Information about Reopening

COVID Safety Washing
COVID Safety Masks

This page provides the latest communications and a set of resources for the Salem Academy community as we respond to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Members of the school’s Operations Team, including school leadership, are managing campus plans and resources, and they are actively monitoring the latest developments in concert with state and city officials.

Important Links:

All links are translated in both English and Spanish unless otherwise noted.

Salem Academy Distance Learning Plan

Since Salem Academy has closed, we are currently using the following Distance Learning Plan.

Salem Academy Cancellations and Postponements

*Please note that all field trips are on a case by case basis as determined by the school’s admin team. We will update as soon as we review each potential event.

Postponements (dates TBD unless posted):

US/LS Hybrid Return Schedule

Facility Cleaning and Support

The Salem Academy campus is closed through December 18 to all students, faculty and staff, except through a request to Ms. Sgambellone. Salem Academy is working with all state and local agencies as we monitor the outbreak and will communicate any updates as we have them.  The school will continue to be cleaned and disinfected throughout the closure as needed.
Please feel free to reach out to us for support with any issues you have.

Upper School Chromebook Sanitation

The Upper School students have been instructed to not share their Chromebooks with anyone else. We have also provided sanitation stations for students to clean their Chromebooks at school. The locations include: Ms. Bowen’s Office, Ms. Lassen’s Office, the Nurse’s office, Ms. Wright’s Office, Ms. Rieckert’s Office, and Ms. Jacob’s Office. Students should only use the provided cleaning supplies to clean their Chromebooks. They should never use Lysol spray or wipes to clean their Chromebook because it may damage the surfaces.

Lower School Chromebook Sanitation

We have provided cleaning stations for every Lower School classroom. Students will assist in cleaning Chromebooks, everyday. They will be cleaned first thing every morning during connections. Students are assigned a specific Chromebook in each room. This will limit the number of students that are using each Chromebook in a given day.

Salem Academy Community Emergency Response Fund

The Salem Academy Community Emergency Response Fund was established in 2020 to support Salem Academy’s response to devastating events such as the fast-moving spread of COVID-19, also known as, corona virus. Salem Academy’s leadership team has been active since the beginning of the crisis planning for each new day is it comes. As we learn more about COVID-19, resources are becoming necessary to provide to some of our families in need.

You donation will support students and families with any funds raised beyond our needs given to community non-profits during this critical time alongside supports for our distance learning initiatives that ensure all students have access to educational materials during the time they are away from school. Thank you in advance for your continued generosity towards our school and community.

Community Bulletin

The following are resources that we’ve collected from individuals who have shared. We hope they are helpful!

Food Services (Adults)

Emergency Back Up Child Care
    • Recognizing that some people still need to work and have no other option, the state has authorized some child care providers to provide emergency, back up, drop-in child care.
    • A list of providers is posted on EEC’s website ,and more will be added. So far, there are are a few hundred such providers, most operating 7:30am or 8:30 am- 5:00 pm. EEC hopes to make the list more searchable, but for now, it’s posted as a PDF.

  • Here’s who will have priority access, from EEC’s website:
    • Priority will be given to people including but not limited to health care workers, essential state and human service workers, COVID-19 health workers, grocery store employees, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, transportation and infrastructure workers, sanitation workers, DCF-involved families, and families living in shelters.
    • Based on a webinar with the Commissioner on Friday, it seems programs will use their discretion in deciding who gets care.
  • To access care, a family must call each provider to see if they have space on a day by day basis.
  • These programs will be completely free to families.
  • This is a fundamentally different program from regular early education. While there are health and safety requirements, they are not as stringent as regular early education. EEC has prioritized approving providers that already held EEC licenses, had a site visit in the past 6 months, and where all staff had completed background records checks.  
  • Families are encouraged to find other non-group care to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
  • Families will be provided a spot, to the extent available, day by day.
  • No transportation will be provided. Families need to find a way to get their children to the program and home each day.
  • Child care will be provided in center based settings, with no more than 2 classrooms open, with a max of 20 children in each classroom. Ages will be mixed. Normal rules about ratios do not apply. 
  • Child care will also be provided in family child care, i.e. providers in their homes. I believe that is limited to 10 children per provider.
  • The amount the state is paying providers will not cover the basic operating costs of running these programs. Programs are stepping up majorly to help our communities. DPH will prioritize COVID-19 testing for child care providers who may be exposed to coronavirus.
Child Care Closures
  • Although child care providers are closed, many private providers continue to charge families their regular tuition. Here’s what Maura Healey’s office has put out about that.
  • Programs that receive child care subsidies will continue to be paid their full subsidized rate, with the state picking up the portion that would normally be paid through parent fees. To be clear, families with subsidized child care do not need to pay their regular parent fee to maintain their subsidy. This is something GBLS advocated for with EEC’s Commissioner, and we very much appreciate her work getting approval for stopping parent fees.
  • When this is all over, families will get their subsidies back. We’ve already begun advocating with EEC around a host of issues for families getting or trying to keep their subsidies.
  • However, it remains to be seen whether child care providers- that tend to exist on a perilous financial margin in the best of times- will survive or whether they will fail and close. There are local and national advocacy efforts afoot to get increased public support for child care programs.

Documentos Sobre la Reapertura de Salem Academy

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Contact Information:

Stephanie Callahan, Interim Executive Director, [email protected]
Andrea Jacobs, Upper School Principal, [email protected]
Matthew Chuchul, Lower School Principal, [email protected]
Chyna Onembo, Dean of Students, [email protected]
Linda St. Pierre, Special Education Director, [email protected]
Kristine Sgambellone, Director of Operations, [email protected]
Erica Klag, Food and Nutrition, [email protected]
Katie Harvey, Nurse, [email protected]