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This week: high school seniors, Student Sucess Act funds, distance learning

As we navigate the ongoing COVID-19 crisis together, each week the Review will answer education questions submitted from the community. Whether you're wondering about graduation, meal access, online learning or any other matter within the Lake Oswego School District, we'll do our best to answer your questions.

How will distance learning work?

It'll look different for every grade. The district has all sorts of resources for Distance Learning including FAQs and samples of a typical instructional day.

Are high school seniors who had a passing grade in their classes before the closures essentially done with school?

Basically, yes.

In The Current last Friday, Superintendent Lora de la Cruz reiterated what Gov. Kate Brown said in her press conference on extending school closures through the school year.

"This means that seniors who were on track to graduate and were passing all of their classes are now done with what is required to earn a high school diploma and graduate from Lake Oswego School District and the state of Oregon," de la Cruz said.

She said seniors are still encouraged, however, to participate in distance learning activites in their AP courses until the AP exam.

"For all of the classes seniors were not passing on their third quarter report card, they will initially receive an I (incomplete) and they will work with their teacher to complete work and demonstrate proficiencies to pass the course," de la Cruz said.

She said LOSD staff is still available to seniors for college and career planning.

How will the pandemic effect LOSD's Student Success Act funds?

This is still getting sorted out, but Gov. Brown did say at her press conference last week that districts that were planning to use funds to hire additional staff should put those plans "on ice."

We want to know what questions our community has about education during school closures. Submit questions via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line 'Chalkboard' and we'll answer them in next week's Q and A. Thanks for reading!


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