Salem CS Update

Salem Community Schools

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Welcome Back

Salem Schools Families,

On behalf of Salem Community Schools I want to welcome everyone back to the Best Small School Corporation in the State of Indiana. I am honored, humbled and excited to return from medical leave to serve as the Superintendent of Salem Community Schools. My family and I are extremely grateful and appreciative for the prayers and support we have received.

We are excited for the opportunities that await our students in Salem Community Schools; from the second semester for our Kindergartners first year of school, to the last ever semester of school for the Class of 2022. We understand that Covid continues to be a challenge not just in Salem, but all across the world. We will do our best to mitigate the challenges and protect our students and staff. As has been the case since March of 2020, guidance and recommendations continue to evolve. In this newsletter we will provide the most recent updates from the CDC, ISDH and SCS policies per Covid.

We thank you for your continued support of Salem Community Schools.

Health, Happiness and Blessings to everyone. Roar Lions!

Expect Victory!

Jon Acton - electronic signature

Jon Acton - Ed.S


Salem CS


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Inclement Weather Letter


Salem School Families,

We are “officially” in the winter weather season and recognition that snow and frigid temperatures are a possibility until March. (At least until the Boys IHSAA Basketball Sectionals!) Because of SCS substantial investment in technology, traditional “snow days” would now become Remote Learning days; with instruction continuing virtually or through individually arranged options. Salem CS understands that the decision to remain open or move to Remote Learning due to poor weather has a substantial impact on our families. We will make every effort to inform Salem School Families the night before a move to Remote Learning due to weather conditions. Because of the timing of inclement weather, some decisions may need to be made early in the morning.

I want to take this opportunity to assure all Salem School Families that the safety of our students is our first priority. Factors that will determine in person, delayed start or remote learning include road conditions, falling or rising temperatures, visibility, accumulating and or blowing snow and weather projections. (Local TV weather reports and the NOAA) In addition we rely on first hand early morning driving accounts as well as shared reports with surrounding school districts. Although the decision to remain open or use Remote Learning is made with the best of intentions, it is an imperfect system due to the unpredictability of the weather, especially in Indiana! The three County School Corporations attempt to make unified decisions, however sometimes the conditions may vary dramatically from one part of Washington County to the next requiring decisions that vary by School Corporation.

In the event Salem Schools uses a two hour delay or moves to Remote Learning due to inclement weather or other emergencies, families will be contacted through our automated calling system. Messages will also be posted to all SCS social media, corporation website and information shared with local TV and radio.

For Salem HS Prosser students only: we will have no AM buses if SCS is on a two-hour delay. If SCS is using remote learning, we will have no Prosser buses.

Please know that any time there is severe weather and our schools are open, but you do not feel the conditions are safe enough for your child to be out, we respect your decision to keep him/her at home. We do ask that you contact the school building to let them know of your decision. We appreciate your support in making certain all of our students get to school safely this winter.

Expect Victory!

Jon Acton - electronic signature

Jon Acton - Ed.S

Superintendent - Salem CS

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Covid Updates and Policies

Jan. 4, 2021

Parents, Students and Staff:

The COVID19 impact on our schools and communities is continually evolving, therefore our action plans and response must adapt accordingly. With our students and staff in mind, we are continuing to monitor COVID in our schools.

We continue to require everyone to wear a mask in the school buildings and on buses. We want to continue to mitigate the number of students who need to quarantine due to COVID contact tracing. Contact tracing only puts someone out of school if the individual is not wearing a mask and has not been vaccinated. Individuals who are wearing a mask and are at least 3 feet apart will not have to quarantine. This will keep students and staff in school.

SCS guidelines combined with CDC guidance includes the following: People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic. If the individual is symptomatic, then the individual can return once symptoms are gone and followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter. If an individual is vaccinated and had the booster the individual would not need to quarantine and would be able to return wearing a mask with no contact with others while maskless for 10 days. If symptoms occur, then the individual would need to quarantine immediately.

If your child is not feeling well and is exhibiting symptoms of COVID 19, please do not send your student to school and notify the school of this situation. If your child needs to see a healthcare provider, we want to remind you the SCS/LifeSpring Clinic is open and ready to see patients. You may call the elementary school (812-883-3700 extension 4021) to set up an appointment.

We appreciate your help and support during these difficult times.

Thank you,

Brent Minton

SCS Director of Student Services

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Website and Mobile App information

Click below for information on the updated SCS website and mobile app!

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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Important Dates

Jan 4 - First Teacher Day Second Semester

Jan 5 - First Student Day Second Semester

Jan 17 - MLK Day - No School

Mar 11 - End of 3rd Quarter

Mar 28 - April 1 - Spring Break

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Drivers Wanted

Salem Community Schools is currently accepting applications for School Bus Drivers and Monitors. Come be a part of the Best Small School Corporation in the State of Indiana. Positions come with Free Smiles (behind masks) from our amazing students. For more information please contact Mrs. Dee Dee Zink - Salem CS Director of Transportation at (812) 883-4437.
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Substitute/Guest Teachers Needed

Salem Community Schools is accepting applications to become a Guest/Substitute Teacher at the Best Small School Corporation in the State of Indiana. Positions come with Free Smiles (currently behind masks) from our amazing students and thousands of thanks from our teachers and building principals. For information please contact Mrs. Jana Hayes at the SCS Superintendent's Office at (812) 883-4437
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Salem Athletics Newsletter

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

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

Salem Success Pyramid

Salem Community Schools will continue to focus on the Salem Success Pyramid for the 2021-22 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.
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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

Salem Character Education Weekly Quote

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