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|

SKPS Releases Supplemental Learning Materials for All Levels

Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) has released the initial phase of supplemental learning materials available online. Resources for supplemental learning are not intended to replace classroom instruction or district-adopted curriculum. No content will be graded and all of these activities are optional.

The materials include supplemental materials based on grade level and include daily activities coupled with “brain breaks” and stress relievers. Materials are also available in Spanish. Click here to access the supplemental materials.

Print to Follow!

SKPS will be following up next with hard-copy materials for students.

Seniors

Beginning the week of March 30, SKPS will begin targeted outreach to support seniors on their path toward graduation.

2020-03-21T17:46:04-08:00March 21st, 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 to Extend Emergency Closure Through April 28

In keeping with the latest direction from Governor Brown, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) will extend the emergency closure through April 28. That closure could be shortened or extended at the direction of Governor Brown. Students are currently scheduled to return April 29.

“We are in uncharted territory,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. “At no time have our schools, our districts or our public education system been faced with so many uncertainties. We’re grateful for the continued guidance from the state so that we can help be sense makers for our community. We do not have answers to all of the questions at this time, but we will work as quickly as possible to chart an equitable and healthy path forward for our students, staff and their families.”

All regular staff will continue to be paid throughout the emergency closure that began on March 16. This includes, but is not limited to, teachers, instructional assistants, bus drivers, custodians and maintenance staff.

Meals will continue to be offered at 35 locations throughout Salem and Keizer from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Those locations are available here. In addition, the district is partnering with the United Way, Marion-Polk Food Share, Mano a Mano and local houses of worship to expand wraparound supports at sites as well as ways that the meal service can adapt to better meet the community’s needs.

District leaders are prioritizing creating a pathway to graduation for high school students. With additional guidance from ODE forthcoming, information for impacted students and their families will be provided the week of March 30. In the meantime, supplemental resources for learning will be distributed to families beginning the week of March 23. Resources for home learning are not intended to replace classroom instruction or district-adopted curriculum. No content will be graded.

SKPS leadership has begun reaching out to first responders and healthcare workers to assess their needs and develop an emergency plan for their childcare.

2020-04-07T08:33:39-08:00March 18th, 2020|

In-District Transfer Application Deadline Extended to Friday, April 17

Students who want to attend a school other than their assigned school next semester (2020-21 school year) must apply for an in-district transfer (IDT). This includes elementary, middle and high school students.

The deadline to turn in IDT applications has been extended to Friday, April 17, 2020, due to school closures.

This process is for students applying for a new IDT. If your student is currently attending a school on an IDT they do not need to reapply, unless they are transitioning from elementary to middle school, or middle school to high school, and want to attend a school other than their resident school.

Download In-District Transfer Forms

In-District Transfer Request Form (Elementary)

In-District Transfer Request Form (Middle School)

In-District Transfer Request Form (High School)

Return Forms by Email or Mail by Friday, April 17, 2020

Because schools are closed, please download and fill out the form and email to Kristin Mcintosh in Elementary Education at mcintosh_kristin@salkeiz.k12.or.us, or send in the mail to:

Salem-Keizer Public Schools
Lancaster Professional Center
(Attn: Kristin Mcintosh)
2450 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305

There is no guarantee a transfer request will be approved. Students attending school on an IDT are not eligible for bus transportation.

More information on the in-district transfer process can be found on the Student Transfers page on the district website.

2020-04-20T14:35:20-08:00March 15th, 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|

McKay High School CTE Showcase Hosts Stephens Middle 8th Graders

More than 330 eight graders from Stephens Middle School recently took a field trip to McKay High School to learn about Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs they can join as freshmen next fall.

“We’ve been really happy with the showcase process and we’re getting students in the right programs,” said McKay Assistant Principal David Wood.

McKay CTE programs include: Agriculture, Automotive Technology, Business and Marketing, Computer Programming and Engineering, Construction Technology, Culinary Arts and Nursing.

 

McKay High School CTE Showcase Feb 2019

Teacher Gerald Hosler talks with Stephens Middle School students about the Agriculture program at McKay High School during the Royal Scots’ CTE Showcase on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Mr. Hosler is also the faculty advisor for the Salem-Keizer Chapter of the Future Farmers of America.

 

McKay High School CTE Showcase Feb 2019

One of Automotive Technology teacher Noel Thiel’s students shares with Stephens Middle School eighth graders information about opportunities in the CTE program.

 

McKay High School CTE Showcase Feb 2019

Students in the Business and Marketing program learn how to handle money at the Maps Credit Union branch at McKay. Teacher Carl Garner talks with Stephens students about opportunities they can explore.

 

McKay High School CTE Showcase Feb 2019

Students in the Business and Marketing program learn how to run a business in the Scot Shop, where McKay students can buy snacks. Teacher Roy Adams talks with Stephens students about things they can learn.

 

McKay High School CTE Showcase Feb 2019

Computer Programming and Engineering teacher Katrina Hull shares her enthusiasm for STEM with Stephens students at the McKay CTE Showcase. Mrs. Hull was recognized for educational excellence with a 2018 Crystal Apple Award by the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation.

 

McKay High School CTE Showcase Feb 2019

McKay students in teacher Michelle Zielinski’s Construction Technology program show Stephen’s students how to safely operate equipment during the McKay CTE Showcase.

