Secondary students in Lake Oswego are set to return to in-person learning next week, just about a year after schools initially closed last spring.
Lou Bailey, executive director of secondary programs, presented the reopening plan for secondary hybrid in-person learning at the Monday, March 8, school board meeting.
Sixth graders are set to return to schools Tuesday, March 16. Seventh and eighth graders will follow March 18 and 19, respectively. High schoolers will return in April, at the start of fourth quarter.
The district gave parents the option to change their students' instruction models for the transition. Students in comprehensive distance learning had the choice to transition to hybrid or move to LO Online, the district's fully online option. Likewise, students in LO Online had the option to transition to hybrid learning.
The district received 62 requests to switch from LO Online to hybrid and 90 requests to switch from hybrid to LO Online.
These requests, if honored, would result in a decrease in hybrid learning by 3%.
Bailey stressed that schedules are still being adjusted and that there is a chance not all requests will be approved due to the number of schedule changes it would require.
Administrators and counselors are working to accommodate change requests for the remainder of third and fourth quarter.
As a result of their change requests, many students will have different teachers and different schedules for the remainder of third and all of fourth quarter.
Board member John Wallin asked if students who did not request a change will have their schedules impacted. Bailey said the hope is that those students' schedules will not change.
Parents of middle school students can be expected to be notified of teacher and schedule changes by March 12.
At the high school level, there were 64 requests to be placed in hybrid learning and 285 requests to be placed in LO Online.
Bailey said many students will have revised schedules and new teachers for the fourth quarter as a result of these changes, and that some electives may not be available as previously forecasted.
Bailey said high school teachers and staff and staff are slowly starting to return to schools for selected activities like limited in-person instruction and planning for orientation for ninth graders.
On the topic of high school athletics, Bailey said each high school is reviewing health and safety protocols for indoor and outdoor facilities for athletic activities.
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