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LOSD School Board recognizes Teacher Appreciation Week, receives updates

Teacher Appreciation Week carries new weight during distance learning as teachers are stretched trying to navigate a new way of keeping their students engaged and learning. With that in mind, the Lake Oswego School Board approved a motion to declare next week Teacher Appreciation Week during a meeting Monday, April 27. The board also heard a number of updates on topics ranging from distance learning to budget considerations.

"We appreciate the work that our teachers put in in a normal setting, and here we are in this very unique setting … our teachers have just done such a fantastic job … and we just want to say 'thank you'," LOSD Executive Director of Human Resources Donna Atherton said.

Atherton said each school is doing something different to recognize its teachers. Some are giving gift cards from local businesses, while others are ordering yearbooks for teachers or sending e-gift cards or personal video messages. She said at the high school level, seniors are writing letters to their teachers in appreciation. SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lora de la Cruz

Superintendent Lora de la Cruz presented the board with an update on distance learning, specifically on results of a survey given to parents and teachers about how the process is shaping up.

"Everyone from families and students to teachers and staff are doing the best that they can given our circumstances," she said.

She said the student participation level estimate for elementary school is 91%, 90% for middle school and 87% for high school students. The participation level estimate for English language learners is 84%. De la Cruz said the district has pinpointed the barriers that contributed to the low participation level.

Trends from a parent survey included around 26% of the roughly 350 responses indicating that the online learning opportunities are too much, while 25% indicated the online learning opportunities were too little and about 50% said it was just right given the circumstances.

In the survey, parents also asked for more instructional guidance.

The survey for teachers and staff received about 400 responses.

There was a specific ask for more personal development training from36% of teachers and staff.

De la Cruz said she hopes to have a survey going out to students this week.

"We want to keep improving as we go," she said.

De la Cruz also shared that there have been 1,234 interactions between students and members of the mental health team — 88% of which were over email.

She said thanks to added technology they'll be transitioning to more voice/phone outreach going forward.

The board also approved a supplemental budget resolution brought forth by Assistant Superintendent of Business Stewart Ketzler. The resolution adds spending authority for the June 1 interest payment on the early bond sales, as well as professional fees and cost of the sale approved at the Feb. 24 school board meeting.

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