SCHOOLS

With schools closed, bus drivers assemble and deliver meals to kids across Salem

School bus driver Tammie Jones spoons peaches into cups for grab-and-go school meals at the Salem-Keizer Career Technical Education Center on Nov. 24 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) No students are eating lunch in the oversized cafeteria, but the Salem-Keizer School District’s Career Technical Education Center in northeast Salem is full of[Read More…]

Language barriers, unfamiliar technology add to challenge of online school for Pacific Islander families

After 9-year-old Briand Hermios finally got logged on to his virtual elementary school classes, his mother noticed he was missing needed supplies. Hermios’ classmates at Scott Elementary School had whiteboards and pens to respond to the teacher’s questions live during class. He should have gotten the same items to take[Read More…]

Salem-Keizer schools roll back in-person instruction, stop youth sports as Oregon shuts down

Highland Elementary School students enter the school library for brief in-person classes on Oct. 20, 2020 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Thousands of Salem students who had been getting in-person help with school will be back to virtual class this week, Salem-Keizer Superintendent Christy Perry has announced. Schools had been bringing students[Read More…]

In Salem, a handful of elementary school students get in-person help with school

Highland Elementary School students enter the school library for brief in-person classes on Oct. 20, 2020 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) At 9:15 a.m. on a recent morning, Highland Elementary School principal Christi Cheever stood outside the school’s side entrance. The school’s online morning classes had already begun, but Cheever was waiting[Read More…]

School board signs off on $11 million plan to hire more reading teachers, community outreach and social workers

Jared Vergara Santana writes down research questions for his newspaper article in the Hoover Elementary School library on Oct. 29, 2019 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Salem-Keizer schools will begin hiring more social workers and teachers this week after the school board approved a multimillion-dollar plan to help struggling students catch up[Read More…]