With new guidance coming out from the Oregon Department of Education last week, Salem-Keizer Public Schools is beginning to finalize details for the 2020-21 school year.

Our planning teams are trying to maximize face-to-face, on-site learning for all of our students. We believe that increasing on-site learning in a safe environment is best for all students.

It’s also possible that not all students will have the same amount of on-site contact. For example, we may want our youngest learners in kindergarten through second grade to have more direct contact than our high school students. We are in the process of creating a robust, student-centered online academy that will support both students who are in a hybrid model and students who choose to engage in distance learning only next year.

There are many factors that will impact our ability to have all students on-site. These include social distancing requirements, keeping students in small groups together, contact tracing, transportation, cleaning protocols and staffing levels.

We are currently working in teams to design the district framework for re-entry. This framework is informed by feedback from parents, students, teachers, staff, and community members. In the next two weeks, we will be seeking feedback on our digital re-entry framework. Based on this feedback, we will be updating/modifying our plan.

At this point, we are waiting for guidance from ODE and Oregon Schools Activities Association about fall sports. The ODE guidance released last week does not address fall sports.