Posted March 31, 2020
Update from Superintendent Perry
Dear Salem-Keizer Family,
Since March 12, when our public education world shifted into something we’ve never seen or experienced before, virtually everything we’ve known to be true has changed. The one thing that has remained constant, however, is change. As a perfect example of that, late last night we received new guidance from the Oregon Department of Education. In that direction, we were told that there is a very real potential that our students will not return to school this year. We also got the direction to move from supplemental education to distance learning for all.
Here’s what know to be true:
- Technology is critical for the success of distance learning for all.
- Yesterday, 450 classified educators picked up Chromebooks to support supplemental learning.
- On Thursday and Friday, students can collect Chromebooks from any of our six traditional high schools. See our information about hours here.
- We have a team of educators working to develop our plan for distance learning for all. This not only includes virtual learning opportunities, but also supplemental materials available at our school meal sites. This must be in place by April 13, but our team is working to have a plan in place before then.
- We won’t have our plan ready to move forward today, which is hard for us to share, because we know there are so many questions that need answers.
- One of the biggest questions is around high school graduation. We do not have that guidance from the state yet, but as soon as we get it, we’ll communicate that to you.
Thank you for your patience and your understanding. These last three weeks have not been easy, but we remain committed to doing the best thing for our children.
We will share a message similar to this to our community later today.
Posted March 27, 2020
All Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) students in need of devices for supplemental learning will be able to rent Chromebooks at no cost from the district for the duration of the emergency school closure.
Devices will be made available at each of the district’s six traditional high schools – McKay, McNary, North Salem, South Salem, Sprague and West Salem – on Thursday, April 2 from noon until 6:30 p.m. and Friday, April 3 from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Devices are available to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students do not need to be present, but you must provide their student ID or provide their ID number. See more details.
Posted March 24, 2020
Posted March 21, 2020
Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) has released the initial phase of supplemental learning materials available online. Resources for supplemental learning are not intended to replace classroom instruction or district-adopted curriculum. No content will be graded and all of these activities are optional.
The materials include supplemental materials based on grade level and include daily activities coupled with “brain breaks” and stress relievers. Materials are also available in Spanish. To access the materials, click here.
SKPS will be following up next with hard-copy materials for students.
Beginning the week of March 30, SKPS will begin targeted outreach to support seniors on their path toward graduation.
Posted March 20, 2020
In accordance with Governor Brown’s directives around social distancing, Salem-Keizer Public Schools buildings will be closed to the public March 23-27. For general inquiries call (503) 399-3000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meals will continue to be offered at 35 sites districtwide between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those locations are available here.
This is a bilingual message from Superintendent Christy Perry and Elementary Level Director Olga Cobb for our community.
Message from Salem-Keizer Public Schools – March 20, 2020
Posted March 18, 2020
In keeping with the latest direction from Governor Brown, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) will extend the emergency closure through April 28. That closure could be shortened or extended at the direction of Governor Brown. Students are currently scheduled to return April 29.
“We are in uncharted territory,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. “At no time have our schools, our districts or our public education system been faced with so many uncertainties. We’re grateful for the continued guidance from the state so that we can help be sense makers for our community. We do not have answers to all of the questions at this time, but we will work as quickly as possible to chart an equitable and healthy path forward for our students, staff and their families.”
All regular staff will continue to be paid throughout the emergency closure that began on March 16. This includes, but is not limited to, teachers, instructional assistants, bus drivers, custodians and maintenance staff.
Meals will continue to be offered at 36 locations throughout Salem and Keizer from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Those locations are available here. In addition, the district is partnering with the United Way, Marion-Polk Food Share, Mano a Mano and local houses of worship to expand wraparound supports at sites as well as ways that the meal service can adapt to better meet the community’s needs.
District leaders are prioritizing creating a pathway to graduation for high school students. With additional guidance from ODE forthcoming, information for impacted students and their families will be provided the week of March 30. In the meantime, supplemental resources for learning will be distributed to families beginning the week of March 23. Resources for home learning are not intended to replace classroom instruction or district-adopted curriculum. No content will be graded.
SKPS leadership has begun reaching out to first responders and healthcare workers to assess their needs and develop an emergency plan for their childcare.
Posted March 13, 2020
In keeping with the latest direction from Governor Kate Brown, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education, Salem-Keizer Public Schools will close March 16 through March 31.
In order to help alleviate food insecurity, we will be offering breakfast and lunch grab and go bags, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 35 locations. Meals are available to any child 18 and under.
The locations are:
Auburn Elementary School
Bush Elementary School
Chavez Elementary School
Claggett Creek Middle School
Cummings Elementary School
Englewood Elementary School
Four Corners Elementary School
Grant Community School
Hallman Elementary School
Hammond Elementary School
Harritt Elementary School
Hayesville Elementary School
Highland Elementary School
Hoover Elementary School
Houck Middle School
Judson Middle School
Keizer Elementary School
Kennedy Elementary School
Lamb Elementary School
Lee Elementary School
Leslie Middle School
McKay High School
McNary High School
Miller Elementary School
Morningside Elementary School
North Salem High School
Richmond Elementary School
Salem Heights Elementary School
South Salem High School
Sumpter Elementary School
Walker Middle School
Washington Elementary School
Weddle Elementary School
Whiteaker Middle School
Wright Elementary School
We are extremely grateful for our community partners that are providing additional resources at many of these sites.
Marion Polk Food Share has multiple food pantry sites around the community, as well. Click the link here to view locations.
In addition, Community Action: HOME Youth Services’ Drop-In Center provides three meals a day via the USDA food program to any youth between the ages of 11-18. Food boxes also can be obtained at that location, 625 Union St. NE, Salem.
Colonia Libertad Apartment Complex, 2911 Saddle Creek Club Ct. SE, Salem.
SKPS will continue to monitor the situation in conjunction with state agencies and will provide updates during the extended break.
Las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer Ofrecerán Comidas Empacadas para Llevar en 36 Escuelas
En continuidad con los recientes mandatos de la gobernadora Kate Brown, El Departamento de Salud de Oregón, y el Departamento de Educación Estatal, el Distrito Escolar de Salem-Keizer cerrará las escuelas del 16 de marzo hasta el 31 de marzo.
Con el propósito de apoyar a nuestros estudiantes, estaremos ofreciendo desayunos y almuerzos empacados para llevar de lunes a viernes de 11 a.m. a 12 p.m. en 35 escuelas. Las comidas serán para cualquier niño/a de 18 años y menores.
Las escuelas son las siguientes:
Escuela Intermedia Claggett Creek
Escuela Four Corners
Escuela Intermedia Judson
Escuela Superior McKay
Escuela Superior McNary
Escuela Superior North Salem
Escuela Salem Heights
Escuela Superior South Salem
Escuela Intermedia Walker