March 16, 2020
The province announced that all pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 schools will be suspended effective Friday, March 20th indefinitely, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The full statement is posted below, and can be accessed at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2020/march/16/class-suspensions
Province Announces Class Suspensions Effective March 20, Wind Down Period Until Thursday
Released on March 16, 2020
Today, the Government of Saskatchewan announced that all classes in Saskatchewan pre K-12 Schools will be suspended indefinitely, effective March 20, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
For the period of March 16 to March 19, pre K-12 classes will wind down. This means that parents who are able to keep children home should do so immediately, with no absence or grade impacts. Parents with limited childcare options have a window to plan for class suspensions.
On Sunday, March 15, the Chief Medical Health Officer indicated that school closures would be based on a number of factors including:
• Evidence of sustained transmission within the community;
• Rapid increase of local cases; and
• Transmission without a known link to travel or confirmed cases.
There continues to be no evidence that any of the above three criteria have been met. Children remaining in schools between March 16 and March 19 face a low risk of exposure to COVID-19. A preventative approach of proactive school closures beginning March 20 means reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Every student will receive a final grade based on their current grade, and students will progress to their next grade level next year. Every student who is eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this year will graduate. The Ministry of Education and School Divisions will work with Saskatchewan Post-Secondary Institutions to adapt entry requirements for programs commencing in the next academic year.
Teachers and staff can work from home or in schools as scheduled during the class cancellations. For the rest of the scheduled school year, the Ministry of Education will work with School Divisions and Saskatchewan Teachers to implement a supplemental curriculum program through distance and alternative learning methods. While this supplemental curriculum will have no impact on final grades, it will ensure that students seeking to continue learning will have the resources necessary to do so.
These measures apply to daycares that are co-located with schools, but do not apply to licensed daycare facilities outside of schools. Further measures regarding licensed daycare facilities are being considered and will be implemented at a later date.
Officials are currently examining options to provide childcare services for individuals that are providing essential services during the COVID-19 response.
We understand that residents have questions about COVID-19 in Saskatchewan.
If you have recently travelled internationally and are experiencing respiratory or flu-like symptoms, please call HealthLine 811.
For the latest advice to the public and information on prevention measures being taken, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.
Public inquiries may be directed to COVID19@health.gov.sk.ca.
March 15, 2020
Please note that earlier today, an announcement was made that Saskatchewan schools would remain open for now https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2020/march/15/keeping-schools-open-for-now
Christ the Teacher Catholic School Division places the safety of students and staff members as our first priority. With the confirmation of cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Saskatchewan, our school division will be adapting practices to focus on preventing the spread of the illness. We continue to monitor this situation and keep in close contact with Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) to ensure that the best information is provided to our school and parent communities. The Ministry of Health is providing updates for the Province of Saskatchewan at www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus
As always, if your child is sick, please keep your child home from school. If a parent or caregiver is experiencing any symptoms, please do not come to the school. Make separate arrangements for drop off/pick up at school.
- Practice proper coughing and sneezing etiquette (into the bend of your elbow);
- Wash your hands often with soap and water; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- Practice social distancing; avoid hugging, shaking hands and high-fiving; and,
- Don’t share water bottles, band instruments, eating utensils, personal electronic devices, ear pods, or food.
In conversation with Public Health Officials in Saskatchewan, we are advising all travelers within our school division to follow the directions as laid out by the Saskatchewan Health Authority. This includes:
- Students and staff returning from outside of Canada are directed to self-isolate for 14 days; and,
- Students and staff returning from travel within Canada are directed to self-monitor for 14 days; and
- Students & staff with flu like symptoms are directed to stay home and contact HealthLine 811 for further direction.
With respect to tangible actions that CTTCS is already taking to promote health, wellness, and safety in our schools, we are:
- Promoting regular hand washing in all schools and buildings.
- Providing additional supplies to support proper hand washing, such as extra paper towels, soap, and instruction. Informational posters will be provided to the schools.
- Increasing the frequency of cleaning in all schools and buildings and focusing on high touch surfaces to make sure that they are cleaned and disinfected several times per day. These surfaces include doorknobs, desktops, lunchrooms, lockers, and other surfaces and areas.
- Cleaning and sanitizing washrooms more often during the day.
- Using disinfectants and cleaners that are designated to eliminate germs and viruses, but that are safe for students and staff.
For further information, a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the virus is available at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html#faq
Individuals who may have concerns about their health can call the provincial HealthLine at 811 for advice and support.