School board directors join protesters at rally against school mask mandates

Protesters line Commercial St. during a Feb. 18 rally against school mask mandates. (Joey Cappelletti/Keizertimes) Over 200 people gathered outside Salem-Keizer School District’s Student Services Center Friday morning to protest mask requirements in the district’s schools. Many of the “Rally for Our Students” protesters stood along Commercial St. in south[Read More…]

Substitute needs more than double as Salem-Keizer struggles to fill teacher, bus driver absences

A kindergarten student arrives by bus at Richmond Elementary. Driver and educator shortages are making operating local schools a daily challenge. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Local schools are short hundreds of teachers and classroom assistants daily, with educators forgoing training, preparation time and administrative tasks just to keep classes running in-person.[Read More…]