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.