Due to several cases of Covid-19 among staff at Salem Schools, all in-person instruction will be moved to virtual beginning Friday, October 16 through Monday, Nov. 2, giving a full two weeks of quarantine for those individuals affected.
Remote learning will take place with all grades in all three schools and plans are to return to in-person classes on Monday, Nov. 2.
“After consulting with the Washington County Health Department due to positive cases and mandated quarantine measures, we will move to remote learning instruction during this time to mitigate the effects for the students, staff and the community,” said Superintendent Jon Acton.
Currently Covid-19 cases, close contact and self-quarantining are impacting all three buildings, said Acton.
This includes Bradie M. Shrum, Salem Middle School and Salem High School.
“We are frustrated with the move to remote instruction but we know this is the most prudent thing to do for the safety of our students, staff and community,” said Acton. “We were hoping to avoid the rising Covid numbers that are impacting our country. From the President of the United States to the Governor of Indiana being forced to quarantine.”
“Our students and teachers will continue their amazing daily work, now utilizing remote instruction,” Acton said. “Per athletics, we will continue with high school-only outdoor-based and in-season activities during remote instruction.”
Acton said high school football and Varsity Cross Country will continue their seasons as long as Covid does not negatively impact those athletes/coaches.
Salem Varsity Boys Football plays their last game of the regular season at West Washington this Friday night at Art Sanders Field beginning at 7p.
The Lions are set to play the Corydon Panthers at home for the first game of sectionals on Oct. 23.
West Washington has moved to virtual classes on Tuesday and Thursdays after several of the custodial staff were quarantined due to Covid-19. They plan to return to in-person classes on October 26.
As previously allowed by the Indiana High School Athletic Association, all in-season activity may continue at this time during remote learning, said Acton.
“We will return to in-person instruction on Monday November 2nd which will then allow Winter Sports Teams to begin practices as well such as girls basketball,” Acton said. “Online Lions will continue as scheduled,” he said. “We will provide updates throughout our school web page, Facebook and Twitter social media accounts.”
Meals will be provided for students over the next two weeks by filling out a form here – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdOBCyi_fbPPX0eh-Sr3dOCxCixP9JfZtS6ECWEGAB_JmhPeA/viewform
This week the meal distribution will be for children 18 and under NOT ATTENDING SCHOOL IN PERSON.
Distribution days will be on Monday, 10/19 and Wednesday, 10/21.
Please sign-up by Friday, Oct. 16 at noon.
The school is requesting email addresses to enable us to send email reminders. If you don’t have an email, please enter [email protected].
Meal Pickup will take place will be Monday from 11 am – 12:30 pm (2 breakfast/2 lunch) and Wednesday from 11am – 12:30 pm (3 breakfast / 3 lunch)
All pickup will be at the BSE Gym Doors in a drive-thru style.
Please stay in your vehicle. Children are not required to be present, and another person may be designated to pick up meals.