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Statement from the Sherwood School District - June 4, 2020

posted Jun 4, 2020, 11:07 AM by Christine Andregg

Dear Sherwood Students, Families, Staff, and Community Members,


On a national -- and in fact, global -- stage, we are witnessing a massive public response to the impacts of historic and systematic racism within our society.  As we engage with the news, social media, and interactions with our friends and loved ones, all of us are affected by the images of large-scale protests happening in major cities throughout our country and the world -- and more importantly, the tragic and senseless deaths of black men and women.  These events are troubling and for many, shocking. However, while all of us are processing our personal emotions and thoughts around these events, it is essential that we recognize the more significant impacts of racism and systematic oppression for our students, staff, and families of color within our community.


Several recent events have drawn attention to the violence and tragic loss of life that occurs as a result of racism and racist ideologies, including the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.  While the growing protests we are seeing in our nation began as a direct response to these deaths, and as a call for justice for those responsible, these protests also reflect the pain, anger, and trauma of generations of racist oppression and racially-motivated violence against members of the Black community and other communities of color.  


As a school district, we stand with our students, families, and staff members of color, and are working to create safe, affirming, and equitable learning environments for all students and staff.  We are committed to identifying racism within the structure of our organization, educating our leadership and other staff members to engage in antiracist and social justice work, and increasing our capacity to serve the needs of our historically underrepresented students. We are actively working to hire staff of color to make our workforce more representative of the students and families we serve, bringing more diverse perspectives to our district. 


And yet, we recognize that there is still work to do, and there is still improvement needed to be a better staff, a better organization, and a better representation of diversity and racial justice for our students, staff, and families. We know institutional racism still exists, and are striving to be able to more clearly see it and eliminate it from our schools.  We know our communities of color experience racially-motivated harassment, microaggressions, and other forms of bullying.  And, as an organization with predominantly white leadership, we don’t always have the knowledge to understand or the skills to address these and the myriad of other issues faced by our communities of color.   Where we have failed in this regard, we are truly sorry.  


It is not enough to talk about our goals for equity; we must engage in active antiracism as a means to challenge long-standing systematic oppression, in order to create sustainable and lasting change.  This begins with educating administrators and staff across our district on recognizing privilege and engaging students in discussions about race.  We encourage our staff members to review the attached staff resources to help with this learning, found here.   


We also know that many parents and guardians are struggling right now with how to talk to their children about what is currently happening in our country.  For this reason, we are providing a list of resources for students and families as well, found here


We as a district are committed to taking actionable next steps to support and serve the needs of our students, families, and staff of color.  Violence, racism, discrimination, and marginalization have no place in our schools and our district, and must be eliminated from our organization.  Anything less than continued and sustained progress towards this goal is unacceptable, and we stand committed to working with our stakeholders to take an honest inventory of where we are,  identify where we need to be, and create active, actionable steps to get there.  Thank you for joining us and supporting us in this work. 


In solidarity,


Dr. Heather Cordie, Superintendent

Patrick Allen, Board Chair

Sue Hekker, Board Vice Chair

Eric Campbell, Board Member

Jessica Adamson, Board Member

Michael Hiland, Board Member


Notice of Budget Committee Meeting

posted May 21, 2020, 11:22 AM by Christine Andregg

A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Sherwood School District to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, will take place on Monday, June 1, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

Please note that in light of the COVID-19 state-wide restrictions and in keeping with the efforts of social distancing to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the meeting of the Sherwood School District Budget Committee will be conducted online, rather than in person. Please use the following link for the livestream feed during the meeting: https://bit.ly/39VlhD3

The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget. This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may make public comment on the proposed budget to the Budget Committee.

With respect to the social distancing guidelines from the Oregon Health Authority, the Budget Committee will only accept written comment or testimony. Please submit comment or testimony electronically at https://bit.ly/2Z14EE8. Public testimony will be only accepted until the designated item on the meeting agenda, and will be read aloud at that time by the Board Secretary. 

A copy of the budget document will be available on the District’s website, www.sherwood.k12.or.us, on or after Friday, May 29, 2020.

In the event that the Budget Committee meeting is continued to a future date, the following days and times have been tentatively reserved:

Monday, June 8, 2020 – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 – 5:00 p.m.

 

These tentative meetings may also be conducted online. Announcements of additional meetings dates and agendas will be posted on our District website, if needed. 

Press Release - Sherwood School District to Participate in Work Share Program

posted May 19, 2020, 2:31 PM by Christine Andregg

Starting this week, the Sherwood School District will be implementing furlough days for all staff, as well as participating in the Oregon Work Share program.  For more information, please see today's press release.

May 13, 2020 - Budget Message from Superintendent Cordie

posted May 13, 2020, 1:18 PM by Christine Andregg

Dear Sherwood Families, Staff and Community Members:


By now you have likely heard about the budget challenges occurring at the state level, which could result in an estimated $3 billion revenue shortfall within this fiscal year due to the economic impacts of COVID-19.  Adding to this, on Monday Governor Kate Brown announced that she has directed state agencies to prepare for 17% budget reductions in the coming fiscal year.  Today I am writing to you to share how funding cuts of this magnitude could impact the Sherwood School District, and the steps we are taking in response to prepare for what lies before us.


