Fern Ridge School District

In addition to the Lane County Public Health clinic being conducted at VES on November 23rd, ORCHID Health will be holding a 1st shot clinic on Thursday, November 18th from 4-7 PM.

While vaccinations are available for all ages, the primary focus of this clinic is for those 11 years and under.  For all the information regarding this clinic at ORCHID Health, you can visit their page directly at:  https://www.fernridge.k12.or.us/orchid-health-a-school-based-health-center/

Following review of recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup has confirmed that pediatric doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children are safe and effective for children ages 5 through 11.

Fern Ridge School District has worked with Lane County Public Health to secure a vaccination clinic in our community.


November 23rd and  December 14th  4pm-7pm at Veneta Elementary School GYM/Cafeteria  

  • Sign ups are required and will begin on Friday, Nov. 19th through an online portal. To schedule a vaccine appointment visit LCPH website . Use code FRSDKids
  • There will be approximately 150 total slots in the 3 hour time slot.
  • Vaccination Clinics will be put on by Lane County Public Health  and will be primarily for 5-11 years.   There will be limited supply for siblings outside of this age category/parents in the same household. 
  • Masks will be required at the clinic
  • Booster shots will NOT be available at this clinic.
  • As with any shot, please plan to stay for 15 minutes after receiving the injection to monitor for any immediate reaction.
  • Clinics will be held 3 weeks apart as is the recommended vaccination schedule.
  • Children ages 5 to 11 will receive one-third of the adult dose of the Pfizer vaccine using smaller needles designed for children. To become fully vaccinated, the child will need a second shot of the Pfizer vaccine three weeks after their first shot.
  • The vaccine is free. No health insurance is required, and it is available regardless of immigration status.
  • A vaccinated individual is considered “fully immunized” 2 weeks after the last dose. When you are fully vaccinated and do not have COVID-19 symptoms, you do not need to quarantine after an exposure to someone with COVID-19.

For more information and frequently asked questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine for children, please visit the links below:

Getting Your Child Ready for the COVID-19 Vaccine – HealthyChildren.org 

CDC Recommends Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5 to 11 Years

COVID-19 Vaccines for 5-11 year olds (OHA)

COVID-19 Vaccines for 12-17 year olds (OHA)


Please continue to watch our website page for updates and more information

Our November Employee of the Month has been teaching in Fern Ridge for 30 years!  We are excited to highlight the dedication of Mrs. Marian French who has spent the majority of her time in Fern Ridge teaching Social Studies to our middle school students.

Mrs. French started working for the Fern Ridge School District in August of 1991.  Since that time, she has dedicated countless hours to our students while also raising a family.

Her husband, Derek, volunteers with the high school’s soccer, cross country, wrestling and track teams.  Their sons are both EHS graduates.  Darin was the valedictorian in 2014 and Daniel was the Salutatorian in 2017.

When she is not busy with her students or teaching summer school or mentoring new teachers at the middle school, Mrs. French enjoys cooking, gardening, home improvement and spending time with her family and friends.

When asked about her favorite part of the job she told us, “Every day has its different rewards, challenges and surprises!”

Congratulations Mrs. French!

Fern Ridge School District is partnering with Toys for Tots to help local families this holiday season.

Families who are interested in participating in the toy program this year can complete the application (linked below) and email it to Becky at rdube@fernridge.k12.or.us or drop off at the district office located at 88834 Territorial Road.

Toys for local families will be distributed at an upcoming date in December – qualifying families will be notified with more details in the coming weeks.

Please help us spread the word to anyone who could use a little extra help giving toys to their kids this holiday.

Click here for the fillable Toys for Tots application

Have questions?  Reach out to Becky Dube at 541-935-2253 ext 1210 or rdube@fernridge.k12.or.us


Earlier today, the district closed on the sale of 22 million in bonds.  The District sold the bonds to refinance its outstanding 2014 General Obligation Bonds on October 7th,  and it went exceptionally well.  The district pursued this option due to the current 10 year treasury rates that made it advantageous for our taxpayers.

Overall, the District locked in savings of $1.3 million on a present value basis and over $1.57 million over the remaining duration of the 2014 bonds, by locking in a new borrowing rate of 2.27%.  This rate was in contrast to the average coupon borrowing rate of 5% on the bonds being refinanced.  The bonds were extremely popular with bond buyers – in fact, at the end of the order period there was $123 million in orders, even though the District was only selling $22 million!  As a result, the underwriter, Piper Sandler, was able to reduce the interest rates from the original offering levels.

The high demand among investors was in large part due to the strong credit rating of the District, a level of “A1” from Moody’s Investor’s Service.  In their rating write-up, Moody’s specifically cited the District’s solid financial position.

For the next three years, our bond rate is expected to be at the $2.19/$100,000 level (what was promoted when our last bond was passed in 2014) Following that, the rate for area taxpayers is predicted to drop below the $1.65 level through the duration of the debt.  Below is a chart depicting this transaction, and the savings to local taxpayers.

There has been a recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in our student population.  As our goal is to keep kids at school for in-person learning, we have partnered with Lane County Public Health to offer a free “DRIVE-THROUGH” testing clinic this Saturday 10/16 from 10-2 in the Veneta Elementary School parking lot.   

