Back-to-School Updates: Fall 2023

From the Sherwood School District

August 15, 2023

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The start of the 2023-24 school year is just a few weeks away, and we are excited to welcome back students, staff, and families at all of our SSD schools for another great school year! In this update, you will find important information to help you navigate the start of the school year in the Sherwood School District.

Important Dates

  • August 17, 18, 22 - Sherwood Middle School Open House Events (see messaging from SMS for times)
  • Monday, August 28 - Elementary School "Meet & Greet" Events - 4:00-6:00pm
  • Monday, August 28 - Sherwood High School Open House Event - 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Wednesday, August 30 - First Day of School, Grades 1-5, 6, and 9
  • Thursday, August 31- First Day of School, Grades 7-8 and 10-12
  • PreK/Kinder Orientation Dates - August 30-September 1 (for assigned orientation dates, please see messaging from your school office)
  • Monday, September 4 - No School (Labor Day Holiday)
  • Tuesday, September 5 - First Day for All Kinders (no PreK)
  • Wednesday, September 6 - First Day for All PreK
  • Thursday, September 7 - Kindergarten No School (all other grades attend)
  • Friday, September 8 - Kinder First Day in Assigned Classes

Bus Transportation

  • 2023-24 bus routes will be available on the Ride360 app after August 21.

  • To access the Ride360 app, you will need your student's ID number, and will need to enter student birthday in a MMDDYYYY format. For more information on this app, please visit the Transportation Department website here.

  • Alternate Destination Request forms will be accepted during the 2023-24 school year. An alternate destination is defined as any stop that is not the stop assigned to a student eligible to use District transportation based on their place of residence. The Alternate Destination Request must be completed by a parent/guardian, submitted to the student's school, and approved by the Transportation Department in advance. Please note: The approval process can take up to 2 weeks to complete, and student will not be picked up/dropped off at the alternate destination until the parent/guardian has received notification of approval from the Transportation Department. To access this form, please click here or contact your student's school.

  • Courtesy riders will be allowed this year as bus capacity allows. Students should request a form from their school to be given to the bus driver; notes from a parent/guardian given directly to a bus driver will not be accepted.

For more information or assistance with bus transportation for your student, please contact the Transportation Department at 503-825-5900.

Nutrition Services

Free & Reduced Meals

The new applications for the School Year 2023-2024 Federal Child Nutrition Program are available on our website here. To check your eligibility, please see our Frequently Asked Questions document (English/Spanish).

A few important reminders:

  • All children in households receiving benefits from Oregon SNAP, FDPIR or Oregon TANF will automatically qualify for the meal program and an application is not required. If you would like to verify your family’s eligibility for the new year, please email
  • Foster children, and children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway or migrant are eligible for no cost meals. Please email for more information.
  • If your application was approved in School Year 2022-2023, your student's eligibility will expire on October 11th, 2023 and a new application is required to continue receiving no cost meals. If we do not receive a new application, then your student(s) will be charged the full price for meals beginning October 12th, 2023.
  • Qualifying for the meal program does not cancel past debt on student accounts.

*NEW this year*
- Medicaid/CHIP Information Sharing Opt-Out Form - If your children get free or reduced price school meals, they may also be able to get free or low-cost health insurance through Medicaid or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Because health insurance is so important to children’s well-being, the law allows us to tell Medicaid and CHIP that your children are eligible for free or reduced price meals, unless you tell us not to. Medicaid and CHIP only use the information to identify children who may be eligible for their programs. Program officials may contact you to offer to enroll your children. Filling out the Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application does not automatically enroll your children in health insurance.

If you do not want us to share your information, please fill out the Medicaid/CHIP Information Sharing Opt-Out Form and submit to Nutrition Services by mail at 21920 SW Sherwood Blvd., Sherwood OR 97140, or by email at Submitting this opt-out form will not change your child’s access to free or reduced price meals.

For more information about Nutrition Services, please visit our website here. For questions or assistance, please contact Gia Saporito, Director of Nutrition Services, at 503-825-5009 or


Some helpful reminders from our Technology Department regarding your child's device:

  • All student device checkouts will be managed by your child's school during the first few days and weeks back to school.

  • Troubleshooting or repair of students devices is managed by each individual school location. For assistance with student device repair, please follow these instructions.

Elementary Devices:

  • Elementary devices will be housed in the child's classroom and charged overnight by the teacher.
  • Any device issues should be reported to the child's teacher, who will partner with district technology staff to resolve the issue.

Middle and High School Devices:

  • Secondary students will be issued Chromebooks and power cords at school, and will travel to and from school with their device and cord.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring their Chromebooks come to school charged each day.
  • Any device issues or damage should be reported to the media center immediately.
  • Secondary students have the option to take part in the Device Protection Plan. Device Protection plan info and the fee waiver information has been sent out by schools, and can also be found on our website in both English and Spanish: 2023-24 Device Protection Plan.

SHARE Center

We are excited to announce two new team members in the SHARE Center! Amy Gillett is our new Early Learning Coordinator and Family Resource Manager. Ursula Pinto will be our Community Liaison.

Back-to-School Shopping at the SHARE Center - Now Open!

Do you need assistance with back-to-school items for your child? The SHARE Center is here! We have lots of clothing, shoes, backpacks, and schools supplies -- all ages and sizes! Appointment is required; to schedule your appointment, please contact Amy Gillett at or 503-825-5087.


Are you interested in volunteering in your child’s school during the 2023-24 school year? Volunteer background checks for the upcoming school year are now open!

Every volunteer in Sherwood School District must have a criminal background check completed each school year (July 1-June 30). It can take 7-10 business days to complete the process, so if you are planning to volunteer in the upcoming year, completing this process during the summer months is a great way to make sure you are cleared before the first day of school!

You only need to submit your information one time per school year. If you completed the process at any time during the 2022-23 school year, even as recently as June 2023, you will need to complete a new background check for the upcoming year. Additionally, COVID vaccinations are no longer required for K-12 school volunteers as per recent guidance updates from the Oregon Health Department and the Oregon Department of Education.

Once your background check has cleared, your name will be added to the approved volunteer list for all SSD schools. Please note, no approval notice goes out to cleared volunteers, so if you have questions about your submission or want to confirm your background check has been processed and approved, please contact the office of the school you would like to volunteer when school offices reopen in August.

To complete the volunteer approval process for 2023-24, please see the links below.

Inclement Weather/Emergency Communications

In the event of inclement weather, urgent alerts (such as bus route delays), or emergencies, the Sherwood School District will utilize one or more of the following communications:

  • School Messenger - This is an automated system that will send district or school level alerts, newsletters, or announcements to the parent/guardian information on file with the school. If your email address or phone number have changed, please update your contact information with your child's school office. If you have unsubscribed from these messages in the past but would like to be re-enrolled, please contact for assistance.

  • District Website - All high-priority alerts will be posted to the main SSD website here (look for a red alert bar at the top of the website for most up-to-date information).

  • FlashAlert - This is a free subscription service that alerts users via text or app notifications. Sign up at or by downloading the FlashAlert app on your smartphone. If you have signed up for FlashAlert previously, please sign in to make sure your subscription is current. If you are not subscribed to our channel, you can search for "Sherwood Sch. Dist." to sign up for our district's alerts.