Sherwood Schools: District Updates

December 11, 2020

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Reminder - There will be no school December 21-January 4. We wish all of our students, staff, and families a safe, healthy, and happy Winter Break!

Update on Limited In-Person Instruction

While current COVID-19 case rates prohibit the District from bringing back our students in the Hybrid model, there is an option to bring in our most impacted students for Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI). As we shared with you in our November 6 communication, this option allows us to bring in very small numbers of students for short periods of time. We began that work this fall in our Assessment Center, allowing us to address the backlog of student assessments not completed in Spring 2020.


At our November Board of Directors meeting, District leaders engaged in a conversation with members of the Board related to expanding LIPI. Since that meeting, Washington County case rates have continued to increase sharply (see graphic below). Additionally, our collaboration with Washington County Public Health has indicated the need for caution in expanding our LIPI offerings too quickly. Collaboration with that agency has and will continue to be a guiding resource in our decision-making around bringing students back into buildings.

While a more cautious approach to expanding LIPI means we are currently unable to expand offerings for on-site instruction beyond our Assessment Center prior to Winter Break, our teams continue to work on plans in preparation for future LIPI opportunities. This includes developing transportation plans, implementing more comprehensive contact tracing procedures, and ensuring that buildings have the necessary PPE to serve students safely. As we finalize these plans, we hope to be able to better serve our most impacted students in the new calendar year.

Free Meals for Ages 1-18, Now Available Until the End of the 2020-21 School Year!

Free meal pickup is now available to all children in the Sherwood community -- even those not currently enrolled in the Sherwood School District! Between now and the end of the 2020-2021 school year, all Sherwood children between the ages of 1 and 18 can access free meal bags -- which include breakfast and lunch -- at meal hubs located at each of our six district schools in Sherwood.


Meal hub hours are 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, on school days. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines during meal pickup.


In addition, for families who live outside of school walk zones, meals are delivered by bus daily to bus stops. Free meal bag deliveries take place Monday through Friday, on days when school is in session, and will include both breakfast and lunch. Families will need to register ahead of time for delivery here.


For questions about our free meal services, please contact Kelly Rood at krood@sherwood.k12.or.us or Lazanne Ward Mustain at lwardmustain@sherwood.k12.or.us.

Technology Hub Location Change - 2021

The Technology Hub is moving! Starting January 4th, the Technology Hub will operate out of the Sherwood Middle School Technology Services office entrance. See the new location map, winter break closure dates, and contact information here. Hours of operation will remain the same: 7-10 AM on school days and by appointment. Thank you for wearing a mask and observing physical distancing guidelines during your visit. Contact Renee Freisinger with any questions at rfreisinger@sherwood.k12.or.us.

State Assessment Waiver in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science Testing

Every year in the spring, the U.S. Department of Education requires states to measure student learning by administering a set of tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science. In 2020-21, traditional schooling has been significantly disrupted by events like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and an extreme wildfire season. Therefore, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) plans to ask for a temporary pause in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science testing.


You can access the Assessment Team’s Communication webpage to read the full version of ODE’s waiver request. The public is welcomed to comment on this planned waiver and you can send your feedback, questions, or concerns to WaiverFeedback@ode.state.or.us.