Dear LOSD Community,
The situation surrounding coronavirus COVID-19 is very dynamic and unprecedented. I feel deeply the responsibility to keep all of our students, staff and community members safe and healthy.
Tonight we have made the difficult decision to close all Lake Oswego schools and student-related facilities and programs for a five-day period starting Monday, Mar. 16 through Friday, Mar. 20, which is the week before Spring Break. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide additional guidance in advance of students returning to school on Monday, Mar. 30.
To date, there have not been any new presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our LOSD community. However, in reflecting on what LOSD can do to support efforts to contain the contagion and be responsible to our community, we have decided to reduce contact and begin social distancing by closing our schools. The decision to close schools does not come lightly.
This closure includes all regular school programming, extended care services, and extra-curricular and athletic activities. All LOSD-related events and non-essential meetings that were scheduled during this time are cancelled.
Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is actively working on supporting public schools in providing remote learning that meets the state expected assurances of education. These plans are not yet solidified at the state level. We will continue to work with ODE for guidance.
The five days of planned school closure will be treated the same as other emergency closures. Should we need to extend the closure, we may need to make up instructional time missed by extending the school calendar further into June.
We know that this is a difficult situation for our employees and families, and we are striving to protect everyone in our community. There are a number of additional details to work out in the days ahead, and I will update you regularly. All communications can be found on losdschools.org/healthalert.
Thank you for your patience and partnership as we work through this situation together.
Dr. Lora de la Cruz, Superintendent, LOSD