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Fake fentanyl: What parents & teens need to know

Oregon has lost several students to fentanyl in the last few years. Linked below are fact sheets to help educate students, parents and the community about the dangers of fake pills made from deadly fentanyl.

Fentanyl being disguised as candy

Fentanyl is currently very common in our community; it is a powerful synthetic opioid that is like morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. Fentanyl is odorless, tasteless and colorless. Young people think they are taking “blues,” OxyContin or Xanax, but they are often taking pills laced with fentanyl. Recently, law enforcement agencies have also warned about the danger of fentanyl being disguised as candy, specifically targeted to be sold to children.

Talking to your student is the best prevention

The best prevention is talking to your student about never taking any medication that doesn’t come from their doctor. This includes never taking pills, even from friends. This is a conversation that can literally save your child’s life.
One pill has the potential to be deadly.

Other prevention strategies

Open communication

One of the best ways to protect youth from substances is by having open communication and educating them on the risks of substance use. Listening to them without judging is a critical tool you can provide as their trusted adult.

Look for changes in behavior

Look out for changes in behavior, such as irregular eating or sleeping patterns, low energy, general signs of depression or anxiety, unusual irritability, slipping grades, lack of interest in activities they love, and even drastic clothing style changes. Trust your instincts. If you notice a change, ask about it.

Monitor social media

Talk to your child and monitor their social media use. The online environment provides platforms for people to sell substances. Substances can be offered by someone met online.

Resources

Tips on how to keep the children in your care safe

Fentanyl Fact Sheet (Arabic)
Fentanyl Fact Sheet (Chuukese)
Fentanyl Fact Sheet (English)
Fentanyl Fact Sheet (Marshallese)
Fentanyl Fact Sheet (Russian)
Fentanyl Fact Sheet (Spanish)
Fentanyl Fact Sheet (Swahilli)

2022-09-20T14:48:57-07:00September 15th, 2022|

Back to school 2022-23

School offices opening dates 2022-23

  • August 8: Elementary school offices open
  • August 15: Middle school offices open
  • Year round: High school offices open year round

First day of school dates 2022-23

Grades 1-12

  • September 6: First day for Grades 6 and 9
  • September 7: First day for Grades 1-5, 7-8, 10-12 (*Because this is a Wednesday, this is a late start day)

Kindergarten first days

  • September 7-9: Kindergarten reading assessment & parent conference
  • September 12: Kindergarten transition last name begins A-L
  • September 13: Kindergarten transition last name begins M-Z
  • September 14: Kindergarten first day for ALL students (*Because this is a Wednesday, this is a late start day)

*All schools will start one hour late on Wednesdays to give school staff a regular time for collaborating and planning support for students.

Back-to-school quick links

Adult and student interactions

Guide to Staff/Student InteractionsMaintaining Appropriate Staff/Student BoundariesMaintaining Appropriate Volunteer/Contractor/Student Boundaries
Salem-Keizer Public Schools is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for students when participating in any school or district activity.

Athletic participation and student fees

High school and middle school athletics
Information about athletics fees, physical exams, FamilyID online registration, student and parent concussion statement.

Back to school factsheet

Arabic | Chuukese | English | Marshallese | Russian | Spanish | Swahili

Convenient factsheet for back to school in PDF format that you can print out for quick reference.

Bell times

Arabic | Chuukese | English | Marshallese | Russian | Spanish | Swahili

Bell schedules for most schools will be the same as last year for the 2022-23 school year.

Bus basics

Information about riding on buses, including videos, maps, and links to resources like finding your school.

Route times for the 2022-23 school year are expected to be ready the week of August 15.

Calendars

Calendars
See official district calendars for the 2022-23 school year.

Dress code

Dress code
Salem-Keizer Public Schools expects that all students will dress in a way that is appropriate for the school day or for any school-sponsored event.

Enrollment and registration

Student enrollment and registration
Information, links and contact information to help parents who need to get their students registered for the 2022-23 school year.

Food Services

Food Services
For the 2022-23 school year, breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge for all Salem-Keizer students. SKPS partners with Sodexo to provide healthy, nutritious meals to our students.

Kindergarten

Kindergarten
Resources to help you get your student registered and ready for kindergarten.

ParentSquare

ParentSquare
Salem-Keizer Public Schools is now using the ParentSquare platform for district, school and teacher communications, primarily with email, text and app notifications.

ParentVUE

ParentVUE
Login page to create a new account or to access your existing ParentVue account.

Preschool

Preschool
Resources to help you get your student registered and ready for preschool.

Principal and assistant principal changes

Principal and assistant principal changes at schools
Details about principal and assistant principal changes at schools for the 2022-23 school year.

Safe and welcoming schools

Safe and welcoming schools
Every student should feel safe, welcome, and fully included in their school community.

School directory

School directory
A list that includes links to school websites, school start/stop times, names of principals and office managers, and contact information.

School supply list recommendations

Standard school supplies needed by students
English | Spanish | Marshallese| Russian
The standard list represents the most common supplies required in Salem-Keizer schools. Some schools may require additional items or may prefer a variation of the items listed. However, items such as wipes and glues MUST be purchased by school district staff.

Questions?

Contact your student’s school if you have questions.

School offices opening dates 2022-23

  • August 8: Elementary school offices open
  • August 15: Middle school offices open
  • Year round: High school offices open year round

Special education

Special education
Providing professional and efficient support services that contribute to the success of students, staff, and community.

Student safety resources

Student safety resources
Learn about safety protocols and emergency procedures implemented in all Salem-Keizer schools.

2022-08-19T16:53:04-07:00August 17th, 2022|

Message from Salem-Keizer Public Schools – March 20, 2020

This is a bilingual message from Superintendent Christy Perry and Elementary Level Director Olga Cobb for our community.

Message from Salem-Keizer Public Schools – March 20, 2020

2020-03-20T16:06:06-07:00March 20th, 2020|

Salem-Keizer Public Schools Offering Grab and Go Meals at more than 30 Schools

In keeping with the latest direction from Governor Kate Brown, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Education, Salem-Keizer Public Schools in-person classes will be canceled for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

In order to help alleviate food insecurity, we will be offering breakfast and lunch grab and go bags, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at more than 30 locations. Meals are available to any child or teen 18 and under, and anyone with special needs 21 years old or younger.

Due to bond-related construction, adjustments have been made to meal locations. A full list of active meal sites can be found below.

Meals may include chicken patties, hamburgers and chicken nuggets. These are fully cooked and are safe to eat or can be reheated. All bagged lunches should be refrigerated within an hour.

The locations are: