News/Announcements


Update on Devices for Elementary Families

posted Apr 1, 2020, 5:29 PM by Christine Andregg

We are very excited to have begun distributing devices to our elementary students today; however, with that, a few concerns have been brought to our attention and we want to take this opportunity to address those. 


We realize that the device you received today (or will receive tomorrow) is not the same device your child has been working on throughout the year. All devices should reset remotely tonight if you do the following:

  • Connect the device to your wifi

  • Leave the device alone until tomorrow

Once you have done these things, your child's device should be ready for login starting tomorrow morning. If your child does not remember his/her login information, please reach out to your child's teacher and they can share that information with you. In the weeks to come, our Technology Department will be able to remotely add any apps your child needs to participate in distance learning. 


Going forward, we would ask that if you encounter technical difficulties in the days and weeks to come, please start by letting your child's teacher know. In the event that they are unable to help, they will direct you to someone who can provide additional support. 


Finally, we are excited to share that our distance learning web page is live and provides links to many of the activities or lessons your child's teacher may have referenced in their email today. To visit our new web page please click on the link here


We appreciate your understanding, patience, and support as we work through this new process of providing at-home technology support to our elementary students. 



Distance Learning Update and Device Distribution

posted Mar 31, 2020, 5:29 PM by Christine Andregg   [ updated Mar 31, 2020, 5:45 PM ]

Last night the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) provided new guidance to Oregon schools on student education during the school closure.  Previously, guidance from the Governor and the ODE directed schools to provide students with Supplementary Education Resources. These resources did not introduce new content, and the activities were not required or assessed for a grade.  Yesterday, this guidance changed, and schools are directed to implement a Distance Learning plan by April 13.  


Distance learning is roughly defined as providing schooling while the teachers and students are not in the same location, to the extent that it is practical.  While it cannot replace the classroom environment, it does provide students with the opportunity to learn new content and continue their education during this extended closure.  Last night, the ODE released new guidance to schools for how to make this change. Our team has spent much of today reviewing this guidance and starting to learn what it means for our students.  You can review the guidance by clicking here.


In Sherwood, a task force has been working for the past two weeks on a plan for Distance Learning.  Although this guidance will necessitate some adjustments to our plans, we are well positioned to make this happen.  As we continue to learn about implementing this guidance, we will communicate more in the coming days. 

 

Device Distribution

One critical step to implementing Distance Learning is ensuring that all of our students have access to a device and the internet.  To that end, the District is working hard to distribute iPads and Chromebooks to elementary students and their families, and recently shared a survey to assess technology needs. Phone follow-up has occurred for families who did not respond to the survey.  If you indicated on the survey a need for a device, please review the information below.


Please go to your student's school on Wednesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 2 to pick up their device. In order to observe Oregon Health Authority’s social distancing guidelines, we ask that you observe the following:

  • At all times, maintain a minimum of 6 feet distance from others. 

  • Do not come if you are sick. Fill out the Device Pickup Survey and indicate a need for an alternate method.

  • If possible, please observe the following schedule for pickup. We have enough devices for every elementary student. 


Last Name

Pickup Window

A-H

April 1, 8:30am -9:45am

G-L

April 1, 9:45am-11:00am

M-R

April 2, 8:30am-9:45am

S-Z

April 2, 9:45am-11:00am


Devices Loaned to Families

  • PreK - 2: iPads

  • 3-5: Chromebooks

  • 6-12 already have Chromebooks

    • If there is an issue with your secondary student’s device, please use the Device Pickup Survey to communicate your needs.


FAQ’s

  • Can I have a friend pick up the device for my student?

    • Devices can only be picked up by the student, accompanied by an adult from their family. 

  • I can’t pick up during the scheduled time. How can I get a device?

    • If families cannot attend in either pickup window, fill out the Device Pickup Survey and indicate a need for an alternative.

  • I missed the survey, or said my student didn’t need a device, but it turns out they need a device. What should I do?

    • If you can make the pickup window above, please come. If you realize that you need a device after the pickup window, please complete the Device Pickup Survey.


Internet Hotspots

  • Families who indicated they needed an internet hotspot will receive one at no cost from the district. Hotspots are in high demand nationally and our shipment has not yet arrived. As soon as it does, we will reach out directly to those families. 

  • Comcast is also opening up its network of hotspot access for free. For families who live close enough to take an advantage of this network, we encourage you to try it out: https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19


As we continue to develop strategies to provide students with digital learning opportunities, we are committed to helping students and families have access to the technology they need to be successful. We will continue to communicate with you regularly, and will share more specifics as they are finalized by our team. 


Supplemental Learning Guidance

posted Mar 30, 2020, 12:25 PM by Christine Andregg

Staff in the district have been working to develop a plan for students to continue their learning remotely.  The Sherwood School District is excited to offer optional supplemental learning resources to support our students and families.  We will continue to update these activities and resources throughout the school closure. Please take a moment to review the information below.


