SKPS cancels school on Friday, Nov. 12

Local students will have a four-day weekend for Veterans Day.

The Salem-Keizer School District announced Friday that students wouldn’t have classes on Friday. Nov. 12.

“Because Veterans Day falls on a Thursday this year, the district has a unique opportunity to support the well-being of staff and students by allowing a longer break in instruction,” the district said in a news release.

The day is intended to give teachers the opportunity to catch up, according to a Facebook post from the Salem-Keizer Education Association, the union representing district teachers.

“(Union) leadership met with district leaders and made the case for Nov. 12th becoming a non-student day to allow teachers some additional time to catch their breath,” the association said in a Facebook post. “It was anticipated that November 12th would be a high-absence day and likely add more stress to the plates of SKEA members while not being a productive day for teaching and learning.”

The district will not make up the day, according to a news release, because the district will meet state-required instructional hours without it.

The release said the district is working with local child care providers to offer child care at some sites, and families can check with their child care providers for more information. To-go lunches will be offered at some schools during the closure.