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School Reopening Plan Fall 2020: Home

A Return to Essential Services

The 2020 reopening plan will offer in-person learning to the greatest degree possible while maintaining a safe environment for students, staff, and families.

2020 Reopening Plan

The Salem School District will reopen schools in the fall bearing in mind the safety and well-being of staff, students, and the community. For those unable or unwilling to return to school, a remote/distance learning option will be offered similar to the experience provided last spring.

Social Distancing and Masks

Social distancing is the primary challenge within the physical confines of Salem schools. While the plan encourages students and staff to maintain a six foot distance, additional protocols are called for when that amount of space is not practical. These include a requirement for all students and staff to wear masks. All desks will be spaced a minimum of three feet apart and transparent desk shields will be installed at every desk. Masks may be removed when seated at a desk.

Hand Washing

Every classroom, common space, and office will have a hand sanitizer or hand sanitizing station available for students, staff, and visitors as needed. Opportunities will be scheduled regularly for younger students to wash hands.

Additional Details

The Reopening Plan provides a detailed list of additional safety protocols in all areas of school operation including transportation, food service, and building access. It also addresses student wellness and support services, contingency planning, workforce management procedures, and the remote learning alternative.



Review School Board Questions and Answers from the July 14 board meeting...

Parent Town Hall Recording

How You Can Help Keep Schools Open
Safety protocols recommended in Salem’s reopening plan center on minimizing the potential viral spread. Our ability to keep schools open will depend on the extent that we can embrace and practice essential safety protocols such as wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing hands.




District Updates

Aug. 10, 2020
Reopening Update: August 10

The work continues to finalize in-person and remote learning experiences. It was important to give everyone the opportunity to select an option that best meets their family’s needs. I’m confident that we’ll provide an appropriate academic program in both environments.


July 15, 2020
2020 Fall Reopening Plan

The Salem School Board approved a plan to reopen schools in the fall for in-person instruction with a remote learning option for those unable or unwilling to return.


June 25, 2020 Fall Planning Update