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Tips for staying healthy this winter season

This winter, the whole Salem-Keizer community can work together to keep our schools, students and community safe and healthy.

Remember to follow some simple precautions to prevent illness:

  • Stay home when sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid the sharing of cups and utensils.
  • Wash hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and keep your hands away from your or your child’s face.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched, such as doorknobs and electronic devices.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Consider wearing a mask in crowded indoor settings, especially if you or someone in your home is at high risk for severe disease.
  • CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine annually.

Proper handwashing

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When is sick too sick for school?

The list document below helps to provide guidance on when students are too sick for school and should not be considered medical advice. Please contact your healthcare provider with health concerns.

Please keep ill children out of school

2023-01-06T16:37:17-08:00January 3rd, 2023|

National School Public Relations Association and Salem-Keizer Public Schools kick-off districtwide communications audit

How best to communicate with all of Salem-Keizer Public Schools’ (SKPS) variety of audiences, is top of mind for Salem-Keizer, and district leaders want to hear from staff, families, students and our community partners about district communication.

With the help of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), SKPS is conducting a districtwide communications audit. What that means is that all SKPS audiences have a chance to share how they feel about how the district communicates: Is it working for them or not working? What ideas do they have for improvement? Are the tools the district and schools use effective or not?

NSPRA will gather this information through surveys and focus groups.

But first, who is NSPRA and why are they qualified to do this study?

Since 1935, NSPRA has been providing school communication training and services to school leaders throughout the United States, Canada and the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools worldwide. NSPRA’s mission is to advance education through responsible communication. They accomplish that mission by developing and providing a variety of diverse products, services and professional development activities to members as well as to other education leaders interested in improving their communication efforts.

What is in it for Salem-Keizer Public Schools?

SKPS cares about communication and engagement with its many audiences. How to best communicate with all audiences is complex and is certainly not a one-size-fits-all scenario. Although the district and our schools may not be able to implement every tool, SKPS wants to improve how the district engages the many audiences throughout our community, which is challenging.

This week the district will kick off its surveys – The week immediately following spring break will be another opportunity to hear from voices through focus groups.  A variety of invitations will follow this initial survey in the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, district leaders are also asking staff to provide feedback through the following surveys.

Participation in these surveys should take less than 15 minutes and is completely anonymous.

Complete the communications survey – Community members
Complete the communications survey – SKPS families

Encuesta sobre la comunicación del distrito

Comunicarse de la mejor manera con toda la variedad de audiencias de las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer (SKPS, por sus siglas en inglés) es lo más importante para Salem-Keizer, y los líderes del distrito quieren escuchar las sugerencias del personal, las familias, los estudiantes y nuestros aliados comunitarios sobre la comunicación por parte del distrito.

Con la ayuda del Asociación Nacional de Relaciones Públicas Escolares (NSPRA, por sus siglas en inglés), SKPS está realizando una auditoría de comunicaciones en todo el distrito. Lo que eso significa es que todas las audiencias de SKPS tienen la oportunidad de compartir cómo se sienten acerca de cómo se comunica el distrito: ¿les está funcionando o no? ¿Qué ideas tienen para mejorar? ¿Son efectivas o no las herramientas que usan el distrito y las escuelas?

NSPRA recopilará esta información a través de encuestas y grupos focales.

Miembros de la comunidad, completen la encuesta de comunicaciones
Familias de SKPS, completen la encuesta de comunicaciones
2022-01-14T20:13:50-08:00March 7th, 2021|

Updates to 2020-21 academic calendar | Actualizaciones del calendario académico 2020-21

In February, the Salem and Keizer communities were hit with severe inclement weather, causing widespread power outages across the district. With students and staff accessing classes through comprehensive distance learning, ongoing power outages impacted the ability for classes to continue, causing a week of school closures for SKPS students.

Due to these school closures and the transition to hybrid learning for students in grades K-12, the district needed to make the following adjustments to the 2020-21 academic calendar.

Key changes for SKPS parents/guardians

  • April 8 – School day for Elementary/ No student contact day for Secondary (EDGE program continues as previously scheduled)
  • April 9 – School day for Elementary/ No student contact day for Secondary (EDGE program continues as previously scheduled)
  • April 12 – Updated to full student support Monday, previously partial grading day for secondary
  • June 8 – Additional day added for SKPS high school graduation ceremonies
  • June 17 – Last day for students, previously June 15.

Families should also note the change in the cohort schedule for the week of June 14. To prioritize the equitable instruction time for students in each attendance cohort, on-site learning days have been shifted to Monday-Thursday from the traditional Tuesday-Friday for the week of June 14. The update to the cohort attendance days can be seen in the cohort calendar available on the district website.

The full updated academic calendar, including a breakdown of key dates for parents and guardians, is available on our district website.

En febrero, las comunidades de Salem y Keizer se vieron afectadas por inclemencias del tiempo que provocó cortes de energía generalizados en todo el distrito. Con los estudiantes y el personal atendiendo a las clases a través del aprendizaje integral a distancia, los cortes de energía continuos afectaron la capacidad de las clases para continuar, causando una semana de cierre de escuelas para los estudiantes de SKPS.

Debido a estos cierres de escuelas y la transición al aprendizaje híbrido para los estudiantes del kínder al 12º grado, el distrito necesitaba hacer los siguientes ajustes al calendario académico 2020-21.

Cambios clave para los padres y tutores legales de SKPS

  • 8 de abril: día escolar para la escuela primaria, día sin contacto con los estudiantes para la secundaria (el programa EDGE continúa según lo programado previamente)
  • 9 de abril: día escolar para la escuela primaria, día sin contacto con los estudiantes para la secundaria (el programa EDGE continúa según lo programado anteriormente)
  • 12 de abril: ha sido actualizado al apoyo estudiantil completo el lunes, previamente designado como día de calificación parcial para la secundaria
  • 8 de junio: día adicional agregado para las ceremonias de graduación de las escuelas preparatorias de SKPS
  • 17 de junio – Último día para los estudiantes, previamente el 15 de junio.

Las familias también deben tener en cuenta el cambio en el horario de los grupos de asistencia estudiantil para la semana del 14 de junio. Para priorizar el tiempo de instrucción equitativo para los estudiantes en cada grupo de asistencia estudiantil, los días de aprendizaje en la escuela se han cambiado del tradicional martes a viernes al lunes a jueves para la semana del 14 de junio. Puede ver la actualización de los días de asistencia del grupo de asistencia escolar en el calendario de asistencia disponible en la página web del distrito.

El calendario académico completo actualizado, que incluye un desglose de las fechas clave para padres y tutores legales, está disponible en nuestra página web del distrito.

Go to the updated calendars

2022-01-14T20:30:18-08:00June 1st, 2020|