Welcome to Our District

Dayton public schools are the heart of Dayton, Oregon.  Dayton School District is located in western Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley, between McMinnville and Newberg, and serves approximately 1,000 students in a grade school, junior high, and high school.  The school district draws people into the community who want a strong educational system with a rural sense of caring and teamwork. 



Superintendent Monthly Message (English) 

Dear Dayton Families,                                                                                               May 11, 2022                          

Another school year is coming to a close. This year has seen a return to in-person learning all year and a move away from mandates. It has been good to see our students fully again and having them participate in traditions. We continue to monitor for outbreaks of illness as we always have. 


Mensaje del mes del superintendente (español)

Estimadas Familias de Dayton,                                                       
11 de  Mayo,  2022                            

Otro año escolar está llegando a su fin. Este año ha visto un regreso al aprendizaje en persona durante todo el año y un alejamiento de los mandatos. Ha sido bueno ver a nuestros estudiantes completamente nuevamente y que participen en las tradiciones. Continuamos monitoreando los brotes de enfermedades como siempre lo hemos hecho.

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Dayton School District News Release 7/14/2022

Dayton School District was notified by the McMinnville Police Department that a school district employee, Henry Claxton, had been arrested on Thursday, July 14, on charges of Sexual Abuse 1. The district confirms Henry Claxton taught at the elementary school this year and that Claxton has not been employed by the district since the last contract day of the regular school year on June 17th. The victim did not attend Dayton Grade School.

Dayton School District is cooperating with McMinnville Police Department. The police department stated in their press release that there is no information at this time to indicate there are any additional victims. They ask that anyone that has information about this case to contact Detective Marc Cerda (503-435-5618, [email protected]).

The McMinnville Police Department was assisted during this investigation by staff at Juliette’s House. Juliette’s House is a child abuse intervention center located in McMinnville, Oregon. They provide prevention, intervention, and family support services to children, parents and families impacted by abuse. They also provide a wide variety of age-appropriate abuse prevention education programs throughout the community and in schools.

Anyone that suspects a child is being physically or sexually abused is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency immediately, or you can make a report to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) “CyberTipLine” at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).


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Emergency/School Closure Information

For emergency/school closure information and to register for automatic email notifications please visit Dayton School District Flash Alerts.

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