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.


Rob Schoepper
McKay High School