Salem-Keizer Public Schools Releases Updated Student Dress Code

July 31, 2019

The updates come after students, staff share feedback about dress codes and how they are enforced

SALEM, Ore. – Last June, five Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) students provided public comments before the Board of Directors regarding the district’s dress code and requesting updates. Unbeknownst to them, district officials had already begun looking at the dress code and discussing updates with representatives from the student equity committee. With feedback from building administrators, SKPS has updated its dress code.

SKPS Dress Code Policy

Salem-Keizer Public Schools expects that all students will dress in a way that is appropriate for the school day or for any school-sponsored event. Student dress choices should respect the intent to sustain a community that is inclusive of a diverse range of identities. The primary responsibility for a student’s attire resides with the student and their parent(s) or guardian(s). The school district is responsible for seeing that student attire does not interfere with the health or safety of any student, that student attire does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student, and that dress code enforcement does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any group based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income, or body type/size. Any restrictions to the way a student dresses must be necessary to support the overall educational goals of the school and must be explained within this dress code.

1. Basic Principle: Certain body parts must be covered for all students at all times.

Clothes must be worn in a way such that genitals, buttocks, breasts, and nipples are fully covered with opaque fabric. All items listed in the “must wear” and “may wear” categories below must meet this basic principle.

2. Students Must Wear*, while following the basic principle of Section 1 above:

• A Shirt (with fabric in the front, back, and on the sides under the arms), AND

• Pants/jeans or the equivalent (for example, a skirt, sweatpants, leggings, a dress or shorts), AND

• Shoes.

*Courses that include attire as part of the curriculum (for example, professionalism, public speaking, and job readiness) may include assignment-specific dress, but should not focus on covering bodies in a particular way or promoting culturally-specific attire. Activity-specific shoes requirements are permitted (for example, athletic shoes for PE).

3. Students May Wear, as long as these items do not violate Section 1 above:

• Hats facing straight forward or straight backward. Hats must allow the face to be visible to staff, and not interfere with the line of sight of any student or staff.

• Religious head coverings.

• Religious headwear.

• Hoodie sweatshirts are allowed; however, hoods may not cover the head indoors.

• Fitted pants, including opaque leggings, yoga pants and “skinny jeans”

• Pajamas

• Ripped jeans, as long as underwear and buttocks are not exposed.

• Tank tops, including spaghetti straps; halter tops

• Athletic attire

• Visible waistbands on undergarments or visible straps on undergarments worn under other clothing (as long as this is done in a way that does not violate Section 1 above).

4. Students Cannot Wear:

• Violent language or images.

• Gang-affiliated clothing.

• Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity).

• Hate speech, profanity, pornography.

• Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or consistently marginalized groups.

• Any clothing that reveals visible undergarments (visible waistbands and visible straps are allowed)

• Swimsuits (except as required in class or athletic practice).

• Accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon.

• Any item that obscures the face or ears (except as a religious observance).

Adjustments to the dress code may be made on a case-by-case basis for a student’s IEP, 504 or social and emotional learning.

These dress code guidelines shall apply to regular school days and summer school days, as well as any school-related events and activities, such as graduation ceremonies, dances and prom.

2019-08-22T09:34:43-08:00July 31st, 2019|

Applications for Lunch, Sports, Testing, & Dual Credit Discounts

Summer is almost over and that means it is time to take care of business.

Here are some links to help you get started!

To apply for Free or Reduced Lunches or to pay for lunches, Click on this Lunch application link:

To apply for sports, testing or dual credit discounts, Click this link.

As always, if you have questions please contact the main office at 503-399-3080. Our summer hours are 7:30am – 4:00pm.



2019-07-31T11:35:58-08:00July 31st, 2019|

McKay Announces Boys Basketball Interim Head Coach

McKay Athletics is excited to welcome Keista McCrae as Interim Boys Basketball Coach. KJ attended Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, CA, where he earned an A.A. degree and then transferred to Portland State University, in Portland, OR, on football scholarship and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Science. KJ is currently attending Grand Canyon University where he is working toward earning his Masters of Education in Secondary Education. Coach McCrae has been a coach for football at the High School and Collegiate level for the past 8 years. He has been a basketball referee for the past 7 years and a college referee for the past 3 years. Along with being the Boys Basketball Coach, KJ will also be a Behavior Specialist at McKay, as well as Defensive Coordinator for our football program. Being inside the school will give KJ the opportunity to build positive relationships with our students and help them reach their full potential through the teaching of our 3 core values of Leadership, Scholarship, and Competitiveness. “I am excited for this opportunity and this challenge to grow as a coach, but I am most excited for this opportunity to impact the young people of our community in a positive way! #GoScots #CompeteIEYD” We are extremely excited for what the future holds for Basketball, Football, and all of our programs that coach McCrae will be involved with. Please help us in giving an amazing Royal Scots Welcome to Teacher and Coach KJ McCrae. #ScotsPride

