Statement from Superintendent Perry Regarding School Closure and High School Guidance

With the preservation of public health as the guiding light, today Governor Brown and the Oregon Department of Education announced that our school doors will not open again for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Like you, we are hurting, but we know this latest guidance comes as another measure to keep us as safe and healthy as we can be.

For the Class of 2020 – we see you. There is no world in which this is fair. We will not give up on finding creative ways to honor you and restore every amount of normalcy that we can. At this time, no decisions have been made about graduation ceremonies or the opportunity for students to reschedule events like proms as we are awaiting further direction regarding social distancing requirements. As soon as we know, we will share that as we know you are anxious for information on the year-end traditions and celebrations.

With this announcement comes important guidance for high school students, particularly our nearly 3,000 high school seniors. There is no change to the number of credits required to graduate. We now consider March 13th as the final day of coursework just for students in the class of 2020, and we will issue a .5 credit as “Pass,” or “No Grade” for the work completed t o this date. This guidance applies to students set to graduate in June of 2020. For those seniors who don’t have enough credits as of March 13, we will create individualized distance learning schedules to help you earn credits through the end of the school year to stay on track with the Class of 2020. In addition, Essential Skills and Personalized Learning Requirements are suspended.

This guidance issued by ODE aligns with the SKPS Distance Learning Plan in that the district will be moving to a pass, no grade system in grades 9-12 for the remainder of the closure period.

As we evaluate this guidance, we will communicate additional details directly from your school, and high school seniors will receive individual guidance on next steps.

We will continue to honor distance learning for all of our students in grades K-8, and we will follow a plan to report on progress toward focused standards for Distance Learning. Distance learning begins on Monday, April 13, but please know we do not expect it to look like the school days we had only a handful of weeks ago.

To view the full guidance from the state, please click here.

If you weren’t able to get a Chromebook for your student, you can rent one for free for the remainder of the emergency closure. Just come to any one of our high schools between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. this Friday, April 10.

We will continue to provide free meals between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday at all of our 35 sites throughout the duration of the emergency closure, and on Monday, we’ll open Eyre Elementary as an additional location, as well.

We know this is unlike anything we as educators, parents or student s have ever seen before. Since this emergency closure began, our priority has been and will continue to be our high school students. Our educators and administrators are committed to being problem-solvers and partners for our high schoolers so their paths to graduation are not interrupted by this pandemic. We’re grateful to our partners in neighboring districts, at the state and in higher education for taking extraordinary measures to help us provide individualized and unique learning opportunities.

We urge you – please err on the side of caution. Stay home. Stay healthy. Our buildings, fields and playgrounds may be closed, but we are still here to support you. We can’t wait to see all of you again.

2020-04-22T11:10:21-08:00April 8th, 2020|

Message from Salem-Keizer Public Schools – March 20, 2020

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

2020-03-20T15:06:06-08:00March 20th, 2020|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools Seeks Community Input on School Boundary Adjustments at Dec. 4 Listening Sessions

Links to surveys on Task Force Proposal #4 can be found on the boundary adjustments page.

Parents, students, school neighbors and community members are invited to attend a Boundary Review Task Force Listening Session on Dec. 4 to share feedback on possible school attendance area boundary adjustments.

Boundary adjustments are needed to relieve overcrowding and put to use the new spaces being built in the 2018 bond program. During the boundary review process, all school attendance area boundaries in the Salem-Keizer School District are being reviewed, however not all boundaries will need to be adjusted.

A Boundary Review Task Force made up of community volunteers has been reviewing boundaries and proposing adjustments since early October. The goal of the Task Force is to create a recommendation for the Superintendent for adjusted boundaries that balances school enrollments across the district, prepares schools for future growth, and identifies implications for the 2018 bond program.

Public input is important to helping the Task Force create a proposal for adjusted boundaries. The community is invited to attend a Boundary Review Task Force Listening Session on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, from 6-8 p.m. at one of four locations:

Kennedy Elementary School

4912 Noren Ave. NE, Keizer
Areas of focus will be Keizer/McNary and West Salem schools, most notably: Claggett Creek and Whiteaker middle schools; Clear Lake, Cummings, Forest Ridge, Gubser, Kalapuya, Keizer, Kennedy, Myers and Weddle elementary schools.

Four Corners Elementary School

500 Elma Ave. SE, Salem
Areas of focus will be North Salem/McKay area schools, most notably: Houck Middle School; Auburn, Chávez, Eyre, Four Corners, Hammond, Hayesville, Lamb, Miller, Swegle and Yoshikai elementary schools.

Waldo Middle School

2805 Lansing Ave. NE, Salem
Areas of focus will be McKay/North Salem area schools, most notably: North Salem High School; Parrish Middle School; Hallman, Hoover and Washington elementary schools.

Judson Middle School

4512 Jones Road SE, Salem
Areas of focus will be South/Sprague area schools, most notably: South Salem and Sprague high schools; Bush, Battle Creek, Candalaria, Lee, Liberty, McKinley, Morningside, Salem Heights and Schirle elementary schools.

Parents and community members from all school neighborhoods are welcome to attend; attendance is not limited to residents of the school neighborhoods listed.

The presentations at Four Corners and Waldo will be co-presented in English and Spanish. Additionally, Spanish interpreters will be available at all locations. Childcare and snacks will be provided.

