After consultation with the Washington County Health Department, Salem Community Schools will open the 2020-21 school year under two phases, according to Superintendent Jon Acton. 

These plans are fluid and dependent upon CDC, ISDH and Washington County Health guidance.  

Phase One will begin Monday July 6th

  • All Athletic teams may begin summer activities 

    • All Athletic activities will adhere to IHSAA and IDOE guidelines

  • All Band and Vocal Arts may begin summer activities 

    • All Band and Vocal Arts activities will adhere to ISSMA and IDOE guidelines

  • Appropriate safety measures will be in place across the district.

  • Athletic plans/schedules will be released June 23rd.

Acton said Phase Two will begin on Thursday August 6th

“For parents who have students with medical conditions that may prohibit them from physically returning to school and/or are concerned about returning to school due to COVID-19, we will offer the Online Lions program,” Acton said.   “This option will provide online instruction in the core classes for kindergarten through eighth grade and a catalog of classes at the high school level.”

Acton said the school will finalize plans over the coming weeks and release a complete re-entry plan to Salem Families at the Salem Board of School Trustees meeting on July 13th. 

“We will continue seeking guidance from the CDC,  ISDH and the Washington County Health Department if changing health conditions dictate adjusting our start date or school year calendar,” he said.