All Grades will be remote for the start of school

All Grades will be remote for the start of school
Posted on 08/12/2020

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. 

Thank you for your continued support,

Dr. Stephen Zrike
Superintendent of Schools
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