Families, teachers overwhelmed as school year starts amid COVID-19, fires

With the COVID-19 pandemic and Oregon wildfires in the background, families and educators in Salem-Keizer schools are beginning the new year amid confusion, chaos and, for some, traumatic loss.  Many families ran into several technical issues in the first week as well. Read the full story here.

District leadership misses deadline on school resource officer contracts decision

Salem-Keizer School Board members and district leadership gave themselves a deadline to determine whether to continue contracts for school resource officers in the 2020-21 school year and beyond. But the deadline has come and gone. Read the full story here.

Reopening delayed: MacLaren Youth teachers fight resuming in-person schooling

ICYMI: Educators at William Lord High School, housed at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn, were required to resume in-person teaching, despite all but one staff member voicing concerns for their safety and their students’. Read the full story here.

Activists call for school district divestment from police partnerships

Activists with Latinos Unidos Siempre — along with about two dozen other organizations and more than 300 individuals — are calling on Salem-Keizer Public Schools to stop paying for police in schools and redirect that money toward other initiatives. Read the full story here.

Salem protesters call for trial, accountability following George Floyd’s murder

Salem-area residents have turned out by the thousands to protest police brutality in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. They marched down Lancaster Drive, laid face down and knelt in silence on the steps of the Oregon Capitol, holding signs demanding police reform. They’ve added their voices to thousands of Americans — in Portland, Eugene and in cities andContinue reading “Salem protesters call for trial, accountability following George Floyd’s murder”