Salem CS Remote Learning Update

Saturday August 22, 2020

Remote Learning Message

Salem School Families

We look at multiple factors to determine whether we remain “in person” instruction or move to remote learning. If only small numbers of individuals are impacted and they can be quickly isolated we can continue traditional instruction. Factors that could necessitate a move to remote learning may include, substantial numbers of positive or quarantined students, teaching staff, custodial staff, food services staff and bus drivers. If we determine we cannot safely operate “in person” we will move to remote learning using digital convergence to educate students. As of Friday August 21, students and staff have tested positive at all three buildings. Based upon our current quarantine numbers and the recommendation of the Washington County Health Department and the Chief Medical Officer, ALL Salem Community Schools will move to remote learning for the next two weeks, August 24th until September 4th.

Due to these extenuating circumstances, we will open our Online Lions for K-12 enrollment until Monday August 24th at 3:30 pm. If you would like to join the program contact Mr. Skomp at or your building principals via email.

At this time, all extra-curricular activities will continue as scheduled but will be closely monitored to maintain the safety of our student athletes.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate Covid and try to keep our students, staff and community healthy and safe.

Jon Acton - Ed.S


Salem Community Schools

Remote Learning Time Frame

ALL SCS schools will operate on Remote Learning for the next two weeks

Week 1 - Monday August 24th through Friday August 28

Week 2 - Monday August 31 through Friday September 4

Our goal is for all SCS schools to return to "in person" instruction following the Labor Day weekend on Tuesday September 8.

Remote Learning Guidance and Expectations

We will provide a Remote Learning Technology newsletter on Monday August 24. All students should check for information from their specific teachers by 9 am Monday through Google Classroom or gmail.

IHSAA and Salem Athletics

As of Saturday August 22nd, the IHSAA is allowing all Fall Sports to continue using attendance and safety guidelines. Currently, surrounding high school athletic associations differ on fall sports. Illinois and Michigan have moved fall sports to spring, Kentucky has delayed fall sports start until August 24th, with Ohio starting on their original schedule.

All Salem High School and Middle School Athletic teams can continue practice and games if the following conditions are met

1. No player or coach receives a positive Covid test

2. Teams can effectively practice or compete if any player(s) are quarantined. (one member quarantined vs. substantial members)

To date, unfortunately only Salem Volleyball fails to meet those criteria from our athletic programs. The earliest Salem Volleyball may return to practice is September 3rd. Due to IHSAA practice regulations, the earliest Salem Volleyball may begin competition against other schools is September 10th.

Salem Middle School Athletics may begin/continue their practices/contests adhering to the established safety guidelines and above mentioned conditions.

Questions - Answers about the move to Remote Learning

Q - How many buildings are currently impacted by Covid?

A - Currently SHS, SMS and BSE all have positive Covid tests from either students and or staff. This not only impacts the "in person" instruction but staff members of our operations team.

Q - How long must someone quarantine.

A - Per the ISDH, the range is from 10 to 24 days. We have provided updated graphics in this newsletter.

Q - What is a close contact?

A - A person who has been in close contact with a confirmed positive Covid case. The ISDH states that close contact is currently being defined as within 6 feet and now cumulative 15 minutes.

Q - How many SCS students and or staff tested positive or quarantined due to close contact?

A - By Friday August 21, over 70 students and or staff had been impacted.

Q - Why was the decision made to move to Remote Learning after only one week of school?

A - After discussing the Washington County Health Dept, it was recommended SCS move to Remote Learning for two weeks. This move hopefully slows the spread of Covid among students, staff and households. The announcement was made on Friday to allow students, staff and parents the weekend to prepare and make adjustments for the upcoming two week schedule.

Q - How many other Indiana schools are operating now with a virtual model?

A - We do not have the total count of all Indiana schools. Over 30 Indiana school corporations began the year with only a virtual model. Indiana school corporations across the state have been forced to move to virtual instruction for a period of time. Currently in Washington County, East Washington and Salem are Remote Learning for a two week time frame.

Q - What can students or parents do to help stop the spread of Covid?

A - Do not send children to school who feel sick. Use the Covid Screening checklist on our website or the graphic included in this newsletter. Wash your hands and practice social distancing.

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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

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Extended Enrollment

Due to the extenuating circumstances we are extending enrollment into the Online Lions program until Monday at 3:30. The cut-off date was originally scheduled for Friday August 21. If you have questions or would like to enroll please contact the Director of Convergence and Innovation Mr. John Skomp at OR your specific building Principal.

Online Lions Information - Click Below

Salem Food Services

A sign up form will be be messaged on Monday. Anticipated food pick up dates will be Tuesday and Wednesdays. More information will be coming Monday August 24th.

Salem Child Care Options

We have been asked to provide Child Care/Day care options while SCS is not "in person" instruction. If you are a provider or can provide the name and contact information for a provider we will publish and post a list of all available local options for parents. Please email Mr. Brent Miton at

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.

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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