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Fake fentanyl: What parents & teens need to know

Oregon has lost several students to fentanyl in the last few years. Linked below are fact sheets to help educate students, parents and the community about the dangers of fake pills made from deadly fentanyl.

Tips on how to keep the children in your care safe

Fentanyl Fact Sheet (Arabic)
Fentanyl Fact Sheet (Chuukese)
Fentanyl Fact Sheet (English)
Fentanyl Fact Sheet (Marshallese)
Fentanyl Fact Sheet (Russian)
Fentanyl Fact Sheet (Spanish)
Fentanyl Fact Sheet (Swahilli)

2022-06-07T10:58:51-08:00June 3, 2022|

Spotlight on Success: Stephens Middle School AVID

Stephens Middle School is proud to announce its revalidation as an AVID National Demonstration School and Site of Distinction.

An AVID school since 2017

Stephen’s educators and scholars have been working diligently toward this goal since 2017, when Stephens Middle School became the first Salem-Keizer school to validate as a National Demonstration School.

While the circumstances of the last two years have brought instability for students, we are proud that we were able to provide consistent systems and structures for all of our Stephens Scholars, which allowed students to continue learning at a high level and to jump back into collaboration upon our return to in person learning.

We believe that Stephens Scholars Grow Stronger Together. We are inspired by our staff and students for their hard work and the ways that they rise to meet challenges every single day, and we are grateful to the AVID organization for the opportunity to share our learning with others.

Stephens is a diverse community of learners

Stephens Middle School is a linguistically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse community of learners. The AVID program provides opportunities for all of our students to engage with rigorous content, to occupy positions of leadership, and to graduate from high school prepared for college readiness and success in a global society.

By using AVID strategies schoolwide, all Stephens Middle School Scholars are equipped and empowered to overcome barriers that stand in the way of advanced educational opportunities.

Stephens and Claggett Creek are both AVID Demonstration Schools

There are only four AVID National Demonstration schools in the state of Oregon, which includes both Stephens and Claggett Creek Middle schools. We are also part of a select group of 200 National Demonstration schools worldwide in the U.S., Canada and Australia.

Thank you for supporting AVID

Stephens appreciates Salem Keizer Public Schools for its investment in supporting the AVID program at all levels. Stephens is especially grateful to Barb Bamford, Karina Searle and Terra Boyko for their continued support and encouragement, and above all, are grateful to the Stephens Bulldog staff, without whom this accomplishment would not have been possible.

2022-03-30T14:44:57-08:00March 30, 2022|

Face coverings optional effective March 12

​​As you likely know, there have been significant changes in recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oregon Health Authority, and Oregon Department of Education regarding face coverings in schools.

We have carefully reviewed the guidance and met with our community health partners to provide expertise and feedback on these changes. All groups were supportive of our ability to keep students in schools safely without the universal use of face coverings when community transmission is low.

Effective March 12, 2022, face coverings will be optional in all district facilities, schools and school buses for students and staff. This includes the school day, before-school and after-school programs and extracurricular activities and athletics.

While face coverings will be optional, it is highly recommended that at-risk adults and students continue to wear KN95 masks. We know some students and adults will choose to wear face coverings and others will not. It is critical we support these decisions as we work together to build a community that supports each other in the decisions that protect their health or the health of those close to them.

Thank you for helping to ensure the health and safety of our schools and community.

2022-03-04T18:55:22-08:00March 4, 2022|

30-day notice for statewide tests 2021-22

Oregon Department of Education

Each year the Oregon Department of Education releases an Annual Notice for Statewide Tests to inform parents about this important topic.

Why the tests are important

Statewide tests help provide educators and administrators with information about what educational approaches are working and where additional resources are needed.

Testing dates 2021-22

English language arts & math tests

  • Grades 3-8: March 8—June 3, 2022
  • Grades 9-12: January 11—June 3, 2022

30-day notice for statewide tests 2021-22

Parents are encouraged to read the 2021-22 Annual Notice for Statewide Tests to learn details and to stay informed.

Oregon law (ORS 329.479) permits parents and adult students to annually opt-out of Oregon’s statewide summative tests in English Language Arts and Math by submitting a form to the school the student attends. Schools will provide parents with the 2021-22 form at least 30 days prior to the start of testing.

Below please find forms for opting out or exempting your student(s) from state assessments. If parents/guardians wish to opt-out or exempt their student(s) from state testing, they must download, print, complete, and sign the form(s) and submit the form(s) to the school that their student(s) attends for the appropriate tests.

