Pacific Ridge Principal's Update

Monday, September 13th

Important Dates

  • School District Calendar
  • Wednesday, September 15th: Early Release at 1:30 for PreK-5th grade students
  • Thursday, September 23rd: Picture Day!
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End of Day Transportation

Sometimes changes are needed...

Consistency is best for getting our 650 puffins home safely at the end of each day, but we also understand that sometimes changes are needed.

If your child usually rides a bus and you need to pick them up instead, please call the office and let us know by 1:00PM the same day you will be picking up. Even if you send a note, we need a phone call as well. If you will be picking your child up multiple days in a row, we need you to call each day. Sometimes students forget to give the note to their teacher and without a note, your child will be put on the bus. Our buses leave campus by 2:45 PM.

If you plan to pick up regularly, we will need to assign your family a number for our pick-up system. Please let us know if you need a number.

Thank you!

Lost & Found

Please help us!

Our weather is often cool in the morning and warm at recess. Students often take sweatshirts, sweaters and jackets off and then forget to pick them up. Our recess staff give many reminders, but we still have a few items that go unclaimed.

Please help us by writing your child's first and last name inside of sweatshirts, jackets and any other items (water bottles, etc.) so we can get them quickly returned to your child. At the end of the month we will donate unclaimed items without names.

Thank you!

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When to keep your child home from school

We are SO excited to have students back on-site 5 days per week for the entire school day!

In order to continue to be able to keep our doors open to all students we need your help! If anyone in your household is sick, please keep your students at home and contact a healthcare professional for guidance. You can also reach out to our school nurse, Mrs. Tobi Boyd if you have questions. Her contact information is included in this newsletter.

Thank you in advance!

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Health Care Information

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Morning Drop-Off

7:30-8:00 AM/Morning Drop-off Procedure:

  • Students may be dropped off starting at 7:30AM. School begins at 8:00AM. Please do not arrive prior to 7:35 AM. We will not have staff onsite to receive your child until 7:30 AM.

  • Parents will need to remain in their car. Please have your child exit on the passenger side for safety reasons.

  • Please pull all of the way forward.

Afternoon Pick-Up

2:30-2:50 PM/Afternoon Pick-up Procedure:

  • Each family will be assigned a # to hang on their vehicle’s rear view mirror. When entering the pick up lane, please make sure your number is visible and facing our staff.

  • A staff member will type your number into our electronic system that will signal to your child’s classroom teacher that your car has arrived for pick up.

  • If you walk up to pick up your child, please bring your # tag so we can enter it into the system that signals the teacher to release your child to the pick up area.

  • Pick-up times will be staggered to limit time waiting in line. If you have a Kinder-2nd grader please plan to arrive between 2:30-2:40. If you have a 3rd-5th grader, please plan to arrive between 2:40-2:50. Default to the younger sibling. Ex: Kindergartener & 4th grader.

  • If you have not received a tag we have some on order and as soon as they arrive we will get one to you!

Thank you in advance for your continued support and patience as we navigate having over 650 students in one building for the first time!

Friends of Haystack Rock

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School Nurse

A message from Mrs. Tobi Boyd our School Nurse

If your student is planning to return to school and they have medical issues or need to take medications during the school day, we need to hear from you asap! Student medications will need to be delivered to the office by a parent or guardian where the necessary forms must be completed.

We will need forms completed for each medication your student takes, even if your student has medication they need to keep with them during the day ie: inhaler or Epi-pen. Even if the medication is an over-the-counter medication, we will need to have a form on file signed by a parent or guardian.

Please contact the office at (503) 738-5161 or school nurse, Tobi Boyd at (971)320-3275 or email me at:

Safety Protocols

At Pacific Ridge we will be utilizing the guidance provided by the Oregon Department of Education in partnership with Oregon Health Authority.

Visual Screening

Prior to entry, students will be visually screened by a staff member and then provided hand sanitizer before entering the building. Students exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 will be asked to complete an additional screening by an office staff member. If a child is unwell or unable to attend, they will sit in a waiting room in the office until they are able to be picked up by a parent or guardian.

Face Coverings

On August 11th, the Governor’s office announced the implementation of a statewide mask mandate for all adults and children over the age of 5. This is effective in all indoor public spaces for students, staff, and visitors to the building. Students will be required to wear masks while inside the school. Masks should be clean and washed daily. If your child needs a new mask we have extra disposable ones on hand at school. Students will not be required to wear masks at recess, but will be taught to practice physical distancing.


