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LOSD News • March 12, 2021

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Middle Schools Start Hybrid In-Person Next Week

Bus Routes Adjusted for Registrations

Recommended Quarantining After Travel

High Schools Expand In-person Opportunities

Days Added to 2020-21 School Calendar

Spanish Immersion Kindergarten Registration Due TODAY at 3 p.m.

Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten Applications Due April 2

Meal Distribution for Spring Break

Fans in the Stands!

School Safety Task Force Interest Form

School Board Meeting

TAG Advisory Committee Meeting

SSPAC Meeting

School Board Filing Deadline March 18

Now Accepting Applications for Foundation Board of Directors

Regular Reminders:

  • Get Social: Follow, Share, Engage @wearelosd
  • What's New at Community School
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App
  • 3 Ws: Watch Distance, Wear Mask, Wash Hands
  • Safe Oregon

Middle Schools Start Hybrid In-Person Next Week

Middle schools are transitioning to Hybrid in-person next week:

  • Tuesday, March 16: 6th graders in-person begins

  • Thursday, March 18: 7th graders in-person begins

  • Friday, March 19: 8th graders in-person begins


Bus schedules will be posted by Monday, Mar 15. Routes are developed for registered riders. If you still need to register your student for the middle school bus, please call the transportation office at 503-387-5078 and have your student’s ID# available, which can be found on ParentVUE.


LO Online students and staff will continue online. LOSD is committed to supporting LO Online through the school year.

Bus Routes Adjusted for Registrations

It typically takes a few weeks for bus routes and stops to settle into a routine, and this year is no different. As Hybrid in-person gets underway and more and more registrations come in, routes are being adjusted to make room for all registered riders. The transportation team is working diligently to process registrations and update routes, which are posted under transportation on the district website and shared with schools and families, and your patience is appreciated.


Adding to the complexity of routes is a national and local shortage of school bus drivers. If you or someone you know is interested in driving a school bus, Click here to start your application process.

Recommended Quarantining After Travel

With many in our community transitioning to in-person learning and Spring Break coming up at the end of March, it’s a good time to clarify the statewide guidance for travel. It’s recommended that people who are not vaccinated and who travel outside of the state of Oregon consider quarantining upon returning home.


LOSD is asking people to consider quarantining. If students choose to quarantine, instructional materials will be provided while out of school.


Per the Oregon Statewide Guidance for Travel, people are recommended to practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival in the state and limit their interactions to their immediate household. People may consider ending quarantine if they have had no symptoms: after 10 days with no testing or after 7 days with an antigen or PCR test.

High Schools Expanding In-person Opportunities

Lake Oswego and Lakeridge High Schools will transition to Hybrid in-person at the start of 4th quarter. Until then, each high school is offering expanded in-person opportunities in March and early April, including:

  • Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) expanded to half day and more students

  • Ninth graders and new students in-person student orientations

  • Fine Arts departments, both visual and performing, beginning to invite students for various in-person learning opportunities

  • Some student clubs will begin meeting at the schools

  • Some teachers choosing to allow students to zoom from home while some come in person

  • In-person literature discussions and study sessions

  • Choir rehearsals

  • Leadership activities

  • Class presentations

  • Intervention opportunities


Contact the principal if your high school student is interested in participating in an in-person activity.

Days Added to 2020-21 School Calendar

At Monday night’s meeting the School Board approved an updated district calendar for the remainder of the 2020-21 School Year.


Changes were approved based on the loss of school days due to power outages, using the weather makeup days reserved at the end of the school year. Additionally, for our middle schools, the end of 3rd quarter has been pushed out a week. For our high schools, the 3rd quarter end date remains the same so as not to delay the return to Hybrid in-person at the start of 4th quarter.


Following is how these changes are reflected in the update school calendar:

  • April 9 -- Removed MS Grade Prep Day

  • April 16 -- Added as MS Grade Prep Day -- No school for middle school students

  • April 22 & 23 -- Removed Middle School conferences (now regular school days)

  • June 11 -- Now a regular school day

  • June 14, 15, 16 & 17 -- Removed the shading for weather makeup days

  • June 16 -- Marked as Last Day of Classes (a multi-synchronous Wednesday)

  • June 17 -- Now the Teacher Work Day


Note: High school graduation dates remain the same: Lakeridge is Thursday, Jun. 3 and Lake Oswego is Friday, Jun. 4.


Please click here for the updated calendar posted on the district website.

Spanish Immersion Kindergarten Registration Due TODAY at 3 p.m.

The Spanish Immersion kindergarten application is now available: 2021-22 APPLICATION FORM


For families interested in signing up their kindergarteners for the Spanish Immersion Program, please heed these important dates for the 2021-2022 school year:
  • Application Deadline: March 12, 2021, 3:30 p.m.
  • Lottery Date: March 17, 2021, 3:00 p.m.*
  • Lottery Notification: March 19, 2021


*Should the district receive more applications than spaces available, a lottery will be held. Those wishing to participate in the lottery must submit their application to the District Administration Office no later than 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021.


