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Walker Middle School | Main Office 503-399-3220 | Attendance: 503-399-3222

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Updated SKPS Athletic Protocols and Safety Measures – Effective January 11, 2022

As shared earlier this week, we are continuing with our athletic activities while consistently reviewing our protocols and safety measures. For all of our athletic activities, we will continue to prioritize consistent safety practices for student participants, coaches, staff and spectators.

Spectator capacity limits

High School

Due to the increased risk of transmission for COVID-19 during athletic events, we will be implementing capacity limits at all SKPS athletic events beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 11. Details for each type of event/facility is below:

  • Basketball: Four (4) spectators per participant including basketball and cheer athletes, and pep band participants. This four spectator limit is subject to change depending on the event venue capacity limits. Team coaches will communicate with participants on final event spectator limits. Pep bands will be set in an area to allow proper distancing.
  • Wrestling: Four (4) spectators per participant.
  • Swimming: Spectator limits will depend on venue capacity at the KROC center (to be determined). More details on final capacity numbers will be shared with families once finalized.

Middle School

Due to venue capacity, middle school competitions will be limited to two (2) spectators per participant per event.

Face coverings and physical distancing requirements

All requirements for physical distancing and face coverings will continue to be maintained for participants, coaches and spectators. Requirements include:

  • Face coverings are required for all spectators.
  • Athletes are not required to wear a face covering indoors while actively practicing or playing a competitive sport at any level, including cheerleading and dance/drill.
  • Students not actively participating (i.e., on the sideline/bench during an indoor competition.) are required to wear a face covering.
  • Coaches and support staff are required to wear a face covering during indoor practices and competitions. This includes weight training regardless of location.
  • All individuals should maintain physical distance to the extent possible.
  • Face coverings are optional in outdoor settings.

Concessions, trips and other activities

All athletic activities such as overnight trips, extra team functions (ex. team meals) and concession stands will NOT be allowed.

Working together to maintain health and safety

As a reminder, families should be aware of the increased risk of transmission of COVID-19 during athletic events, which could result in students needing to quarantine. Individuals from other households should consistently maintain physical distance.

These protocols are crucial to maintain safe and healthy athletic events for our students, families and community. Our protocols are reviewed regularly and any additional changes or adjustments to our protocols for students and/or spectators will be shared with families as needed.

Working together to closely follow all safety protocols will support our students in maintaining time in play, and in the classroom.

2022-01-14T15:19:00-08:00January 9th, 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 10th, 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 31st, 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 26th, 2021|

SKPS updates face covering requirements beginning July 1, 2021

See the latest updates on face coverings

See this webpage for the latest updates on face covering guidance.

2021-10-25T10:46:20-08:00June 30th, 2021|

Registration closed for free summer programs | Las inscripciones para los programas gratuitos de verano han cerrado

The registration window for summer programs closed on Monday, May 31. A lottery system was used to select students, and families have been notified of program placements.
El plazo de inscripción para los programas de verano finalizó el lunes, 31 de mayo. Se utilizó un sistema de lotería para seleccionar a los estudiantes y se notificó a las familias sobre las colocaciones del programa.

This year, Salem-Keizer Public Schools will be hosting nearly 200 enrichment opportunities and academic programs for students on a variety of topics and focus areas and they are open to all students. Programs include career and technical education, performing arts, visual arts, academic and cultural enrichment and more.

Programs are for all SKPS students regardless of their resident schools.

Registration for more than 80 programs is now closed

The registration window for summer programs closed on Monday, May 31. A lottery system was used to select students, and families have been notified of program placements.

Session dates and transportation

Many camps are offered at more than one session and repeat the same lessons during different sessions.

  • Session 1: June 28-July 9
  • Session 2: July 12-23
  • Session 3: July 26-Aug. 6
  • Session 4: Aug. 9-20

Salem-Keizer Public Schools will provide transportation to students needing it, but is still working on the details. Families that let us know when registering for camps that they are in need of transportation will be contacted directly as soon as transportation arrangements are finalized.

Safety protocols for summer programs

Important: For all in-person summer enrichment programs, all required health and safety measures and protocols will be followed according to guidance from the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority, outlined in Ready Schools, Safe Learners.

Este año, las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer ofrecerán casi 200 oportunidades de enriquecimiento y programas académicos para los estudiantes en una variedad de temas y áreas de enfoque y están abiertos a todos los estudiantes. Los programas incluyen educación profesional y técnica, artes escénicas, artes visuales, enriquecimiento académico, cultural y más.

Los programas están abiertos a todos los estudiantes de SKPS independientemente de su escuela de residencia.

Las inscripciones para más de 80 programas han cerrado

El plazo de inscripción para los programas de verano finalizó el lunes, 31 de mayo. Se utilizó un sistema de lotería para seleccionar a los estudiantes y se notificó a las familias sobre las colocaciones del programa.

Fechas de las sesiones y transporte

Muchos campamentos se ofrecen en más de una sesión y repiten las mismas lecciones durante diferentes sesiones.

  • Sesión 1: del 28 de junio al 9 de julio
  • Sesión 2: 12-23 de julio
  • Sesión 3: 26 de julio-6 de agosto
  • Sesión 4: 9-20 de agosto

Las escuelas públicas de Salem-Keizer esperan poder proporcionar transporte a los estudiantes que lo necesiten, pero todavía están trabajando en los detalles. Las familias que nos comuniquen al inscribirse en los campamentos que necesitan transporte serán contactadas directamente tan pronto como se finalicen los arreglos de transporte.