Advice for families

  • Set up a study space with the technology required 

  • Be prepared for technical issues. Teachers and staff will be trained on these platforms during professional development on March 30th and 31st and will be ready to help support families with troubleshooting starting on April 1st.

  • Review and orient yourself with the following platforms we will use to support online learning:  Seesaw, Google Classroom (if you have an elementary student) and/or Canvas (if you have a middle or high school student).

  • Discuss your expectations with your child(ren) 

    • Agree on any incentives or consequences

    • Reinforce that this at-home learning is as important as traditional

    • Talk about the routine for working and checking their Seesaw, Google Classroom, or Canvas daily

  • You will likely need to monitor this at first. Check-in with them or do it with them until they are ready to be independent. 

  • Help your student maintain a regular study schedule.

  • Please know that if district staff use off-site phones to contact families, the caller ID may look unfamiliar or read “Restricted.” Please be sure to answer incoming calls and check voicemail from unknown numbers.


Elementary Level

Beginning April 1st, optional resources will be posted to our website; your child’s teacher will also send an email with specifics regarding review and enrichment within their own classroom. 


Beginning April 6th, elementary teachers will be communicating with families through email and two different platforms designed to facilitate online learning (Seesaw for grades K-2, Google Classroom for grades 3-5). Please know that at the elementary level we are waiting to roll out these platforms until April 6th, so we can ensure all students and families have the technology they need to participate in these activities if they choose. 


Middle Level

Beginning April 1st, optional resources will be posted online to Canvas for all students to see.  Be sure to check out the Calendar in Canvas for the supplemental activities and resources. If you’d like to observe your student’s Canvas content, please ensure you’ve registered for a Canvas Parent account - here is a link to instructions. Email your school’s registrar if you would like support with account creation.


High School Level

Beginning April 1st, students will be able to access supplemental learning opportunities via their third-trimester Canvas courses.  Please remind students to check Canvas frequently and to engage with the learning as much as possible. If you would like to observe your student’s Canvas content, please ensure you have registered for a Canvas Parent account - here is a link to instructions.  Please email our registrar if you would like support with account creation:


We are excited to begin the rollout of our plan to provide learning opportunities to our families and students.  This is the first phase of our rollout, which will evolve as we learn together to use these new tools and keep our kids learning while our schools are closed. 


A Message from Superintendent Heather Cordie

posted Mar 30, 2020, 8:46 AM by Christine Andregg

Hello Parents, Guardians, Students and Community Members,


Today is March 30, what would have been our first day “back to school” following Spring Break.  As I reflect this morning, it is impossible not to think about school hallways, which should be filled with the noise of students greeting their friends after a week apart, that instead are quiet.  To think about empty desks where students should be learning, books on shelves in libraries remaining unread, sports equipment going unused. Today my heart is heavy, as our school closure continues.


The last several weeks have felt frantic, chaotic, scary, and disorienting as our entire district responded to the frequent and unexpected changes brought about by the COVID-19 virus.  All of us have been impacted in some way by these changes, and I know that the impact may be felt very differently by each and every student and family across our district. Some families are facing the challenge of balancing work with having children at home, others facing the hardship of being without work as businesses have closed or laid off employees.  Many will face health issues, isolation, financial/resource limitations -- just to name a few. Please know I think often about the obstacles all of you are facing, and I send my sincere wishes for the health, safety, and well-being of you and all of your loved ones at this time.


This morning, all staff across our district are participating in virtual meetings with their teams. While it feels bittersweet to return to work without our students back in school, these meetings represent the first step in establishing our “new normal,” which will be focused on meeting the needs of our students, families, and community as a whole. For many of us, working in education is a calling to serve, and now -- more than ever -- we are called upon to serve in new and different ways as an essential part of the Sherwood community.  Our staff members take this role very seriously, and we will continue to do our very best work to serve all of you in the days and weeks ahead. 


In closing, I want to convey my heartfelt gratitude to all of you for the ongoing support, patience, and grace you have shown to me and my fellow administrators, and to all of our district staff over the last several weeks.  Work has continued non-stop for many of us as we have raced to adapt to the changing COVID-19 situation, and the encouragement and offers of assistance you have shared with our team is appreciated more than words can ever fully express.  I am so honored to serve as the Sherwood School District’s Superintendent, and thankful for the strong connection between our district and the rest of the Sherwood community. 


Please take care of yourselves, stay home if you are able, and stay healthy!


