Safe & Welcoming Schools

Safe & Welcoming Schools 2018-03-13T13:27:40+00:00
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Salem-Keizer Public Schools

Strategic Initiatives



Paulus Administration Center

1309 Ferry St SE
Salem, OR 97301

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Linda Myers,
Director of Strategic Initiatives

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The Salem-Keizer Public Schools Board of Directors is committed to the vision:

ALL students graduate and are prepared for a successful life.

This requires that the School Board attend to the effects of resource allocation, program development, and support systems on ALL students. This equity lens is designed to ensure decisions are made that provide for EACH student’s needs so the District’s vision can be realized.


  • Equity in the Salem-Keizer School District will not be confused with equality where all students are treated the same. Equity will be attained when the achievements of our historically underserved students match the outcomes of students in the dominant culture, when underserved groups increase in capacity and power, and when barriers to student success have been mitigated or eliminated.
  • This commitment means that student success will not be predicted nor predetermined by characteristics such as, but not limited to, race, national origin, religion, disability, geographic location, economic circumstance, mobility, native language, sexual orientation, gender identity,
    or level of proficiency upon entering our schools.
  • The Board will consider the impact of proposed changes on underserved, diverse, and marginalized individuals and groups. Changes in resource allocation, design, and implementation of policies and programs will be considered in light of equitable outcomes.
  • Regular data collection and analysis will reveal the effect of resource allocation, policies, and programs on equitable outcomes.

The Board will

  • adopt an equity lens to guide decisions that come before the board;
  • annually review the policies of the Board, specifically the executive limitations and results policies, to ensure the work of the Board is focused on equitable outcomes; and
  • ensure that the communities of our students who are not achieving desirable outcomes are included in deliberations as decisions are being considered.

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School Board says all students are welcome/included

Dear Salem-Keizer families:

As leaders of Salem-Keizer Public Schools, it is important to us that all of our students and their families feel safe, welcome and included. We hope you share this same desire.

Recently, the School Board passed a resolution reinforcing the board’s expectations that the district create and maintain safe and welcoming schools. The full text, in multiple languages, is attached below.

In basic terms, it says everyone is welcome in our schools regardless of race, gender identity, sexuality, immigration status, country of origin or other factors. It also says that everyone is entitled to academic success regardless of their background or family circumstances and each student will be provided the necessary supports to ensure that success. We would urge you to read the resolution in its entirety.

We will do our best to maintain a positive, inclusive environment in our schools. Anything you can do to reinforce these attributes would be greatly appreciated.

Salem-Keizer Public Schools are, and will continue to be, a place where students and their families can focus on learning without fear of discrimination or harassment. We have communicated with the leadership, staff and students in our schools, but more remains to be done. Through communication and training, we can ensure that everyone in our schools knows how to be sensitive to their colleagues, students and families.

As parents, you are the most important influence in the lives of your children. Thank you for thinking about how we can all work together to make our district a safe and welcoming place for all students and families.

Safe & Welcoming Schools Flyer - English

Safe & Welcoming Schools Flyer – English

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Escuelas de entorno seguro y acogedor (Safe & Welcoming Schools Flyer – Spanish)

Safe & Welcoming Schools Resolution

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Safe & Welcoming Schools Resolution – English

Safe & Welcoming Resolution - Spanish

Español – Safe and Welcoming Schools Resolution – Spanish

Safe & Welcoming Schools - Russian

русский –  Safe & Welcoming Schools – Russian

Safe & Welcoming Schools (Chuukese)

Chuukese – Safe & Welcoming Schools – Chuukese

Safe & Welcoming Schools -Vietnamese

Tiếng Việt – Safe & Welcoming Schools -Vietnamese

Safe & Welcoming Schools Resolution - Marshallese

Safe & Welcoming Schools Resolution – Marshallese

Safe & Welcoming Schools Letter to Parents

Safe & Welcoming Schools Parent Letter - English

Safe & Welcoming Schools Parent Letter – English

Safe & Welcoming Parent Letter - Spanish

Español – Safe & Welcoming Parent Letter – Spanish

Safe & Welcoming Parent Letter - Russian

русский – Safe & Welcoming Parent Letter – Russian

Safe & Welcoming Parent Letter - Chuukese

Safe & Welcoming Parent Letter – Chuukese

Safe & Welcoming Parent Letter - Marshallese

Safe & Welcoming Parent Letter – Marshallese

Safe & Welcoming Parent Letter - Vietnamese

Tiếng Việt – Safe & Welcoming Parent Letter – Vietnamese