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Handbook Update Oct. 12, 2021

Saskatchewan Schools: Students Close Contact Protocol flowchart updated with information for when a student is notified as a close contact and was exposed in a household setting.

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)10/12/2021 12:59 PM
Handbook Updates Sept. 22, 2021

A Student Close Contact Protocol flowchart provided by the Government of Saskatchewan was added to the elementary and collegiate handbooks.

Information under the headings of Mask Guidelines, Physical Education and Curricular and Extracurricular Actives were updated in both the elementary and collegiate handbooks to reflect new information and guidelines around masking during indoor physical education classes and indoor extracurricular athletics. 

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)9/22/2021 3:52 PM
Update Aug. 5, 2021

Saskatoon Public Schools is currently working on plans for fall operations that will continue to support the health and safety of students and staff members. Once finalized, information will be shared with all school families later this month. 

We look forward to welcoming students back to school on September 1

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)9/8/2021 2:18 PM
Message from the Director of Education Aug. 23, 2021

A message to the students, parents, and caregivers of our schools from Director of Education Shane Skjerven

We know families have been patiently waiting to hear what September will look like in our schools. Saskatoon Public Schools remains committed to providing safe learning and working environments for our students and staff members. Local public health officials continue to provide necessary guidance for our operational decisions. While vaccination rates significantly reduced COVID-19 cases, the spread of the Delta variant has caused a resurgence. This is of particular concern for our youngest students who cannot be vaccinated.

When school resumes September 1, all elementary schools and collegiates will offer in-class, daily learning. Saskatoon Public Schools will have several safety protocols in place to significantly reduce the possible transmission of COVID-19. These measures include:

  • mandatory masks inside elementary schools for all students, staff members and visitors;
  • masks strongly recommended for students, staff members and visitors in collegiates;
  • daily personal health screening for students and staff members before attending school;
  • a stay-at-home requirement for those who are sick;
  • proper hand hygiene expectation;
  • continued focus on cleaning and disinfection inside schools; and,
  • collegiates moving to a quarter system to reduce contact.

All curricular and extracurricular activities will resume, including athletics, performing arts and in-school clubs. Details can be found in the Elementary Back-To-School Handbook and Collegiate Back-To-School Handbook.

Mask usage and other safety measures will help minimize disruptions to learning by reducing transmission and the likelihood of self-isolating. The school division works with local public health officials to monitor cases and transmission in school communities. If necessary, additional measures will be put in place to protect students and staff members. This may include mandatory masking for collegiates. If at-home learning is preferred, our Online Learning Centre continues to offer K-12 programming, including French immersion.

Vaccination is the most effective measure our community can take to protect one another. All eligible students, staff members and community members are strongly encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine. We know that what happens in the community impacts our schools. If we work together, we can keep our students safe and have a successful year of learning.

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)9/8/2021 2:18 PM
Message from the Director of Education Sept. 3, 2021

A message to secondary students, parents, and caregivers of our schools from Director of Education Shane Skjerven

Since the release of our back-to-school plans on August 23, Saskatoon has seen an exponential increase in COVID-19 cases. With the Delta variant prevalent in our community, we are concerned about the continued health and well-being of our students and staff members. We also recognize that our school division has a role to play in supporting our community partners in healthcare, in hopes of reducing further pressure on the overwhelmed system. 

Starting Tuesday, September 7, masks will be required for all students, staff members and visitors inside our collegiates. Our school division is also mandating masks inside all division buildings, including our board office and maintenance shop. 

Our goal in changing these safety protocols is to ensure continued learning in all our schools. The use of masks has proven to reduce transmission of the virus. If there is a positive case in a school, vaccination and mask usage can significantly reduce the number of close contacts needing to isolate. This means fewer disruptions to learning.

Throughout our pandemic response, we have worked with local public health officials, who have provided important guidance and advice. We will continue to review our plans regularly and make changes as needed.

For students and families who may not agree with the mask requirement, our Online Learning Centre is accepting registrations for secondary students through Sept. 7.

Vaccination is the most effective measure our community can take to protect one and other. We encourage all eligible students, staff members and community members to get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Thank you for your continued support of our schools.  

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)9/8/2021 2:18 PM