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Updated SKPS Athletic Protocols and Safety Measures – Effective January 11, 2022

As shared earlier this week, we are continuing with our athletic activities while consistently reviewing our protocols and safety measures. For all of our athletic activities, we will continue to prioritize consistent safety practices for student participants, coaches, staff and spectators.

Spectator capacity limits

High School

Due to the increased risk of transmission for COVID-19 during athletic events, we will be implementing capacity limits at all SKPS athletic events beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 11. Details for each type of event/facility is below:

  • Basketball: Four (4) spectators per participant including basketball and cheer athletes, and pep band participants. This four spectator limit is subject to change depending on the event venue capacity limits. Team coaches will communicate with participants on final event spectator limits. Pep bands will be set in an area to allow proper distancing.
  • Wrestling: Four (4) spectators per participant.
  • Swimming: Spectator limits will depend on venue capacity at the KROC center (to be determined). More details on final capacity numbers will be shared with families once finalized.

Middle School

Due to venue capacity, middle school competitions will be limited to two (2) spectators per participant per event.

Face coverings and physical distancing requirements

All requirements for physical distancing and face coverings will continue to be maintained for participants, coaches and spectators. Requirements include:

  • Face coverings are required for all spectators.
  • Athletes are not required to wear a face covering indoors while actively practicing or playing a competitive sport at any level, including cheerleading and dance/drill.
  • Students not actively participating (i.e., on the sideline/bench during an indoor competition.) are required to wear a face covering.
  • Coaches and support staff are required to wear a face covering during indoor practices and competitions. This includes weight training regardless of location.
  • All individuals should maintain physical distance to the extent possible.
  • Face coverings are optional in outdoor settings.

Concessions, trips and other activities

All athletic activities such as overnight trips, extra team functions (ex. team meals) and concession stands will NOT be allowed.

Working together to maintain health and safety

As a reminder, families should be aware of the increased risk of transmission of COVID-19 during athletic events, which could result in students needing to quarantine. Individuals from other households should consistently maintain physical distance.

These protocols are crucial to maintain safe and healthy athletic events for our students, families and community. Our protocols are reviewed regularly and any additional changes or adjustments to our protocols for students and/or spectators will be shared with families as needed.

Working together to closely follow all safety protocols will support our students in maintaining time in play, and in the classroom.

2022-01-14T15:19:00-08:00January 9th, 2022|

Think before you post

Recently, schools across the Salem-Keizer School District have experienced an increase in school threats, rumors of threats, and the spread of false information, which has been disrupting our learning environments and creating fear in the community.

Safety is our top priority

The safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and families is our top priority. Maintaining safety in our schools requires an ongoing partnership with school staff, students, families, law enforcement and the surrounding community.

In the aftermath of tragic shootings, such as the one at Oxford High School in Michigan, there is often an increase in hoax threats to schools and other public places. Safety is critical, and our district fully investigates each threat in collaboration with the FBI and/or our state and local law enforcement partners.

Issuing a threat is a crime

Recently, we have investigated a number of hoax threats of targeted violence against schools. These threats—often issued via text message or posted on social media—are taken very seriously. Our law enforcement partners investigate every tip to ensure the safety of our students, staff and community. Hoax threats can result in both arrest by law enforcement and/or suspension or expulsion by the school district. Hoax threats are not a joke, and they can have devastating consequences—both for the public and for those who post them.

Issuing a threat—even over social media, via text message, verbally, or through email—is a crime. Please share with your kids and those in your community that making a threat is a poor choice that could impact them for years to come.

Threats impact our entire community

In addition to the individual consequences a person may face, these threats have a serious impact on our community. They divert district resources from providing support for students and disrupt the learning environment for hundreds of students. Law enforcement resources are diverted from investigating other crimes, and they cost taxpayers a lot of money. The threats can also cause severe emotional distress to students, school staff and families.

Things to remember

Don’t share or forward a threat until law enforcement has a chance to investigate – this can spread misinformation and cause panic.

