Coronavirus Information




**Effective at 7:30pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2020: Governor Kate Brown has issued new orders, extending the statewide school closure through April 28. Please see "Updates and Additional Resources" section below for details.**


On February 28, 2020, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced its first presumptive case of novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19).  Since that time, the situation has evolved rapidly, leading to an unprecedented order from Governor Kate Brown to close all Oregon schools March 16-April 28, 2020. As we continue to monitor the situation, please follow this page for ongoing updates and new information.


The CDC recommends taking the following precautions to stay healthy: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (If soap is unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.)

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

  • Stay home when you’re sick to avoid infecting others.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a cleaning spray or wipe.


For more information about the symptoms to watch for, please see the following links: English/Spanish  


The novel (new) coronavirus started spreading in Wuhan, China, so there have been some media reports about discrimination against Asians and Asian-Americans. Bullying of students based on race, color, national origin, or disability is unacceptable in our school district.


For more information, please see "Updates and Additional Resources" below.



Updates and Additional Resources

Coronavirus Information and Resources:



Update (March 23, 2020, 10:30am): All SSD Schools and Properties are Closed


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 (March 17, 2020, 7:50pm): New Closure Order from Governor Kate Brown


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.

Update: Services Available During Closure (March 16-31)


As we shared previously, 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: March 13, 2020 (Morning Message)


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.


Update: March 12, 2020


With the number of confirmed COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases in Oregon increasing, Governor Kate Brown announced new orders last night regarding group gatherings and social distancing, followed by a press conference this morning providing additional clarity.  Governor Brown’s orders includes:


  • Cancellation of all large organized gatherings/events with over 250 people in attendance -- effective statewide through April 8. 

  • As per the Governor’s guidance, schools will remain open at this current time. School closures will be considered a “last resort.”

  • All non-essential school-associated gatherings and group activities should be cancelled - including parent group meetings, field trips, and competitions.

  • Distancing measures in workplaces, including limited in-person meetings and limited travel.


In alignment with these guidelines, we remain committed to keeping our schools open and safe. However, in order to minimize potential opportunities for the virus to spread and to comply with the Governor’s orders, we have decided to proactively cancel all large gatherings and non-essential school-based activities at this time


Cancellation of all non-essential school-based activities begins effective Thursday, March 12th at 5:00 PM, and will remain in effect through April 8. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • All school-based assemblies and events

  • Off-campus field trips, including Spring Break trips

  • Professional development meetings/events/conferences

  • Art, music, and theatre performances/events

  • Use of facilities by outside organizations

  • Youth (non-OSAA) athletics and activities

  • PAC and Site Council meetings

  • Parent nights

  • After school clubs and enrichment activities

  • Visitors/volunteers will not be allowed at schools

  • IEP/504 meetings will be conducted by phone

  • Staff Appreciation Week will be postponed

  • Activities buses will not run, effective Friday, March 13


With regard to athletics, we are awaiting updated guidance from the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA).  Earlier today, OSAA announced that they were cancelling State Championships for winter sports. OSAA also stated they would provide guidance regarding spring sports soon.  We will follow their guidance once issued.  


To be clear, we are taking every step possible so that we can continue to provide high-quality education for all of our students and keep our schools open.  Champions will still provide after school care as well. 


We will continue emphasizing the importance of handwashing at school. Our custodians will continue to prioritize high-touch surfaces in classrooms and common areas, and we are making sure schools continue to have adequate cleaning supplies.


We realize that these decisions will impact every school community, and we recognize the frustration and disappointment that occur for students, staff, families and community members with decisions such as these. Cancelling these events is consistent with guidance from health authorities, and we believe it is a prudent and responsible step to take at this time. We will be working with staff and administrators, trip planners, event organizers, and others who are responsible for the affected activities.


Additional information about COVID-19 can be found at healthoregon.org/coronavirus or by calling 211.


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time. We will continue to rely on the guidance from Oregon public health authorities, the Department of Education, and the Office of the Governor. We all collectively share the utmost concern and care for the health and safety of our students, employees, and community.


Update: March 10, 2020

Over the weekend, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) confirmed several new presumptive cases of COVID-19.

The unfortunate reality is that COVID-19 is in Washington County. Updated guidance from OHA is that closing schools generally is not an effective method for stopping the spread of the virus. This is the same stance currently being taken by school districts in other communities around the country and around the world.

The best prevention is still practicing good health hygiene habits - washing your hands frequently, covering your cough or sneeze, getting plenty of rest and eating a healthy diet - and avoiding contact with people who are symptomatic. The best way to limit spread is staying home when ill. 

Out of an abundance of caution, our district is also taking additional measures to tend to cleaning and sanitizing our buildings.  Last week, hand sanitizing stations were created at the entrances and cafeterias of each of our school locations. On Friday afternoon, our custodians thoroughly sanitized high-contact surfaces -- such as tables, doorknobs, etc.  Our bus drivers have been provided with disinfecting wipes, and are cleaning handrails and the tops of seats near the bus entrance between each bus route. Our Facilities Department will continue to coordinate cleaning and sanitation efforts throughout all of our schools. 

We know our community members will have many questions, and we attempt to answer some of them below. Additional information about COVID-19 can be found at healthoregon.org/coronavirus or by calling 211.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will follow guidance from the Oregon Health Authority.  Please know that we are doing everything we can to keep our students and staff healthy and safe. Thank you for your partnership in that effort.

Frequently-Asked Questions

Q. Why wouldn’t you close schools to avoid having so many people in one place? 

A. Updated guidance from the Oregon Health Authority is that because COVID-19 is in the community, closing a school generally is not an effective method of stopping the spread of the virus. There is concern that people would not actually remain in their homes for 14 days, and in the case of children, depending on who their caregiver is, having them home may put that person at greater risk of contracting the virus.

Our schools are not only places where learning can continue, but where our students can be supported, supervised, and fed, which is a necessity for many families.

We will continue with enhanced cleaning efforts, reinforcing health hygiene expectations with students, and asking students and staff to stay home if they are ill. Those actions are thought to be the most beneficial in keeping people healthy and stopping the spread of the virus. 

Additional frequently asked questions: English/Spanish


Update: March 5, 2020

Our Facilities Department is in the process of installing additional hand sanitizing stations at all school buildings, which will be located at main entrances and cafeterias. Installation of all stations will be complete by Friday, March 6, 2020.