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About 6% more students will transition to an online-only program as the district moves to in-person learning

The Lake Oswego School District's announcement regarding a return to in-person learning via the hybrid model in February had many families rethinking a decision they made last summer: what schooling would look like for their children.

This school year, some students have been in comprehensive distance learning — a remote model intended to transition to hybrid when the state allows it — while others enrolled in LO Online, the district's online-only curriculum that was intended to be used for a full year of learning.

While providing details about the reopening plan at the Lake Oswego School Board meeting Tuesday, Jan. 12, Superintendent Lora de la Cruz mentioned that families had the option of reconsidering their children's learning options.

Families currently enrolled in LO Online could choose to move out of it and families in comprehensive distance learning could choose to move into LO Online if they didn't wish to transition to hybrid learning.

The deadline to request a transfer was Friday, Jan 15.

The district received 214 requests for a placement change, according to Executive Director of Elementary Programs Frank Luzaich.

He said LO Online enrollment will increase to 664 students after the placement change.

"These placement requests increase elementary LO Online enrollment from approximately 20% to 26% (of district students)," he said.

With just one week before the district's youngest learners return to classrooms, district administration has little time to shuffle schedules to accommodate the changes.

Luzaich said the goal is to accommodate the requests while minimizing the impact of classrooms. In some cases, this means placing a child in a classroom that has an open seat. But on the flipside, based on the number of requests, the district may have to shift hybrid teachers to LO Online.

Based on the ratios, Luzaich said, an estimated six or seven teachers will switch to LO Online, but the final number is yet to be determined.


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