2017-18 CalendarThe 2017-18 district calendar can be viewed or downloaded in English or Spanish at www.springfield.k12.or.us/calendar. The dates have also been entered into the online calendar. The calendar is very similar to last year's calendar, in that there are early release dates specified for all students, there are no-school dates specified for just elementary or just secondary students (so look closely), and there is staggered start during the first week.
School SuppliesFind links to all schools' supply lists here.The Brattain House is a great resource for other back-to-school needs. Call them at 541-744-6769.
Back-to-School Family NightsElementary and middle schools host events each fall to give families an opportunity to visit with teachers and staff.All information is subject to change; please double-check with your child's school to confirm dates and times.
What You'll Need to Register
All students will need to provide proof of address when enrolling a student for the new school year. Returning students will have until October to provide the information; new students need it to enroll.
Incoming kinders and any student new to a Springfield school will need to bring a document demonstrating proof of age (for example, a birth certificate) and immunization records.
Transfer students will need to bring their transfer approval letter for the upcoming school year.
- Generally, families that registered at spring events do not need to register in August. Check with your school.
What Is My Child's School?
What If I Want to Change Schools?Transfer applications received during the month of March, the district's Open Enrollment period, will generally be accepted as long as space permits at the desired school and grade level. More information and application forms here.
Start and End TimesAll elementary schools have the same hours (8:35 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.); all middle schools have the same start and end time (8:15 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.); and all high schools run from 8:00 a.m. to 3:05 p.m., with the exception of A3 (8:25 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.) and Willamette Leadership Academy (visit their website for more info at willametteleadershipacademy.net).
Contacting Your SchoolClick here to find contact info for each school. Please note that elementary schools are closed during the summer, with exceptions for camps or open libraries. Middle schools may be open for various camps or events, but staffing will be limited. High schools are also open, but with limited hours and staffing. All schools reopen in late August.
Important News about School LunchesAll students in seven schools across the district will continue receiving free breakfast and lunch this year, regardless of their family's income, thanks to the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. These seven schools - Douglas Gardens, Guy Lee, Maple, Page, Riverbend, and Two Rivers-Dos Ríos elementary schools and Hamlin Middle School - qualified for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program due to a number of federal criteria. Students will still need to go through the lunch line as usual, but families do NOT need to apply for free or reduced lunch or put money in their accounts.As always, families at other district schools can apply for free or reduced lunch. Families at non-CEP schools who qualify for Reduced lunches will now receive those lunches for free.
Lunch MoneyFamilies can set up an account to pay for student meals online at MySchoolBucks.com. Visit their website and follow instructions to set up an account. Families who had accounts at MyLunchMoney.com will be able transition smoothly to the new service using their existing login information. More information here.
Regular bus route information for 2017-18 is now posted. Letters will be going out to families the week of August 28. If you have any questions, contact Transportation.
Alternate TransportationFamilies who are looking for alternative transportation options for their kids and would like to share walking, biking or carpooling responsibilities should check www.springfield.k12.or.us/srts for more information about Safe Routes to Schools.
Sports and Sports PhysicalsAny student participating in district-sponsored sports teams must have a sports physical on file in the school office. Sports physicals are required every two years with a yearly update signed by the student’s parent or guardian. Find out more information and download forms in the Health Services area. High schools hold sports registration in early August (watch their websites or social media channels for details), and team practices often begin in soon after. Check with your school and/or coach.
Click here to find out what's required by the state of Oregon and what you will need to register. Learn more about Oregon law relating to immunizations here and see a list of Frequently Asked Questions here.Did you know? The Springfield Schools Health Center, which is open year-round, offers reasonably priced immunizations and sports physicals. Click here to visit the Health Services area to find out more.
Vision ScreeningsAccording to Oregon law, public school students ages 7 and younger to have their vision screened before entering school this fall to make sure they can see clearly in the classroom as they learn critical reading and writing skills. Families may visit their physician or an opthalmologist, or they can take advantage of free screenings that may be offered through the Lions Foundation. Click here for more details about the law.
Emergency CommunicationFlashAlert is the quickest way to stay informed about school closures or delays. Visit flashalert.net/id/springfieldps for more details. You can download an app to receive push notifications on iTunes or Google Play. A new iOS app is available this year.
Help with Child Care
Thurston High's Child Development Center offers an accredited preschool for potty-trained kids ages 3-6 that doubles as a learning environment for students enrolled in THS child development classes. Kinders attending Ridgeview or Thurston morning kindergarten can be bused to THS for the afternoon slot. Visit their website for more information about rates and programs available or call 541-744-6478.Other options: our TEAM Springfield partner Willamalane's Early Start before-school child care program serves five elementary schools: Centennial, Thurston, Ridgeview, Mt. Vernon and Yolanda. (Other sites may open if there is significant interest.) For a modest fee, child care is available. (The cost is reduced for students registered for free/reduced meals.)Early enrollment is encouraged to make sure the minimum numbers are met at each school.Did you know? Willamalane also offers activities for K-5 students on no-school days, early release days and after school through Kids Club. Visit willamalane.org to find out more. Your child may also be eligible for free, grant-funded afterschool programs available at certain schools. Visit www.springfield.k12.or.us/afterschool or contact your school for more information.
Please take a moment to review information which contains important information about your rights regarding:
- The use of student directory info, which includes the student's name, photo, contact information, grade, school, etc. If you do not want any or all of this information released, you will need to complete the form and return it to your child's school. If you do not notify the District in writing, it is understood the District has your consent to release the directory information.
- HIV/AIDS curriculum.
- Review of any instructional material.
- Learning about staff qualifications.
Call your local school, or call the district office at 541-747-3331.