2019-07-31T10:38:36-08:00July 31st, 2019|

McKay Announces Girls Wrestling Coach

McKay Athletics is excited to announce Logan Fore as the new Head Girls Wrestling Coach. Logan grew up in Windsor California and started wrestling at the age of 4, he graduated from Windsor High School where he wrestled all four years. Logan went on to wrestle at Santa Rosa junior college and is a 2x All American. Logan has 5 years of Coaching experience that include Windsor Middle School, Clagget Creek Middle School, and McKay High School where he just finished up a very successful season as an assistant coach. Logan said he looks forward to another great and successful year at McKay and hopes to grow the program. We are excited to see the amount of success Logan and his team will bring to our kids and community as they teach our three core values of Leadership, Scholarship, and Competitiveness in the sport of girls wrestling


Welcome to the team Coach

2019-07-31T10:37:14-08:00July 31st, 2019|

Avoid the Lines—Register On-line!

Want to avoid LONG LINES???  It’s time to register for McKay High School! You can take care of the paperwork using the ParentVue links on the school’s website. Simply click the links below and follow the instructions.  Call the main office if you have questions.
Parents. Close; Track Your Student’s Important Info with ParentVUE-Track your student’s grades, assignments, schedules, attendance, and more; Pay Fees and Fines through this Online Payment Portal-Online Payment Portal for paying student fines and fees. NOT FOR SCHOOL MEALS. School Meals-Links to pay for school meals with EZSchoolPay, Meal Prices, School Meal Menus, and Free & Reduced …

Click here to register on-line!

2019-07-26T09:04:03-08:00July 26th, 2019|

McKay Announces New Head Boys Golf Coach

McKay Athletics is excited to announce the hiring of Head Boys Golf Coach Derick Handley. Derick is a graduate from Sprague High School, where he played Varsity Basketball and Baseball. He later went on to college at Western Oregon University where he earned his Bachelor’s in History and Masters in Education. Derick coached freshman basketball at North Salem for 2 years, varsity girls basketball for 4 years at McKay and 3 years at McNary, Derick has coaching experience in baseball, tennis, and just finished up his first season as Co-Head Coach for girls golf. He is currently an Instructional Coach at McKay High School and is excited to continue to grow the numbers in the program and improve the program academically. Derick looks forward to building off the momentum of this past season where Golf had 2 girls and 2 boys compete in districts. Help us in welcoming back Derick Handley to the Royal Scots family where we strive to teach our three core values of Leadership, Scholarship, and Competitiveness. Go Scots

2019-07-23T15:40:59-08:00July 23rd, 2019|

New Head Football Coach Announced

McKay Athletics is excited to announce the hiring of Interim Head Football Coach Brandis Piper. Brandis attended Century High School, and then Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon where he played Football and received his BA in History. During his college football career he received many recognitions and started all 36 game. He spent 4 years at Stayton as Offensive Coordinator and Academic Coordinator, then moved on to Willamette University as Running Backs Coach for 2 years. Brandis also has coaching experience at the high school level in Basketball and Baseball at Century, Stayton, and McKay high schools. Brandis is currently an Instructional Coach and AVID teacher at McKay High School. Brandis is excited to work with McKay’s student athletes describing them as great people, hard workers, and role models. The athletic department is excited for the leadership Brandis and his staff will bring to our kids and community as they teach our three core values of Leadership, Scholarship, and Competitiveness.

2019-07-23T15:12:34-08:00July 23rd, 2019|

McKay Graduate Erika Figueroa Rico Awarded $10,000 Scholarship

Comcast Leaders & Achievers Scholarship announced that McKay High School graduate Erika Figueroa Rico is among two Founders scholars in Oregon and was awarded $10,000. The award winners are celebrated on this Facebook post.

Congratulations Erika!

Go Scots!

2019-07-22T14:13:42-08:00July 22nd, 2019|
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