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News from our schools

October 19, 2020
Districtwide News

Salem-Keizer Public Schools Extends Online Learning

Unfortunately, the metrics for both Marion and Polk Counties are back on the rise. Because of this, we will not be able to return to in-person/blended learning on the timeline as we had originally planned.

We are extending online learning through the end of the second quarter, which is February 1 for grades 4-12. The metrics are less restrictive for students in grades K-3 so we are trying to remain hopeful that we can get to blended learning in grades K-3 sooner. We do not know if this is possible, but we remain committed to in-person instruction for our youngest learners as soon as it is safe.

We are also extending the timeline students may transfer between CDL and EDGE to the end of the second quarter. We will open an application transfer window in November.

We know how hard the start of the school year has been and continue to be proud of the work of our students, families and educators during this difficult time.

Important Dates

  • December 3, 2020 – District will review metrics to determine the possibility of in-person/blended learning for students in Grades K-3
  • November 9 through December 4, 2020 – Student transfer application window
  • February 2, 2021 – First possible date for in-person/blended learning for students in grades 4-12

SKPS is committed to providing a quality learning environment for all students through CDL and EDGE. If families have any questions about their student’s learning, please connect with the school office, your student’s teacher or HomeCoach Advocate. Through HomeCoach, families have access to additional support for their student, including tutorials, resources, wellness activities and more.

Learn more

HomeCoach -- Where families work together with the education community to help students succeed

Families have access to a library of resources, tutorials and support through HomeCoach. All SKPS schools have dedicated staff as HomeCoach Advocates who will be available to provide families with individualized support for their child. You can explore the whole HomeCoach library of resources on our district website. 

Access resources through HomeCoach

Grab-n-go Meal Locations Available Through Salem and Keizer

SKPS is providing grab-n-go meals at neighborhood schools and bus stop locations. 

View list of grab-n-go meal locations

Grab-n-go meals are available to children 18 and under and anyone with special needs 21 years old or younger. 

Meals include a variety of items like cereal, milk, fruit, vegetables, sandwiches, chicken nuggets, hamburgers or chicken patties. All foods are fully cooked and safe to eat immediately or reheat.

Elementary & Secondary News

SKPS Still Accepting Registrations for Incoming Kindergarten Students

Kindergarten is a critical year of development, foundational learning, and skill-building for our youngest learners. SKPS is still accepting registrations for incoming kindergarten students. Through online learning, students will begin their educational journey with robust, supported, and safe education utilizing the Seesaw learning management system. This system is designed for our youngest learners, utilizing more visuals and language development supports.

Any child who was five years of age or older by Sept. 10, 2020, can experience free full-day kindergarten with amazing teachers who help set a solid foundation for your child’s learning.

Learn more about kindergarten in SKPS

Answering Your Questions: Music in CDL

As students continue in comprehensive distance learning, we know many families have questions about how music courses will be offered. At this time, all music classes will be virtual. We are in the planning phase of bringing students in for limited in-person instruction.

We have collected some of your most frequently asked questions about music in online learning and provided answers. 

View music FAQs
Community News

Community Partner of the Month: The Assistance League of Salem-Keizer

Our Community Partner of the Month is the Assistance League of Salem-Keizer. They have done so much to support our school district, especially by helping kids in need, and we are pleased to recognize them. Although COVID-19 has forced them to pause some of their programs and modify others, they continue to serve the community in incredibly important ways.

The Assistance League’s biggest program is Operation School Bell and it continues, with modifications, today. This program, which has been around since 1962, provides new clothing for students in need.

In regular years, the Assistance League also helps bring performing art programs into Title 1 schools. They organize puppet shows to teach kids about bullying, healthy eating, exercise and more. They also support the Salem Public Library’s bookmobile which serves all 1st grade classrooms.

We are grateful for the Assistance League of Salem-Keizer’s hard work and their dedication to helping students. We want to thank them for their partnership and look forward to many more years of working together.

Learn more about the support they provide for students in Salem and Keizer

Boys and Girls Club Now Recruiting for T3 Program

Recruitment is open for high school students interested in college and career preparation through the Boys & Girls Club's program, T3: Training Teens for Tomorrow. In T3, teens can receive assistance to a better future in the career path of their choice. Below are a few perks students can take advantage of as a part of T3:

  • Academic Success – Academic assistance through grade checks, tutoring, etc.

  • Career Exploration – exposure to various career opportunities through industry tours, informational interviews, job shadow connections, panels, among other opportunities

  • Case Management – each student is paired with one of our case managers to set individualized goals

Workforce Development – weekly workshops that cover skill development of transferable skills needed in the workplace

Due to Covid, and in an effort to ensure the safety of students and staff, the Boys and Girls Club will be running the program virtually and will limit the program to 60 spots. However, Boys and Girls Club will be providing the program completely free for students! If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Efrain Quevedo-Ramos at 503-949-1427 or via email at

Learn more about the Boys and Girls Club

Upcoming District Events

School Board Meeting, Oct. 27, 6 p.m.
Virtual online meeting. Stream Live on CC: Media YouTube. 

No Online Learning, Veterans Day, Nov. 11
In observance of the Veterans Day holiday, all SKPS schools and programs will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Students will not participate in any live online learning. 

For students in CDL, the cohort schedule will be adjusted to reflect the Wednesday closure. Please view the 2020-21 cohort calendar.

Transportation Services Currently Seeking Mechanics!

Did you know SKPS Mechanics work to maintain more than 500 district vehicles? Transportation Services is looking to expand their team with a new mechanic! Mechanics support student achievement by performing highly skilled and technical work in the field of diagnosing and repairing vehicular equipment for school transportation and district vehicles.

Learn more and apply online
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