction.


Also, to assist in your family’s preparation for the new school year, please click here for a Smart Start checklist for parents and guardians of students with 504s and IEPs.

Take A Virtual Tour of LMS

Please click here to watch a video featuring the new Lakeridge Middle School and hearing from students and staff about their experiences in the new building. Thank you Lake Oswego voters for approving the bond in 2017, and making it all possible!

Help the Bond Campaign

In anticipation of asking LO voters to approved the second phase of our bond program in November, the Bond Citizen Campaign is looking for parents-guardians, residents, teachers and staff who are interested in serving on the campaign committee. The committee has all kinds of jobs, from helping with fundraising and events to coordinating endorsements and communications/social media. The committee is also looking for school and community organization captains to help organize volunteers and get out the word.


Depending on the volunteer job, some preparation work occurs over the summer. Most of the campaign jobs begin at the volunteer kick off Aug. 19 and go through election day in November


If interested in volunteering, please click here to submit an interest form.

Schools Under Construction

Your 2017 bond dollars are hard at work making improvements at Lake Grove Elementary, Forest Hills Elementary, Lake Oswego High and Lakeridge High Schools. These schools are under construction for the summer. For the safety of all, please remain outside of the construction fence on these properties.

Wildfire Preparedness

Hot and dry weather conditions increase the risk of wildfires and the likelihood of safety-related power outages. So, PGE wants you to be prepared. Learn how to stay in the know, create an outage kit and make a plan to keep your family safe at portlandgeneral.com/prepare.
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What's New at Community School?

The LOSD Community School is offering virtual enrichment programs and activities for students of all ages including culinary, STEM, arts, language, and athletics.



Check out this week's edition.

Hunger Fighters

The pantry will be open all summer for contactless curbside pickup every Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. Visit the website for more info. www.hungerfightersoregon.org

Back to School Clothes at Clothing Closet

I Love Lake Oswego Clothing Closet is a donation-based closet that provides clothing items and hygiene products for residents, students, and employees that work or live within Lake Oswego.


Open Saturdays

9 a.m.-12 p.m.


Visit https://www.ilovelakeoswego.com for more information.

SafeOregon

Parents-guardians 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.


https://www.safeoregon.com/

(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 @weareLOSD

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