The Summer Current

LOSD News • Aug. 7, 2020

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

LO Online Signs Ups Due TODAY

Comparing Hybrid & LO Online

Information Session Recordings & FAQ

Schedules for All Levels, All Models

Back to School Timeline for Families

OSAA Keeps All Sports, Shifts Seasons

School Board Meeting

Warnings Given at Lake Grove Swim Park

Health & Safety Protocols

Roadmap to Reopening FAQ

Verify Student Info Before Returning to School

Take Oregon Metro Back to School Transportation Survey

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

It's been an extraordinary process of planning for opening this school year. We are seeing all around us ways that individuals and organizations are adapting to get through this pandemic, and that is exactly what it is taking for all of us - adaptability. Every single thing we do as a district, as teachers, staff, students and parents is requiring each of us to adapt and do things differently. Thank you for adapting with us as we work through all the new information, insights, feedback and mandates.


This week we spent a lot of time discussing the details and answering questions about the approved framework, which is in line with the most current ODE, OHA and Governor’s mandates. We are confident this plan will be in place for the next several months, although we do anticipate that we may continue to receive updated guidance, and we will adapt as we do and keep you informed.

We also spent time this week focusing on part of our mission, which is to create a culture of belonging. In order to belong, all need to feel safe. The anonymous racist letter received by a Lake Oswego family goes against our values, and we are heartened that LOSD's stance about it prompted an overwhelming positive response from our students, staff and families. The recipient of the letter is one of our students, and our schools are an integral part of the LO community. To be anti-racist, we must not be silent when we know harm is being done.

We reaffirmed our commitment to creating environments of anti-racism and belonging within systems that are inclusive of everyone in our community. LOSD is committed to act in a socially responsible manner that models the valuing of every human being. We support the rich and growing diversity in Lake Oswego and believe that all in our city should feel safe and valued.

LO Online Signs Ups Due TODAY

TODAY at 5 p.m. is the deadline to sign up for the LO Online program. Click here for the current form to sign up. Students who have 504 and individualized education plans have until Tuesday, Aug. 11 to sign up; parents and guardians will be receiving more information from Student Services today to help make a decision about the two models.


Please note that the only students who need to sign up are those choosing LO Online, the program where students and teachers will remain online for the year, or at least until a vaccine/effective treatment is widely available. Students who are choosing Hybrid do NOT need to sign up; it is assumed students are in Hybrid unless they sign up for LO Online.


All LOSD students, whether they chose Hybrid or LO Online, are starting school virtually on Tuesday, September 8. The reason we need families to sign up for LO Online today is because we need to organize students and teachers into classes for the year.

Comparing Hybrid & LO Online

Please click here for a complete comparison of Hybrid and LO Online on losdschools.org/Roadmap to Reopening.


The biggest takeaway is that the two models are very similar. To make a choice, it comes down to when/if your student feels comfortable returning to school when the public health department metrics permit us to have all students back in school under the ODE and OHA guidance.


In order to be able to have enough teachers at each of our schools and for LO Online, we are asking for the year-long commitment for both models. If students need to switch models, exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.


When a vaccination and/or effective treatment is widely available, we'll be able to move to the stage of allowing all students together back into schools. We will work with LO Online families and teachers on a case by case basis when that's possible.

Information Session Recordings & FAQ

Thank you to the nearly 1,000 students, parents, guardians, teachers and staff who participated in the Informational Sessions this week. If you missed the live sessions, or if we missed your questions, please click here for the FAQ section on the district website under Roadmap to Reopening. Here you will find a Frequently Asked Questions document with answers to more than 120 questions, recordings of the two Informational Sessions, and a copy of the presentation slides.

Schedules for All Levels, All Models

The schedules/times are the same, whether students are in Hybrid, LO Online, or virtual. Below are sample schedules for each level. Note: classes will be divided into two cohorts, a morning and afternoon cohort. These sample schedules show a morning cohort schedule. The schedule (onsite and online) is flipped for afternoon cohorts.

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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

OSAA Keeps All Sports, Shifts Seasons

The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) shifted its traditional Fall sports season contests to begin in March under a new 2020-21 school activities calendar approved by the association’s Executive Board on Wednesday. OSAA also voted to waive current out-of-season coaching policies to allow for student participation during the Fall (Season 1). Participation will be at the discretion of the local school district in those activities allowed per directives from the Governor’s Office, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Department of Education (ODE).


The OSAA’s new calendar provides for three distinct seasons from late December to late June with limited overlap between seasons. Traditional Winter activities will take place in January and February (Season 2), followed by Fall activities in March and April (Season 3), with Spring activities occurring in May and June (Season 4). Each season will feature an equitable 7-week regular season, with adjusted contest limitations, followed by an OSAA Culminating Week. Specific plans for culminating week events will be developed in conjunction with member schools in the coming months in alignment with large group gathering guidelines issued by the state.

LOSD high school athletic directors are working out the details for our high school programs, and will have more information for our families soon.

Student Services Plan

The plan for providing Students Services during the 2020-2021 School Year will be presented and discussed at the School Board meeting on Monday, Aug. 10. Please click here to review the plan.

School Board Meeting

Board of Directors Meeting


Monday, Aug. 10

5:30 p.m.


See the agenda and supporting materials here.


All board members and administrators will be participating in the meeting remotely. There will not be a public gathering in the LOSD Administration Board Room.


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 losdschools.org. You can watch the meeting live or a recording afterwards.


If you wish to comment on an agenda item or another item not on the agenda, please submit your comments by Monday, Aug. 10 at 12 p.m. to losdschoolboard@loswego.k12.or.us. IMPORTANT: Please type “8/10/20 Testimony” in the subject line and include your 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. Testimony will be posted online at the conclusion of the meeting.

DEI Committee Meeting

All are welcome virtually.


Tuesday, Aug. 11

4-6 p.m.


The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is meeting virtually. Please look at the district calendar by Tuesday morning for details on how to observe the meeting live. A recording of the meeting will be posted on the district site.

Warnings Given at Lake Grove Swim Park

The Lake Grove Swim Park has sited incidents involving both children and adults demonstrating inappropriate behavior and language, trespassing, and defying health and safety protocols. Park management is taking appropriate action to either exclude or warn people if they act inappropriately while at the park.

Health and Safety Protocols

LOSD has detailed health and safety protocols for when students, teachers and staff return to school onsite. Please click here for that information posted on losdschools.org under LOSD Roadmap to Reopening.

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!

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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: Corn Dog (WG) with Apple Chips

3 Ws: Watch Distance, Wear Mask, Wash Hands

Per the CDC, scientific studies suggest that COVID-19 transmission among children in schools may be low and international studies that have assessed how readily COVID-19 spreads in schools also reveal low rates of transmission when community transmission is low. It’s an important reminder that 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 children@211info.org
  • 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 ccrr@clackesd.org.

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 www.hungerfightersoregon.org 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.


Website: www.iLLOclothingcloset.org

Email: info@ilovelakeoswego.com

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.

SafeOregon

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.


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 @LOSD_Proud

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