The Ministry of Education is aware that not all students have access to technology to continue their education during the COVID-19 pandemic. To support the use of learning materials delivered directly to students outside the school setting, the Response Planning Team – together with the Saskatchewan Health Authority – has developed a set of guidelines that should be followed, in order to avoid the transmission of disease between staff and students.
As announced on March 16, in-classroom learning activities in Saskatchewan have been suspended indefinitely.
On May 7, it was confirmed that in-class learning will not resume until at least September.
The Government of Saskatchewan will continue to follow the advice and recommendation of the province's Chief Medical Health Officer and will resume class activities in the fall if it is deemed safe to do so.
The Ministry of Education continues to work with school divisions to develop and implement short-term and long-term plans that will support student learning. The ministry has also developed suggested techniques to help parents/guardians, early learning staff and Prekindergarten to Grade 12 teachers share information about the coronavirus with young and school-aged children.
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Ministry of Education developed a Response Planning Team (RPT), to work through the logistics associated with school closure.
The RPT consists of individuals from the Ministry of Education, Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation, Saskatchewan School Boards Association, the Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials and the Saskatchewan League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents.
As part of the work of the RPT, an Instructional Services subcommittee has been formed to focus on helping school divisions to provide supplementary learning opportunities to students and families.
The RPT continues to work with school divisions and teachers to implement a supplemental curriculum program through distance and alternative learning methods, to ensure that students seeking to continue learning will have the resources necessary to do so.
The RPT is also working with education sector partners to work on what in-class learning may look like this fall.
The Ministry of Education has maintained regular communication with school divisions, indicating the next steps for divisions as they work to provide distance and alternative learning opportunities to their students.
The Ministry of Education has created Remote Learning Guidelines for Parent and Guardians to assist students taking part in supplemental learning being offered by school divisions.
Will my child move to the next grade?
Students in Kindergarten-Grade 9 will be advanced into the next grade in the following year. Supplementary educational opportunities will be provided for these students by local school divisions.
Will high school students have the opportunity to improve their final marks?
Student marks in high school classes (grades 10-12) as of March 13 stand; however, students will be afforded the opportunity to improve their mark – if they choose – through distance and alternative learning methods provided by their school division.
My child has a 40 in his class right now, will there be opportunities for him to pass this class?
School divisions and teachers will implement distance and alternative learning methods, to ensure that students seeking to continue learning will have the resources necessary to do so.
Students enrolled in a subject area as of March 13, and who have been assessed by their teacher, will receive a minimum grade of 50 per cent. Students wishing to improve upon that mark, will have opportunities to do so thought distance and alternative learning methods implemented by the school division.
What considerations are being given to support students without dedicated access to the internet?
As a means to engage all students, school divisions are encouraged to employ multiple modes of delivery as available to them, in order to support supplemental student learning.
When can parents expect to receive instruction on how to access advanced learning options?
Information on supplementary learning options available to students and families will be communicated by school divisions.