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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|

2018 bond improves learning environments in Keizer

Thanks to voters’ approval of a bond measure in 2018, schools all across the district are receiving expansions and/or improvements.

The district is finishing its third year of construction under the bond program, and to date 90% of architectural design work is complete, and 63% of planned construction is substantially complete, meaning the spaces are ready to be used for school operations. Fifty-four out of the district’s 60 school sites are either in architectural design, under construction, or substantially complete.

At Whiteaker, bond improvements were complete in the fall of 2020. Whiteaker received a new science classroom, improvements in the gym, a secured check-in space at the front entrance, roof replacement, intercom system upgrades and more.

All schools in the district will receive some level of improvement under the bond. The following table gives a summary of the status of improvements at schools in the McNary High School feeder system.

School Project start Project end Status
McNary High Summer 2019 Fall 2020 Complete
Claggett Creek Middle Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Complete
Whiteaker Middle Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Complete
Clear Lake Elementary Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Complete
Cummings Elementary Summer 2020 Winter 2020 Complete
Forest Ridge Elementary Summer 2023 Fall 2023 Not yet started
Gubser Elementary Spring 2019 Fall 2019 Complete
Keizer Elementary Summer 2022 Fall 2023 In design
Kennedy Elementary Summer 2021 Fall 2022 In construction
Weddle Elementary Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Complete

Many schools across Salem in the district’s five other high school feeder systems are also in various phases of construction or complete.

Thank you, voters, for providing relief for overcrowding, expanded career and technical (vocational) education opportunities, increased safety and security and more for our students.

For more information about the 2018 bond program, please visit www.salemkeizer.org/projects-status.

2021-12-30T14:07:32-08:00December 30th, 2021|

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|

Winter Enrichment Academy

Winter Enrichment Academy-Before School Activities-8:00am to 9:00am

New classes begin December 7, 2021.  Registration is required as some classes have limited enrollment.                    See Mrs. Husseman with any questions!

-Tuesdays-

Basketball with Mr. Ochoa in the small gym.  Sign up in room 115.

Latino Club with Mrs. Jones in room 162.  Sign up in room 162.

Crafting Club with Mrs. Turney and Mrs. Dolph in room 139.  Sign up in room 153.

Audio Production Technology with Mr. Overby in room 106.  Sign up in room 106.

Stop Motion Animation with Mrs. Cain and Mrs. Barrie in room 103.  Sign up in room 103 or 163.

-Thursdays-

Minecraft Club with Mrs. Jones in room 162.  Sign up in room 162.

Crafting Club  with Mrs. Turney and Mrs. Dolph in room 139.  Sign up in room 153.

Stop Motion Animation with Mrs. Cain and Mrs. Barrie in room 103.  Sign up in room 103 or 163.

Whiteaker Beautification Service Club with Mrs. Gee in room 116.  Sign up in room 116.

 

2021-12-06T18:49:26-08:00December 6th, 2021|

Fall 2021 Newsletter

Get all the latest Whiteaker news in our Fall newsletter. 

fall newsletter
2021-11-15T11:32:56-08:00November 15th, 2021|

Students can enter building at 9am starting October 25

Starting Monday 10/25, students can enter the building starting at 9 A.M. through the cafeteria and music entrance. They will need to go to the gym or cafeteria until the first bell rings.

The Main entrance door will be unlocked at 9:15 A.M. and students will go directly to class.

Please pass this info along to fellow Whiteaker families!

2021-10-26T12:17:49-08:00October 19th, 2021|

School Supply List 2021-22

Whiteaker families, as we prepare for a great school year ahead, there are many ways that students can prepare for success!  Below is a list of supplies that Whiteaker students may need. Whiteaker families, if any students are having trouble getting needed supplies, please contact the main office and we can help!

We can’t wait to have the Wolverine Pack back together in September!

Whiteaker Wolverines

2021-2022 School supply list

To assist students, and minimize the items students are required to carry to each of their classes, we ask the students to have the following items the first day of school:

  • Sturdy Three Ring Binder
  • Notebook Paper-3 hole, lined, 8 ½ x 11 (College or Wide Ruled).
  • 2 Graph Paper ¼” Spirals (1 for each Trimester)
  • Minimum of 3 Spiral Notebooks– 8 ½ x 11 (College Ruled) , +2 Additional Notebooks for 7th and 8th grade Science for the yea.
  • Ruler with inches and centimeters
  • 2 Large – size pink erasers
  • 1 Set wired headphones
  • 6th Graders 1 Pack College Ruled Paper (NOT SPIRAL).
  • 5 Pencils (Sharpened in a pencil pouch)
  • 2 Pens (Blue or Black)
  • 2 Red Pens
  • Set of Colored Pencils (Sharpened)
  • Highlighters (5 Multiple colors -yellow, blue, green, orange, pink)
  • Pencil Sharpener– handheld
  • Zippered Pencil pouch
  • Glue Stick
2021-10-14T08:23:26-08:00September 3rd, 2021|