SKSD buildings closed to the public.

SKPS Buildings Closed to the Public March 23-27

Salem, Ore. – In accordance with Governor Brown’s directives around social distancing, Salem-Keizer Public Schools buildings will be closed to the public March 23-27. For general inquiries call (503) 399-3000 or email  info@salkeiz.k12.or.us.

Meals will continue to be offered at 35 sites districtwide between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Those locations are available here.

Message from SKSD Superintendent

This is a bilingual message from Superintendent Christy Perry and Elementary Level Director Olga Cobb for our community.

Emergency School Closure Extended

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 36 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.


Free Meal Sites during School Closure

Salem Keizer Public Schools is providing free meals to any child under 18 during the school closure. Check out the locations to get meals at the SKSD website here: 

https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/news/meal-sites-covid-19-closure/

SKPS to Close March 16 - April 1

In keeping with the latest direction from Governor Brown, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education, Salem-Keizer Public Schools will close March 16 through April 1. All schools will be open Friday, March 13. During the closure, all school-based sports and extracurricular activities will also be cancelled. Additional guidance will be distributed to SKPS staff on Friday, March 13.

At this time, staff will be expected to return on Monday, March 30. The state will assess and either confirm or adjust return dates by Wednesday, March 25.

SKPS staff are working on identifying ways to provide meals to students during the break and will have more information about that on Friday.

“Given the seriousness of the current situation, we firmly believe that this decision is the best one we can make given all available information and keeping the best interests of our students, staff, and community at the center,” said Superintendent Christy Perry.


SKPS will continue to monitor the situation in conjunction with state agencies and will provide updates during the extended break.

Stay up to date with the latest information regarding COVID-19 Closures:

https://salkeiz.k12.or.us/news

SKSD Operations Updates

Dear Salem-Keizer Community,

With the number of confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Oregon increasing, Governor Brown announced new guidance tonight regarding group gatherings and social distancing. We remain committed to keeping our schools open and safe. In accordance with this evening’s guidance and in order to minimize potential opportunities for the virus to spread, we have decided to proactively begin suspending events that bring large groups of students, adults, and community members together. This action is not related to a presumptive case. At this time, there are no presumptive cases in Salem-Keizer Public Schools.

Suspension of non-essential school-based activities begins immediately, effective Thursday, March 12, and will remain in effect for 30 days.

This includes the suspension of all school-based assemblies and events, off-campus field trips, and professional development meetings and events. With regard to athletics, we are following new state guidance denying audience admission at all school-based events, with the exception of essential personnel and credentialed media. The list of affected activities will grow as we work with partners and stakeholders over the coming days. We will update you as we make those decisions.

To be clear, we are taking every step possible so that we can continue to provide high-quality education for all of our students and keep our schools open.

We realize that this decision will impact every school community, and we know that many of the events, student performances and other gatherings that we are suspending are those that schools, students and families look forward to all year long. Suspending these events is consistent with guidance from health authorities, and we believe it is a prudent and responsible step to take at this time. We will be working with trip planners, event organizers and others who are responsible for the affected activities. In cases when we are mandated to offer access to community members (e.g. Board of Education meetings), we hope to offer continued online streaming and are currently exploring other alternatives, including virtual meeting platforms in order to continue the district’s governance and business.

The safety, health, and well-being of our students and staff is our highest priority. We will continue to work in close partnership with public health authorities to minimize both the spread of coronavirus and disruption to schools and students. We will continue emphasizing the importance of handwashing at school. Our custodians will continue to prioritize high-touch surfaces in classrooms and common areas. And we are making sure schools have adequate cleaning supplies.

Students, families and everyone in our community can best support our efforts by washing hands frequently, covering mouths when coughing or sneezing, and using hand sanitizer. Those experiencing symptoms of the cold or flu should stay at home, only returning to school or work when symptom-free for 24 hours. If you are concerned about symptoms, please consult with a doctor.

Finally, you can find district messages about COVID-19 coronavirus, resources, links to public health agencies and a question/comment form by visiting https://www.oregon.gov/oha.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time. We will continue to rely on the guidance from Oregon public health authorities, the Department of Education, and the Office of the Governor. Please know that this message and the decisions being made at this time are being done in collaboration with many of the State of Oregon’s largest school districts, including the Beaverton School District, Eugene School District, Hillsboro School District, Portland Public Schools, and Salem-Keizer Public Schools. We appreciate their partnership at this time. A high tide raises all boats, and we all collectively share concern for the health and safety of our students and communities.

