As part of the SPS reopening plan, we committed to ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff. We indicated that any changes in the community spread of the COVID-19 virus could result in a shift to our plans. Our original plan indicated we would begin the school year with our youngest and high needs students in-school. Because of a spike in COVID-19 cases in Salem on August 12th, we now will plan to start the year using the remote foundation model for grades 4-12 district-wide. This includes students from PreK-3.
As we have reiterated throughout the planning process, we will prioritize the safety and wellness of our students and staff. We are continuing to monitor the data and as promised, we will thoughtfully bring students back to school in person if our trends move in the right direction.
Statements on Racism
As we wrote on Monday in our statement on racism, Salem Public Schools commits to building upon the equity framework already established within SPS and will pull together disparate, anti-racist efforts, programs, and agendas to create a cohesive district approach to tackle racism head-on.
Assistant Superintendent, Kate Carbone wrote a letter to staff on Wednesday, June 3rd to provide educators with resources to support talking about George Floyd and racial inequity. We are sharing the letter with you in full not only to create transparency but to offer families the same resources we are providing to staff.