FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Grades 1-12: September 14th
PreK-K: September 16th
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.
Food Service Update for the School Year
Starting on 9/14: In-person students will be provided with breakfast and lunch while they are in the school buildings.
For our remote learners, the Food Service Department will offer breakfast and lunch to be distributed on Mondays (includes breakfast and lunch for 2 days), Wednesdays (includes breakfast and lunch for 2 days), and Fridays (includes breakfast and lunch for 3 days) at the following schools: Bates, Carlton, Collins, Horace Mann, Saltonstall and Witchcraft Heights. Distribution will be between 3-4pm (changed from the 9-11 pickup time).
SPS will also be delivering breakfasts and lunches on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to Pequot Highlands (9:30-10:00am), Rainbow Terrace (10:30-11:00am), Salem Heights (10:00-10:30am), and Loring Towers (11:00-11:30am).
In addition, the Salem Food Pantry will continue to offer groceries at the following locations and times:
* Monday afternoon: Bates School, Carlton School, Saltonstall School, & Witchcraft Heights (time tbd)
* Wednesdays: Salem State University & Rainbow Terrace (10am-12pm)
* Fridays: Loring Towers, Pequot Highlands, Salem Heights (9-10 am)
* Saturdays (twice monthly): Espacio/Palmer Cove (10am-12pm)
Update for August 12, 2020
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.
Yesterday, the state of Massachusetts released a new, four-tier measuring system intended to inform districts planning for school reopening. This evening we learned that the City of Salem has moved from yellow (4-8 cases per 100,000 residents over a 14 day period) to red (over 8 cases per 100,000 residents over a 14 day period). As a result of this information, we believe that it is necessary to begin the school year with remote learning for all grades, including grades preK to 3. Salem Public Schools intends to move forward by adopting the remote learning model for grades 4-12 for the entire district. As we have reiterated throughout the planning process, we will prioritize the safety and wellness of our students and staff.
SPS will share more details about this change for grades preK-3 in the coming days. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we respond to the changing environment.
Approved School Committee Plan information (Please see changes from August 12th posted above)
Below you will find links to the full plan and presentation, while this is the approved plan, a spike in COVID-19 cases in Salem caused us to make the decision to extend the remote platform outlined in the plan to include all grades PreK-12.
As part of this calendar, we have built in a new fall recess from November 2nd to 6th. This will allow our schools and staff to make adjustments to our programming based on input that we receive and new information on the status of the virus.
Thank you for your continued support,
Key links for all families:
- The draft reopening plan: English / Spanish / Portuguese
- Conditions for reopening as approved by School Committee – English / Spanish
Frequently Asked Questions (Coming soon)