The Summer Current

LOSD News • June 19, 2020

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

Juneteenth Open Session

Complexity and Constraints: Starting Points for Reopening Plan

Guiding Principles: Do You Agree?

Elementary School Options: What Do You Favor?

LOSD Preschool/Pre-K Cancelled

Communications: What to Expect When

School Board to Nominate New Member

School Board Meeting

YouthTruth National Pandemic Survey

Lake Grove Swim Park Opening Saturday

Recreational Facilities Opening

Thank You David Salerno Owens

Summer Counseling Supports

Tutoring Resources

Regular Reminders:

  • Hunger Fighters
  • Clothing Closet
  • Clackamas County Go Teams
  • Safe Oregon
  • Get Social with LOSD
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App

Message from the Superintendent

Because this year is like no other in the recent history of public education, we need regular lines of communication during the summer as we make plans for fall.


LOSD leadership is working around the clock to develop a plan for LOSD that fits our budget and the complex guidance from Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA). We plan to provide updates weekly and to ask for your feedback and ideas, via email and posted on the homepage of losdschools.org. We will share these updates along with other important developments in The Summer Current. Thank you for your engagement as we make our reopening plans for LOSD.


Today, I am taking time out of our planning to honor Juneteenth and attend our students' Open Session discussion on anti-racism. People of all ages are welcome to attend the event. I hope to see you there this afternoon.

Juneteenth Open Session

Today is Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the liberation of those who had been held as slaves in the United States. Originating in Texas, it is now celebrated annually on the 19th of June throughout the U.S., with varying official recognition.


On this important day in our country's history, students in the Lakeridge High School Equity Council are hosting a discussion on how all of us can be active in the anti-racism movement. All are welcome --bring a lawn chair and a mask to Foothills Park, Lake Oswego, today from 1-2:30 p.m.

Complexity and Constraints: Starting Points for Reopening Plans

We have significant starting points in order for LOSD students and staff to return to school next year. It is important for us all to know and understand that school will not be the same as it has been in the past. Complex ODE guidance and significant budget constraints require us to make difficult decisions, almost all of which involve trade-offs. Students will be spending the vast majority of their time in school with their cohorts inside their classroom and most instruction will be brought to them. None of it is ideal, but we are committed to being flexible, creative and responsive to ensure each student and staff safely experience the best education possible in the circumstances created by the pandemic.


Some of the most significant guidance from ODE requires each person in a space needs to have a minimum area of 35 square feet assigned to them and strive to be at least six feet apart. This requirement is determining class sizes next year, which will be greatly reduced from our 25-29 student average to 15-20 students. This will require us to use every available space differently, including innovation labs, cafeterias, libraries, music rooms and gymnasiums, as well as all school properties.


Please click here for more specifics on the complexities and constraints.

Reopening Plan Guiding Principles: Do You Agree?

We have heard from more than 1,300 stakeholders, and 85 percent agree with the guiding principles, as written, for driving our reopening planning process. If you haven't already, please weigh in. The survey closes Monday, June 22 at 10 a.m.


Please click here to complete a 1-minute survey to provide feedback on the guiding principles.

Elementary School Options: What Do You Favor?

Having worked through multiple scenarios, LOSD is considering two of the most viable options for maximizing learning while maintaining ODE and OHA requirements for schools. An online option will also be provided for students who need to remain at home for the duration of the school year.


More than 1,100 elementary school stakeholders have shared their opinions about the options. If you haven't already, please complete the survey by Monday, June 22 at 10 a.m.


Elementary teachers, staff and families, please click here to complete a 1-minute survey to provide feedback on the elementary school options for the 2020-2021 school year.

LOSD Preschool/Pre-K Cancelled


Much to our dismay, LOSD has had to cancel our preschool/pre-kindergarten program for the 2020-2021 school year. We are truly sorry for the inconvenience this cancelation causes families.


Due to COVID19, ODE and OHA guidance requires 35 square feet per student in every classroom. Meeting these requirements for 2020-2021 means that we need every available space in our elementary buildings for K-5 students. Additionally, we have grave concerns about being able to maintain sanitized conditions and preventative measures for Preschool and Pre-K classes.


