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District says new best practices are in place to minimize exposure to the virus

PMG PHOTO: ASIA ALVAREZ ZELLER - Construction at Lakeridge Middle School continues amid pandemic

As schools across the state are closed due to the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus and Lake Oswego School District scrambles to make plans for future remote learning, the district's bond work continues — with some extra precautions.

LOSD Executive Director of Project Management Tony Vandenberg said companies they work with have updated health and safety practices in light of the pandemic.

He said each company has a stretch and flex time in the morning and that they are no longer doing that in big groups.

Likewise, crews work to distance themselves from one another during work.

Vandenberg said that gets difficult with work that requires a partner. Bigger work sites have also installed hand washing stations.

"Most of our contractors have also started a zero tolerance for any kind of sickness," Vandenberg said. He added that if a contractor has so much as a sore throat they are told to stay home until they feel better.

Offsite, designers and team members on the management side are working remotely.

"We've been sharing best practices with everyone that we work with," Vandenberg said.

Looking forward, Vandenberg said if projects like the new Lakeridge Middle School did have to get pushed back, they have back up plans. "The Waluga building still exists. We do have a fallback," he said.

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