We are only allowing one grade level at a time to go to recess. Following the OHA guidelines, students will be allowed to not wear their masks while at recess if they choose, but will be required to practice physical distance from their peers.

Physical Distancing

The Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority strongly advises students to maintain at least 3 feet between students to the maximum extent possible. Pacific Ridge will be following this recommendation as outlined by the state.

Class Cohorts and Interior Movement

Students will spend the instructional day with their homeroom class and teacher. In the classroom students will sit at 3 feet distance to the maximum extent possible while wearing face coverings. Students will remain with their class during specials such as Music, Library, and P.E. in order to reduce potential exposure. Classes will be required to wear face coverings and practice physical distance when in the hallways.

Breakfast and Lunch

In order to reduce exposure, students will be sitting in assigned seats with their homeroom class during lunch this year. We are only allowing one grade level to eat lunch at a time and students will be seated in a staggered manner at a distance of 3 feet without anyone sitting directly in front of them.

K-2 breakfast will be served in the cafeteria with students sitting in assigned seats with their grade level. Students will be seated in a staggered manner at a distance of 3 feet without anyone sitting directly in front of them.

3-5 breakfast will be served as students enter the building. Students in grades 3rd-5th will eat breakfast in their classroom and will be seated at 3 feet distance. We will also be using HEPA filters in the cafeteria and in classrooms.

Ventilation and Airflow

Pacific Ridge recently had significant updates completed on our HVAC system. Our new updates have improved indoor air quality. In addition to our updated HVAC system, we have air purifiers in each of our classrooms including larger spaces such as the cafeteria.

Frequent Hand Washing/Hand Sanitation

All students will be provided hand sanitizer upon arrival. When students leave the classroom and re-enter the room (i.e. bathroom), they will also be provided hand sanitizer or allowed to wash their hands. Prior to meals students will be required to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer as well.

Cleaning Protocols

Our custodial staff will be following specific guidelines in regards to cleaning and sanitizing the building each day. This includes disinfection, sanitizing, and paying special attention to high touch surfaces throughout the building.


Pacific Ridge loves having our families help out and we look forward to being able to do so soon. Volunteers as well as staff will be required to be vaccinated, beginning Oct. 18. We are not going to allow volunteers in our buildings until Oct. 18, and it will require having a newly issued badge. Please look for more information about this process in the coming weeks.

Food Service

Students have the option of receiving breakfast and lunch at no charge to our families this year. Breakfast & Lunch Menus

Absence Reporting

ROBO Calls

If your child is marked absent, our system will send out a robocall to let you know. This is primarily for safety reasons. If your child will be absent, please call the school office or email one of our secretaries and we will excuse them so you do not get the robocall.




Bus Information

Bus Badges & Stop Information

During the 2021-2022 school year we will again be using our new bus badge program. This program increases the safety of our students on our buses by allowing us to know who is on the bus at all times and at which stop they exited.

Here's how it works. Student ID Bus Badge utilizes an ID attached to a student’s backpack or a lanyard which communicates with the Bus Pass scanner located on the bus. Bus drivers will scan the badge as students enter and exit the bus instead of having to take paper pencil attendance! If a child tries to scan their badge to get off at the wrong stop the system alerts the bus driver immediately.

If you have your child's bus badge at home, please send it with them on the first day of school. Returning students will have bus badges passed out on the first day of school. 1st-5th grade students who are new to Pacific Ridge will receive a bus badge after picture day. Kindergarten students will receive their bus badges on their first day of school and we will add their pictures to them after picture day.

Please be at your bus stop 5 minutes earlier than the scheduled pick-up time. Bus times vary due to traffic levels. Bus route information!

In order to provide consistency and ensure the safety of our students, each child will have only ONE destination. If you need to change your child to a pick-up, please call the office prior to 1:00 PM, so we can add them to our pick-up list and let your child's teacher know.

*Kindergarteners must be met by an adult who is known to the bus driver. If another adult will be waiting for your child, please call the office to let our secretaries know and send a note to school with the name and a description of the person. If the bus driver is unsure if the adult is OK to pick up a child, the driver will bring the child back to school and we will work it out there. The driver may need to ask to see the person’s identification. Thank you!!!

Teacher Information

How do I contact my child's teacher?

Email contact information can be found on our school website

If you need to contact your child's teacher by phone, please call the school at 503-738-5161. If teachers are working with students, your call will be sent to their school voicemail.