LOSD will continue to offer emergency child care. If needed, please email loemergencychildcare@loswego.k12.org.

Communications: What to Expect When

We will be sending weekly communication with surveys for your feedback and ideas on different aspects for our planning. All of these communications can be found on losdschools.org. The complete plan is due to ODE on August 15. Coming up will be plans for the middle and high schools, as well as the online school option and bus transportation.

School Board to Nominate New Board Member

The School Board directors have completed their selection process to fill board position 2, made vacant with Senator Rob Wagner's resignation. The board received 24 applications and interviewed three finalists. The board will discuss and vote on their nominee at the meeting Monday, June 22. Also at the meeting the board will elect a new board chair and vice chair.

School Board Meeting

Board of Directors Meeting


Monday, June 22

Contract Review - 6:00 p.m.

Regular Session - 6:15 p.m.


See the full 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, June 22 at 12 p.m. to losdschoolboard@loswego.k12.or.us. IMPORTANT: Please type “6/22/20 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. All non-agenda item testimony will be posted online under agenda item 2.0. For testimony received after the 12:00 noon deadline, names of patrons will not be read during the meeting, however, testimony will be posted online at the conclusion of the meeting in accordance with the aforementioned procedures.


Thank you for your continued engagement and participation during our school closures.

YouthTruth National Pandemic Survey

LOSD middle and high school students have been invited to participate in a national survey conducted by YouthTruth, capturing the experience of young people during the pandemic.


Please consider asking your student to complete this survey to lend their experience to this study. The national survey closes Monday, June 22.

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Lake Grove Swim Park Opening Saturday

The Lake Grove Swim Park will be opening this Saturday, June 20. The swim park has new rules and park managers and staff will be monitoring for compliance. Before visiting the park, please be aware of these new park rules:

  • 50-person capacity at the park at any given time; if necessary, visit durations may be restricted to ensure equitable use of the park

  • Groups that come together need to be 10 or fewer people

  • Patrons need to observe physical distancing regulations around other people and groups

  • The kiddie pool is closed until Clackamas County enters phase 2, which will be July 10 at the earliest

  • No rentals for games

  • No swimming lessons

  • Limited food options served


The Lake Grove Swim Park property was originally granted via a restrictive deed from the Oregon Iron & Steel Company to the former Lake Grove School District, which merged with the former Oswego School District in 1953 to form Lake Oswego School District. While the park is operated by LOSD, because it is located off of schools, it may open earlier than other school properties.


Click here for more information about the Lake Grove Swim Park.

Recreational Facilities Opening

All outside facilities on school campuses, including fields, tracks, and courts, will open for school-related and individual recreational activities on Monday, July 6. Due to capacity constraints, campus use will be limited to students and authorized staff during school-related activities.


When Clackamas County enters phase 2, school playground equipment may be used. Also, the district indoor pool may open for lap swimming. We will share more about the district indoor pool opening and rules when we are certain of its opening.

Thank You David Salerno Owens

LOSD wishes David Salerno Owens well in his next adventure. David served as the Director of Equity and Strategic Initiatives for the past two years, and as a Response to Intervention Coordinator and Freshman Transition Specialist at Lakeridge High School. As we work to embed equity work in schools, an Equity TOSA will be extending the work of the superintendent, leadership team and DEI Advisory Committee directly to the students and schools.

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.

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Hunger Fighters Continues Expanded Service

Hunger Fighters, located on the Lake Oswego High School campus, is continuing its Saturday pickup from 1-3 p.m. and Wednesday from 4-6 p.m.


Clients who pickup groceries will receive perishable items as well such as produce, bread, dairy or eggs. Hunger Fighters cannot currently provide such items to delivery clients, but it is working towards that goal.


Hunger Fighters has started a delivery program for homebound, immunocompromised and at-risk individuals and families in Lake Oswego. Requests must be submitted by Thursday to receive a delivery of non-perishable groceries on Saturday. Visit www.hungerfightersoregon.org and click the link to submit a request.

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

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