Facts to consider

Before submitting a form, please consider these facts:

  • State assessments are a measure of student academic achievement related to state academic standards.
  • State testing does not in any way negatively impact students regarding their regular academic achievement and/or work at school.
  • Results from state assessment help teachers at your student(s) school improve their teaching practices.
  • Results are used by school administrators to help teachers adjust instruction to better focus on student academic needs.
  • Students do not “pass” or “fail” these assessments. They are simply a measure of academic achievement at specific grade levels to help inform instructional decision-making.
ODE Opt-Out of State Testing 2021-22

30-Day Notice for Statewide Tests 2021-22

ODE Opt-Out of State Testing 2021-22

Parent Request for Exemption from Oregon State Assessments 2021-2022

2022-02-07T13:34:10-08:00January 12, 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 10, 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 31, 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 26, 2021|

Family engagement nights August 4 and 6, 2021

SKPS invites families to engage with district leaders on back-to-school planning for fall

ChuukeseEnglish | Marshallese | RussianSpanish | Swahili

Salem-Keizer Public Schools plans to provide full-time, in-person instruction for all students. SKPS wants to hear from families. Please see the Zoom links below to join a virtual session and Q&A on Aug. 4 or 6, from 6-7 p.m.

Family Engagement Slides

Chuukese | English | Marshallese | Russian | Spanish | Swahili

What

Virtual sessions with district leaders to gather feedback on what supports families need for the 2021-22 school year.

When

Aug. 4 or 6, from 6-7 p.m. Both sessions offer the same information. Interpretation provided in ASL, Chuukese, Marshallese, Russian, Spanish and Swahili.

Where

Both engagement sessions are on Zoom.

Join the Zoom meetings

Aug. 4 at 6 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 842 7518 7638
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Aug. 6 at 6 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 844 0673 2672
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Return to school message from SKPS leaders (English)

Mensaje de los dirigentes de SKPS sobre el regreso a la escuela (Spanish)

Family Engagement Night invitation (Marshallese)

Обращение руководителей SKPS о возвращении в школу (Russian)

Ujumbe wa kurudi mashuleni kutoka kwa viongozi wa SKPS (Swahili)

SKPS invita a las familias a participar con los líderes del distrito en la planificación del regreso a clases para el otoño

Las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer (SKPS, por sus siglas en inglés) planean brindar instrucción en persona a tiempo completo para todos los estudiantes. SKPS quiere escuchar la opinión de las familias. Visite nuestra ágina web para participar en una reunión virtual y sesión de preguntas y respuestas el 4 y el 6 de agosto de 6 a 7 p.m.

Evento

Sesiones virtuales con los líderes del distrito para recibir opiniones sobre los apoyos que necesitan las familias para el año escolar 2021-22.

Fecha

4 y 6 de agosto, de 6 a 7 p.m. Ambas sesiones ofrecerán la misma información. Se proporcionará interpretación en lenguaje de señas (ASL, por sus siglas en inglés), chuukés, marshalés, ruso, español y suajili.

Lugar

Ambas sesiones de participación se llevarán a cabo en Zoom.

Únase a las reunión a través de Zoom

El 4 de agosto a las 6 p.m.

Únase a la reunión a través de Zoom

Identificación de la reunión: 842 7518 7638
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El 6 de agosto a las 6 p.m.

Únase a la reunión a través de Zoom

Identificación de la reunión: 844 0673 2672
Un toque de móvil
+12532158782,,84406732672#

2021-08-10T15:57:11-08:00July 22, 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.

2021-07-22T13:04:52-08:00July 7, 2021|

2021-22 School Year Online Registration & Enrollment Verification

It’s time to complete the registration/enrollment verification process for the 2021-22 school year! Completing this process early ensures our district can best prepare for staffing, program offerings and more.

Steps to complete online registration & enrollment verification

(1.) Gather needed documents:

  1. Proof of age (new student)
  2. Proof of address (new students)
  3. Immunization records

*If you are unable to provide any of the following documentation, you can still complete online registration. Your school will work with you individually to meet the needs of your student for enrolling in school. We welcome all students and families regardless of nationality, place of birth or other circumstances.

(2.) Log-in to ParentVUE:

Online registration and enrollment verification is done through a program called “ParentVUE.” Families will have one ParentVUE account for all students in their family.

If you have never used ParentVUE before, follow these steps to complete the activation process.

(3.) Complete Registration

Families can complete registration completely online through a desktop or mobile device. If you need assistance, please contact your child’s school. If a paper form is needed to complete registration, your school can assist with this.

During the registration process, families will register for school as well as elect if they want their child to attend in-person learning through their resident school or access instruction through the EDGE online program.

Enrolling a new student

This video is for families who are new to Salem-Keizer Public Schools and do not have an active ParentVUE account.

Enrollment verification

This video is for families who have previously enrolled students in Salem-Keizer Public Schools and have an active ParentVUE account.

Go to the ParentVue webpage

2021-06-07T08:14:47-08:00June 5, 2021|