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!


Superintendent Cordie