Sherwood Schools: District Updates
September 17, 2021
K-12 Comprehensive Health Plan
The District Health Committee has developed a K-12 Comprehensive Health Plan of Instruction. This plan makes it possible for families to get an overview of health education in our schools, as well as access materials related to comprehensive sexual education. This provides families with the opportunity to preview standards and topics for comprehensive sexual education prior to instruction occurring, which will allow families to have conversations with their students about sensitive topics prior to class, as well as opt out of specific lessons if they choose to do so. This plan also clarifies the opt out process and makes it easy and accessible for families.
This plan is currently under review by the Board of Directors with a proposed adoption date of October 13, 2021. It is a requirement under Oregon law that Districts teach the standards set forth in this plan. To view the plan of instruction, click here.
Changes to Standard Response Protocol (SRP)
Sherwood School District, in partnership with the Sherwood Police Department, utilizes the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) for its emergency response procedure. The SRP provides school districts and law enforcement with a common language to define which responses will be used by the school in the event of an emergency or safety issue. Additionally, the SRP terms and visual cues can be quickly understood and recognized by students, staff, and parents.
Recently, the SRP responses were revised, and now include five different actions: Hold, Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate, and Shelter. For those familiar with the previous version of the SRP, you will notice that Lockout is no longer one of the actions listed, having been replaced by Hold and Secure. The actions work as follows:
Hold - Students remain in classrooms with room doors locked, while learning continues as per normal (no students/staff in hallways or common areas)
Secure - Students are brought into the school building and outside building doors are locked, while learning continues as normal (students/staff may use hallways or other areas)
Lockdown - Full lockdown of building: Lights off, all doors locked, maintain silence, stay out of sight
Evacuate - All students/staff leave the building, moving to an identified location
Shelter - Use of appropriate response to an outside safety threat, such as tornado, earthquake, flood, etc.
School staff received training on the revised protocols during our recent Inservice Week, and students received information about the SRP actions since the start of the school year.
As always, our schools will conduct regular drills on these actions throughout the school year, including monthly fire drills, earthquake drills in October as part of the Great Oregon ShakeOut, and regular drills on the Hold, Secure, and Lockdown actions as well. All drills are designed to be age-appropriate by building, while also providing students and staff with a chance to see what a response will look and feel like, including alarms or announcements. Drills are an essential part of helping our students and staff know exactly what to do in an emergency, as well as providing buildings with the opportunity to assess their readiness for potential emergency situations.
For more details on the SRP, please click on the flyer below.
Student Services - Special Education Parent Partnership Council
The Sherwood School District’s Student Services Department is excited to announce the formation of a Special Education Parent Partnership Council. The council will be meeting regularly throughout the school year with the goal of strengthening collaboration between parents/guardians of students eligible for Special Education Services and the Student Services team. We encourage participation in our meetings focused upon partnership, collaboration, and information. While the eventual goal is for these meetings to be held in person, until further notice these meetings will be held via Zoom due to the current pandemic. The first meeting will be held. Friday, October 1st at 9:30 am
If you are interested in participating, for more information, or to share ideas for topics of discussion please contact:
Dr. Joshua Fritts
Director of Student Services
National Hispanic Heritage Month
As a district we would like to acknowledge and celebrate National Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month. Sherwood School District, like many other organizations, has adopted the term “Latinx” to represent and include the identities of non-binary, gender non-conforming, and gender-expansive individuals. Additionally, the term Latinx seeks to include individuals who are Indigenous, Brazilian, and non-Spanish speaking.
The national observance of Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month occurs from September 15th to October 15th. During this time we celebrate and honor the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose roots are connected to the Caribbean, Central and South America, Mexico, and Spain.
Beginning in 1968, under President Lyndon B. Johnson the observance originated as Hispanic Heritage Week. President Ronald Regan expanded the observance to 30 days, and enacted it into law on August 17, 1988.
This month of celebration begins on September 15th to acknowledge the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Additionally, the dates encompass Mexico’s independence day on September 16th, and Chile’s on September 18th.
To learn more about the history of Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month, please see the attached information provided by the U.S. House of Representatives Office of the Historian.
Free Youth Heart Screening (Ages 12-18)
Dates: Wednesday, October 13 or Wednesday, November 10th
For more information or to schedule an appointment for this free screening go to: https://welcometobasecamp.org/playsmartyouthheartscreenings or call 503-216-0800 or email email@example.com
Transportation: Ride 360 App
Our district is excited to announce the Ride 360 app for families to help facilitate their student’s use of school bus transportation. This app will allow you to:
Access the stop location and times
See where the bus is in relation to the stop
Get an approximate arrival time
Receive notifications for your students' bus routes if the bus is running late or other relevant information regarding transportation needs to be distributed
The notifications are route-specific, so you will only see information that affects your student's assigned route. For information on how to sign up, please visit the Transportation Department’s website here.
District Job Opportunities
The Sherwood School District is currently hiring for a variety of job openings, including custodial, bus drivers, food services, and instructional assistants! Click here for a list of current openings, or contact Jodi Jacobs in Human Resources at 503-825-5022 for more information.
Interested in becoming a substitute teacher or paraprofessional in our district? Please click the flyer below for more information.