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LOSD News • Oct. 23, 2020

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

Board Resolutions Advocating In-Person Learning

Comprehensive Distance Learning Feedback

SRO Listening Sessions: Please Complete Survey and Interest Form

Recognizing Red Ribbon Week

Gyms, district pool and playgrounds opening soon

Black Student Union Mentorship Program

Discipline Incident Report

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Foundation Hosting Virtual New Family Coffees

Monster Mash: A Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat!

Regular Reminders:

  • 3 Ws: Watch Distance, Wear Mask, Wash Hands
  • Childcare Providers in Clackamas County
  • Local Testing Sites for Covid-19
  • Clackamas County Go Teams
  • Safe Oregon
  • Get Social with LOSD
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App

Message from the Superintendent

As I consider the wide-spread difficulties of this time, I find myself wondering how communities can become stronger even in the midst of tumultuous times. With extraordinary challenges and remote relationships, tensions can run high, conflicts can arise and lines get drawn along divides. What we need right now is for our wonderful community to remain connected through care and compassion for every member of LOSD.

The LOSD School Board of Directors demonstrated just that at the October 19 school board meeting when they initiated and approved resolutions aimed at returning more students to school safely as public health considerations allow. With this bold act, our school board exemplified how communities can become stronger - by reaching beyond themselves to advocate for children, teachers, staff and families.

Communities can be the saving grace in this time. Everyone is struggling in some way, and I hope we will each strive to understand and encourage one another; we all need that. Even as we continue to adapt and to navigate uncertainty, we can reach toward one another with care and compassion. The power of community is undeniable and I know that in LOSD we can and will become stronger as we face this challenging time together.

LO School Board Passes Two Resolutions Advocating Return to In-Person Learning

The Lake Oswego school board of directors at the board meeting on Monday, Oct. 19, introduced and passed two resolutions advocating LOSD to continue efforts to bring students to school in-person following the latest health and safety guidance.

Click here to read the newly signed resolutions on our website.

It is through a lens of equity that the board of directors initiated and approved the resolutions, with the intention of supporting all of our work underway to safely deliver in-person instruction. Currently, LOSD is providing in-person learning opportunities for 15-30 students who are experiencing the greatest barriers to instruction during comprehensive distance learning. These students are coming in for special education evaluations and limited in-person instruction; we anticipate the number of students to increase gradually each week. We hope that by demonstrating that we can bring small numbers of students back to school in a way that limits the transmission of Covid-19 that we will develop a clear pathway for a return of all students as quickly as public health considerations allow.

Resolution of the Lake Oswego School Board Regarding State Guidance, which is addressed to State of Oregon Governor Kate Brown, expresses appreciation for the governor indicating that she and the Oregon Health Authority will reevaluate Covid-19 health metric guidance; and asks her to prioritize the return of students that are disproportionately impacted by continued school closures. The Lake Oswego board of directors approved this resolution in a vote of 4 to 1.

Resolution of the Lake Oswego School Board Regarding Planning for A Return to School, which is addressed to the LOSD Superintendent Dr. Lora de la Cruz, expresses the expectation that the superintendent will continue to work with teachers and staff members to prioritize in-person instruction and services for the students who need it most, while limiting the risk of Covid-19 transmission, and build a clear pathway for a return of all students as state guidelines allow. The Lake Oswego board of directors approved this resolution unanimously.

Comprehensive Distance Learning Feedback

Thank you to all who provided input in our most recent survey, sharing how students and families are experiencing Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL).

Feedback from the survey was mixed. In the open comments, respondents expressed a strong appreciation for LOSD administration, teachers and staff members for "doing the best with what we can." That appreciation was coupled with a strong sentiment that "CDL is no replacement for in-person learning." Following are how students and families reported experiencing various aspects of CDL, rating experiences between 1-100, with 0 being poor, 100 being excellent.


Last spring: 34

Now: 57

Synchronous, live instruction

Last spring: 27

Now: 61

Asynchronous, recorded instruction

Last spring: 36

Now: 50

Connecting, interacting with teachers

Last spring: 39

Now: 59

Connecting with peers

Last spring: 25

Now: 39

Being informed about assignments, receiving feedback

Last spring: 38

Now: 58

Accessing classes (Zoom) and sharing materials (Google Classroom)

Last spring: 42

Now: 61

Stress level (0= no stress, 100 = most stressed)

Last spring: 61

Now: 66

Your survey feedback is being taken into consideration, along with emerging state guidance updates for schools, as plans are made for the next several months.

SRO Listening Sessions: Please Complete Survey and Interest Form

In our efforts to build a sense of belonging for all in our learning community, the Lake Oswego school board and district has taken the initiative of considering the presence of School Resource Officers (SRO) in our school buildings.

We are seeking the feedback of students, families and staff members as we evaluate the SRO program and whether changes are necessary. Please click here to take an anonymous survey. This survey data will be added to the Listening Sessions report, which will inform the School Board’s decision-making.

In private listening sessions, neutral outside facilitators will collect the different voices and perspectives in our community. Please click here if you are interested in participating in a listening session. Listening sessions composed of up to 14 individuals in like-minded groups. Participants will be invited based on diversity of voices, order of submitting your interest form, and availability.

Recognizing Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is a national initiative to increase drug awareness and prevention among school children. ​By participating in Red Ribbon Week, students are encouraged to speak out in support of healthy choices.

At the board meeting Monday, the LO board of directors proclaimed October 22-31, 2020, as National Red Ribbon Week in LOSD. All are encouraged to wear and display red ribbons throughout that week to promoting a drug-free America.