In light of the situation at the state level, as well as guidance from the Oregon Department of Education, we know that cuts are coming. The next state Revenue Forecast will be released later this month on May 20, and the word most often used to describe it has been “bleak.” 


The Governor has only one means of dealing with a budget shortfall and that’s an across the board reduction in all agencies.  Her direction for state agencies to universally prepare for budget reductions in the amount of 17% reflects this, and is a first step towards identifying potential budget cuts that would impact services across the state.  This includes the State School Fund, the primary source of funding for our district. 


A 17% reduction to the State School Fund is equal to $650 million. Districts have been advised to expect a statewide education cut between $100 million and $650 million. To put that into a local context, the Sherwood School District receives roughly 0.8% of the State School Fund. That equates to reductions of between $800,000 to $5.2 million for the District next year. The Legislature, however, has the ability to selectively change state agency budgets, including that of the State School Fund. They can also choose to utilize the Rainy Day Fund and Education Stability Fund to help offset the total amount of reduction to the State School Fund.  


In short, our range of funding scenarios varies widely, from minimal reductions to reductions on a scale that none of us has seen with any previous economic downturn. With this amount of uncertainty about our expected funding for the 2020-21 academic year, the District plans to develop multiple budget-reduction scenarios, allowing us to be prepared to respond quickly as new information becomes available.


Due to the high levels of uncertainty, we have elected to hold the first meeting of our Budget Committee after the Revenue Forecast is released on May 20. Under our revised calendar, the first Budget Committee meeting will be held on June 1. Dates for additional meetings -- if needed -- are scheduled for June 8 and 10. The Public Hearing on the budget, budget adoption and levying of taxes will take place on June 24.


In the meantime, we know that any cost savings we can identify now can help us to offset longer-term impacts next school year.  This work has already started for District leadership, and will be ongoing in the days and weeks ahead as we explore all possibilities for cost savings.  We will continue to share with you our efforts to tend to the reality of these potentially drastic budget reductions in future communications.  


While there is no denying that the situation before us will be incredibly difficult to face, we will face it head-on -- and do everything in our power to be responsible in our stewardship of our resources. I am so grateful to lead a school district in such a supportive and strong community, and we will move forward through this challenging time, together. 


Stay healthy and well,


Dr. Heather Cordie

Superintendent


Nutrition Services - New Locations Starting May 4

posted May 1, 2020, 2:54 PM by Christine Andregg

Starting May 4, Nutrition Services will be expanding our food distribution services for students.  

  • In addition to our existing hubs at Hopkins and Edy Ridge, we will be adding hubs at our Archer Glen and Middleton locations.

  • All elementary school hubs will operate daily 9:00-11:00am starting May 4.

  • In addition to our school hubs, we will begin providing additional rural distribution stops:

    • Rural Hub 1: 17855 Leander Dr. - 8:30-8:45am

    • Rural Hub 2: The Purple Hen 20345 Scholls-Sherwood Rd. - 9:00-9:15am 

    • Rural Hub 3: 14560 SW Forest Glen Ln - 8:45-9:00am

    • Rural Hub 4: Tonquin Lp at Old Tonquin Lp (just south of Tonquin Pl) - 9:30-9:45am

    • Please maintain social distancing guidelines of 6ft while waiting at our rural distribution stops, or wait in your vehicle until the van arrives. 


Thank you to The Purple Hen for allowing us to use their location as a distribution stop!


SHARE Center Distance Donation Drive

posted Apr 10, 2020, 2:05 PM by Christine Andregg   [ updated May 6, 2020, 12:32 PM ]

Help us keep our SHARE Center stocked during the closure! The SHARE Center provides important resources to students and families in our community, and is currently seeking donations to help sustain their services for the extent of the school closure.

For more information, please see flyer below. To visit the Amazon Wish List, please click here

Sherwood Schools: District Updates

posted Apr 10, 2020, 1:59 PM by Christine Andregg

Our District Updates newsletter is back! For today's "special edition" newsletter, please visit https://www.smore.com/x5ysp.

Important Update on School Closure

posted Apr 8, 2020, 3:08 PM by Christine Andregg

This afternoon, Governor Kate Brown announced the closure of schools -- and the cancellation of in-person classes -- for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.  This means that our students will not return to the classrooms this spring. While it is likely that we all feel stunned, disappointed, and overwhelmed by this decision, please know that the District remains committed to the implementation of Distance Learning, attending to the health, safety, and wellness needs of our students and staff, and supporting our high school seniors as they work to graduate and complete their K-12 education.


Our team will be closely reviewing the guidance of the Oregon Department of Education related to pathways for our high school seniors over the coming days, and will share those details with our senior students and their families soon.  Additionally, we will provide ongoing updates on our Distance Learning plan, ensuring that all students, families, and staff in our district have the information they need to be successful in the weeks ahead.  


