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Situation in Clackamas County may prolong distance learning before kids can return to school in some capacity.

The Lake Oswego School District presented an updated plan for the 2020-21 school year — and within that plan was a requirement that all learning take place remotely for the first two weeks of the academic calendar.

On Friday, July 24, the district announced that the fully remote period of learning may be extended based on public health indicators in Clackamas County.

The Lake Oswego School Board will discuss the possibility of an extension at an 8 a.m. meeting Monday, July 27.

"The Oregon Department of Education has shared that in the coming weeks it will release a set of guideposts, protocols and public health indicators that will help determine the best instructional model for a given ZIP code or county," Superintendent Lora de la Cruz said in a message to district families Friday. "We anticipate receiving metrics indicating that school districts in Clackamas County may need to be fully remote until public health indicators improve."

The deadline to enroll in the district's fully online curriculum (after the initial period when all students are learning remotely, students can either take part in the district's hybrid model or enroll in the fully remote LO Online program) is still Aug. 7.

"We assure you that in our planning process we are considering the impact on families if students remain at home," de la Cruz said. "None of these models offers an ideal response to this complex situation, but our decisions will be grounded in the care and safety of our students, staff and community."

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