Hello Silver Falls Families.

I’ve had the pleasure of serving as our SFSD Board Chair the last couple of years and I want to thank you all for being so patient and understanding during these challenging times.  Our District, like all districts in the state, has had to become extremely nimble as we react to the continual changes in requirements due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.  I want to thank our district leadership team, our principals, and our Superintendent, Mr. Scott Drue, for their relentless work on our behalf.

I want to also express my thanks to all of you for the civility I’ve witnessed.  Our community, much like the rest of the country, is often  divided in how to respond to this pandemic and I appreciate how many times I’ve heard and experienced civil discourse and respectful behavior.  I believe that we all want what is best for our students, staff, and families and the best way for us to work together is to carefully listen to each other’s concerns.

I want to encourage you to be patient, kind, and charitable with our staff.  They are feeling the stress of this pandemic in ways many of us cannot appreciate.  If you have concerns that you want to bring to the board’s attention, there are several ways to do this.  First, you are welcome to email us at any time.  There is a new email available that will reach all current board members (school-board@silverfalls.k12.or.us).  You may also present public comment during our regular board meetings as well.  Regular board meetings are held in-person in the High School Library and live on Zoom on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7pm.

Please remember that during our meetings anyone physically present is required to remain masked at this time.  This applies to our students, staff, board members, and all who attend our meetings.  If you are uncomfortable wearing a mask or are unable to wear one for any reason, you may connect to our meetings using Zoom.  If you forget your mask, we will have extras available at the door.  Our students have done a fantastic job handling this requirement and I ask that we all model our ability to do so as well.  If we are unable to maintain compliance with this requirement, we will be required to close our meetings to in-person public attendance.

We very much appreciate your cooperation with this.

Jonathan Edmonds