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The Re-Open Saskatchewan plan was released on April 23rd.

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Guidance for Schools

On August 4, the Government of Saskatchewan announced the Saskatchewan Safe Schools plan.

This plan will guide the return to in-class learning throughout the province by providing direction for the education sector as students and staff prepare for their return to the classroom.

The Saskatchewan Safe Schools plan focuses on eight areas:

  • Safe Attendance – Protocols for student and staff attendance.
  • Safe Transportation – Protocols for students and drivers.
  • Safe Access – School level protocols for flow of student and staff.
  • Safe Facilities – Sanitization and cleanliness protocols for facilities.
  • Safe Classrooms – Limiting physical contact, responsible hygiene practices.
  • Safe Supports – Mental health supports, intensive needs and immune-compromised protocols.
  • Safe Activities – Group activities, including extra-curricular events will follow Re-Open Saskatchewan guidelines.
  • Safe Alternatives – Phased levels to ensure a safe learning environment.

The Saskatchewan Safe Schools plan was developed by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with Saskatchewan Education's Response Planning Team and Saskatchewan's Chief Medical Health Officer.

School divisions have developed local plans for use in their school communities. These division plans adhere to the Primary and Secondary Institution Guidelines that were distributed to divisions in June, and align with the direction of the Saskatchewan Safe Schools plan.

School divisions will be using their division-wide plans to create and implement school-specific plans that will provide families more details on the supports and additional measures that will be in place. These school-specific plans will be communicated with families before August 31.

Through the pandemic, the Ministry of Education has maintained regular communication with school divisions and education sector partners in preparation for the return of in-class instruction in September. The Ministry of Education will continue to work with school divisions to support student learning.

While we are planning for school to be as close to normal as possible with the safety measures, the Government of Saskatchewan and school divisions also have contingency plans in place in case there is an increased risk of transmission.

The contingency plans include options such as wearing masks, alternating days of instruction and options for remote learning. These plans will be put in place either locally or provincially at the discretion of the Chief Medical Health Officer.


What are the eight pillars of the plan?

The eight areas of focus of the Saskatchewan Safe Schools plan are:

  • Safe Attendance – Do not come to school sick.
  • Safe Transportation – Protocols for students and drivers.
  • Safe Access – School level protocols for flow of students and staff.
  • Safe Facilities – Sanitization and cleanliness protocols for facilities.
  • Safe Classrooms – Limiting physical contact, hygiene.
  • Safe Supports – Mental health supports, intensive needs/immune-compromised protocols.
  • Safe Activities – Group activities, including extra-curricular.
  • Safe Alternatives – Four levels to ensure continued safe learning.

What are the contingency plans in the instance that in-class learning is not able to occur in September?

Under the Saskatchewan Safe Schools plan, there are four phases of education delivery in the province:

Level 1 – Full in-class learning with some additional measures to ensure student and staff safety.

Level 2 – Full in-class learning – Mask usage for students and staff, as determined by the Chief Medical Health Officer.

Level 3 – Reduced in-class learning.

Level 4 – In-class learning suspended – Alternative learning opportunities offered by divisions.

School divisions have contingency plans for their students and staff in the instance that in-class learning is not able to take place, either locally or provincially.

School divisions worked diligently to provide alternative learning opportunities to students when in-class learning was suspended in March, and are in the best position to determine what learning opportunities may need to look like in their division, if in-class learning is not possible.

What are the options for parents of immunocompromised children?

Medically fragile students will have supports in place to address their educational needs. School divisions will work with their local medical health officer to address the unique needs of immunocompromised students, to prepare for the ongoing safety for students and staff in proactive

What supports are in place for parents and teachers to discuss the current pandemic with children and youth?

The ministry has 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.

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