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Two surveys will help determine if elementary schoolers will learn fully in-person next year

Two surveys — one on guiding principles for reopening schools, and another on which learning option residents prefer — will help Lake Oswego School District determine whether elementary students will resume in-person learning in the fall or learn in a combination of in-class and at-home settings.

Director of Communications Mary Kay Larson sent the surveys out in an email Wednesday, June 17. She added that the district will ask for similar feedback regarding middle and high schools in the coming weeks.

The district's draft guiding principles for the planning process of reopening elementary schools, which are informed by guidance released by the Oregon Department of Education last week, include: using the LOSD equity lens in decision making, providing rigorous education, valuing connection between teachers/staff and students, and implementing preventative measures in schools per Oregon Health Authority and Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

Starting this fall, LOSD's elementary school instruction will either be in person or a hybrid of in-person and at-home instruction.

The in-person option will require classes of 18-20 students to ensure physical distiacing, with the same 18-20 students remaining in a cohort through all classes as well as at recess and lunch. Kindergarten through fourth grade students would attend a neighborhood elementary school and fifth graders would attend either Uplands or Palisades, based on north and south side boundaries.

The hybrid option would require classes of 12-14 students to ensure physical distancing, with a similar cohort system for classes, lunch and recess.Students would alternate daily between in-person school and online instruction, and kindergarten through fifth grade students would all attend their boundary neighborhood schools.

LOSD Director of Communication Mary Kay Larson said that both options would allow for lunch in the classrooms to limit co-mingling in the halls. Bus transportation will be available, though it is encouraged to drive your child to school to help with physical distancing.

Here is the survey to provide feedback on guiding principles.

Here is the link to provide feedback on the two learning options.


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