As you likely know, there have been significant changes in recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oregon Health Authority, and Oregon Department of Education regarding face coverings in schools.
We have carefully reviewed the guidance and met with our community health partners to provide expertise and feedback on these changes. All groups were supportive of our ability to keep students in schools safely without the universal use of face coverings when community transmission is low.
Effective March 12, 2022, face coverings will be optional in all district facilities, schools and school buses for students and staff. This includes the school day, before-school and after-school programs and extracurricular activities and athletics.
While face coverings will be optional, it is highly recommended that at-risk adults and students continue to wear KN95 masks. We know some students and adults will choose to wear face coverings and others will not. It is critical we support these decisions as we work together to build a community that supports each other in the decisions that protect their health or the health of those close to them.
Thank you for helping to ensure the health and safety of our schools and community.
The start of the 2021-22 school year is right around the corner. Here is all the information you will need about bell schedules, late start days and the first day of school for middle and high school students.
Start and end times
This year, all SKPS schools will have a new bell schedule for the 2021-22 school year.
Middle schools will start at 9:20 a.m. and end at 4 p.m., with the exception of Roberts Middle School which will start at 9:45 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m.
High school will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:20 p.m., with the exception of the three locations below:
- CTEC – 9 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.
- Early College High School – 8:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.
- Roberts High School – 8:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.
- EDGE Secondary will start at 8:55 a.m. and end at 3:25 p.m.
- The Community Transition Program will start at 7:30 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.
Late start on Wednesdays
All SKPS schools will have a late start day on Wednesday. This means that the school start time will be one hour later than normal. Dismissal time will remain at the normal time.
For example, if school is regularly scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and release at 3:20 p.m., it will still be released at 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday; however, school will not begin until 9:30 a.m.
A late start day allows school staff a regular time for collaboration and planning in order to better support our students.
All bus transportation pick-up times will also be shifted one hour late on Wednesdays, with limited exceptions. Exceptions to this will be contacted directly for bus stop time adjustments. Drop-off times for all buses will remain at the normal time.
First days of school
The first day of school for middle school will be on a “transition day.” This allows 6th grade students to get familiar with their school in a smaller setting before everyone is together.
- 6th grade students will start on Sept. 7. They will then come back for regular instruction on Sept. 8, which happens to be a late start day.
- 7th and 8th grade students will start on Sept 8., which happens to be a late start day.
The first day of school for high school will be on a “smooth start.” This allows 9th grade students to get familiar with their school in a smaller setting before everyone is together.
- 9th grade students will start on Sept. 7. They will then come back for regular instruction on Sept. 8, which happens to be a late start day.
- 10th, 11th and 12th grade students will start on Sept 8., which happens to be a late start day.
If you have any additional questions regarding bell times, late start or the first day of school, please reach out to your student’s school.