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More details on supplemental learning plan will be announced by district tomorrow

Gov. Kate Brown's announcement that Oregon schools would be closed through at least April 28 due to the COVID-19 pandemic left many local families wondering what the next steps would be to continue their children's education.

They will soon have some answers.

In an email to families Thursday, March 19, Lake Oswego School District Superintendent Lora de la Cruz said teachers will return to work remotely March 31, and begin engaging with students April 1.

Exactly what this will look like remains to be announced; the district said it will announce more details tomorrow.

"We are excited to let you know that we are developing a plan to meet Governor Brown's executive order to 'deliver supplemental education and learning supports to students to the extent practical through independent study and other appropriate options,'" de la Cruz said in the email. "Having access to the internet and a technology device is key to remote learning. LOSD sent an At Home Access Survey to all families through text, email and social channels. The purpose of that survey was to gauge the internet and technology device access of students and families. Please know that we are following up with all families."

In the days following Brown's announcement, school district across the state have noted the challengesassociated with online learning.

De la Cruz's full message was as follows:

Dear LOSD Families,

Thank you for your support and patience as we work through the complexities of the unprecedented times we find ourselves in. I know that each day brings additional news and information for all of us to digest. Tuesday evening we learned at the same time as all of

you that school closures would extend to April 28.

Please know that the LOSD administrative team has been rapidly working through compliance and guidance procedures, and clarifying the Governor's executive order, in order to make the best decisions possible for LOSD students, teachers and staff and to ensure continued funding from the state.

We have had productive conversations with our Licensed and Classified Associations, and one thing is clear - we are all eager to roll up our sleeves to provide continued learning experiences for our students, albeit digitally.

As such, we are excited to let you know that we are developing a plan to meet Governor Brown's executive order to deliver "supplemental education and learning supports to students to the extent practical through independent study and other appropriate options." We expect to share more details tomorrow.

Having access to the Internet and a technology device is key to remote learning. LOSD sent an At Home Access Survey to all families through text, email and social channels. The purpose of that survey was to gauge the Internet and technology device access of students and families. Please know that we are following up with all families.

For now, it's important for you to know that all teachers and staff will resume work remotely on March 31; students will begin engaging with their teachers and staff starting April 2. More information will be coming soon from the district and also from your principals.

Learning new things in new ways can be both exciting and demanding. I am encouraging everyone to continue staying home and finding ways to rest and restore over Spring Break for the health and well-being of our community. Please take care of yourself and your family.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lora de la Cruz, Superintendent, LOSD


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