Please contact SKPS at (503) 399-3290 for other accommodations, such as ASL interpretation, at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Expresa tu opinión sobre los ajustes de los límites escolares

Familias del distrito escolar de Salem-Keizer, el próximo 4 de diciembre se llevarán a cabo sesiónes informativas para la comunidad acerca de los ajustes de límites a las escuelas del distrito. Sus hijos podrían ser asignados a diferentes escuelas el próximo año, dependiendo de donde usted vive. Su asistencia es importante, tendrá la oportunidad de expresar su opinión sobre los ajustes de límites escolares con los miembros del grupo de trabajo. Se proporcionarán bocadillos y cuidado de niños. Tendremos interpretes disponibles en español.

SESIÓNES INFORMATIVAS 4 de dec., 6 a 8 p.m.

Esquela Primaria Kennedy

4912 Noren Ave. NE, Keizer
Las áreas de enfoque serán en las escuelas de Keizer y West Salem, en particular: las escuelas intermedias Claggett Creek y Whiteaker; escuelas primarias de Clear Lake, Cummings, Forest Ridge, Gubser, Keizer, Kennedy y Weddle.

Esquela Primaria Four Corners

500 Elma Ave. SE, Salem
Las áreas de enfoque serán las escuelas del área de North Salem/McKay, en particular: Esquela Intermedia Houck; escuelas primarias de Auburn, Chávez, Eyre, Four Corners, Hammond, Hayesville, Lamb, Miller, Swegle y Yoshikai.

Esquela Intermedia Waldo

2805 Lansing Ave. NE, Salem
Las áreas de enfoque serán las escuelas del área McKay/North Salem, en particular: Esquela Preparatoria North Salem; Escuela Intermedia Parrish; escuelas primarias Hallman, Hoover y Washington.

Esquela Intermedia Judson

4512 Jones Road SE, Salem
Las áreas de enfoque serán las escuelas del área South/Sprague, en particular: las escuelas preparatorias South Salem y Sprague; escuelas primarias de Bush, Candalaria, Lee, Liberty, McKinley, Morningside, Salem Heights y Schirle.

TODOS SON BIENVENIDOS

Expresar su opinión sobre los ajustes de límites escolares con los miembros del grupo de trabajo.
https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/boundary-adjustments/

2018-12-13T11:09:25-08:00November 30th, 2018|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools Launches “Every Day 24J!” to Address Chronic Absenteeism

Buses were rolling this morning carrying almost half of Salem-Keizer Public Schools’ (SKPS) 42,000 students, but with the back-to-school excitement was another message: “Every Day 24J!” Nearly one in three students in SKPS is chronically absent, and this year, schools and community organizations are collaborating to identify barriers to attendance and develop solutions.

The campaign officially launched at Auburn Elementary, where Principal Katie Shumway identified the shift in weather as one of the contributing factors to absenteeism. Auburn is a neighborhood school, and many of its 700 students live within the one-mile radius of the school, meaning they don’t have access school bus transportation. Through the work of the Every Day 24J committee, One Thousand Soles was able to purchase 50 pairs of rain boots at a reduced cost from Wilco. Students who attended the school’s back-to-school picnic received raffle tickets, and winners will be announced at the school on Mondays and Fridays – the days the school has the lowest attendance. Auburn is just one example of the purpose of Every Day 24J! – to identify barriers, create solutions and encourage positive behaviors.

“We believe that all parents want what’s best for their kids and that’s why we continue to look for ways to build relationships with families and strengthen community partnerships,” said Shumway. “We strive meet families where they’re at and provide the tools and resources necessary to get kids here and learning at Auburn every day. When we begin to see dips in student attendance, our community school outreach coordinator works to find out why and then identifies those resources that can create solutions.”

Additional community organizations have come forward to help provide rain gear for more students.

“We know that September is the most critical month for setting a student’s attendance pattern,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. “What happens during that first month sets the tone for the entire year, and we know there’s a direct correlation between attendance and graduation. We see chronic absenteeism from students across all spectrums – cultural norms and socioeconomic statuses play roles, but we also see students who are performing really well at school who might not see the connection between attendance and employability after graduation. We must all use our sphere of influence to make those connections for our children – their futures depend on it.”

Students who miss just two days of school a month will miss a month of school each year. If a student continues that pattern through elementary and middle school, he or she will have lost an entire year of instruction by ninth grade. According to the Oregon Department of Education, students who attend school regularly are 172 percent more likely to graduate.

South Salem High Senior Kudzai Kapurura shared her perspective as a student: “In high school, you’re an independent, so it’s no longer really your parents telling you to go to school – it’s more of a personal decision. Some students don’t want to go because they don’t feel like they’re included in the community at their school. I think more than it’s credited, that’s a big part of why attendance drops in high school. When students don’t feel included, their grades start to drop. That combination makes people not want to go.”

The Every Day 24J committee comprised of district staff and community members will continue to meet throughout the year to identify benchmarks for success and develop additional solutions to remove barriers for attendance. Through a grant from Kaiser Permanente, the Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality is simultaneously developing attendance supports for families in the North Salem High feeder system. For more information on how to support the campaign, please contact Community Relations and Communications at (503) 399-3038 or by emailing info@salkeiz.k12.or.us.

2018-09-19T15:10:32-08:00September 5th, 2018|