Hello McKay Community,
I know that with the news that came out about furlough days, there are a lot of questions of what that means for our distance learning model. As you have likely heard, the state is predicting significant budget shortfalls, and these furlough days will help save the district up to $8 million to go toward saving programs and staffing next year. Thankfully, due to state and federal relief programs, employees will access additional resources, so they will not see impacts to their pay. Current staff will see a 20% reduction in their work hours, and for the most part, that means that the entire district will be closed on Fridays. Grab and go meals can still be accessed on Fridays, and I encourage you to take advantage of that. Please note that due to construction, we will have to close down the McKay meal site on June 1. Meals can be accessed at Chavez Elementary, though, from 11-1. And on Tuesdays beginning June 2, Chavez also will offer free boxes of food from Marion Polk Food Share. You can access meal site information here.
With the reduction in work hours, we will offer instruction Monday-Thursday. Just like with normal weekends, students may still receive assignments to complete during that time, but there will be no synchronous learning or office hours on Fridays.
For our educators, furlough days will be May 22, May 29, June 5 and June 11, which is a Thursday. The rest of the district will continue furloughing on Fridays through July 31. There are frequently asked questions about the furlough here.
We also have some great news out of McKay this week, and that was the announcement of Larkin Foley as the Regional Teacher of the Year! We are so proud of Larkin, and we know she will represent us well at the state level!
This has been a challenging year to say the least, but I am proud of our community for how we have adapted to everything that has come our way. I hope you all continue to stay healthy and safe. We look forward to when we can welcome everyone back to McKay, and with the amount of construction that’s already begun here, it’s safe to say McKay will look like a totally different place when you do.
A Message to our McKay High School Class of 2020
From: Rob Schoepper, Principal
To our Royal Scot Seniors:
As you have already heard, Governor Brown announced that schools across the State of Oregon will remain closed through the end of the school year. Although this information did not come as a shock, it is difficult to express how disappointed I was to hear this news. To many of our McKay staff and community, our Senior events and our McKay Graduation are the absolute highlights of the year. These next two months were reserved to celebrate and honor you and your accomplishments through 13 years of education. It was reserved for your Senior Prom, your Senior Sunset Dinner, your Senior Awards, reminiscing with your classmates of 13 years, and, ultimately, your graduation day. We will be getting back to you on what we can do at McKay to try to salvage some of these important milestones.
This is not how I envisioned addressing you at this time in your high school career. Please know that you are the ones that are on everyone’s mind right now. You have managed the late nights, the rigorous assessments, the relationships, the homework sessions after work, the heartbreaks, the setbacks, and the successes. You have found ways to balance all of the highs and lows and continued to move toward the goals you have set for yourselves. You have successfully navigated your way through the challenging gauntlet of high school and are worthy of being honored. My heart goes out to you and your families.
McKay High School will be doing everything we can to find innovative ways to honor you over the course of the next couple of months. You represent the very best in our McKay community and deserve to be honored. You have made us proud!
Regarding the remaining two months of your education at McKay High School, please see the important points below.
· Seniors in good standing (meaning on track to graduate and passing all classes as of March 13th) will be issued credit for classes in progress and will graduate on time.
· Seniors not in good standing as of March 13th will engage in distance learning opportunities with McKay teachers to recover credit and graduate on time. Teachers will focus efforts on standards not met as of March 13th and/or credit recovery opportunities to meet graduation requirements. You will have as many opportunities as needed to get to a passing grade and support from the McKay staff and community.
· Each senior family will be contacted to review any remaining graduation requirements, as well as, post-graduation opportunities.
· For information from Colt Gill, Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Oregon, related to Oregon high school seniors, please click here.
Rob Schoepper, Principal
Royal Scot Family,
Today is a very sad day for our community. David Murao, a freshman at our school, has passed away. We’ve been in touch with his family, and in this time of great grief and sorrow, they are appreciative of our school community that is mourning with them. David’s passing is even more difficult with the current restrictions on gatherings and social distance – we wish we could all be together to grieve him as a family. We do have counselors who are standing by and ready to talk to you – you do not have to go through this experience alone. Some of you may get calls from our counselors without reaching out, but if you do want help, please just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll get a call from someone who can help you through this. You can also text teen helpers at the Oregon YouthLine between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. daily by texting “teen2teen” to 839863. You are not alone in this. Your teachers, coaches and other school staff are grieving with you, and we are here to help you. Many of our students in the Pacific Islander community are connected to Ken Ramirez – please know that he is also a helper and will be there for you.
Let us honor David by coming together anyway we safely can in this time of immense sadness.
With profound appreciation for our McKay community,
Principal Rob Schoepper
Hello McKay Community,
Salem-Keizer Public Schools is working closely with our public health agencies to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep our students and staff safe. Our custodial staff has increased the frequency of cleaning shared surfaces like bus seats, desks, doorknobs and tables, but we know the number one way to help prevent the spread of this virus, as well as the cold and flu, is to ensure that we encourage healthy behaviors like handwashing. If handwashing is not available, hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol are recommended. Should a case be diagnosed in our district, we will follow the direction of our public health agencies, and communications will go out to our community through autodialers, emails, website postings, social media updates and press releases.
Below you will find a number of resources for our community, students and families:
From the National Association of School Psychologists, resources for parents to talk to their children about the coronavirus: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource?fbclid=IwAR1fUL-8nrl8vRuzFvYXg4jPn9mCai1TJNGN0KdLry_xQupoqlBj1g1TDxw
From Oregon Health Authority, Resources for Families and Schools in English, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Somali and Vietnamese: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/healthsafety/Pages/COVID19.aspx
From Oregon Health Authority, images for social media: https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/healthsafety/Documents/Social%20Media%20Images.pdf
From the World Health Foundation, when to use a mask: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/when-and-how-to-use-masks
From Mythbusters, a (yucky) video about sneezing safely: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vw0hIs2LEg&feature=youtu.be
From Johns Hopkins Medicine, a video about how to wash your hands effectively: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IisgnbMfKvI&feature=youtu.be
From ChildcareResources.org, just about the cutest video on germs and handwashing you’ll ever see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QKrFxahFC4&feature=youtu.be
If you have questions or want to discuss our protocols please call our office directly at 503.399.3080.
McKay High School