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Due to new health metrics, the district will remain fully remote through its first quarter

Lake Oswego School District Superintendent Lora de la Cruz has announced in a letter that schools will not meet in person as soon as some thought. After studying the metrics released by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority Tuesday, July 28, the district decided to extend the fully-remote start of the school year through Oct. 30 — the end of the first quarter.

The metrics state that a district cannot move to any type of in-person teaching until Clackamas County sees no more than 10 cases per 100,000 people over the course of seven days. That metric must be met for three weeks in a row. Additionally, positive test rates must be no higher than 5% over seven days for three weeks in a row.

"We're providing these dates now so that parents can make any necessary work or childcare arrangements," de la Cruz said in the letter.

The district will continue to monitor public health indicators and will keep the community informed as it makes plans regarding the second quarter.

Additionally, de la Cruz said that once the region meets the metric for approved exceptions, the district will consider planning for limited in-person instruction for K-3 and student groups that have been historically underserved.

The decision to go fully remote for the first quarter came just two days after the Lake Oswego School Board approved several key components of a reopening plan. As part of that plan and in anticipation of the new state guidelines, de la Cruz was given the authority to extend the fully remote learning period as she saw fit.

The district had already announced that school would be fully remote for the first two weeks of the school year.

"I am hopeful that COVID-19 will be contained in our community, region and state so that we can get back to school in the way we all want to be," she said.

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