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Supplemental education activities set to begin April 2; district expects all students to advance grade levels

As promised, the Lake Oswego School District shared new details Friday afternoon about its supplemental education plan for students while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Districts across the state have been working to come up with plans after Gov. Kate Brown announced schools would be closed through April 28. On Thursday, the district said teachers would resume work remotely March 31.

Students, meanwhile, will be offered supplemental learning experiences starting April 2. Specifically, the district plans to follow this schedule:

— From March 30 through April 1, teachers, principals and staff will be working to plan and prepare.

— By April 1, principals and teachers will share more information about their plans with parents and students.

— By April 2, students and teachers will begin interacting remotely.

Through the rest of April, school weeks will be broken up so that Mondays are reserved for teacher and staff planning/preparation, while Tuesday-Friday will feature student interaction with teachers as well as independent learning activities.

"We are fortunate in LOSD to be able to equip each student with an instructional device (Chromebook or iPad)," LOSD Superintendent Lora de la Cruz said in an email to district families Friday. "We will practice social distancing and arrange staggered times for students and families to pick up devices and equipment at school, as well as to retrieve essential personal and instructional items such as notebooks and musical instruments. We will communicate those dates and times next week."

The district expects to use Google Hangout and Google Classroom technologies for much of these supplemental learning experiences.

In Friday's message, the district also provided clarity on a number of other items:

Seniors

The district expects seniors to have a path to graduation, despite this significant interruption in the school calendar. "We are assessing the needs of each senior in our district to ensure requirements are met," de la Cruz said.

AP testing

Advanced Placement testing will be offered online this spring.

"It will be a 45-minute online assessment," de la Cruz said. "The College Board expects colleges to accept the shortened AP Exam for credit due to emergency circumstances created by the pandemic."

Grade levels

The district does not anticipate the need for anyone to be held back due to the pandemic.

"We expect every LOSD student to rise a grade level next year," de la Cruz said. "We will be assessing the needs of each student in our district to continue progressing; students will not repeat a grade because of the circumstances created by the pandemic."

Special Education

According to de la Cruz, "a case manager will be contacting families for individualized learning opportunities to support the supplemental education offerings."


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