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LOSD News • May 21, 2021

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What New Mask Guidance Means for LOSD

Keep Your Devices Over the Summer

Vaccine Clinic for LOSD Families

Sign Up to Tour New Lakeridge Middle School

Significant Geological Find Unearthed at Site of New LMS

Summer Program Information

LOJ Student Wins National Essay Contest

Updated Clackamas County Guidance for Quarantining

School Board, Advisory Committee Meeting

Bond Development Committee Meeting

AAIP Heritage Month Celebration

Recreation & Aquatic Center Online Open House

Teen Lounge Open House

Seeking Students for Youth Advisory Boards

Regular Reminders:

  • Hunger Fighters Food Pantry: Open and Hiring
  • Please Verify Your Student's Information
  • Get Social: Follow, Share, Engage @wearelosd
  • What's New at Community School
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App
  • Back-to-School Clothes at Clothing Closet
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Information
  • 3 Ws: Watch Distance, Wear Mask, Wash Hands
  • Safe Oregon

What New Mask Guidance Means for LOSD

Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released updated guidance regarding use of mask, face coverings, and face shields in school settings. LOSD is implementing the following guidance related to school, sports and activities hosted on our sites.

Face Coverings and Physical Distance Still Required For All Students and Staff During School Day. All individuals, including students and staff, will still be required to wear face coverings and maintain physical distance during school hours. This includes arrival and dismissal and any outdoor learning that takes place during school.

Face Coverings Not Required for Outdoor K12 Sports. Face coverings will no longer be required for student athletes or spectators during outdoor K12 sports events. Student athletes, staff, and/or spectators may continue to wear face coverings if they choose to. Physical distancing and capacity limitations are still required.

Face Covering Guidance for Indoor K12 Sports. Face coverings will no longer be required for student athletes or spectators who are fully vaccinated starting Monday, May 24, upon proof of vaccination status. Physical distancing and capacity limitations are still required.

  • Student athletes will confirm full vaccination status with their coaches and the Athletic Director, if they plan to not wear a face covering.

  • Spectators will confirm full vaccination status at the point of entry, if they plan to not wear a face covering.

  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are still required to wear face coverings (OHA requirement).

  • Physical distancing is still required for fully vaccinated individuals.

Face Covering Guidance for Indoor School Board Meetings.
Face coverings will no longer be required for school board members, staff and community who are fully vaccinated. Until additional updates are provided, all previous physical distancing and capacity restrictions still apply.

High School Graduation and Middle School Promotion Activities and Ceremonies. Students, staff, volunteers, and spectators are not required to wear face coverings at outdoor graduation and promotion activities and ceremonies. All previous physical distancing and capacity restrictions will still apply. Attendees are also welcome to wear face coverings should they choose. Guidance continues to evolve around capacity guidelines. Clackamas County is still in the High Risk zone which means 15 percent capacity limitation in our stadiums. We will notify participants closer to the date of events of then current requirements.

“Fully vaccinated individual” means an individual has received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

None of these provisions should limit an individual or family decision to continue to wear face coverings. LOSD will not tolerate teasing, bullying, or harassment related to COVID-19 or COVID-19 mitigation efforts. We appreciate our community supporting individuals who choose to continue to wear face coverings for any reason.

Thank you for your cooperation and partnership in keeping our schools safe and welcoming places as we close out the school year.

Keep Your Devices Over the Summer

Students in grades K-11 who are continuing with LOSD next year are asked to keep their devices — iPads Gr. K–2, Chromebooks Gr. 3–12 — over the summer. Graduating seniors or students leaving the district need to turn in devices to your school. Current 2nd graders will exchange their iPads for Chromebooks in August when they return to school.

Vaccine Clinic for LOSD Families

The City of Lake Oswego and LOSD are hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for families and students age 12 and older. The first dose of Pfizer will be given on June 9, 16, and 30 and the second dose on July 7, 14, and 21, all dates at Lakeridge Middle School.

Sign Up to Tour New Lakeridge Middle School

We are eager to show off the new Lakeridge Middle School to our incoming students, district families, and community residents, and clearly you are eager, too! We have opened up a second date to tour the school based on demand for the first date.

Click here to sign up for a tour time on Saturday, June 5

Click here to sign up for a tour time on Friday, June 18

The self-guided tours (with special recordings accessed from your smartphone) start every 2 minutes to allow for ample spacing in the building. Tours of the building will also be available to incoming students and their families in August, if these dates do not work for your family.

