Salem Community Schools

Pursuit of, Expectation of, Excellence!

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Delayed School Opening

Salem Community Schools Families,

A Salem Community Schools Staff member has tested positive for Covid-19 prior to the start of our school year. This employee was not in contact with any students, but was in contact with fellow staff members. In accordance with state and local guidance, all employees that were in direct contact with this individual are self quarantining for 14 days. In order to deep clean facilities and maintain the safest environment for all students and staff, we have made the decision to delay the start of school from Monday August 10th, until Monday August 17th. We will begin our school year on Monday August 17th for both in person and Online Lions students!

All activities scheduled this week for middle school and elementary will be pushed back one week. High School athletics will proceed as originally scheduled. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we execute our safety protocols to create the safest learning environment possible for the students and staff of Salem Community Schools.

Re-Scheduled Events

Middle School 6th grade orientation (K-Z alphabet) - Wed. Aug 12th from 5:30-6:30 OR 7:30-8:30

Middle School - New 7th and 8th grade students to SMS - Thursday Aug 13th from 6:30-7:30

BSE - Kindergarten Kick-Off - Thursday Aug. 13th

Kindergarten students: please come at the designated times on August 13th, from 4-7 pm; Students can be accompanied by 2 adults to see the classroom and meet their teacher. Larger common spaces will be introduced by the assigned teacher and videos virtually.

Students last names A-H please come from 4-4:45 pm. Students with last names I-P please come from 5-5:45 pm. Students last names Q-Z please come from 6-6:45 pm.

Enter through the main office doors. You will be directed to your student’s classrooms for classroom meetings. Please arrive at the start time as the sessions will work as meetings and not drop-in times.

Before and After School Care Adjustments

Blue River Services, our Before and After care partner has delayed the start of their services until Labor Day at the earliest. We will provide updates as we receive.

If you are in need of Before and After care for your students, please contact the Washington County YMCA as a potential provider of services. Their contact information is (812) 883-9622

Middle School Athletics

In conjunction with all MSC schools, middle school athletics will be postponed from competition until Labor Day. We will provide updates as we receive.

High School athletics will proceed as normal at this time.

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Welcome Back! - Monday August 17th

Salem Community School Families,

On behalf of Salem Community Schools, we are excited for the 2020-21 school year and the opportunity to work with our amazing students. In this newsletter we will highlight important back to school information, links to our return to school plans, important contact information, individual building newsletters and our Salem Success Pyramid. We understand challenges will be present this year, but so will opportunities for success. We are not naive to think Covid-19 will not impact our community and schools at some point this year. Whether our instruction is done in person, remote or through Online Lions, we will work hard to create a safe and inviting environment for all students and staff. Blessings to everyone. We are Salem! Roar Lions!

Expect Victory!

Jon Acton - Ed.S


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UPDATED - Return to School Website

Important Contact Information

Superintendent's Office - (812) 883-4437

* Superintendent - Jon Acton * Asst. Superintendent - Dr. Kim Thurston

* Director of Technology - Erin Humphrey * Director of Student Services - Brent Minton

* Transportation - Dee Dee Zink * Director of Tech Convergence - John Skomp

Corporation Nurse - (812) 883-3700

* Debbie Catlin

Director of Food Services (812) 883-3700

* Karen Libka

Salem High School - (812) 883-3904

* Principal - Troy Albert * Asst. Principal Jerry Hickey

* Athletic Director - Hank Weedin

Salem Middle School - (812) 883-3808

* Principal - Kevin Albertson * Asst. Principal - Brett Miller

* Athletic Activities - Seth Purlee

Bradie Shrum Elementary - (812) 883-3700

* Principal - Jen Lawyer * Asst. Principal - Clinton Blankenbaker

* Asst. Principal/SPED Liason - Nicole Colwell

School Hours

Salem High School - 8:15 AM to 3:30 PM (doors open at 7:15 AM)

Salem Middle School - 8:15 AM - 3:14 PM (doors open at 7:25 AM)

Bradie Shrum Elementary - 8:15 AM - 3:00 PM (doors open at 7:30 AM)

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Salem High School Newsletter - Click Below

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Salem Middle School Newsletter - Click Below

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Bradie Shrum Elementary Newsletter - Click Below

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Online Lions Information - Click Below

Salem Success Pyramid

Salem Community Schools will focus on the Salem Success Pyramid for the 2020-21 school year. Our goal will be to put every student in the best position possible to achieve success. The foundation of our Pyramid will be an intentional focus on positive school climate and culture building across all of SCS. We will be using the FISH! Philosophy and Invitational Education as we create our Fins UP! Fins Forward! movement.

Salem Flyer

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ISDH - Covid-19 updates

Washington County Health Department

Washington County
Health Department
806 Martinsburg Road
Salem, IN 47167

Phone# 812-883-5603
Phone# 812-883-2349
Fax 812-883-5017

Office Hours of Operation:
8 - 12 am & 1 - 4:00 pm
Monday through Friday
Closed Saturday

Covid-19 Local Testing sites

Washington County:

*Schneck located by Subway (812) 883-1760 by appointment only, must have insurance or be willing to pay for the service, only done at the providers discretion

*Salem Community Medical Center located behind Life Spring (812) 883-3095 by appointment only, must have insurance or be willing to pay for the service, only done at the providers discretion

*St Vincent Physician’s offices by appointment only, if already an established patient, must have insurance or be willing to pay for the service, only done at the providers discretion

Scott County & Jackson County:

*OptumServe sites Will file insurance if you have it, free of charge if there isn’t insurance, done by appointment only, registering online is preferred, will test anyone that wants to be tested for any reason. ( 888)-634-1123 and (888)-634-1116