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In this great information age, it's impossible to identify any one communications avenue that will reach everyone. Key current information will always be posted on our home page, but we're a happening district, and to get the most current, up-to-date information about what's going on, we suggest that you stay tuned to our social media outlets (Facebook and Twitter). We also invite you to take a look at our News Release section to see more of what we've been up to, and we try to keep our online calendar stocked with information about no school days, early release days and up-coming district-wide events. For school-related events, please check with your individual schools.
2015-2016 district calendar
The 2015-15 district calendar is now available! The calendar will be mailed to all families this summer, but in the meantime, you can view it here. Be sure to read the key points about the updated Early Release schedule for all schools (including high schools). Also note the special "staggered start" schedule during the first week just for kinders to help them get off to a smooth start.
Speaking of kinders, starting in the fall of 2015, kindergarten students will be attending schools all day. They'll have the same schedules as the rest of the school. We've created some materials to help families get ready for kindergarten. Visit www.springfield.k12.or.us/fdk for more information about full-day kindergarten, and follow the links to the online Parent Guide and Jumpstart page. You can also read more about the thinking behind the staggered start schedule.
Keep an eye on our Summer Opportunities page (www.springfield.k12.or.us/summer) for free or low-cost opportunities in and around our schools and community this summer. If you have questions about the upcoming school year, keep in mind that elementary schools are typically closed for the summer and reopen in late August; middle schools are also typically closed, except for special programming; and high schools are open with very limited staffing.
Registering for school
Families that move within the district or who are new to the district should register directly with their new neighborhood school. If you haven't registered before school lets out, you can register in August when the schools reopen. To find out which school your child should be going to, click here. To find out what you will need to register your student for kindergarten, click here.
The district's new ParentVUE and StudentVUE applications were unveiled across the district during the last school year. Parents should have received login information in the mail. The new systems will provide unprecedented access to student information, including current grades, missing assignments, attendance information and other information on file such as immunization records and emergency contacts. Because family involvement is so crucial to students, we encourage all families to access the system regularly!
Financial aid resource page available
The district has worked with the Career and Counseling Centers at Springfield and Thurston High to create a page full of Financial Aid resources and information for parents who are starting to think about how to pay for their kids to go to college. Please contact your student's Career Center with any questions.
The FlashAlert service that the district uses to alert the community about weather closures or delays no longer provides alerts via text due to the inconsistency of delivery among providers. Families with smart phones or tablets can download a new FlashAlert Messenger App from either Google Play or iTunes. You're also allowed up to three email addresses to send alerts to. Click here to log in to your account to check your settings.
You'll need to submit a request form; it can take about 7-10 days to receive the records. You can download a form and find out how to request them at www.springfield.k12.or.us/transcripts. Forms are also available at the district office.
Did you know?
Thurston High operates an excellent preschool through its Child Development Center. The preschool is open to the public, and also provides a learning venue for high school students who are interested in early childhood education. Check out their website for more details.
You can make lunch payments online. Click here for more info.
You can apply online for free or reduced lunch costs. Click here for application tips and guidelines.
Not taking the bus?
Here are some other ways to help you get your kids to school:
Safe Routes to School: Springfield's Safe Routes to School program provides walking and biking education and encouragement to families.
Free Carpool Match: Point2point Solutions provides parents with a free service to help them find carpool partners among families who live nearby and whose students attend the same school. Information is confidential and is shared only among registered families. Sign up at point2pointsolutions.org or call 541-682-6213.
Call your neighborhood school, call the appropriate department, or call the district office at 541-747-3331.