Significant Geological Find Unearthed at Site of New LMS

Construction crews building the new Lakeridge Middle School recently discovered during excavation a 15,000-year-old rhyolite boulder, a volcanic rock not known this side of the Cascade Mountains. It was moved to the area by one of the great Missoula Floods from either eastern Oregon or as far away as Canada on an iceberg, according to local geology professor and president of the Tualatin Ice Age Tourism Foundation, Scott Burns, Ph.D.

“This is a major geological find,” said Dr. Burns. “Of all of the hundreds of boulders moved to the Willamette Valley by the Missoula Floods, this is only the second rhyolite boulder recorded here. Most of the unearthed boulders are composed of basalt, but this large formation of rhyolite likely arrived here thousands of years ago.”

LMS students in science classes had an opportunity to see and touch the significant geological find, which they named Dwayne, and learn about its amazing history before it was moved to its new forever home at the Tualatin Heritage Museum. There, it can be enjoyed by all for years to come.

LOJ Student Wins National Essay Contest

Lake Oswego Middle School sixth grader Jack Hooper won the National Runner-Up Legacy Award. During the 2020-2021 school year, Miss Hamachek's fifth grade students entered the National Legacy Project Contest and shared stories based on interviews with older adults. Jack interviewed his grandma and learned about her passion for quilting and the family history behind it. Here's an excerpt from his award-winning piece titled "Sew Much Love":

Later in her life, that quilt, now over a hundred and fifty years old, inspired my grandmother to start making quilts for her family and friends to preserve moments in time and share her love. Then, she got even more serious about quilting. In 1989, she and a few friends started a quilting guild from their living room, and planned their first meeting. They thought about fifty people would show up, but over 100 people showed up that first night. Today there are over 600 members, making it one of the biggest quilting guilds in the nation.

Visit for more details. Congratulations Jack!

Summer Program Information

LOSD is making plans for summer and following are some updates on what you may expect. In-person academic support classes will be offered five days a week, July 12-30, from 8-11:30 a.m:

  • Academic Support-Elementary for students rising to grades 1-5 with unfinished learning as determined by diagnostic assessments; classes will be held at River Grove and Oak Creek Elementary Schools. The Summer School Principal is working with the elementary school principals to invite students who have been identified as needing additional support. While taking part in summer school, students will engage in Math, Language Arts, and SEL instruction. Teachers will use I-ready, 95% Group, and a variety of resources to guide targeted instruction.

  • Academic Support-Middle and High School for students rising to grades 6-8 needing math and literacy instructional boosts, and students rising to grades 10-12 needing credit recovery towards graduation in English, Math, Science, or Social Studies. MIddle school classes will be all in-person and high school credit recovery classes will be offered in-person and some online. All 6-12 in-person classes will be held at Lakeridge Middle School. The Summer School Principal is working with all four secondary schools and their counseling teams to identify students who need this academic support. Families will begin to be invited in the next few weeks by their school counselors or administrators.

  • Kindergarten Transition to support our youngest students in acclimating to school before entering kindergarten in the fall. Kindergarten Boost is a two-week program, offered July 26-29 and August 2-5, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. There is still limited availability for incoming Lake Grove, Oak Creek and River Grove students -- register today with LOSD's Community School by clicking here.

  • Enrichment classes in art, movement, languages and outdoor exploration for all students to create connections and experience something fun and new; these experiences will be offered in the afternoons of the academic program from 12:00pm- 3pm, as well as throughout the summer. In-person offerings are in development, and will be posted on the Community School website next week. If you prefer, you may register for online classes now through LOSD's Community School.

  • Emergency Childcare for school-aged children who need adult supervision during the summer months; this program is guided by state and county regulations for childcare during the pandemic until further notice.

  • Extended School Year (ESY) based on regression and limited recoupment following summer/winter/spring break is for students on an active Individualized Education Plan (IEP) with targeted areas of Specially Designed Instruction (SDI). Learning Specialists and Special Education Assistants will be available at all three locations. Current school-based IEP teams are determining the level of service, including the timeframe.

We will be able to offer for free the academic program and will supplement the cost of the enrichment programs through the new Oregon Department of Education’s Summer Enrichment Grant.

Updated County Guidance for Quarantining

Clackamas County Public Health has updated our requirements for determining close contacts in schools to be consistent across all settings. In all school settings, including but not limited to classrooms, busses, recess, sports, and extracurricular activities, any individual who meets the definition of a close contact will be required to quarantine. A close contact is defined as anyone who was within 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for ≥15 minutes in a 24-hour period. This update primarily affects bus-related exposures, as previously the entire bus cohort (including the bus driver) had to quarantine if a case of COVID-19 rode the bus. Now, only those who fit the close contact definition will have to quarantine.

