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Division enrolment impacted by COVID-19, trustees hearNew

enrol2020_news.jpgSaskatoon Public Schools reported a decline in division-wide enrolment as of Sept. 30, with the COVID-19 pandemic having a significant effect on overall enrolment, trustees were told during the Oct. 20 meeting of the Board of Education.

The school division's kindergarten to Grade 12 student enrolment is 25,280 as of Sept. 30. This marks an enrolment decrease of 528 students since September 2019.

There were 16,927 elementary students enrolled as of Sept. 30, a decline of about 200 from the previous year. High school enrolment was 8,535, a reduction of approximately 300 students when compared to 2019. There were 1,837 students enrolled in kindergarten, a small decrease of 87 students.

Class sizes were reduced in elementary schools as a result of the temporary redeployment of band teachers and online teachers having embedded prep time in their schedules. In grades 9-12, there are a small number of large class sizes in the first learning term. Administration continues to monitor this situation and will be responsive on reducing large class sizes in the upcoming learning term.

The Celebrating Excellence portion of the board meeting highlighted the role played by Facilities staff in ensuring a safe and successful reopening of schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic. There were significant contributions by the departments of contract services, maintenance, and operations. Staff collaborated and problem solved various scenarios to ensure renovation projects and school alterations were completed on time. A safe return for students and staff and was the top priority and the hard work of Facilities staff were appreciated by school-based and central office staffs.

Reports and information presented at board meetings can be found at The next meeting of the Board of Education is its inaugural meeting on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. The next regular board meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2020. Members of the public may attend regular board meetings virtually. If you plan to attend a meeting, please contact the Executive Assistant to the Board of Education to request the link to the virtual meeting.

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)10/22/2020 2:12 PM
Voters invited to attend virtual candidate forumsNew

Saskatoon Public Schools will host virtual candidate forums to allow candidates for Board of Education trustee positions to share their platform and respond to questions from voters.

School board elections take place Monday, Nov. 9, as part of the City of Saskatoon civic election. Information about voting, ward boundaries, and candidate profiles is available in the Saskatoon Voter's Guide available on the City of Saskatoon website.

Members of the public are invited to attend the virtual forum for their ward:

  • Ward 2 – Monday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m.
  • Ward 4 – Monday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.
  • Ward 6 – Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m.
  • Ward 8 – Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.
  • Ward 9 – Thursday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m.
  • Ward 10 – Thursday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.

Forums will be not be held in Wards 1, 3, 5, and 7 because the single nominated candidate in each ward was acclaimed.

To attend a virtual forum, participants should send an email to identifying the forum they wish to attend. A link to the online forum will be forwarded to participants prior to the event.

Candidates will each receive five minutes for remarks and will then respond to questions. Questions must be submitted prior to the forum and can be part of the participant's attendance request. Questions may be directed to a specific candidate or to the group, and each candidate will receive two minutes to respond.

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)10/22/2020 11:20 AM
High school students have Oct. 22 deadline for shift between in-person, online learning

online_news.jpgHigh school students who want to move back to in-person learning or transition to online classes for the second learning term of the school year must make their decision by Oct. 22.

The transfer deadline has been set to allow for any necessary staffing adjustments ahead of the Quint 2 start date of Oct. 30.

Students who wish to register for in-person classes for Quint 2:

  • should contact the student services office at the collegiate of their choice for more information;
  • or register online through the website of the collegiate they choose to attend.

Students who want to move from in-person learning to online learning for Quint 2:

  • should meet with counsellors at their current school to plan next steps;
  • or fill out the online registration form for OLC;
  • students have the option of either full-time (two classes) or part-time (one class) online instruction for Quint 2;
  • counselling and class selection appointments for students registering for online courses can be made by emailing the OLC counsellor.

Saskatoon Public Schools' collegiates (with the exception of Nutana Collegiate and Royal West Campus) as well as courses offered through the Online Learning Centre adopted a block schedule for 2020-21. Each learning term or "quint" lasts approximately 37 days with students taking two classes each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The quint schedule provides high school students with the option to achieve 10 credits during the school year.

Students are permitted to transfer between in-person and online learning ahead of the start date for each quint. Quint 2 begins Friday Oct. 30; Quint 3 runs from Jan. 4 to March 2, 2020; Quint 4 is March 4 to April 30; and Quint 5 runs from May 4 until June 23. The complete high school quint schedule is available HERE.

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)10/8/2020 12:53 PM