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.

2020-07-01T11:10:31-08:00April 8th, 2020|

McKay Seniors Return to Scott Elementary for Parade of Honor 2019

McKay High School seniors who attended Scott Elementary as children returned to their former school today for their Parade of Honor. They walked through the hallways lined with current Scott students and staff who cheered them on. Congratulations Royal Scots!

McKay Parade of Honor at Scott Elementary

McKay Parade of Honor at Scott Elementary

McKay Parade of Honor at Scott Elementary

McKay Parade of Honor at Scott Elementary

McKay Parade of Honor at Scott Elementary

McKay Parade of Honor at Scott Elementary

McKay Parade of Honor at Scott Elementary

McKay Parade of Honor at Scott Elementary

2019-06-03T19:25:52-08:00June 3rd, 2019|

Every Day 24J

Missing a day or two of school may not seem like a big deal, but that time matters. If a student misses just two days of school a month, by the end of the year, that adds up to an entire month of lost instruction.

At Salem-Keizer Public Schools, we want all of our students to graduate prepared for successful lives. Students who regularly attend school are more likely to graduate, setting the stage for success in college and higher rates of employability.

Be there all day, every day in District 24J.

2019-06-12T07:00:14-08:00September 25th, 2018|

Diariamente, todos los días en el Distrito 24J

El perder un día o dos de clases podría parecer irrelevante, pero ese tiempo es muy importante. Si un estudiante pierde solo dos días de clases al mes, al final del año escolar, esto representa un mes entero de clases perdidas.

En las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer, queremos que todos los estudiantes se gradúen preparados para una vida exitosa. Los estudiantes que asisten regularmente a la escuela, tienen 172 porciento mayor probabilidad de graduarse, estableciendo así las bases para el éxito en la universidad y mayores índices de empleabilidad.

Asistir a la escuela diariamente, todos los días en el Distrito 24J.

2018-09-26T14:08:00-08:00September 25th, 2018|

McKay Graduation Changes

05.04.18

Hello McKay Parents and Community,

The spring is an exciting time of the year as we celebrate our students’ accomplishments and begin planning for the coming year.  For our seniors and their families, we are excited to be celebrating you all at graduation on Friday, June 8th at 8:00 pm at the Pavilion at the Oregon State Fairgrounds.

Our team is working to finalize our planning around this event.  There are some adjustments we are required to make this year.  This is to meet both facility and safety guidelines for the Pavilion location.  We are expecting a large graduating class here at McKay of over 500 students.  The Pavilion has a maximum capacity that cannot exceed 5,000 people.  The fact is we have outgrown what is currently the largest venue we can rent to hold our graduation ceremony.  For the last two years, there have been security and safety concerns because of overcrowding in the seating areas.

To ensure we are complying with facility and safety guidelines we are implementing the following:

  1. Each McKay HS graduate will receive 10 tickets for this event.

  2. Each graduate will be surveyed for the number of tickets they may need for graduation.

  3. We can guarantee 10 tickets per graduate to start and will consider requests for additional tickets if other graduates are not using all 10 of their allotted tickets.

  4. Tickets will be distributed to graduates on Tuesday, May 29 with their caps & gowns.

  5. Only guests with tickets will be allowed into the Pavilion. Children under age 5 who can sit on a parent/guardian’s lap will be allowed without a ticket. 

We recognize that changes in our processes can, at times, be difficult to navigate.  We truly thank you  for your patience and understanding with this new process and in helping us ensure that we can provide a memorable graduation for our seniors in a safe and secure environment.

Sincerely,

Mr. Schoepper
Principal, McKay High School

05.04.18

Un saludo a los padres y a toda la comunidad de McKay:

La primavera es una época emocionante del año en la que celebramos los logros de nuestros estudiantes y comenzamos a planificar para el próximo año. Para nuestros estudiantes del 12do grado y sus familias, estamos entusiasmados por celebrar su graduación el 8 de junio a las 8pm en el Pavilion del Oregon State Fairgrounds.

Nuestro equipo de organización está trabajando para finalizar la planificación de este evento. Han surgido algunos ajustes que se nos ha requerido hacer este año. Esto es para cumplir los lineamientos de seguridad general y los establecidos por las instalaciones del Pavilion. Esperamos la asistencia de un gran número de graduandos en McKay de más de 500 estudiantes. El Pavilion tiene una capacidad máxima que no puede exceder de 5000 personas. En efecto, nosotros hemos sobrepasado la capacidad máxima de los lugares de mayor capacidad que podemos alquilar para llevar a cabo nuestra ceremonia de graduación. En los últimos dos años, hemos tenido preocupaciones de prevención y seguridad debido a la superpoblación en las áreas de los asientos.

Para asegurar que cumplamos con los lineamientos de seguridad y prevención de las instalaciones, implementaremos las siguientes normas:

  1. Cada graduando de la Escuela Preparatoria McKay recibirá 10 boletos de entrada para este evento.

  2. Cada graduando será encuestado acerca del número de boletos que ellos puedan necesitar para este evento.

  3. Garantizaremos 10 boletos por graduando para comenzar y consideraremos las solicitudes de boletos adicionales si otros graduandos no usarán todos sus 10 boletos asignados.

  4. Los boletos de entrada les serán entregados a los graduandos el martes 29 de mayo con sus togas y birretes.

  5. Solo los invitados con boleto les será permitida la entrada al Pavilion. Los niños menores de 5 años de edad que se puedan sentar en el regazo de sus padres serán permitidos sin boleto de entrada.

Nosotros reconocemos que los cambios en los procesos, en algunas ocasiones, pueden ser difíciles de aceptar. Nosotros verdaderamente apreciamos su paciencia y comprensión en este nuevo proceso y su ayuda a asegurar que podamos proveer una graduación memorable para nuestros graduandos en un ambiente seguro y a salvo.

Sinceramente,

Sr. Schoepper
Director, Escuela Preparatoria McKay

2018-10-16T07:11:06-08:00May 9th, 2018|
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