When a school cannot verify that 6 feet was consistently maintained throughout the school day, then each person the case was in contact with will need to quarantine. This could include all members of a cohort. Note that 6 feet continues to be the threshold of close contact for exposure determination by public health, even for students for whom at least 3 feet of physical distance from other students is permitted.

As a reminder, a 14-day quarantine is required for all close contacts in any school setting.

School Board, Advisory Committee Meeting

All are welcome to observe the public sessions remotely.

Monday, May 24

Executive Session 5:45 p.m. (private)

Regular Session at approximately 6:00 p.m.

Click here for the agenda posted on district website

You can observe the meeting and listen to the discussion remotely in the same way you can with other board meetings. Simply click on the "View Live" link on You can watch the meeting live or a recording afterwards.

Procedures for providing public testimony: The Board of Education values public input. If you wish to comment on an agenda item or another item not on the agenda, please submit your comments by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 24, 2021, by emailing IMPORTANT: Please type “5/24/21 Testimony” in the subject line and include your full name in the body of the email. Names of patrons providing input will be read during the meeting and their written testimony will be posted online under the agenda item for which their testimony pertains to. For testimony received after the 12 p.m. deadline, names of patrons will not be read during the meeting, however, their testimony will be posted online at the conclusion of the meeting in accordance with the aforementioned procedures.

Bond Development Committee Meeting

All are welcome to observe the meeting.

Wednesday, May 26

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Please see the district calendar for information to access this meeting.

AAIP Heritage Month Celebration

The City of Lake Oswego and LO for LOve are hosting a cultural celebration honoring Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Sunday, May 23

12 p.m.

Millennium Plaza Park, Lake Oswego

Festivities include a reading of the City proclamation proclaiming May as Asian American Pacific Islander Month, performances from Hula Hulau, Heart Strings Mandarin, and White Lotus Dragon & Lion Dance. The event will be implemented following Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 guidance, including physical distancing and capacity limitations based on the current risk level.

Recreation & Aquatic Center Open House

Lake Oswego is designing a new Recreation and Aquatic Center and the city and school district want your feedback! Learn more about the plans for the new center and help refine designs through our online open house. Click here for virtual event, open until June 4.

Teen Lounge Open House Tonight

Join the LO Teen Lounge for a meet & greet for incoming 6th graders! We will be hosting both a virtual and an in-person tour of the Lounge, as well as offering summer drop-in hours for incoming grades 6-12.

In Person: Friday, May 21, 4-7 p.m.: This is open to all students, and it is the first opportunity for current 5th graders to see and visit the Teen Lounge. Parents are also invited, and will have opportunities to talk to staff about all of LOPR’s teen programming opportunities.

The LO Teen Lounge is located at 1060 Chandler Rd., Lake Oswego. Learn More at Any questions, please contact Jordan Morales at 503-534-5434 or

Seeking Students for Youth Advisory Boards

Our high school students are invited to serve on the Lake Oswego Youth Advisory Boards to gain real-world experience serving on an advisory committee or board. In addition to giving back to our community, this is something students can site on college applications, job resumes, or count towards volunteer credits for school.

The City Council will be appointing one youth member to six advisory boards, including the Historic Resources Advisory Board, Library Advisory Board, Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Advisory Board, Transportation Advisory Board, and two youth members to the Sustainability Advisory Board and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board. For more information on becoming a voting member of an advisory board, please complete the following requirements:

Only current juniors and sophomores who are residents of the City of Lake Oswego should apply. Applications will be accepted until May 31 on the City website. Interviews will be in mid-June, with term dates running from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

Applications and additional information are available at under Boards and Commissions. Please contact Kenny Hallquist, Deputy City Recorder at or 503-675-3984.

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Hunger Fighters Food Pantry: Open and Hiring

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

Hunger Fighters is also hiring. It's currently in the process of searching for its first Executive Director to manage the pantry for a part-time position, starting as soon as possible. Find all the information here: HFO - We're Hiring

Please Verify Your Student's Information

Beginning April 30, LOSD needs parents-guardians of all students enrolled for the 2021-22 school year 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.

Get Social: Follow, Share, Engage @wearelosd

LOSD has changed its social media handle. Please join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @wearelosd

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Stay connected to the district and your school(s) and receive urgent notifications by subscribing to the Lake Oswego Schools App.

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 for more information.

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.


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.)