Since the first impacts of COVID-19 were seen in our district, our administrators, teachers, and support staff have worked tirelessly (and continue to do so!) to launch meaningful access to learning across the District next week -- with our students as our number one priority at all times.  We are grateful to these staff for their work, and grateful to all of our families and community members who have expressed their support, concern, and patience for our staff. As we all process today’s announcement, and what it means for each of us personally, please take care of yourselves and each other during this very challenging time.


Update on Devices for Elementary Families

posted Apr 1, 2020, 5:29 PM by Christine Andregg

We are very excited to have begun distributing devices to our elementary students today; however, with that, a few concerns have been brought to our attention and we want to take this opportunity to address those. 


We realize that the device you received today (or will receive tomorrow) is not the same device your child has been working on throughout the year. All devices should reset remotely tonight if you do the following:

  • Connect the device to your wifi

  • Leave the device alone until tomorrow

Once you have done these things, your child's device should be ready for login starting tomorrow morning. If your child does not remember his/her login information, please reach out to your child's teacher and they can share that information with you. In the weeks to come, our Technology Department will be able to remotely add any apps your child needs to participate in distance learning. 


Going forward, we would ask that if you encounter technical difficulties in the days and weeks to come, please start by letting your child's teacher know. In the event that they are unable to help, they will direct you to someone who can provide additional support. 


Finally, we are excited to share that our distance learning web page is live and provides links to many of the activities or lessons your child's teacher may have referenced in their email today. To visit our new web page please click on the link here


We appreciate your understanding, patience, and support as we work through this new process of providing at-home technology support to our elementary students. 



Distance Learning Update and Device Distribution

posted Mar 31, 2020, 5:29 PM by Christine Andregg   [ updated Mar 31, 2020, 5:45 PM ]

Last night the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) provided new guidance to Oregon schools on student education during the school closure.  Previously, guidance from the Governor and the ODE directed schools to provide students with Supplementary Education Resources. These resources did not introduce new content, and the activities were not required or assessed for a grade.  Yesterday, this guidance changed, and schools are directed to implement a Distance Learning plan by April 13.  


Distance learning is roughly defined as providing schooling while the teachers and students are not in the same location, to the extent that it is practical.  While it cannot replace the classroom environment, it does provide students with the opportunity to learn new content and continue their education during this extended closure.  Last night, the ODE released new guidance to schools for how to make this change. Our team has spent much of today reviewing this guidance and starting to learn what it means for our students.  You can review the guidance by clicking here.


In Sherwood, a task force has been working for the past two weeks on a plan for Distance Learning.  Although this guidance will necessitate some adjustments to our plans, we are well positioned to make this happen.  As we continue to learn about implementing this guidance, we will communicate more in the coming days. 

 

Device Distribution

One critical step to implementing Distance Learning is ensuring that all of our students have access to a device and the internet.  To that end, the District is working hard to distribute iPads and Chromebooks to elementary students and their families, and recently shared a survey to assess technology needs. Phone follow-up has occurred for families who did not respond to the survey.  If you indicated on the survey a need for a device, please review the information below.


Please go to your student's school on Wednesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 2 to pick up their device. In order to observe Oregon Health Authority’s social distancing guidelines, we ask that you observe the following:

  • At all times, maintain a minimum of 6 feet distance from others. 

  • Do not come if you are sick. Fill out the Device Pickup Survey and indicate a need for an alternate method.

  • If possible, please observe the following schedule for pickup. We have enough devices for every elementary student. 


Last Name

Pickup Window

A-H

April 1, 8:30am -9:45am

G-L

April 1, 9:45am-11:00am

M-R

April 2, 8:30am-9:45am

S-Z

April 2, 9:45am-11:00am


Devices Loaned to Families

  • PreK - 2: iPads

  • 3-5: Chromebooks

  • 6-12 already have Chromebooks

    • If there is an issue with your secondary student’s device, please use the Device Pickup Survey to communicate your needs.


FAQ’s

  • Can I have a friend pick up the device for my student?

    • Devices can only be picked up by the student, accompanied by an adult from their family. 

  • I can’t pick up during the scheduled time. How can I get a device?

    • If families cannot attend in either pickup window, fill out the Device Pickup Survey and indicate a need for an alternative.

  • I missed the survey, or said my student didn’t need a device, but it turns out they need a device. What should I do?

    • If you can make the pickup window above, please come. If you realize that you need a device after the pickup window, please complete the Device Pickup Survey.


Internet Hotspots

  • Families who indicated they needed an internet hotspot will receive one at no cost from the district. Hotspots are in high demand nationally and our shipment has not yet arrived. As soon as it does, we will reach out directly to those families. 

  • Comcast is also opening up its network of hotspot access for free. For families who live close enough to take an advantage of this network, we encourage you to try it out: https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19


As we continue to develop strategies to provide students with digital learning opportunities, we are committed to helping students and families have access to the technology they need to be successful. We will continue to communicate with you regularly, and will share more specifics as they are finalized by our team. 


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