*Younger siblings of students currently in kindergarten through 4th grade of the Spanish Immersion program have priority for enrollment only at the kindergarten level. Sibling priority does not apply to current siblings on the waitlist. If you currently have a child enrolled in LOSD’s kindergarten through 4th grade Spanish immersion program, you will have the first choice for enrollment in the kindergarten program. You will not be entered into the lottery, but you must submit an application to the program prior to the March 12, 2021 (3:30 p.m.) lottery deadline to be assured a slot. Slots not filled from sibling applications will be available in the general lottery.

Visit the LOSD Spanish Immersion Website for more details.

Preschool/Pre-K Applications Due April 2

For families interested in signing up their child for preschool or pre-kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year please visit the Extended Programs on the district website or click here to apply. Space is limited.


Application period closes: Friday, Apr. 2, 2021

Lottery Process: Monday, Apr. 5, 2021

Families will be notified by Friday, Apr. 9, 2021


Conclusion of Lottery Process
Following the completion of the lotteries, the district will make available any remaining slots in the classes on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications received after the lottery deadline will be date-stamped and enrolled in a class if space is available. If classes are full, applicants will be added to the wait list in order of receipt of application.

Meal Distribution for Spring Break

LOSD schools will be closed and there will be no meal distribution during Spring Break, March 20-28.


In advance of Spring Break, LOSD will be distributing 7-days of meals on Thursday, Mar. 18. Please see below the complete schedule for next week's meal distribution.

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Fans in the Stands!

The Oregon Schools Activity Association (OSAA) has released updated guidance for spectators at home events. We have been able to welcome spectators at our high schools’ home soccer, cross country and volleyball events this past week. The newly updated guidance now allows us to welcome up to 150 spectators at our football games. Lake Oswego and Lakeridge High Schools are making plans for parent and student ticketing for our upcoming home games. Each school will communicate plans with their respective communities soon.

School Safety Task Force Interest Form

The LO School Board, considering inputs from the SRO Listening Sessions and Needs Assessment, has directed the Superintendent to convene a task force to study options to address the district needs that are currently served through the SRO program and to make a recommendation to the Board on how to move forward in a way that centers student health and well-being.


This Superintendent Ad Hoc Task Force will be composed of parents-guardians, students, teachers and staff members of multiple perspectives. The Ad Hoc Task Force will meet 4-5 times in April and May to make a recommendation to the Superintendent to submit to the School Board by end of May, early June 2021


The task force participants will be selected based on role in the district, school representation, qualifications and lived experiences.


Please click here if you are interested in serving on this task force. Interest forms are due by Monday, Mar. 29 at 10 a.m.

School Board Meeting

All are welcome to observe the public sessions remotely.


Monday, March 15

Executive Session 5: 15 p.m.

Regular Session approximately 5:25 p.m.

Click here for the agenda posted on district website


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.


This meeting will not include public testimony.

TAG Advisory Committee Meeting

All are welcome to observe the meeting.


Wednesday, Mar. 17

6-7:30 p.m.


How to access the meeting virtual is posted on the district calendar.

SSPAC Meeting

All are welcome to observe the Student Services Parent Advisory Committee Meeting.


Thursday, March 18

6-8 p.m.


Please see the district calendar for information to access this meeting.

School Board Filing Deadline March 18

LO School Board elections are coming up. The filing deadline is March 18, 2021. Click here for more information about Clackamas County elections.


LO School Board members serve four-year terms. Following are the board positions up for election this year:

  • Position 2: Currently held by Neelam Gupta
  • Position 3: Currently held by Sara Pocklington
  • Position 4: Currently held by Liz Hartman


For more information about the LO School Board, please visit the district website School Board page or the Oregon School Boards Association at www.osba.org

Kindergarten Registration Open

Registration for kindergarteners, and all students who are new to LOSD, is now open online on the district website enrollment page.


An informational video, Kindergarten Counts, is available at each elementary school website Kindergarten Counts will provide parents and guardians an opportunity to meet the principal and kindergarten teachers. You will learn about several upcoming opportunities for your new student between now and the first day of school.


Plan to register and attend Kindergarten Counts at your student's resident elementary school. Visit losdschools.org to verify. LOSD welcomes kindergarteners who will be five years old by Sept. 1.

Now Accepting Applications for Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Board of Directors

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. Board members must demonstrate a commitment to the Foundation, the School District and the Lake Oswego community.


The term for new board members will begin June 2021. Board members commit to a two-year term and may serve up to three terms. Please click HERE to access the online application form. The application provides more information about being a board member.


Interested people should submit applications by Friday, April 9, 2021. The Nominating committee will review applications and conduct interviews in the April time frame. If you are unable to access the application, please contact woolfw@loswego.k12.or.us to receive a pdf version of the application.


Click here for the Foundation prospective board member application.

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Get Social: Follow, Share, Engage @wearelosd

LOSD has changed its social media handle. Please join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @wearelosd

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.


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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.

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.)