With appreciation for all you do,

Christy Perry
Superintendent

Con el aumento en el número de casos confirmados de coronavirus COVID-19 en Oregon, la gobernadora Brown anunció esta noche una nueva recomendación con respecto a las reuniones grupales. Seguimos comprometidos a mantener nuestras escuelas abiertas y seguras. De acuerdo con la guía de esta noche, y para minimizar las oportunidades potenciales de propagación del virus, hemos decidido comenzar proactivamente a suspender los eventos que reúnen a grandes grupos de estudiantes, adultos y miembros de la comunidad. Esta acción no está relacionada con un caso presunto de Coronavirus. En este momento, no hay casos presuntos en las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer.

La suspensión de actividades escolares no esenciales comienza de manera inmediata, a partir del jueves 12 de marzo, y permanecerá vigente durante los siguientes 30 días.

Esto incluye la suspensión de todas las asambleas y eventos escolares, excursiones fuera de la escuela y reuniones y eventos de desarrollo profesional. Con respecto a los eventos deportivos, estamos siguiendo una nueva recomendación estatal que prohíbe la admisión de la audiencia en todos los eventos escolares, con la excepción del personal esencial y los medios de comunicación acreditados. La lista de actividades afectadas crecerá a medida que trabajamos con otras organizaciones y partes interesadas en los próximos días. Los actualizaremos a medida que tomemos esas decisiones.

Para ser claros, estamos tomando todas las medidas posibles para poder continuar brindando educación de alta calidad a todos nuestros estudiantes y mantener nuestras escuelas abiertas.

Sabemos que esta decisión afectará a todas las comunidades escolares, y sabemos que muchos de los eventos, conciertos estudiantiles y otras reuniones que estamos suspendiendo en las escuelas, son celebraciones que los estudiantes y las familias esperan durante todo el año. Suspender estos eventos es coherente con la recomendación de las autoridades de salud, y creemos que es un paso prudente y responsable en este momento. Trabajaremos con los organizadores de eventos y otras personas responsables de las actividades afectadas. En casos en los que tengamos que ofrecer obligatoriamente acceso a miembros de la comunidad (por ejemplo, reuniones de la Junta Directiva de Educación), esperamos ofrecer una transmisión continua en línea. Actualmente estamos explorando otras alternativas, que incluyen plataformas de reuniones virtuales para continuar con los asuntos y negocios del distrito.

La seguridad, la salud y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes y personal son nuestra máxima prioridad. Continuaremos trabajando en estrecha colaboración con las autoridades de salud pública para minimizar tanto la propagación del coronavirus como la interrupción en las escuelas o para los estudiantes. Continuaremos enfatizando la importancia del lavado de manos en la escuela. Nuestros conserjes continuarán priorizando las superficies de alto contacto en los salones de clase y áreas comunes. Igualmente continuaremos suministrando a las escuelas con los materiales de limpieza adecuados.

Los estudiantes, las familias y todos en nuestra comunidad pueden apoyar nuestros esfuerzos lavándose las manos con frecuencia, cubriéndose la boca al toser o estornudar, y usando desinfectante para manos. Aquellos que experimenten síntomas de resfriado o gripe deben quedarse en casa, y solo regresar a la escuela o al trabajo si no han tenido síntomas por 24 horas. Si le preocupan los síntomas, consulte con un médico.

Finalmente, puede encontrar mensajes del distrito sobre el coronavirus COVID-19, recursos, enlaces a agencias de salud pública y un formulario de preguntas / comentarios visitando la página https://www.oregon.gov/oha.

Gracias por su cooperación y comprensión durante este difícil momento. Continuaremos confiando en la orientación de las autoridades de salud pública de Oregon, el Departamento de Educación y la Oficina de la Gobernadora. Tenga en cuenta que este mensaje y las decisiones que se toman en este momento se toman en colaboración con muchos de los distritos escolares más grandes del estado de Oregón, incluidos el distrito escolar de Beaverton, el distrito escolar de Eugene, el distrito escolar de Hillsboro, y las escuelas públicas de Portland y las escuelas públicas de Salem-Keizer. Agradecemos su colaboración en este momento y todos compartimos colectivamente la preocupación por la salud y la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y comunidades.

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