Salem Community Schools will return to school on August 5th but teachers are getting students ready with a Lions Kick Off starting Thursday, July 28.
Incoming 9th graders are asked to be there by 4p and parents can attend a session at 5:30p.
SHS returning student registration will be Thursday, July 29 from 2-6p and Monday, August 2 from 11a-2p. These sessions are for both students and parents. 
There will be special welcome nights for students in Kindergarten through Grade 3 on Monday, August 2. 
Kindergarten classes will be open at 6p, with first-grade classes open at 6:30p, followed by Second Grade classes at 7p and Third Grade classes at 7:30p. 
Fourth and Fifth-grade classes will feature an open-house-style program open from 5:30 – 7p. 
Students will accompany their parents in the classrooms. 
Salem Schools has passed a policy that the beginning of school would allow students and staff to return with masks being optional.
However, they will be required on school busses. The federal government requires all passengers on busses to wear masks.
Also, SCS teachers and staff will be participating in professional development on Wednesdays.
These professional development days will be early release.
According to Superintendent Jon Acton, students will be released an hour early.
Bradie Shrum Elementary will begin releasing at 2:20 p.m. Salem Middle School will release students at 2:30p and the high school will release students at 2:40p. 
BSE and SMS have partnered with Blue River Services, the Washington County Family YMCA, and the C.A.S.T. organization of Washington County to provide after-school care options at NO COST to Salem families.
Involvement in these programs is welcome more than one day per week, but will specifically be helpful if you are in need of after-school care due to our new calendar plan for teacher training on Wednesday afternoons, said Acton. 
Students will experience homework help and activities designed by program coordinators to enrich student learning.
Typical programming will last longer than 3:30 each Wednesday, but parents are welcome to pick up students earlier than the designated end time.
Transportation options will be provided closer to the start date based on need.
To sign up for BSE, please visit the BSE News Feed on the website at and complete the paperwork to enroll.
If you plan to utilize this option on Wednesdays only, please indicate that at the top of your paperwork when returning it to the main office in July/August.
Parents will be contacted directly by the program coordinator to verify attendance starting dates.
To sign up for Salem Middle School, please visit the SMS News Feed on the website at and complete the form to enroll.
Questions regarding programs or options should be directed to building principals by phone or email at: Jen Lawyer, BSE (883-3700), [email protected] or Kevin Albertson, SMS (883-3808), [email protected]
SCS will have an on-site medical clinic this school year.
SCS is partnering with Lifespring Health Systems who will provide a nurse practitioner Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Parents will fill out forms for students to be able to see the nurse practitioner.
The cost associated with this will be based on a sliding scale set up by Lifespring.
Prescriptions will be available through Lifespring or through Good Living Pharmacy in Salem.