New K-12 Reopening Metrics – January 19, 2021

On January 19, 2021, the Oregon Department of Education released guidance updates for K-12 schools, including new advisory metrics for reopening and updates to the Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance. Click on the image below to review the new K-12 metrics.

To view the new version of the Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidance, including more details about how schools apply the metrics shown above, please click here.

Elementary School Reopening Dates (Approved)

On February 10, 2021, our Board of Directors took action on selecting dates to reopen our elementary schools to students for Hybrid in-person instruction; the recording of that meeting can be viewed here. The approved dates are:

  • Grades K and 1 – Starting March 8
  • Grades 2-5 – Starting March 15

The first week of school for each of these groups will be transition weeks, with half of the students attending on Monday, the other half attending on Tuesday, and then all students attending the remainder of the week. Additionally, March 12 will be a grading day for elementary and there will be no school on that day. Please see the calendar below for details:

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In addition to these dates, the Board approved additional professional development/transition days for staff to prepare for the return of students in the Hybrid model. There will be no school for students on those dates. The approved dates are:

  • February 25 and 26 – no school for students transitioning to Hybrid in-person; Cloud Campus will be in session on these dates)
  • March 4 and 5 – no school for all students in grades K-5

Middle and High School Reopening Dates (Proposed)

On February 17, our Board of Directors met with District administrators to discuss plans for moving towards Hybrid in-person instruction at the middle and high school levels. You can view the recording of that meeting here. This discussion included the following proposed start dates for each level:

  • Middle School – April 5
  • High School – Start of Quarter 4 (currently April 20)

At the middle school level, this timeline would include a professional development/transition week for staff, tentatively scheduled for March 29-April 2 (immediately following Spring Break); there would be no school for middle school students during this week. 

The Board of Directors is expected to take action on the proposed middle and high school start dates, as well as any additional calendar adjustments needed to accommodate those dates, at their March 10 meeting.

Transportation Registration – Now Open!

As we continue to plan for reopening, it is essential that our Transportation Department begins to collect information about how students and families will utilize our buses. To begin gathering that information, all families whose students will ride the bus (once their grade level reopens in a Hybrid model) need to complete a Transportation Registration form, found here. For more information about safety protocols implemented by our Transportation Department please click here for English, or here for Spanish.

Reopening Communications

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Free Meals for all SSD Students

Sherwood School District remains committed to providing meal service for our students, even as we prepare to begin the new school year in distance learning. Our new meal distribution plan will begin on Monday, September 14, and has been expanded from our offerings last Spring.

Nutrition Services and Transportation are working together to deliver meals to all rural routes and bus stops. We will also resume meal distribution hubs at all school sites for families who reside in the walk zones. All student meals are free through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. With our meal delivery plan, some food will require reheating in a microwave – basic instructions for all food will be provided.

In order for your student(s) to receive meals, you will need to register using our Nutrition Services Free Meal Order Form, found here.

Once we begin in a hybrid model, student meals will be transferred to delivery in the classroom for those students; students still in distance learning or the Sherwood Cloud Campus will continue to have access to meals via bus delivery or meal hubs.

For assistance, please call Kelly Rood at 503-825-5043, or email at

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