The Current

LOSD News • January 28, 2022

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

LOSD COVID-19 Information:

  • LOSD Trending in Encouraging Direction
  • New LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard
  • Quarantine and Isolation Guidance
  • New Support Hotline
  • Finding Testing Sites

Information Session About the Standard Response Protocol

Open Investigations Regarding Incidents at Lake Oswego High

Board Brief: School Resources Officer Program

Elementary Boundary Review Committee Meeting

New Student Registration Open

Kindergarten Counts Kicks Off

Apply to be a Substitute

Budget Committee Seeking New Members

LO Schools Foundation Board Applications Open

Save the Date: LOSD K-12 Safety Symposium

Community:

  • LOSD Celebrates 50 Years with the Chamber
  • Rotary's SASEE Award Nominations Open
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program
  • Lake Oswego Youth Lacrosse Registration
  • LO Little League Baseball Registration
  • Pacer Youth Baseball Registration
  • LOJ Baseball Registration
  • Softball Registration Open
Regular Reminders:
  • What's New at Community School
  • Hunger Fighters: New Pantry Hours
  • Clothing Closet
  • Safe Oregon
  • Get Social with LOSD

Message from the Superintendent

The sunshine this week is contributing to a brighter outlook and I’m very encouraged by what I am seeing.


First I want to shine a little of the light on our high schoolers because they are beacons in our learning community. This week they completed their first semester finals, which was a new experience for more than half the student body and a distant memory from before the pandemic for the rest. While I’m sure it is not a cherished tradition, having a “regular” finals week is one more milestone in providing successful full time instruction.


Our high schoolers are working hard towards their future, all with very real hurdles and extra burdens of a pandemic. I am constantly amazed by the thoughtfulness of our students. Two representatives on the School Board -- juniors Alicia Li (Lake Oswego High) and Emily Zou (Lakeridge High) -- have been passionate voices for their peers, lending insight and advocacy for all grade levels’ need for support, rigor, inspiration, and experiences. Being able to provide students what they need academically, emotionally, socially, and physically is what drives our learning community to keep doing what it takes to ensure successful in person instruction.


Adding greatly to the positive outlook is our learning community’s COVID-19 related trends. Our learning community’s reported cases and absences continue to trend down and vaccination rates continue to climb up (data below in the newsletter). Based on these trends, I am re-evaluating three protocols regarding elementary outdoor masks, volunteers in classrooms, and spectators at extracurriculars. I will make and announce a decision on Friday, Feb. 4. The goal is that we may continue reaching more milestones in providing successful in-person instruction while protecting the health and wellbeing of our community.


We can’t control the sunshine, but we can do our part keep up the positive momentum. Thank you for your diligence, support, and kindness with each other.

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LOSD Trending in Encouraging Direction

Our learning community’s COVID-19 reported cases and absences continuing to trend down and vaccination rates continuing to climb up (data below). Thank you everyone for doing your part to protect the health and wellbeing of our community -- wearing masks, watching distance, washing hands, staying home when ill, isolating and quarantining, and getting vaccinated and boosted.
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New LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard

LOSD has created a new LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard (shown below) that corresponds to new reporting protocols for Clackamas County Public Health. The new dashboard shows the number of staff and students who have reported to LOSD testing positive for COVID-19, regardless of school exposure.


Things to note when reading the new dashboard:

  • All cases reported to LOSD, not just those with potential school exposure, are shown on the new dashboard. Therefore, case numbers will be higher than the original dashboard, which can still be found on the website under the new one.
  • A higher number of cases is not necessarily an indicator of an increase in school exposures, because more people are heeding guidance to stay home when feeling ill and reducing potential exposure in our schools.
  • Quarantines are no longer being tracked because very few to no people in our learning community are required to quarantine based on our community's high vaccination rates and the implementation of the Test to Stay program.
  • Updates to the dashboard will be made every Monday with all cases reported for the week prior, which will provide a week-by-week look at COVID-19 case trends in our learning community.
  • The vaccination status of LOSD Staff and Lake Oswego residents ages 5-18 years are also updated on the dashboard, with our youngest residents' percentages continuing to increase.
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Quarantine and Isolation Guidance

The Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority have provided revised materials and resources for schools, which can be found posted on our district website under LOSD COVID-19 Information:


Ready Schools, Safe Learners Resiliency Framework

Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines for K12 Students

Exclusion Summary Guide

New Support Hotline

Support for members of school communities who test positive for COVID-19 can be accessed through the COVID-19 Case Support Hotline, 866-917-8881, or Positive COVID Test website.

Finding Testing Sites

Finding and scheduling testing is currently a challenge due to a limited supply of COVID-19 tests. Those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who were exposed to COVID-19 should seek testing through their medical provider or through the community testing sites currently in place in Clackamas County.

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Elementary Boundary Review Committee Meeting

Adjusting elementary school boundaries is being considered to create balance across the district. The elementary boundary review will focus on balancing enrollment between Lake Grove and Oak Creek Elementary Schools starting for the 2022-23 school year. We do not anticipate any other elementary schools being impacted by boundary changes at this time.


Boundary Committee Meeting #1

Wednesday, Feb. 2

5:30-7 p.m.

https://loswego-k12-or-us.zoom.us/j/86895976104


Boundary committee meetings are open for public observation and boundary maps in progress will be shared on the district website under Elementary Boundary Review 2022, linked in this newsletter, and discussed during an open house for formal feedback.

You're Invited: Information Session About the Standard Response Protocol

LOSD's Safety and Security Administrator John Parke is hosting an Information Session for parents/guardians to learn more about the Standard Response Protocol. There will be a 40 minute presentation followed by an opportunity to ask and answer questions. The session will be recorded and shared in The Current for those who cannot participate live.


Thursday, Feb. 10

5-6 p.m.

https://loswego-k12-or-us.zoom.us/j/82307969356

Open Investigations Regarding Incidents at Lake Oswego High

Another incident regarding a message threating violence at Lake Oswego High is a reminder that all threats are taken seriously. The Lake Oswego Police Department’s investigations of the incident that occured Monday, Jan. 24 and Thursday, Dec. 16 remain open. LOSD will continue cooperating fully with the investigators. If you have any information that would lead to identifying a person of interest or further credible investigative information, please contact the LOSD SROs or Detectives at (503) 635-0038. As of now, there are no credible threats of any kind for Lake Oswego High or any other school in LOSD.

School Resources Officer Program

In the fall of 2020, LOSD hired equity consultants to conduct listening sessions with the community to gather feedback about the impact of the School Resource Officer (SRO) program in our schools. LOSD administrators, staff, students, and parents/guardians, in collaboration with Lake Oswego Police Department (LOPD), used the opportunities described in equity consultant report to develop changes to the district's SRO Program.


At the school board meeting Monday, LOSD's Safety and Security Administrator John Parke walked through each of the nine opportunities and discussed specific changes that have been made to date and those that will be made soon. The process of improvement will be continual and ongoing, and maintain flexibility required to evolve the SRO program to meet the needs of our learning community.


Click here to review the presentation and materials from the board meeting under School Board meeting archives.

New Student Registration is Now Open

Registration for the 2022-23 school year is now open for new students who have never enrolled in Lake Oswego before and returning students who are not currently enrolled but will re-enroll for next year. LOSD is pleased to offer online registration through its parent portal, ParentVUE (contact your resident school for help with logging in). See the Registration & Verification page of the LOSD website for guidance. Parents do not need to register students for 2022-23 who are currently attending during the 2021-22 school year.

Kindergarten Counts Kicks Off

Do you have a kindergartener entering school for the 2022-23 school year? Be sure to visit your neighborhood elementary school's website for important registration information and be sure to watch the Kindergarten Counts Informational Video.


Registration is also open for Spanish Immersion Kindergarten. The informational video for Spanish Immersion Kindergarten will launch on the Palisades World Language School website next Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Apply to be a Substitute

Parents, guardians, neighbors -- all are encouraged to apply to be a substitute with LOSD. Days and hours are more flexible than ever.


Go to the district website under CAREERS, click APPLY, find SUBSTITUTES in the left menu, and select the option that meets your qualifications and interest: Licensed (Teachers), Classified (Ed Assistants), Food Services, and Custodial. You will be navigated through the process.