  • Don’t ever post or send any hoax threats online
  • If you are the target of an online threat, call your local law enforcement immediately
  • Salem Police Department Non-Emergency 503-588-6123
  • Keizer Police Department Non-Emergency 503-390-2000
  • Marion County Sheriff’s Office 503-588-5032

If you see a threat of violence posted online, contact local law enforcement or call 1-800-CALL-FBI. You can also submit information online to the FBI at tips.fbi.gov.

Use SafeOregon by calling or sending a text to 844-472-3367 anytime. Tips also can be emailed to tip@safeoregon.com or through the SafeOregon app.

Remember – a hoax threat is no joke. Think before you post.

2021-12-14T21:45:20-08:00December 10th, 2021|

Complete registration for bus service for the 2021-22 school year

Starting the first week of September, SKPS school buses will be hitting the road as students return to school for the 2021-22 school year! Will your child need transportation to or from school this year? There are a few quick and easy steps for you to take to ensure your child is ready to go on day one.

1. Check eligibility for bus transportation

Transportation-eligible means that the student lives at a residence within their neighborhood school attendance boundary, and the residence is outside the State of Oregon defined walk zone for that school. The walk zones are 1.0 mile for elementary students and 1.5 miles for middle and high school students.

You can check eligibility for bus transportation on the Busfinder webpage.

If you are eligible, you will see the link appear for “PARENTVUE” to complete the bus rider registration process. If you do not qualify for bus transportation based on your child’s school and residence address, you will not see this link appear.

*Please note: when you follow the link to complete the registration process, you will be taken to the online registration process. The selection for bus transportation toward the end of the online registration process. (See step 2).

2. Complete bus rider registration

Prior to riding the bus, your child will need to be registered for bus transportation. Registration can be completed by checking the box “Bus Rider Registration” during the online registration or enrollment verification process through ParentVUE. This option will appear on the “Students” step is near the end of the registration process. (See below).

If you need assistance with completing online registration, if you missed this step during online registration, or need to confirm if your registration is complete, please contact your child’s school who can assist you in verifying your bus rider registration.

*Please note that although the option to select bus rider registration will be available to all families through the registration process, only families who are eligible for bus transportation (step 1) will be provided transportation.

Check your child’s bus transportation information for bus route, stop and times

Approximately 48 hours after completing registration, information about bus routes, stops and times will be available for your student in ParentVUE.

To find this information, navigate to the “Student Information” tab on the ParentVUE app then select “additional information.”

If you need support to complete this process for your child, please contact your school for assistance or contact the Transportation department at 503-399-3100.

Transportation Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How do I complete registration for bus transportation?

Answer: All families who qualify and would like their child to utilize bus transportation need to complete bus rider registration. After confirming eligibility, registration can be completed during the “students” step of online registration. If you need support with this process, please contact your child’s school.

Q: How do I access bus route and stop information for my child?

A: After completing rider registration, bus route and stop information will be available in the “student information” section of ParentVUE under “additional information.” If you need support with accessing your ParentVUE account, please contact your child’s school for assistance.

Q: Will I receive a confirmation when my bus rider registration is accepted?

A: No. If you completed the online registration process, selected for bus transportation and are eligible, your child will receive transportation. You can confirm this information by accessing your child’s route and stop information in ParentVUE or by contacting your child’s school.

Q: Will face coverings be required on school buses?

A: Yes. Currently, face coverings are required for all students on school buses.

2021-09-02T14:06:31-08:00August 31st, 2021|

Middle and high school bell schedules, late start days and first day of school

The start of the 2021-22 school year is right around the corner. Here is all the information you will need about bell schedules, late start days and the first day of school for middle and high school students.

Start and end times

This year, all SKPS schools will have a new bell schedule for the 2021-22 school year.

Middle school

Middle schools will start at 9:20 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., with the exception of Roberts Middle School which will start at 9:45 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m.

High school

High school will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:20 p.m., with the exception of the three locations below:

  • CTEC – 9 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.
  • Early College High School – 8:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.
  • Roberts High School – 8:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.