Sincerely,

Superintendent Cordie

UPDATE: Services Available During Closure

posted Mar 27, 2020, 1:42 PM by Christine Andregg

Effective Monday, March 30, please note the following updates for Sherwood School District services available to students and families during our school closure:


  • Nutrition Services will continue to operate food distribution hubs at Hopkins Elementary and Edy Ridge Elementary daily.  The new schedule for food distribution, starting Monday, March 30, will be 8:30-11:00am at both locations.  You can pick up both breakfast and lunch in one stop during this time.


Meals will be pick-up only (no students will remain on campus to eat). At Hopkins, pick-up will happen at the cafeteria entrance -- please look for the pop-up canopies.  At Edy Ridge, pick-up will happen at the front entrance.


  • Champions will continue to provide a source of childcare during the closure.  This program is open to all Sherwood Students age 5-12, whose families have emergency care needs (healthcare workers, first responders, no backup care available).

    • Schedule: Monday-Friday (closed Saturday/Sunday)

    • Time: 7:30am-5:30pm

    • Location: Hopkins Elementary multi-purpose room

    • Cost: $39/day

    • Single serve snacks will be provided; please plan to bring a sack lunch

    • Pre-registration is required.  To register, please complete the form available at: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/a02ebf68ea3b42e4bf73bc69a6d64a7d


For more information about emergency childcare options, please call 211 by phone, or visit https://oregonearlylearning.com/COVID-19-Resources/For-Families


  • Starting Monday, March 30, the SHARE Center will operate on the following schedule:

    • Monday 10:30am to 1:30pm

    • Tuesday - CLOSED

    • Wednesday - CLOSED

    • Thursday - 10:30 am to 2:00pm

    • Friday - by appointment only


For more information about services available from the SHARE Center, please visit our website at http://www.sherwood.k12.or.us/departments/special-programs/share-center 


Device and Internet Access Survey

posted Mar 24, 2020, 3:00 PM by Christine Andregg

In order to facilitate at-home learning, our district is conducting a survey of our students and families to determine technology device and internet access needs.  To complete the survey, please visit: https://bit.ly/2UuRXNY

Public Announcement: All SSD Schools and Properties are Closed

posted Mar 23, 2020, 10:25 AM by Christine Andregg   [ updated Mar 23, 2020, 10:27 AM ]

As part of our ongoing commitment to keep our community, students, and families safe from the threat of COVID-19, and in partnership with the efforts of the City of Sherwood, all Sherwood School District (SSD) schools, playgrounds, tennis courts, and the high school stadium are closed until further notice, effective immediately. These closures are in full support of the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” recommendations.

COMMUNITY/STUDENT USE OF PROPERTIES
It has come to our attention that community members and, more specifically, young people are convening on our properties, our athletic fields, and playgrounds. It is critically important for the public to understand that the coronavirus continues to live on surfaces including playground equipment, athletic equipment, public seating areas, and so much more. Until we receive information from our state and national health officials that we are no longer at risk of the spread of COVID-19, all SSD properties will remain closed.  While some of our running tracks remain accessible, it is imperative that all community members follow social distancing guidance -- stay six feet away from other individuals and do not gather in groups of more than 10.  

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19 RISK TO YOUNG PEOPLE
What is also critically important for the community to understand is, although the effects of COVID-19 hits hardest on older and medically compromised individuals, COVID-19 does not discriminate. All ages are at risk of this virus, including young people. Young people can also carry the virus not knowing they are infected. This can lead to the transfer of the disease to other members of the community as well as their loved ones. Young people are contracting the virus and experiencing its full effects -- meaning that people of ALL ages should follow social distancing and illness prevention guidelines.

As we continue to alter our lives to practice social distancing yet stay connected, we urge you to stay home as much as possible, and explore digital/virtual resources available to engage with family and friends. 

Additionally, we strongly encourage everyone in our community to continue to follow the prevention guidance of the Oregon Health Authority (English/Spanish). 

UPDATE: New Closure Order from Governor Kate Brown

posted Mar 17, 2020, 7:55 PM by Christine Andregg

March 17, 2020 (7:50pm) - Earlier this evening, Governor Kate Brown issued new orders extending the statewide closure of schools through Tuesday, April 28, 2020. The impact of this development is something we will be working hard to determine and address in the days ahead, and we will continue to share information with you as quickly as we have it.  What we do know right now is:


  • All regular employees will continue to be paid through the closure according to their contracts.

  • We will continue to provide learning supports and supplemental services to students and families during the closure period, including the continuation of nutrition services and child care for those in need. 

  • Employees of the District may be called upon to deliver learning and support services during the closure period.

  • Our task force is continuing their work to develop remote learning options to serve the needs of our students and families. We are also exploring options to ensure that all students K-12 have equitable access to learning devices and internet access.


There are many unanswered questions as we continue to navigate this ongoing and changing situation; please know we are committed to working towards the answers that will best serve the needs of our students.  We appreciate your patience as we continue this work; please stay tuned for additional updates.  


