SKPS aims for 5 full days in 21-22

Local schools will be back to a more normal year in the fall, with five full days per week of in-person classes, the Salem-Keizer School District announced Monday.

The district said in doing so they would follow all guidelines in place from state health and education officials.

“We do not know what those guidelines will say, but they may include protocols like wearing a face covering, frequent hand-washing and some form of physical distancing,” the district said in an announcement.

But students and families who want to remain online come fall will be able to do so. The district will keep its Enhanced Digital Guided Education (EDGE) program, an all-online academy created last summer for families who knew they did not want to return to school in-person this year.

Students in the online program will have two options: EDGE Connected, which will have live classes each day led by teacher, and EDGE Independent, which lets students do work at their own pace under the supervision of a teacher.

Families must register for EDGE by May 14 to be guaranteed a spot. More information is available on the district website.