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What's new at the LOPD for the 2017-18 school year? A new School Resource Officer, for starters.

(A Lake Oswego police officer or firefighter answers readers' questions each week in this space. To submit a question, call Editor Gary M. Stein at 503-636-1281 ext. 102 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

SHELDONI have been assigned as the Lake Oswego Police Department's School Resource Officer and will be starting my first full school year this week as part of my six-year assignment. While my focus will generally be on the junior and senior high schools, I will also be working with the staff and students at all six elementary schools.

The department's emphasis is on school safety and building on old relationships established by our former School Resource Officer. I am always available via email should you have any questions or concerns at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Also new this year are the start and end times for all schools in the district:

• High schools will start at 8:25 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m., with early release on Thursdays at 3:15 p.m.;

• Middle schools will start at 9 a.m. and end at 3:55 p.m., with early release on Thursdays at 3 p.m.;

• Elementary schools will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 2:50 p.m., with early release on Thursdays at 2:10 p.m.;

• Morning extended care at Uplands Elementary will run from 7-8 a.m.; afternoon extended care will run from 3-6:30 p.m.

With the new school schedules, school speed zone times also will change. Where flashing yellow lights are present, the new times are:

• LOHS/LOJ: 7:45-9:15 a.m. and 3:15-4:25 p.m.;

• Lakeridge High School: 7:45-8:40 a.m. and 3:15-4 p.m.;

• Lakeridge Junior High: 8:20-9:15 a.m. and 3:40-4:25 p.m.;

• Lake Grove Elementary: 7:50-8:45 a.m. and 2:40-3:25 p.m. (1:55-2:40 p.m. on early release Thursdays);

• Westridge Elementary: 7:50-8:45 a.m. and 2:40-3:25 p.m. (1:55-2:40 p.m. on early release Thursdays);

• Our Lady of the Lake: 7:30-8:15 a.m. and 2:45-3:30 p.m.

At schools with posted signs only and no flashing lights, the 20-mph speed limit is in force:

• Forest Hills Elementary: at 10th Street and Andrews Road when children are present, on Andrews Road from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on school days, and on Sunningdale Road from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on school days;

• Hallinan Elementary: on Hallinan Street when children are present and on Cherry Lane from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on school days;

• Oak Creek Elementary: on Melrose Street and on Kingsgate Road from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on school days;

• River Grove Elementary: on McEwan Road from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on school days.

This information is also available on our website at ci.oswego.or.us/police/school-resource-officer.

And as a reminder, the Lake Oswego Police Department will conduct its first school zone enforcement detail from 7:45-9:15 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, on Country Club Road adjacent to both Lake Oswego High School and Lake Oswego Junior High.

— School Resource Officer Bryan Sheldon

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