Honouring those who served took on a unique look in schools this year.
All schools typically observe Remembrance Day prior to November 11, however due to COVID-19 health guidelines and a significant winter storm, school ceremonies in schools looked different this year, trustees heard during the Celebrating Excellence portion of the Dec. 8 Board of Education meeting.
Thanks to creative staff and students, many schools used video and virtual services to honour and highlight those who served and sacrificed for Canada. Many presentations included traditional services with readings and a moment of silence. Videos also highlighted student learning work on the themes of Remembrance Day, as well as unique approaches such as a dance performance by students from Tommy Douglas Collegiate.
Other meeting highlights included:
- Trustees received an update from administration on the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Student and staff safety is the top priority, including timely and effective communication with staff, parents, and the community. New provincial guidelines on close contacts and contact tracing in schools, and mandatory mask guidelines for all grades announced in late November were part of the update.
- A strategic plan update on the work of the division's First Nation, Inuit and Métis Education Unit. The unit's work focuses on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action and ensures leaders and classroom teachers are supported in building their cultural competencies, relationships, and instruction.
Reports and information presented at board meetings can be found at www.saskatoonpublicschools.ca. The next meeting of the Board of Education is Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at 5 p.m. Due to COVID-19 and physical distancing guidelines, members of the public may attend regular board meetings virtually. If you wish to attend, please contact Estelle Allington to request the link to the virtual meeting.