 

McKay High School CTE Showcase Feb 2019

McKay Culinary Arts teacher Chris Feskens showed Stephens students the outdoor cafe area adjacent to his classroom during McKay’s CTE Showcase. Teacher Amy Holcomb also works with students in the Royal Scots’ Culinary Arts program.

 

McKay High School CTE Showcase Feb 2019

Nursing teacher Carol Martinez works with Stephens students at the McKay CTE Showcase for eighth graders. Teacher Amanda Rivera also instructs students in this program.

2019-02-21T15:44:07-08:00February 21st, 2019|

Salem-Keizer Board of Directors Votes to Approve Boundary Adjustments

The Salem-Keizer Board of Directors voted 5-2 last night to approve the boundary adjustment proposal brought forward by the Boundary Review Task Force. Directors Blasi and Lippold opposed. The boundary adjustments will go into effect for the 2019-20 school year and only apply to incoming kindergarten through third-graders, sixth-graders and ninth-graders. Students entering grades four, five, seven, eight, 10, 11 and 12 will not be impacted by the boundary adjustments. Transportation will be provided both for students in the new boundaries and those who are not impacted by the boundary adjustments and will be continuing in their existing schools. Students enrolled in special programs will continue in those special programs.

Families impacted by the boundary adjustments will receive personalized letters in their preferred language in the coming days detailing the transition. Maps are available at schools to review the 36 areas of Salem and Keizer impacted by the adjustments.

The Boundary Review Task Force is a 45-member volunteer committee comprised of representatives from the special education community, PCUN, Mano a Mano, Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality, Salem-Keizer NAACP and all geographic regions.

Thanks to the community’s passage of a bond in May, SKPS will invest $619.7 million in Salem and Keizer in the form of school expansions, renovations and improvements over the next five to six years. Boundary adjustments will shift students away from crowded conditions and into these new, improved learning environments.

To view the boundary adjustments website, click here.

2019-02-13T15:43:23-08:00February 13th, 2019|

Marion Co. Health & Human Services: No Confirmed Cases of Measles in Marion County | Servicios Humanos y de Salud del Condado de Marion: No se han presentado casos confirmados de sarampión en el Condado de Marion

Marion County Health & Human Services has asked us to share this information with you regarding a measles outbreak in Clark County, Washington.

“Due to the current measles outbreak investigation in Clark County, Washington, we’ve received numerous questions about the local county public health response in schools. Below (linked PDF), you’ll find a list of standard procedures related to communicable disease in educational and childcare settings. We’d like to remind everyone that there are currently no confirmed cases of measles in Marion County.”

Please see this information in PDF format for more details, visit the Marion County Health & Human Services website or call them at 503-588-5621.

Servicios Humanos y de Salud del Condado de Marion: No se han presentado casos confirmados de sarampión en el Condado de Marion

Acerca del sarampión:

  • El sarampión es una enfermedad viral contagiosa que puede propagarse por el aire cuando una persona enferma con sarampión tose o estornuda. También puede propagarse por contacto directo con la secreción nasal y saliva de alguien enfermo con sarampión.
  • Los síntomas del sarampión comienzan con fiebre, tos, secreción nasal y ojos rojos, seguidos de una erupción roja que generalmente comienza en la cabeza o la cara y se extiende al resto del cuerpo.
  • Las personas son contagiosas con el sarampión durante cuatro días antes de que aparezca la erupción y hasta cuatro días después de que aparezca la erupción.
    Después de que una persona susceptible está expuesta al sarampión, los síntomas generalmente se desarrollan en 1 a 2 semanas, pero pueden desarrollar hasta 3 semanas.
  • Las complicaciones del sarampión incluyen infección del oído, infección pulmonar y, en casos raros, inflamación del cerebro.
  • Aproximadamente 1 de cada 1000 niños mueren de sarampión.
  • Cualquier persona que no sea inmune al sarampión y crea que tiene síntomas de sarampión debe comunicarse con su proveedor de atención médico o atención de urgencia por teléfono para hacer arreglos para evitar exponer a otros al virus.
  • Las personas se consideran inmunes al sarampión si se cumple alguna de las siguientes condiciones:
    • Usted es un niño en edad preescolar con al menos 1 año de edad con una vacuna contra el sarampión (MMR – sarampión, paperas, rubéola).
    • Usted es un niño en edad escolar actualmente en el grado K o superior o un adulto que ha recibido dos vacunas contra el sarampión (MMR – sarampión, paperas, rubéola).
    • Usted nació antes de 1957.
    • Ha tenido la enfermedad del sarampión (diagnosticada por un proveedor de atención médica y confirmada con una prueba de laboratorio).
  • Ha tenido un análisis de sangre que demuestra que es inmune al sarampión.
  • Cualquier persona que tenga preguntas sobre la infección por sarampión o la vacuna contra el sarampión debe llamar a su proveedor médico generalo al departamento de salud de su condado local:
    • Marion County Health & Human Services, 503-588-5621
  • Para mayor información:
    • Visite la página web de los Servicios Humanos y Salud del Condado del Marion: www.co.marion.or.us/HLT/Pages/Measles.aspx
    • Llamar 2-1-1 para obtener la información más reciente de la Autoridad de Salud de Oregón (OHA, por sus siglas en inglés) sobre el sarampión
2019-06-11T12:38:01-08:00January 30th, 2019|

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|