Lake Oswego parents will no longer be notified of COVID-19 cases in their child's school unless affected students or staff are in close contact.
The Lake Oswego School District has adjusted its COVID-19 notification system with the intention to not muddle communication with families. Starting Jan. 3, the district will only notify close contacts to the positive individual and update the dashboard found on the district's website. Previously, the school district alerted the entire school community of a new positive COVID-19 case in a mass email.
This new measure will now be more aligned with other school districts in the state.
The objective of the mass notification process was to encourage the community to take precautionary health measures due to the active case on campus. Although these measures are still enforced, the tweak is a district decision to be more conscientious of its communication.
Families can receive multiple notifications a week, which can indirectly flood inboxes, and parents can miss other important updates.
"We were worried that people were going to stop reading anything about COVID because they might think this is just another notification. We wanted to make sure we reserved that precious mindshare for really important notices where we needed people to change their actions or do something specific," said Communications Director Mary Kay Larson.
The district's COVID'19 dashboard highlights recent isolations and quarantines, as well as how many cases are still active. Since the start of the school year, there have been 131 exposures to COVID-19 in the district, according to LOSD's exposure dashboard.
"To be clear, if someone is a close contact, and they're unvaccinated, they will receive a direct communication and be notified," Larson said.
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