Salem-Keizer Public Schools has been monitoring the impact of the Omicron Covid-19 variant in the community and our schools. We are seeing higher than average student absences and are experiencing staffing shortages. Our priority is to ensure we have sufficient staff to operate in-person while ensuring the health and safety of staff and students.

While we are doing everything we can to minimize the impact on families, this new COVID-19 variant has spread rapidly, increasing illness in our schools and causing us to shift operations.

We have reached a crisis-level staffing shortage, so here’s what families need to know.

Friday, January 14 will be a non-student contact day

Due to the increasing staff illness and shortages throughout the district, we have made the difficult decision to make Friday, January 14 a non-student contact day. For families in need of childcare, we have reached out to area childcare providers who will communicate their availability directly to families. They are doing their best as they are also experiencing staffing shortages.

Grab-N-Go Meals available Friday, Jan. 14 at 11 school sites

Grab-N-Go meals will be available for Salem-Keizer students at 11 school sites on Friday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The schools are:

  • Auburn Elementary
  • Grant Community
  • Hoover Elementary
  • Houck Middle School
  • North Salem High School
  • Richmond Elementary
  • Walker Middle School
  • Washington Elementary
  • Weddle Elementary
  • Wright Elementary
  • Yoshikai Elementary

Consolidating bus routes

Due to driver shortages, we are developing a temporary bus schedule consolidating some of our routes. Once complete, we will let families know immediately.

Thank you for your continued flexibility and patience through this ongoing pandemic.