Programs

  • EDGE Secondary will start at 8:55 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m.
  • The Community Transition Program will start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

Late start on Wednesdays

All SKPS schools will have a late start day on Wednesday. This means that the school start time will be one hour later than normal. Dismissal time will remain at the normal time.

For example, if school is regularly scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and release at 3:20 p.m., it will still be released at 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday; however, school will not begin until 9:30 a.m.

A late start day allows school staff a regular time for collaboration and planning in order to better support our students.

All bus transportation pick-up times will also be shifted one hour late on Wednesdays, with limited exceptions. Exceptions to this will be contacted directly for bus stop time adjustments. Drop-off times for all buses will remain at the normal time.

First days of school

Middle school

The first day of school for middle school will be on a “transition day.” This allows 6th grade students to get familiar with their school in a smaller setting before everyone is together.

  • 6th grade students will start on Sept. 7. They will then come back for regular instruction on Sept. 8, which happens to be a late start day.
  • 7th and 8th grade students will start on Sept 8., which happens to be a late start day.

High school

The first day of school for high school will be on a “smooth start.” This allows 9th grade students to get familiar with their school in a smaller setting before everyone is together.

  • 9th grade students will start on Sept. 7. They will then come back for regular instruction on Sept. 8, which happens to be a late start day.
  • 10th, 11th and 12th grade students will start on Sept 8., which happens to be a late start day.

If you have any additional questions regarding bell times, late start or the first day of school, please reach out to your student’s school.

2021-09-02T11:00:21-08:00August 26th, 2021|

Grab-N-Go Meals information summer 2021

Summer Grab-N-Go Meals 2021

Summer Grab-N-Go Meals available through Friday, Sept. 3

The following sites will be serving summer Grab-N-Go meals to the community Monday – Friday between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

These locations will begin serving meals on Monday, June 21 and run through Friday, September 3.

Próximos cambios en los sitios de distribución de alimentos escolares a partir del lunes, 21 de junio de 2021

Los siguientes sitios distribuirán alimentos escolares para llevar durante el verano de lunes a viernes entre 11 a.m. y 1 p.m.

Estos sitios comenzarán a distribuir alimentos desde el lunes, 21 de junio hasta el viernes, 3 de septiembre.

2022-01-14T20:08:13-08:00July 21st, 2021|

SKPS updates face covering requirements beginning July 1, 2021

See the latest updates on face coverings

See this webpage for the latest updates on face covering guidance.

2022-01-14T20:08:35-08:00June 30th, 2021|

EDGE Family Information Nights 2021-22 | ¿Está considerando EDGE para el año escolar 2021-22? Obtenga más información y asista al evento informativo familiar

Links to join events:

May 5: Join elementary event | May 6: Join middle and high school event

Event flyer and registration information

Flyer in Chuukese

Chuukese

English flyer

English

Marshallese flyer

Marshallese

Russian flyer

Russian

Spanish flyer

Spanish

Salem-Keizer Public Schools will continue offering the online-only Enhanced Digital Guided Education (EDGE) program for the 2021-22 school year. Students who are in EDGE will remain connected to their resident school while receiving online instruction by Salem-Keizer’s EDGE teachers.

Starting in the fall of 2021, EDGE students can choose between two learning pathways to best meet the needs of individual students and their families. One option is called EDGE Connected, which includes daily, teacher-led instruction. The other option is EDGE Independent, which is student-paced with teacher oversight and offers a more flexible schedule.

As an additional resource for families to learn more about the EDGE learning pathways for 2021-22, how to complete registration and ask questions, SKPS will be hosting family information nights on May 5 and 6 from 6-7 p.m.

Language interpretation will be provided during both events.

Event details

When: May 5 – Elementary; May 6 – Middle and High School
Time: 6-7 p.m.
Where: Zoom online event
Join elementary event | Join middle and high school event

SKPS continuará ofreciendo solo en línea el Programa de Educación Guiada Digital (EDGE, por sus siglas en inglés) para el año escolar 2021-22. Los estudiantes que están en EDGE permanecerán conectados a su escuela de residencia mientras reciben instrucción en línea por parte de los maestros EDGE de Salem-Keizer.

