COVID-19 Data Dashboard
In our commitment to keeping our community informed, the SSD COVID-19 Dashboard will provide weekly data regarding positive cases of COVID-19 in our schools, as well as the number of individuals quarantining due to exposure. The Dashboard shows weekly cases and will be updated every Friday. Previous week data can be accessed using the drop down menu next to the date range.
Please note: Individual health data is confidential and will not be released. School administrators will communicate with families and staff members whenever there is an exposure in their buildings.
Contact Tracing and Quarantine Information
The Sherwood School District, through our Health Services Department, works in close collaboration with Washington County Public Health on all case response, including contact tracing of positive COVID-19 cases and quarantine requirements for close contacts. Case response protocols are aligned with current guidance from Washington County Public Health, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Oregon Department of Education. Please see links below for more information on current guidance.
Board Work Session – October 27, 2021
On October 27, 2021, the Board of Directors participated in a work session to discuss updated information on COVID-related requirements for schools, as well as the District’s contact tracing process. Please see links below for the work session presentation slides, as well as the video of the evening’s meeting.
“When should I keep my student home from school?”
Students displaying the following primary symptoms of COVID will be sent home from school, and we encourage families to screen for these symptoms daily before sending their students to school:
- Fever of 100.4°F or higher
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
If your student displays these symptoms, or has been exposed to a confirmed positive case of COVID-19, please keep them home and contact your school office. Additionally, students with other symptoms, such as a sore throat or a runny nose, may still be contagious with illnesses other than COVID-19. If you believe your child may be ill and are unsure if they might be contagious, please contact your school for more information or your child’s health provider for guidance before bringing the student to campus.
“Why are any students being placed in quarantine if the school is following all rules about masks and physical distancing?”
Our schools are committed to following preventative measures on campus, including implementing physical distancing to the fullest extent possible and the mandated use of masks (as per state rules). In cases where maintaining physical distancing is not consistently possible, additional measures are in place to minimize potential spread and to allow for quick and efficient contact tracing. These measures include:
- Wide-spread use of seating charts
- Grade-level cohorts for recess and lunches at the elementary level
- The use of outdoor spaces for instruction or activities wherever possible
- The use of assigned or “zoned” seating on school buses
- Monitoring the length of time for activities where students may be within the physical distancing limits (such as passing periods or community circles) in order to keep these activities under 15 minutes
Our primary focus is limiting the spread of the virus on campus to ensure student and staff safety, followed closely by the priority of avoiding large-scale closures or quarantines that would take students away from in-person learning.
“How will my child access learning while they are in quarantine or isolation?”
Once a student is required to quarantine or isolate, school staff will follow-up with families to provide instructions on how to access learning during the student’s time out of school, as well as to facilitate access to any additional materials or technology needed, including devices or internet hotspots. Please contact your school’s office if you have questions related to learning access during quarantine/isolation.