Gyms, district pool and playgrounds opening soon

LOSD is preparing to open its high school gymnasiums and district swimming pool. Current Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon State Activities Association (OSAA) guidance allows these facilities to be open and used following strict health and safe protocols and procedures. LOSD instructional facilities are governed by a different set of rules and regulations.

In regards to high school gymnasiums, LOSD students participating in school-sponsored OSAA athletics and activities may be able to use high school gymnasiums under the supervision of coaches and athletic directors. LOSD is working with our athletic directors and coaches to prepare plans for equitable and safe participation using guidance from OSAA Season 1 and OHA . We anticipate student-athletes being able to use the indoor gym facilities starting as early as the week of November 9. More information will be provided soon from your high school athletic director and coach.

In regards to the district pool, to help stem the districts’ operating losses in its fee-for-service programs in operating a pool with very limited usage allowed, LOSD is outsourcing the day-to-day management and operation of the pool to the Lake Oswego Swim Club (LOSC). LOSC will be responsible for managing the pool usage schedule, hiring and staffing lifeguards, and daily routine facility maintenance, as well as ensuring the adherence to Covid-19 health and safety protocols and procedures. The schedule will allow lap swim during certain periods, as well as preferences for the district’s secondary extra-curricular swimming and water polo programs.

LOSC is the largest and primary outside user group of the pool, with the majority of its members being students and residents of the district. LOSC presented the district with a comprehensive plan for managing and operating the pool, and it carries the required liability and workers compensation insurances to shoulder this responsibility. LOSD and LOSC have a month-to-month agreement, which LOSD anticipates maintaining for the foreseeable future. We anticipate the pool opening under LOSC management the week of November 2. More information will be provided soon.

Playground equipment at LOSD sites may be used at the parent/guardian’s discretion. The equipment is not being sanitized, cleaned, nor supervised, so use is solely at the risk of the user.

Black Student Union Mentorship Program

Lake Oswego High School's Black Student Union is starting up its mentorship program. The program is aimed at guiding and supporting elementary-aged black students by working to develop supportive mentoring relationships with high school students from the BSU. The goal is to provide them with positive role models, while fostering representation in our community and their lives.

If your student is interested in participating in the mentorship program, please click here to submit an interest form.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

What is Oregon’s State of Mind on Dyslexia?

Oregon developed its first legislative guidelines for dyslexia in 2015 with the passing of Senate Bill 612 followed by 1003 in 2017. By law each school is required to complete a universal screening on all kindergarten and first grade students to identify those who are at risk for dyslexia. This law also mandates that each K-5 school have an extensively-trained educator who is able to recognize the warning signs of dyslexia and support students, teachers, parents, and the community. LOSD currently uses Dibels as our dyslexia screening tool. If you have more questions please reach out to your school’s literacy specialist.

There also are three major federal laws that directly affect children with dyslexia. They are the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Oregon Department of Education Dyslexia Resources: Oregon Department of Education : Dyslexia : Regional Programs and Best Practices : State of Oregon

Gifted and Dyslexic?

Some kids with learning and attention difficulties have exceptional skills in certain areas. These kids are often called “twice-exceptional” (2E) learners.

LOSD Student Services and TAG (Talented & Gifted) Services are both responsible and should work in cooperation to meet the needs of twice-exceptional students. The student’s abilities will determine appropriate instruction. To read about twice exceptional students, visit UNDERSTOOD.ORG:

Twice-Exceptional Students | 2E Learners | Gifted and Learning Disabilities

Each week this month, we featured a message about dyslexia in this newsletter. If you have questions or concerns regarding our child’s learning, please call the school principal, TAG coordinator, and/or literacy specialist. You can also contact your school’s representatives for TAG-AC (TAG Advisory Committee) or SSPAC (Student Services Parent Advisory Committee). Please see here to learn how to contact your school representative.

Discipline Incident Report

LOSD monitors and assesses discipline incidents, and has committed to sharing the results annually. Please click here to find the LOSD secondary discipline incidents 2017-18 through 2019-20, compared with district population, by demographic group, which is posted on the district website under DEI Equity Reporting.

Foundation Hosting Virtual New Family Coffees

The Lake Oswego Schools Foundation is keeping its tradition of hosting new families coffees, albeit virtually this year!

Parents and guardians who are new to the district are invited to join other new families, your principal and school Foundation board representatives for coffees hosted for each school. Click the link below for your school to RSVP.

Westridge Elementary community, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m.-noon

Forest Hills Elementary community, Thursday, Oct. 29, 10-11 a.m.

Hallinan Elementary community, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 10-11 a.m.

River Grove Elementary community, Thursday, Nov 12, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Lake Grove Elementary community, Friday, Nov 13, 10-11 a.m.

Coffees for Lakeridge Middle & High Schools and Lake Oswego Middle and High Schools coming soon!

Everyone who attends the virtual coffee will receive a free coffee card from Chuckie Pies in downtown Lake Oswego.

The Lake Oswego Schools Foundation is an independent non-profit whose sole mission is to provide more teachers for students, equitably. To find out more, visit or contact Whitney Woolf, 503-534-2106

Monster Mash: A Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat!

Join Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation for an afternoon of frightful fun with our Halloween Drive-Thru Spooktacular Saturday, Oct. 31, 1-5 p.m. Cruise through the parking lots and stop at our treat station for pre-packaged goblin goodies. Don’t forget to sport your favorite costume and a fun face covering too! Festive car décor is encouraged also. Ages 0-12 are welcome (with a vehicle & licensed driver, of course!).

Participation is free and open to the public. Each station has pre-filled treats and complimentary treat bags for passengers (one bag per child, while supplies last).

Link to event

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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.

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.

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

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

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.


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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