We are so grateful for the kindness and generosity we have seen arise in our community in response to these unprecedented circumstances. Please take care of yourselves, your families, and those around you in the days and weeks ahead.


Services Available During Closure

posted Mar 13, 2020, 4:53 PM by Christine Andregg

As we shared with you earlier this morning, all Oregon schools will be closed March 16-31, with students returning to school on Wednesday, April 1. While our schools will be closed, including school offices, our District Office departments will remain in operation.  Additionally, the following services will be available to students and families:


  • Nutrition Services will operate food distribution hubs at Hopkins Elementary and Edy Ridge Elementary March 16-20, and March 30-31.  Breakfast and lunch will be available to all students, at no cost, at the following times:

    • Breakfast - 7:30-8:30am

    • Lunch - 11:30am-12:30pm

Meals will be pick-up only (no students will remain on campus to eat). At Hopkins, pick-up will happen at the cafeteria entrance -- please look for the pop-up canopies.  At Edy Ridge, pick-up will happen at the front entrance.


  • Champions will provide a backup source of childcare during the closure.  This program is open to all Sherwood Students age 5-12, whose families have immediate care needs (healthcare workers, first responders, no back-up care available). The schedule for Champions will start on Tuesday, March 17, to allow for facility sanitation and registration processing on Monday, March 16.

    • Schedule: Tuesday March 17-Friday March 27 (closed Saturday/Sunday)

    • Time: 7:30am-5:30pm

    • Location: Hopkins Elementary multi-purpose room

    • Cost: $39/day

    • Single serve snacks will be provided; please plan to bring a sack lunch

    • Pre-registration is required.  To register, please complete the form available at: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/a02ebf68ea3b42e4bf73bc69a6d64a7d

Questions? Please contact ccunningham@discoverchampioms.com for more information. 


  • SHARE Center will be open daily 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-3:00pm, March 16-20 and March 30-31. Our SHARE Center is located at the Sherwood Middle School campus, in the parking lot portables.  SHARE Center staff will also be on-site at our Nutrition Services meal distribution hubs during breakfast and lunch (see times above). For more information about services available from the SHARE Center, please visit our website at http://www.sherwood.k12.or.us/departments/special-programs/share-center 


  • Families who participate in our Weekly Backpack Program can pick up their backpacks at the SHARE Center on Friday, March 20, in order to have them over Spring Break. (see hours above).

 

We have received questions from parents/guardians/community members about where to direct donations of food or funds to assist students and families in need.  We encourage those individuals who want to contribute in this way, to contact our SHARE Center at 503-825-5480. The SHARE Center can accept gift cards (Walmart, Safeway, Target, etc.), new and gently used clothing, school supplies, diapers/wipes, basic necessities and monetary donations. 


The events and circumstances we all are experiencing are unprecedented. As we continue to maneuver through the ever-changing landscape, please remember to take care of yourselves and look out for others.  Many emotions and reactions arise in response to the current reality — please be kind and thoughtful, and extend grace and compassion to others.


UPDATE: School Closures March 16-31

posted Mar 13, 2020, 10:56 AM by Christine Andregg

Late last night, Governor Kate Brown ordered the closure of all Oregon public schools from March 16 through March 31, with staff returning to work on March 30.  Students will return to school on Wednesday, April 1. This action is meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our state and protect the health and well-being of the broader community.  We recognize the significant impact that closing our schools will have on the students, staff, and families in our community. We appreciate your patience as we work together to address this emerging and rapidly changing situation. 


As you know, schools in the Sherwood School District will remain open on normal schedule today (March 13).  This will provide students and staff the opportunity to gather personal belongings and prepare for the extended closure period. 


At this time, the District Office, including our Operations and Facilities Departments, will remain open to maintain operations and deeply clean all schools. Additionally, we will continue to provide certain support services to students and families during the closure, including access to nutrition services as needed.  We are working on identifying ways to provide meals to students during the break and will likely identify specific school sites to serve as hubs where meals may be distributed and picked-up. Additionally, Champions (a community partner that provides daycare at District facilities) is able to serve both existing and new customers. Details on access to these services will be emailed to families this afternoon. 


We know that teachers, students and families have a lot of questions about continuing education if future closures occur.  Our district has created a task force, that is working diligently to develop remote learning options for our students in the event that the closure is extended by the Governor.  


As we have seen in the last 48 hours, the reality of COVID-19 continues to evolve quickly, with guidance from state and local agencies subject to change at any time. Our district will continue to communicate updates and changes to staff and families over the coming days and weeks, through email, social media, and our website.  


Please take care of yourselves and each other, and extend grace and compassion.  Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and patience as we continue to respond to this evolving and unprecedented event. For ongoing updates, please visit our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) page at

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