Budget Committee Seeking New Members

LOSD is currently accepting applications for two open positions on the Legal Budget Committee. The Legal Budget Committee consists of members of the LO School Board and five citizen members who are charged with reviewing and approving the budget for the upcoming school year. Citizen members are appointed to three-year terms and typically meet three to four times in the spring.


Click here for an application or visit the district website, Business & Finance Department. Applications are due February 4, by 5 p.m.

Foundation Board Applications Open

Are you interested in contributing to a dynamic volunteer organization dedicated to advancing our community's commitment to educational excellence? Please consider applying for the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation is seeking parents/guardians, students and community residents to serve on its Board of Directors. Please click HERE to access the online application form. Interested people should submit applications by Friday, March 4, 2022.

Save the Date: LOSD K-12 Safety Symposium

LOSD is hosting our first annual LOSD K-12 Safety Symposium. We are excited to provide this opportunity for parents to learn about safety issues affecting students and actions we can all take to create a safer community. Please save the date and plan to join us.


Thursday, Feb. 24

6:00 p.m.; doors open at 5.30 p.m.

Lakeridge High School

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LOSD Celebrates 50 Years with the Chamber

LOSD is marking a 50-year relationship with the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce this month. The strong connection between the school district and our business community is part of what makes Lake Oswego thrive. It is a collective effort in making our community sought after by businesses and residents alike. We looking forward to 50 more years and beyond together.

Rotary's SASEE Award Nominations Open

The Rotary Club of Lake Oswego is seeking nominees for the 2022 SASEE Awards, which honor service above self in educational excellence. View the new SASEE Awards Highlights promotional trailer!


Do you know an educator, support staff member, student or citizen who demonstrates a commitment to education through work, projects and activities that emphasize "service above self?" LO Rotary Club wants to recognize and support the people who make education in Lake Oswego exceptional. Click here to submit your nomination.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Get started on the reading journey with your child by becoming part of Lake Oswego Library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Youth Services Librarians provide support along the way with gifts, including a book tote, log sheets, early literacy information, prizes, and tips for reaching the 1000 book goal.


What Your Child Receives:

  • Book Bag tote upon registration and five earned patches to decorate the bag - one each for reaching 100, 300, 500, 700, and 1000 books.
  • A gift book of either classic Mother Goose rhymes or children's poetry when your child logs 500 books.
  • A gift book choice from a wide selection of titles when your child logs 1000 books.
  • A personalized completion certificate signed and delivered by your youth librarian.
  • A bookplate to honor their achievement will be placed in a library book of your child's choosing.
  • Spontaneous applause and kudos from librarian friends as your child builds literacy skills.

Lake Oswego Youth Lacrosse Registration

Registration is open for Spring 2022 Lake Oswego Youth Lacrosse! The program is open to all children around the lake in grades 1-8. Please click here for a registration link and more information about the program.

LO Little League Baseball Registration

Registration is open for the Lake Oswego Little League Spring 2022 baseball season. Pre-K through 6th graders are welcome to register. Please visit www.lolittleleague.org/registration for more information.

Pacer Youth Baseball Registration

Pacer Youth Baseball registration is open for the spring 2022 season for grades K-8. Register by March 11, 2022 to secure a spot! For more information and to register, please visit: https://paceryouthbaseball.org/home

Lake Oswego Junior Baseball Registration

Registration for the Lake Oswego Junior Baseball Organization, (JBO) is open for the 2022 Spring Season:

  • Registration will stay open until March 3, 2022.
  • Practices will begin in March and the season runs through July
  • Regular season play is approximately 18 games
  • Practices and games will be held at Waluga and Westlake baseball fields


For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.lakeoswegojbo.com

Softball Registration Open

Lake Oswego Girls Softball registration is open for the Spring 2022 Little League season (rec competition for players ages 4-14). Register by Sunday, January 2 to take advantage of the league's "Winter Special" fee and save $25 per player. Final registration deadline is February 13.


Visit www.lakeoswegosoftball.org for more information.

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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: New Pantry Hours

The Hunger Fighters Food Pantry, located on the Lake Oswego High School campus in the house that is green, has new hours: Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays 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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