Protocolos de seguridad para los programas de verano

Importante: Para todos los programas de enriquecimiento de verano presenciales, se seguirán todas las medidas y protocolos de salud y seguridad requeridos de acuerdo con las orientaciones del Departamento de Educación de Oregón y la Autoridad de Salud de Oregón, descritas en Ready Schools, Safe Learners.

2021-08-20T09:18:56-08:00June 1st, 2021|

It’s time to complete 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

2021-05-06T09:05:52-08:00May 5th, 2021|

National School Public Relations Association and Salem-Keizer Public Schools kick-off districtwide communications audit

How best to communicate with all of Salem-Keizer Public Schools’ (SKPS) variety of audiences, is top of mind for Salem-Keizer, and district leaders want to hear from staff, families, students and our community partners about district communication.

With the help of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), SKPS is conducting a districtwide communications audit. What that means is that all SKPS audiences have a chance to share how they feel about how the district communicates: Is it working for them or not working? What ideas do they have for improvement? Are the tools the district and schools use effective or not?

NSPRA will gather this information through surveys and focus groups.

But first, who is NSPRA and why are they qualified to do this study?

Since 1935, NSPRA has been providing school communication training and services to school leaders throughout the United States, Canada and the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools worldwide. NSPRA’s mission is to advance education through responsible communication. They accomplish that mission by developing and providing a variety of diverse products, services and professional development activities to members as well as to other education leaders interested in improving their communication efforts.

What is in it for Salem-Keizer Public Schools?

SKPS cares about communication and engagement with its many audiences. How to best communicate with all audiences is complex and is certainly not a one-size-fits-all scenario. Although the district and our schools may not be able to implement every tool, SKPS wants to improve how the district engages the many audiences throughout our community, which is challenging.

This week the district will kick off its surveys – The week immediately following spring break will be another opportunity to hear from voices through focus groups.  A variety of invitations will follow this initial survey in the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile, district leaders are also asking staff to provide feedback through the following surveys.

Participation in these surveys should take less than 15 minutes and is completely anonymous.

Complete the communications survey – Community members
Complete the communications survey – SKPS families

Encuesta sobre la comunicación del distrito

Comunicarse de la mejor manera con toda la variedad de audiencias de las Escuelas Públicas de Salem-Keizer (SKPS, por sus siglas en inglés) es lo más importante para Salem-Keizer, y los líderes del distrito quieren escuchar las sugerencias del personal, las familias, los estudiantes y nuestros aliados comunitarios sobre la comunicación por parte del distrito.

Con la ayuda del Asociación Nacional de Relaciones Públicas Escolares (NSPRA, por sus siglas en inglés), SKPS está realizando una auditoría de comunicaciones en todo el distrito. Lo que eso significa es que todas las audiencias de SKPS tienen la oportunidad de compartir cómo se sienten acerca de cómo se comunica el distrito: ¿les está funcionando o no? ¿Qué ideas tienen para mejorar? ¿Son efectivas o no las herramientas que usan el distrito y las escuelas?

NSPRA recopilará esta información a través de encuestas y grupos focales.

Miembros de la comunidad, completen la encuesta de comunicaciones
Familias de SKPS, completen la encuesta de comunicaciones
2021-03-15T10:14:19-08:00March 7th, 2021|

Beyond: creating opportunities and launching your future | Crear oportunidades para el futuro

When secondary students (middle and high school) return for the start of the third quarter, students will spend Feb. 2 and 3, 2021, participating in a new, exciting event called “Beyond: Creating Opportunities and Launching Your Future.”

All students will be attending on Feb. 2 AND Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The event features keynote speaker and spoken word poet Brandon Leake, the recent winner of America’s Got Talent.

This two-day event will provide students with opportunities to learn about educational and career options, hone their skills, find out what really matters from industry professionals, college admission counselors, military partners and more!

Students will learn more about this event and how they will access the virtual sessions during their advisory classes.

Beyond Virtual Event Feb. 2 & 3 2021 (English)

Beyond virtual event flyer (English)

Cuando los estudiantes de educación secundaria (escuela intermedia y preparatoria) comienzen el tercer trimestre escolar, pasarán los días 2 y 3 de febrero participando en un estimulante evento llamado “Beyond: Creating Opportunities and Launching Your Future.” (Más allá: La Creación de Oportunidades para Poner en Marcha tu Futuro).

El evento contará con la participación del orador principal y poeta Brandon Leake, reciente ganador del programa llamado: America’s Got Talent.

Este evento de dos días, proporcionará a los estudiantes las oportunidades de aprender sobre las opciones educativas y de carreras profesionales, perfeccionar sus destrezas, conocer lo que es verdaderamente importante dicho por las personas profesionales de la industria, consejeros de admisión universitaria, asociaciones con las fuerzas armadas y más.

Durante su clase de asesoramiento escolar, los estudiantes conocerán más sobre este evento y cómo tendrán acceso a las sesiones virtuales.

Beyond Virtual Event Feb. 2 & 3 2021 (Spanish)

Beyond virtual event flyer (Español)

2021-07-22T10:31:53-08:00January 22nd, 2021|

Thank you Education Support Professionals!

It’s Education Support Professionals Day! Administrators and teachers from across the district give a shoutout to the amazing Education Support Professionals in Salem-Keizer Public Schools. Thank you to all of our ESPs for the incredible contributions you make in the lives of our students, families and staff every day.

PDF of ESP Day Proclamation
2020-11-18T14:13:19-08:00November 18th, 2020|