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The tentative plan requires small cohorts and fifth graders to be moved to swing schools

Parents across the district chimed in last week to provide feedback on two options the Lake Oswego School District presented for how elementary schoolers will be taught this fall. The survey received more than 1,400 responses.

At the school board meeting Monday, June 22, Superintendent Lora de la Cruz announced the district will be moving forward with the option of having students in schools five days a week, traveling in cohorts and with fifth graders attending swing schools. She said that in order to account for physical distancing, all district schools must be used. Deciding which grade would go to the swing schools came down to a numbers game. Fifth grade was chosen because it is the grade with the most students.

The district expects to have more details on the plan soon.

The tentative decision was made with the help of parent feedback from a survey. The district released a similar survey for feedback on schooling options for middle and high school students.

The Oregon Department of Education requires that each person in a space have a minimum of 35 square feet allotted to them to maintain physical distiacing. Because the sizes of LOSD's middle and high school classrooms cannot accommodate all students at once and stay in line with ODE guidelines, the district is proposing two options.

The first is a blended learning option where students in cohorts of 400-650 would attend school in-person two days a week, have independent at-home study two days a week and guided online institutions once a week.

Students would be divided alphabetically, with the first cohort attending school in-person Monday and Wednesday, with independent study on Tuesday and Thursday. The second cohort would do the opposite. All students would have guided online instruction every Friday.

The other option would be for all learning to be online next school year.

The survey can be completed at


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