The following resources are not affiliated with Sherwood School District, however, they are provided here for your convenience.
Fall/Winter 2022-23 – Respiratory Illnesses
Oregon health officials recently issued a call to action in response to the rapid spread of RSV and Influenza virus. State health officials recommend that people:
- Stay home when sick.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow, or with a tissue that you immediately throw away after use.
- Clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces, including doorknobs, faucets, chairs, countertops, and tables.
- Regularly wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after coughing or sneezing into a tissue.
- Avoid sharing cups, water bottles, and other drink containers, or eating utensils.
- Get a flu shot and stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, including new bivalent boosters. There is no vaccine for RSV.
Influenza (the Flu)
The flu was nearly nonexistent during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic but is now making a significant comeback and earlier in the year than normal. Many students have already been affected and many more will be. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP) recommend early testing for those who are symptomatic to differentiate the Flu from COVID-19. Also, most antiviral medications against the Flu are most effective if started in the first 48 hours.
OHA Flu Prevention Website – Information for prevention and vaccines.
CDC Influenza Resource Center – Information and resources in multiple languages.
AAP Influenza Recommendations – American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for prevention and control.
AAFP Influenza Website – American Academy of Family Physicians resources for prevention.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
RSV is a common respiratory virus that is transmitted through respiratory droplets, direct contact and by touching contaminated surfaces. For most children, RSV produces mild illness, however children under 2 years old are especially susceptible to RSV and are at increased risk of severe illness and hospitalization. It is important to note that many school age children have siblings at home who may be younger and more susceptible to severe illness and hospitalization.
The ways we can prevent the spread of RSV and other respiratory illnesses are familiar and include frequent and thorough handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, masking, and disinfection of high-touch surfaces.
OHA RSV Website – Information about symptoms and prevention.
Oregon’s RSV Report – Updates RSV activity in Oregon every Wednesday.
CDC RSV Resources – Information about prevention, symptoms, and care.
AAP RSV Guidance – American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations.
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD)
There has been a notable increase in outbreaks of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) in Oregon this year, particularly this Fall. HFMD is an infection caused by a virus. Although HFMD is common in children younger than 5, several recent outbreaks have involved high school or junior high students, including student athletes.
Common symptoms of HFMD include fever, mouth sores and rash (commonly on the hands and feet). HFMD spreads through fluids spread through coughs and sneezes, fluids from blisters or scabs, contact with feces, contact with contact with objects and surfaces that have the virus on them. Most people with HFMD recover on their own in seven to 10 days. Treatment of HFMD is symptom based: drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration and use over-the-counter medication to relieve fever and pain from mouth sores.
CDC HFMD Website – Information about symptoms and prevention.
Monkeypox is passed from person to person by close physical contact (not just sexual), but unlike some other disorders affecting skin it remains infectious until all scabs are gone and skin is dry. As such, very precise and accurate diagnosis of skin lesions — particularly in high contact sports such as wrestling — is important.
With OHA’s announcement this Fall of pediatric mpox (monkeypox) cases in Oregon, prevention is the hallmark in controlling these illnesses for our students. Please see the resources below for more information.
OHA Monkeypox Website – Regularly updated and includes evidence-based information about this illness.
Monkeypox Vaccination Providers – Use zip code to explore healthcare locations providing vaccines.
AAP Monkeypox Website – American Academy of Pediatrics site with information and resources.
Oregon Health Plan (OHP)
OHP provides little-or-no-cost health care for those who qualify. Click on the links below for more information.
Keeping Your Child’s Mouth Healthy
Access to Dental Care
Dental Resources for Portland Metro Area
MTI (Medical Teams International) Dental Hotline
(urgent dental needs only): English: 503-624-1026. Spanish: 503-343-3370
Virginia Garcia Memorial Dental Hotline (in English and Español)
- Beaverton Dental (503) 718-3675
- Cornelius: (503) 359-8505
- Hillsboro: (503) 352-2354
- McMinnville: (503) 883-4700
- Newberg: (971) 281-3050
- Tigard (serves Sherwood and Tualatin, also) 503-431-5775. Learn More.
All Saints Episcopal Church Dental Van (with MTI)
Urgent Dental Needs Only
PCC Dental Clinic Sylvania Campus
Exams, Cleanings, Fillings, X-rays and sealants
(971) 722-4909 Learn More
Cleanings and Exams Only
(503) 352-7373 Learn More
Tigard Family Dental
Provides discount for those without insurance, also accepts OHP through ODS Moda
Braces Assistance for Low Income Families
- $30 Application Fee
- $650 Required Financial Investment
- Click HERE for more information and application process
Prescription Drug Drop Box/Disposal
The Sherwood Police Department can receive unwanted and expired medications from individual households.
- Sherwood Police Department
- 20495 SW Borchers Drive
- Sherwood, Oregon
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Poison Center Information
The Oregon Poison Center is a 24-hour health care information and treatment resource serving Oregon, Alaska and Guam.
The poison center was established by an act of the Oregon State Legislature in 1978 to provide emergency treatment information for patients experiencing a poisoning or toxic exposure. The Oregon Poison Center is also responsible for providing public outreach and education to health care professionals. The Poison Center staff is made up of doctors and nurses trained in toxicology. Our staff handles nearly 60,000 calls a year.
The Oregon Poison Center Web site is NOT a substitute for talking with a trained Poison Specialist. In the case of an emergency, you should always contact your regional poison control center (1 800 222-1222) or 911 emergency services for help.
- This information is from Sherwood School District Policy “Pediculosis [Head Lice]”
- (Piojos De La Cabeza in Spanish)
The Board recognizes that district programs should be conducted in a manner that protects and enhances student and employee health and is consistent with recognized health practices. Consequently, in order to prevent the spread of pediculosis (head lice) in the school setting, district staff shall institute guidelines for classrooms that will assist in the prevention and spread of head lice. Students with suspected cases of lice will be referred to the school nurse or administrator or designated personnel for assessment. Students found with live lice will be excluded from school. Students excluded from school will be readmitted after assessment by designated personnel to confirm no lice are present. Students found with nits (lice eggs) only or returning after exclusion with the presence of nits only will not be excluded, but will be subject to periodic checks to confirm continuing absence of live lice.
Successful treatment of head lice requires a coordinated approach and may involve the use of antilouse products, combing, and implementation of preventative measures recommended by health authorities. The district will provide parents of students found to have contracted head lice with treatment information. It is the district’s intent to not only eliminate the current infestation, but also to prevent a repeat episode.
The superintendent will develop administrative regulations, as necessary, to implement this policy.
Head Lice Resources
Please see this information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about asthma:
Please see this important information about hand washing and disease prevention from the CDC:
Please see this list about locations where you can go to get an X-ray for your child. The resources listed are not affiliated with Sherwood School District, however they are provided for your convenience. The list is arranged by distance from Sherwood.
Please contact your Physician/Pediatrician, and please call ahead to the X-ray locations to confirm the information and discuss insurance issues.
“Where You May Get An X-Ray For Your Child”
Health Conditions Information Sheets
HFM (Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease)
- Information about MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) Click here
- Informacion de Staphylococcus Aureus Resistente a la Meticilina Haga clic aqui
More information that may be helpful:
- Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents
- Contusion Cerebral Hoja Informativa Para Los Padres (Español)
- Concussion Fact Sheet for Teachers, Counselors, and School Professionals
For more information on Concussions, head injuries and House Bill 4140, click the following link:https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/SpecialEducation/RegPrograms_BestPractice/Pages/Traumatic-Brain-Injury-Education-Services.aspx?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery