On June 9, 2020, the Government of Saskatchewan announced that in-classroom learning will resume for the 2020-21 school year. To help school divisions prepare for the return of students and staff, the guidelines below have been developed to inform local planning. Primary and Secondary schools are not covered in the November 19, 2020, masking public health order. For masking requirements in schools, refer to the individual school division plans.
For younger children, maintaining physical distance is less practical and the focus should be on minimizing physical contact instead. The precautionary measures within these guidelines will be implemented to reduce risk, and include standards for cleaning and sanitization along with measures for general operations, facilities, transportation and programming.
To provide provincial-level direction on operational matters resulting from the pandemic, an Education Response Planning Team (RPT) was formed with representation from the Ministry of Education, Saskatchewan School Boards Association, Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation, League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents, and Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials. The RPT has developed additional information on operationalizing these guidelines, which will be made available for school division personnel.
As school-aged children return to regular activities, including programming and activities now allowable under the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan, these guidelines will help ensure that operators of provincial Prekindergarten to Grade 12 schools can plan for school to resume as previously scheduled this fall.
Classes will begin as early as September 1, depending on local school division calendars.