This early closure comes as a result of anticipated significant staff absences

At 1:30 p.m. on May 8, the Oregon Education Association will host a “Day of Action” to advocate for full funding of the Oregon Quality Education Model. Due to limited substitute numbers and anticipated significant staff absences, Salem-Keizer Public Schools will enact a 2.5-hour early dismissal. The early closure will allow for students to receive instruction and nutrition services on an important school day. Transportation will run on the modified schedule. Afterschool care will offer extended schedules.

“We came to this decision in collaboration with Salem Keizer Education Association and with the support of the Association of Salem-Keizer Education Support Professionals,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. “We know there are extenuating circumstances like Advanced Placement exams, outdoor school and field trips. Our intent is to have the majority of these activities go on as planned.”

“Our schools can’t afford to give students what they need, so lawmakers must increase school funding.” says Mindy Merritt, teacher and President of the Salem Keizer Education Association. “Our classrooms are bursting at the seams; our students need greater access to social emotional learning and students are missing out on the individual attention they require. Our students can’t wait any longer. It’s time—past time—to invest in our schools.”

The Day of Action comes as legislators are finalizing the State School Fund and the district is finalizing its budget. To view the current proposed SKPS budget, click here.