At Saskatoon Public Schools, the safety of students and staff members is the first priority. With the World Health Organization declaring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak a pandemic, these are the measures the school division has in place to address this public health situation.
Saskatoon Public Schools take its direction from the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and division staff have received regular updates on the situation. As of today (March 11), there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan and public health officials state the risk remains low.
The school division has a pandemic response plan and has already taken preventative measures. Caretaking staff were previously directed to prioritize sanitization in all schools. Focus is being given to sanitizing push-pull points and frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, water fountain buttons, desks, countertops, sinks, and taps.
Schools have been asked to review hygiene practices with students and have shared posters highlighting proper hand washing for posting in all bathrooms. These posters and other hygiene information can be accessed at www.germsmart.ca.
Parents and guardians are being asked to review the following hygiene practices with children:
- Practice proper coughing and sneezing etiquette (into the bend of your elbow);
- Wash your hands often with soap and water; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick; and,
- Don't share water bottles, band instruments, eating utensils, electronic devices, ear pods or food.
As always, if a child is sick, parents and guardians are asked to keep the child home from school. Individuals who may have concerns about their health can call the provincial HealthLine at 811 for advice and support. Information and updates regarding COVID-19 are available on www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus
Parents and guardians are asked to contact their school if they have questions.