Back-to-School Updates: Fall 2022
From the Sherwood School District
August 24, 2022
The start of the 2022-23 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.
- Thursday, September 1 - First Day of School, Grades 1-5, 6, and 9
- Friday, September 2 - First Day of School, Grades 7-8 and 10-12
- Monday, September 5 - No School (Labor Day Holiday)
- Wednesday, September 7 - First Day, PreK and Kindergarten (first day for all kindergarten students -- for assigned Kinder orientation dates, please see messaging from your school office)
- Wednesday, September 14 - Board of Directors Meeting
2022-23 District Calendar
- All parents/guardians of students riding District buses can find current route information via the Ride 360 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 2022-23 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.
- As we shared with you in June, this school year our school cafeterias will be transitioning back to a per-meal cost for school breakfast and lunch (for meal prices, please click here).
- We recognize the impact that returning to paid meals can have on family budgets, and encourage families to complete an eligibility application to determine if they qualify for free or reduced meals. You can now complete that application here: Online Free and Reduced Meal Application.
- Funds can be added to your child's school account online by credit/debit card or ACH transfer, or in-person at your child's school. For online payment, parents/guardians will need to have a account through PayForIt.net. For information on setting up your PayForIt.net account, please click here.
For information or assistance with Nutrition Services, please contact the Nutrition Services Department at 503-825-5009
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 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: 2022-2023 Device Protection Plan.
As per the active Governor's mandate, school volunteers are additionally required to either be vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus -OR- have an approved vaccination exception. If you are vaccinated, please bring proof of vaccination with you when volunteering to show to school office staff during sign-in. For an exception request, please submit the request to your school office a minimum of 1 week prior to volunteering to allow sufficient time for the exception approval process.
For more information on volunteering in the Sherwood School District, please visit our website here.
Inclement Weather/Emergency 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
- District Social Media - The District is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sherwoodschooldistrict88J or on Twitter at twitter.com/SherwoodSD
- FlashAlert - This is a free subscription service that alerts users via text or app notifications. Sign up at www.flashalert.net/signup 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.
Use of masks/face coverings is optional (not required).
Students and staff with primary symptoms of COVID-19 will be excluded from school, as per this guidance. Primary symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Temperature of 100.4° or higher
Shortness of breath
New loss of taste or smell
Students and staff with a positive COVID-19 test are required to isolate for five days, with Day 1 being the first full day following the positive test result or onset of symptoms.
If your child has a positive COVID-19 test result -OR- has developed primary symptoms of COVID-19, please keep them home from school and contact your school’s office for additional guidance. Our Health Services Department will continue to contact families of ill students to provide information, testing support, and to confirm the date which your child may return to campus.
Families of students who have been exposed to confirmed positive COVID cases in classrooms, on sports teams, etc. will continue to be notified by their child’s school. Please note that school-wide notifications will no longer be sent out this school year unless directed by the local public health authority. There is no current quarantine requirement for close contacts of positive cases.
Diagnostic testing will continue to be available in our schools for students and staff who become sick with primary symptoms of COVID-19. Testing is optional, and written permission is required for students to receive diagnostic testing. If you would like your child to participate in testing in the event of symptom onset during the school day, please see your school office to complete a written permission slip.