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.
This is a reminder that meals will not be delivered during spring break. The last day for deliveries prior to spring break is Friday, April 3rd. Meal deliveries will resume on Tuesday, April 14th on the current meal delivery schedules. Meal Delivery Schedules: East...
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...
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...
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 is available via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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. ...
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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...
Salem City Schools would like to remind families to stay home should they run a fever or demonstrate flu-like symptoms
The City of Salem Official Updates Re: the COVID-19 Virus provides information about City services and schedules in light of the virus.
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),
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean your hands! Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives
- 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
- National Association of School Psychologists – Talking to Children about COVID 19
- Virginia Department of Education
- Virginia Department of Health
- The VDH currently plans to post COVID-19 updates on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
- Centers for Disease Control
- CDC Videos
(last updated 3/9/2020)