WLWV Community Update

November 7, 2020

District to Hold Nov. 17 Community Listening Session Regarding Gender-Neutral Restrooms

As the West Linn-Wilsonville district staff and the Capital Bond team prepare to work with architects on remodeling and rebuilding plans for the various projects, restrooms will be one of the areas where some adjustments will be made. This includes adding some gender-neutral, single occupancy stalls in addition to the gender-assigned stalls already present in our schools.


A growing number of school-age children in the U.S., and in our district, indicate a preference for more privacy in restrooms because of medical, social-emotional or mental health needs. Using restrooms in ways that provide similar options for all students so groups don’t feel singled out is associated with positive school climate. The overall accessibility and aesthetics of restrooms matter significantly and students report avoiding using bathrooms during the school day based on these factors.


We are at the beginning of this design process. Nothing has been set yet. This is an iterative process. During the Listening Session, district staff will present the background for this decision along with samples of gender-neutral, single occupancy restroom designs for participants to ask questions, make suggestions and share thoughts. We have already held several student focus group sessions on this topic. Comments and suggestions from our students, staff and community will help guide us through the design process and as we better understand how to keep our school buildings, including restrooms, safe and welcoming for all.


Date: November 17, 2020; 6:00 p.m. Virtual Listening Session

School Board to Hear Plans for Gender-Neutral Restrooms During Nov. 9 Board Meeting

As the West Linn-Wilsonville district staff and the Capital Bond team prepare to work with architects on remodeling and rebuilding plans for the various projects, restrooms will be one of the areas where some adjustments will be made. This includes adding some gender-neutral, single occupancy stalls in addition to the gender-assigned stalls already present in our schools.


A growing number of school-age children in the U.S., and in our district, indicate a preference for more privacy in restrooms because of medical, social-emotional or mental health needs. Using restrooms in ways that provide similar options for all students so groups don’t feel singled out is associated with positive school climate. The overall accessibility and aesthetics of restrooms matter significantly and students report avoiding using bathrooms during the school day based on these factors.


We are at the beginning of this design process. Nothing has been set yet. This is an iterative process. At the November 9th School Board Meeting, district staff will present the background for this decision along with samples of gender-neutral, single occupancy restroom designs for Board Members to ask questions, make suggestions and share thoughts.


Meeting information can be found on the district website. Public comment can be provided via email by emailing Kelly Douglas by 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 9.

WLWV Meal Distribution to Change Beginning Dec. 2

Beginning Wednesday, December 2, the West Linn-Wilsonville School District will transition to a new meal delivery system that will remain in place for the duration of the school year. The new system is designed to manage serving students at home whether enrolled in the WLWV Online Program, at home with CDL, or at school when we return to Hybrid or fully in-person instruction.


Why is the district making this change?

The school district set a meal plan in place for the first few months of school without knowing for sure how many families would need meals or how families would best access the meals. A robust system was put in place with 3 methods of access to meals (bus delivery, mid-day pick up, afternoon pick up). While this worked temporarily, this system is not sustainable for when we transition to a Hybrid or fully in-person model, and still have some students at home with the WLWV Online Program.


What will the change look like?

For students who are at home learning (WLWV Online Program or CDL), instead of bus delivery locations or school-based pick-up locations each day, all meals will be delivered directly to student homes one day a week. An entire week’s worth of meals will be delivered at one time every week. Families will be assigned a regular meal delivery day and time. Meal delivery will include five breakfasts and five lunches per student.


For students who are on campus learning that day (Hybrid A/B Days), meals will be available daily at school as usual.


This change will allow the district to manage meal production and service sustainably, drastically cut down on food waste, and provide increased convenience for families. This change will also allow us to adequately provide hot lunch for students who are on campus while still ensuring that students who are learning at home, either through CDL or the WLWV Online Program, have the meals they need.


What do I need to do to get meals delivered to my home?

It is important that you fill out a meal delivery form for each student needing meals.


The easiest way to do this is to fill out an online Google Form. You will receive a confirmation email upon submitting. Or, families can also fill out a paper form by visiting any of the current school or bus meal locations.


Fill out the form online, or return your form to a bus driver or school location, by November 20 to have meals delivered directly to your home starting December 2. Applications submitted anytime after November 20 may take up to a week to be assigned to a delivery route. Families waiting for their assigned delivery date may still pick up meals at West Linn or Wilsonville High School.


A Meal Delivery Registration Form needs to be filled out for every child receiving meals through the school district. Meals will continue to be available for all children age 18 and younger who reside in the district boundary regardless of school attendance.


Beginning December 2, meals will be offered exclusively through this new delivery system.


For more information, please visit the Nutrition Services website or call 503-673-7992.

Clackamas County Health Metrics for Reopening Schools

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District continues to monitor health metrics in Clackamas County. The most recent two-week total in Clackamas County was 111 cases/100,000. To see the most recent metrics, as well as the necessary thresholds to transition to hybrid learning, please visit the district website.

Upcoming Events

November 9 — School Board Meeting: The West Linn-Wilsonville School Board will hold a public meeting on Monday, Nov. 9 beginning at 6 p.m.


November 17 — The district will host a Listening Session regarding Gender-Neutral Restrooms on Tuesday, Nov. 17 beginning at 6 p.m. This meeting will be held via Zoom. Meeting information will be posted to the district website in the coming days.

About West Linn-Wilsonville

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District is nationally recognized for its high student and staff achievement, including one of the top graduation rates in the State of Oregon. West Linn-Wilsonville serves nearly 10,000 K-12 students across 16 schools in West Linn and Wilsonville, with a mission of creating learning communities for the greatest thinkers and the most thoughtful people for the world. WLWV strives to provide challenging education opportunities that prepare students to be college and career ready.