Salem Public Schools is committed to creating an environment that promotes family and community engagement through strong communication.  We believe that good communication is essential to a strong partnership and supports learning and achievement for all.

The main office at each school is the center of communication between home and school. If you have a question or are making a visit to your school, please make sure you first call or stop at the main office. If you need to leave a message for any staff member, you may also call the main office or message them directly on ParentSquare.

At Salem Public Schools, we utilize ParentSquare as our district-wide communication platform. You should have received a registration email to register with ParentSquare, if you have not, please contact the main office of your school or email Public Relations

About ParentSquare

ParentSquare is a robust communication platform that offers a whole host of tools that allows the district, school administrators, and teachers to more effectively communicate with families. Some features include:

  • Mass Notifications and Urgent Alerts with two-way communication
  • Mobile Application for Android and iPhones
  • Teacher and Classroom Communication
  • Direct Messaging and Chat with Two-Way Translation
  • Forms and Permission Slips
  • Teacher Conference Sign-Ups
  • Calendar and RSVP
  • Volunteering and Supply Sign-Up
  • And More
how to sign up for parentsquare

Examples of District and School-Wide Communication

  • School Website
  • School Facebook Pages
  • Classroom ParentSquare posts and emails
  • Teacher Phone Calls and/or Emails, ParentSquare messages
  • Weekly District Newsletters
  • Weekly newsletter from the principal
  • Student Report Cards 
  • Teacher Conferences
  • Principal one on ones as requested
  • Family Zoom meetings
  • PTO/School Council meetings (monthly)

We strive to keep parents and guardians informed and to make our community aware of the many events and happenings at our schools by using these communication methods.  We welcome feedback and suggestions. If you are not receiving our communications, please contact your school’s main office.

We use ParentSquare and the above types of regular communications sent via text, email, phone, as well as post on social media. We have the reasonable expectation that you will check these methods of communication on a regular basis to stay current with SPS notifications.

EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION

Our school system also has the capability of contacting all parents and guardians by telephone through an All-Call system on ParentSquare. If school must be closed or the opening delayed due to inclement weather or an emergency, the school district will attempt to reach all parents and guardians through this telephone system. It is important that the school has an updated telephone number and email address for all student’s families at all times. We urge you to be sure to keep this information current through our school office. Additionally, you may obtain school cancelation or delayed opening information through ParentSquare texts and emails, on social media, and from the following sources:

WBZ           Channel 4
WCVB         Channel 5 
WHDH        Channel 7

STUDENTS IN VIDEO AND STILL PHOTOGRAPHY

Often the media/press requests information regarding student awards, honors, scholarships, and sports or club memberships. Throughout the year the local cable TV channel, newspaper, and school district newsletters/websites will take pictures or write about school activities and students. It is the policy of Salem Public Schools that we will take photographs or video throughout the school year for marketing and communication purposes unless parents or guardians have opted out in the back to school forms or have requested in writing, in advance, that they do not wish to have this information published. We will be happy to comply with parents’ and guardians’ written requests. If we do not receive a written request or you did not opt-out on the back to school form, we will proceed with the publication of student information as described above.

CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT:

We value the privacy of both our students and our staff. Information about students, families or staff is confidential and should never be discussed in public places where others could overhear the discussion. Thank you for respecting the privacy of our children and families. 

EXPECTATIONS

We use ParentSquare as a means of regular communications via text, email, and phone calls in the case of urgency. We provide these communications in multiple languages and have a reasonable expectation that you will check these methods of communication on a regular basis to stay current with Salem Public Schools notifications.

Chief of Public Relations

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Liz Polay-Wettengel serves as the district’s Chief of Public Relations. In this role, she helps keep the community — including parents, students, staff, and Salem residents — informed about what’s going on in the district. She manages all press inquiries, website, social media, and ParentSquare content and supports the entire district in their communications and public relations efforts. Liz is our primary liaison for media inquiries. To contact Liz, please call (978) 619-1455 or email her at publicrelations@salemk12.org

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