The City of Salem School Division has been monitoring the potential spread of COVID-19 for the past few weeks, and like you, we have been processing a great deal of information. The safety of our school children, teachers and parents is always our number one priority.  Our Central Office staff and Emergency Management team members from the City of Salem are in on-going contact with the Virginia Department of Health, the Roanoke-Alleghany Health Department and area health professionals. We encourage you to monitor this site for official school division information. This site will be updated whenever there are new details and facts for you.  We encourage you to consult with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for specific information about the COVID-19 virus. 


Summer Meal Delivery June 22 – July 31

This Summer Salem City School buses will deliver meals from June 22nd to July 31st on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays on the delivery schedules posted below. Meal Delivery Schedules: East Salem Zone Meal Delivery Routes GWC Zone Meal Delivery Routes South Salem Zone...

Salem’s New Student Enrollment Form

Salem’s New Student Enrollment Form    Use this form for all NEW student enrollments.  Open this post for an active link. Call 389-0130 for any questions.  

UPDATE: New Bus Routes for Meal Deliveries in Salem

Salem City Schools will deliver School Meals using NEW BUS ROUTES - Monday, March 30, 2020! The free meals (Breakfast & Lunch) are distributed to anyone aged  18 years old or younger during the COVID-19 virus crisis. The NEW BUS ROUTES are organized by "School...

COVID-19: A Parent Guide for School-Aged Children

The Governor of Virginia ordered all K-12 schools in Virginia to close through the end of this academic year on March 23, 2020. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will issue guidance to help local school divisions execute plans to continue instruction, while...

Announcement of School Closure to Students & Families

Salem Students and Families, Today, Governor Northam officially closed schools through the end of the year.  The Salem City School Division’s plan to provide instruction will continue to focus on online learning through Google Classroom in grades 3-12 and...

Chromebook Help during Remote Instruction

Chromebook Help is available via email at: or by phone at The Chromebook Help Line: 540-444-0838 Check out the Chromebook Support Page for more information including drop off locations for Chromebook Repairs.  

Instructional Delivery Information PK-12

Instruction-Elementary Teachers will prepare and provide instructional packets for students in grades PK-2.  Packets will be delivered to students at elementary bus stops with meals on Friday, March 20th.  The delivery schedule for each school is included below. ...

School Closing Announcement

Today at approximately 3:00 pm Governor Northam ordered all Virginia public schools to close for a minimum of two weeks.  As a result, all Salem City Schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.  Division staff will meet today and Monday...

COVID 19 Information from Salem City Schools

The local health department (Roanoke-Alleghany Health District) is the lead agency in our community and leaders in the Salem City School Division work closely with health care professionals in our region. In short, educators make educational decisions and health care professionals make medical decisions.


Right now, we encourage everyone to be vigilant and faithfully practice proven efforts to prevent the spread of any illness outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Stay home when you are sick
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  5. Clean your hands!  Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives
  6. Practice other good health habits – disinfect surfaces, get sleep, exercise, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

When Talking with your student

  • Be calm
  • Limit exposure to the news
  • Listen to your kids’ fears and concerns
  • Talk about concerns in an age-appropriate manner
  • Remind them that you and the adults at their school are there to keep them safe and healthy
  • Tell them you love them and give them plenty of assurance and affection
  • Keep to a regular schedule as much as possible
  • Review basic hygiene

Additional Resources to Better Your Understanding

(last updated 3/9/2020)