September Update

Salem Community Schools

Online Lions to "In-Person"

Online Lions Family,

The Online Lions Program has been successful thus far. We have been able to give Salem students an opportunity for success that was not available in previous years. The Online Lions Program can be used by students/families for the entire 2020-21 school year if you choose.

Beginning after Fall Break students will have the opportunity to transition to “in-person” instruction if they choose. After seeing a decrease in positive cases in our county, the successful implementation of social distancing measures in our buildings, and changing life circumstances for many of our families, we believe fall break is one of two natural transition points for our students/families. The second transition period will be the beginning of the second semester (in January). More information will be coming in November for this transition period.

If you wish to transition your student into “in-person instruction” please fill out the form at the following link: Students or parents who do not fill out this form before 11:59 pm September 30th will not be eligible to return to in-person instruction until the end of the semester. All students that complete the form will be responsible for completing their Online Lions work through fall break and will transition back into the building after the break on October 12th. This gap in start time is to allow our counselors to change schedules, allow teachers to plan, and allow custodians to prepare for new students in the classrooms.

Parents may be concerned about what grades their students will receive in their classes once they transfer to in-person instruction. Transitioning to in-person instruction at the nine-week break can cause some complexities with student grades. We will work individually with students to make sure they receive credit for the work they completed while in the Online Lions program. The grading transition back to in-person instruction is much more straightforward at the semester break.

The next opportunity to transition in or out of the program will be at the end of the first semester. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard with their students during this difficult time. We appreciate your commitment to your student’s learning.

John Skomp

Director of Convergence and Innovation


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Hot Spot Applications

We have exciting news! SCS now has a limited number of WiFi hotspots available for checkout. These hotspots will allow SCS issued Chromebooks to connect to the internet using a Verizon 4G broadband connection.

If your family is in need of internet connectivity to allow your child(ren) to complete their school work, please read and fill out the application at:

(Many thanks to the Washington County Community Foundation and the State of Indiana for grants that allowed us to purchase and provide these devices.)

New Website and Mobile App

We are excited to announce that we will be updating our Website and rolling out a new mobile app for Apple and Android phones at the end of October. Stay tuned for more information.

Climate - Culture - Relationships

Fins UP! Fins Forward. At Salem Community Schools we set high expectations, work hard to achieve them while having fun. We will work everyday to put our students, staff and community in the best position possible to achieve success. As we say, Fins UP! Fins Forward!

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

Oct. 2 - End of 1st Academic Quarter

Oct. 5 - 9 - Fall Break - No School

Oct. 16 - Regular School Day - No longer Elearning day

Oct. 29 - PSAT testing - SHS

Nov 25 - 27 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

Dec. 21 - Jan 1 - Winter Break - No School

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

Salem High School Newsletter

Salem Middle School Newsletter

Bradie Shrum Elementary Newsletter

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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