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Released on August 4, 2020
Saskatchewan’s 27 school divisions have plans in place for the safe return of students and staff to the classroom in September.
“Our guiding principle continues to be ensuring schools are a safe place for students and staff,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said. “These plans and eight areas of focus will allow school communities to have the guidance and appropriate time to implement the required safety measures.”
Saskatchewan school divisions had their draft plans reviewed by Saskatchewan Education’s Response Planning Team (RPT), in order to ensure that they adhere to the Primary and Secondary Institution Guidelines, developed by the RPT in consultation with Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer.
All school division plans have incorporated eight safe components that include:
1. Safe Attendance
To allow for all members of our school communities to attend classes safely, self-screening measures will be implemented, including:
2. Safe Transportation
The ministry has also developed the following transportation protocols to ensure students are coming to and from school safely, these include:
3. Safe Access
Students will be able to safely access and move throughout school facilities through the implementation of:
4. Safe Facilities
Increased sanitation measures in school facilities and the promotion of proper hygiene practices will be implemented. This includes:
• Increased availability of hand sanitizer wherever possible.
• Custodial staff will provide consistent sanitation of school facilities.
• Maintain hygiene of all frequently-touched surfaces and objects such as toys and classroom equipment.
5. Safe Classrooms
Measures are to be implemented to reduce risk of transmission in the classroom, including:
6. Safe Supports
Considerations have been taken to safely support the learning needs of all students. Local health officials will be providing support to divisions for the implementation of these measures, including:
7. Safe Activities
To ensure adequate safety measures are taken, schools will adapt group activities to reduce physical contact, including:
8. Safe Alternatives
To ensure preparedness, there are four scenarios that may be activated regionally or provincially based on the advice of our Chief Medical Health Officer, they include:
Divisions are asked to share their plan with the families, teachers and school staff they support. As the situation with COVID-19 in Saskatchewan is fluid, plans may be updated and adjusted as needed.
The school year is set to start as early as September 1, based on local school division calendars.
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