A partir del otoño de 2021, los estudiantes de EDGE pueden elegir entre dos modalidades de aprendizaje para satisfacer mejor las necesidades individuales de los estudiantes y sus familias. Una opción se llama EDGE Connected, que incluye instrucción diaria dirigida por el maestro. La otra opción es EDGE Independent, que se adapta al ritmo de los estudiantes con la supervisión del maestro y ofrece un horario más flexible.

Detalles importantes que debe conocer para el año escolar 2021-22

-Todos los estudiantes de EDGE del kínder al grado 12 estarán en el mismo horario para períodos de calificaciones, conferencias, etc. independientemente del aprendizaje a través de EDGE connected o EDGE independent.
-Se proporcionarán servicios de educación especial y desarrollo del idioma inglés para estudiantes talentosos y dotados a todos los estudiantes que necesiten apoyo.

Evento informativo para las familias de EDGE

Como recurso adicional para que las familias obtengan más información sobre las modalidades de aprendizaje de EDGE para el 2021-22, cómo completar el registro y formular preguntas, SKPS organizará eventos informativos familiares el 5 y 6 de mayo de 6 a 7 p.m.

Se proporcionará interpretación de ASL y de diferentes idiomas durante ambos eventos.

Detalle de los eventos

Fechas: 5 de mayo para las escuelas primarias, 6 de mayo para las escuelas intermedias y preparatorias
Hora: de 6 a 7 p.m.
Lugar: evento en línea por medio de Zoom
Registro al evento: ingrese al evento de la primaria | ingrese al evento de la secundaria

2022-01-14T20:10:57-08:00May 3rd, 2021|

Beyond: creating opportunities and launching your future | Crear oportunidades para el futuro

When secondary students (middle and high school) return for the start of the third quarter, students will spend Feb. 2 and 3, 2021, participating in a new, exciting event called “Beyond: Creating Opportunities and Launching Your Future.”

All students will be attending on Feb. 2 AND Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The event features keynote speaker and spoken word poet Brandon Leake, the recent winner of America’s Got Talent.

This two-day event will provide students with opportunities to learn about educational and career options, hone their skills, find out what really matters from industry professionals, college admission counselors, military partners and more!

Students will learn more about this event and how they will access the virtual sessions during their advisory classes.

Beyond Virtual Event Feb. 2 & 3 2021 (English)

Beyond virtual event flyer (English)

Cuando los estudiantes de educación secundaria (escuela intermedia y preparatoria) comienzen el tercer trimestre escolar, pasarán los días 2 y 3 de febrero participando en un estimulante evento llamado “Beyond: Creating Opportunities and Launching Your Future.” (Más allá: La Creación de Oportunidades para Poner en Marcha tu Futuro).

El evento contará con la participación del orador principal y poeta Brandon Leake, reciente ganador del programa llamado: America’s Got Talent.

Este evento de dos días, proporcionará a los estudiantes las oportunidades de aprender sobre las opciones educativas y de carreras profesionales, perfeccionar sus destrezas, conocer lo que es verdaderamente importante dicho por las personas profesionales de la industria, consejeros de admisión universitaria, asociaciones con las fuerzas armadas y más.

Durante su clase de asesoramiento escolar, los estudiantes conocerán más sobre este evento y cómo tendrán acceso a las sesiones virtuales.

Beyond Virtual Event Feb. 2 & 3 2021 (Spanish)

Beyond virtual event flyer (Español)

2022-01-14T20:15:34-08:00January 22nd, 2021|

Thank you Education Support Professionals!

It’s Education Support Professionals Day! Administrators and teachers from across the district give a shoutout to the amazing Education Support Professionals in Salem-Keizer Public Schools. Thank you to all of our ESPs for the incredible contributions you make in the lives of our students, families and staff every day.

PDF of ESP Day Proclamation
2022-01-14T20:21:40-08:00November 18th, 2020|