Mar 12, 2020

Sweet Home School District Coronavirus Response Update


Dear Families and Community Members,

With the development of the two new cases of COVID-19 at the Lebanon Veterans’ Home and the increasing number of cases nationwide, we want to keep you updated with what is happening with the Sweet Home School District.

Governor Kate Brown announced last night that Oregon will keep its schools open, based on the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oregon Health Authority. However, the Governor announced additional health and safety measures beyond the enhanced protocols we already have in place. It was announced that “all non-essential school associated gatherings and group activities should be canceled, including group parent meetings, field trips, and competitions.” In addition, all large gatherings over 250 people should be canceled. Again, schools will remain open to provide essential services for students.

In accordance with this guidance, we have proactively begun to suspend events.  Suspension of non-essential school-based activities and after school activities begins Friday, March 13 and it will remain in effect until further notice. This includes the suspension of all assemblies, group parent meetings, off-campus field trips, and events.

Athletic practices will take place until we receive further guidance.  The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) will have updates soon about Spring activities and contests that are scheduled to begin next week. The list of affected activities will grow as we work with partners and stakeholders over the coming days. We will update you as we learn more.


Here is information from the CDC regarding everyday actions to help reduce the spread of germs that you can talk about with your children:

  • Remind children to stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing or sick.
  • Remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the trash.
  • Discuss any new actions that may be taken at school to help protect children and school staff. (for example, increased handwashing)
  • Get children into a handwashing habit. Teach them to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.


Give Every Student, Every Chance to Become a Thriving Citizen and Achieve Their Potential!


Tom Yahraes, Superintendent

Sweet Home School District #55