As the seasons change many of our students are coming down with ‘mild symptoms’ like runny noses, coughs, and sore throats.  These can be symptoms of a ‘regular cold’ and can sometimes also be symptoms of COVID-19.   We experienced students coming to school with minor symptoms for several days then ended up being COVID-19 positive this week. We’d like you to take the opportunity to do a free drive-through test this weekend if you or your child are having any cold-like symptoms or have been around anyone who has been sick.   This clinic will also be available for anyone who is NOT having symptoms but would like to be tested “just to be sure”. 

Anyone in the community can go to this clinic. The test is a swab in the nostril and the results will be called to you in 3-5 days. There are no insurance or ID requirements to get tested. 


I am so sorry to tell you all that one of our students, Corbin Sexton, has died. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends.

All of the students were given the news of the death by their teacher in first period this morning. I have included a copy of the announcement that was read to them.

The manner of death was suicide. Suicide is a very complicated act. Although we may never know why Corbin ended his life, we do know that suicide has multiple causes. In some cases, a mental health condition is part of it. But these conditions are treatable. It’s really important if you or your child are not feeling well in any way to reach out for help. Suicide is preventable and there are resources in our community support your child and family. I am including some information that may be helpful to you in discussing suicide with your child.

Members of our Crisis Response Team are available to meet with students individually and in groups today as well as over the coming days and weeks. Please contact the school office if you feel your child is in need of additional assistance. Note that children who have serious thoughts of suicide already may be at greater risk due to exposure to the suicide of a peer. If you or your child needs help right away, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the Lane County Child and Adolescent Crisis Line at 541-689-3111, call 911, or take your child to the nearest crisis center or emergency department.

It is safe and healthy to talk to your child about suicide and grief, while these conversations may be uncomfortable they can also be lifesaving.

Information about the funeral service will be made available as soon as we have it. If your child wishes to attend, we strongly encourage you to accompany him or her to the service. If the funeral is scheduled during school hours, students who wish to attend will need parental permission to be released from school.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or one of the school mental health professionals. We can be reached by calling 541-935-8200.


Rick Gardner
Elmira High School

Message to EHS Students

 Soctober with Mid Lane Cares

Bring a donation of new socks to Orchid Health for the Soctober sock drive.  For each pair of socks you donate, you’ll receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift card.

Socks can be dropped off in the office of the Orchid Health Clinic located at 24934 Fir Grove (near Elmira High School)

All donations stay in our community!

Congratulations to Jaime Weaver, our FRSD October Employee of the Month!

Jaime has been an invaluable member of our Fern Ridge staff since January of 2011.  She is an integral part of the Special Education department at Veneta Elementary and is responsible for scheduling all of the meetings between parents and the Special Education teachers, the Speech-Language Pathologist, and our Behavior Specialist!  In addition to helping all of these staff, she also keeps our school safety maps updated and helps out where ever there is a need at the school.

Once her school day is over, she stays and works at Fern Ridge Child Development Center taking care of Veneta Elementary and Elmira Elementary students in afterschool program.  When she isn’t busy assisting staff and taking care of kids, Jaime enjoys fishing, travel, gardening and spending time with her family.  Jaime’s two sons have both attended school in Fern Ridge.

Thank you Jaime for always keeping our Special Education staff organized and for taking such good care of all our students!

The American Rescue Plan Act, 2021 (ARP Act or ARPA) provides an additional $122 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund III (ESSER III or ARP ESSER). $1.1 billion will be awarded to Oregon. ESSER III Grants will be awarded to local education associations in the proportion they received funds under Part A of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in fiscal year 2020. ESSER III Fund grants can be used to reimburse eligible expenses incurred between March 13, 2020 and September 30, 2024.

The process and paperwork for engagement, allocation, and budgeting is important work. There are a number of requirements and factors that have to be considered when working with a team to decide what will be funded.

ESSER III Overarching Outcome:

Address student needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic and/or to emerge stronger post-pandemic, which may include reopening schools safely, sustaining their safe operation, and addressing students’ social, emotional, and mental health.

FRSD Proposed Activities:

  • Additional Staffing to support District Initiatives
  • Software and Curriculum
  • Support for covering student fees and dues
  • Afterschool Programming Opportunities
  • Expand Summer Programming K-12 through the Summer of 2024
  • Targeted Professional Development (Professional Learning Communities, Essential Standards, Equity, Response to Intervention)
  • Stipends/Overtime Hours/Extra Duty
  • Student Supports and Incentives
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

FRSD Ongoing Engagement Opportunities:

  • Monthly Q and A
  • Public Input at Board Meetings
  • Building ESSA teams
  • District Key Communicators 
  • Ongoing opportunity to call or email Director of K-12 Programs: mmarshall@fernridge.k12.or.us 541-935-2253
  • Engagement Surveys
  • Informational posts and updates to District website
  • Targeted outreach via phone, home visits, etc.

Any student, parent, and/or community feedback on this work is appreciated. Please feel free to share public comments with Michelle Smith, msmith@fernridge.k12.or.us, to be read at FRSD School Board Oct. 18th or email Michelle Marshall directly at mmarshall@fernridge.k12.or.us.



The FRSD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative      Action/Veteran’s Preference employer.


The district does not discriminate on the basis of  race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation,  marital status, religion, disability, or  age in its programs or activities.


  FRSD Title IX Coordinator

       Michelle Marshall



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