Back to school is an opportunity for schools, students, and families to ReConnect.
As schools begin 2021-22 school year, Saskatoon Public Schools is offering additional resources and supports to help students reengage with their learning following a full school year disrupted by pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic saw many students and families lose their connection to learning and school. Families may have relocated; students may have allowed their studies or attendance to lapse; or involvement in online learning may have broken links with their school community.
ReConnect is a key component of the school division's post-pandemic learning plan. Beginning in August and continuing into the school year, outreach workers will work hand-in-hand with selected elementary schools and collegiates. They will reach out to students and families to rebuild or strengthen connections with their school, identify impediments or factors that affected attendance, and connect them with additional community-based supports if needed.
Through home visits and other means, outreach workers will directly contact families who may need support in ensuring a smooth return to in-person learning for their children. Workers will help expedite the registration process and collect information that will be of value to the school and help teachers make connections to students.
At the collegiate level, outreach staff will support students during the registration process with information and assistance in areas such as completion of a registration form prior to arrival and will work with the school to set up an appointment time with a school counsellor for registration and course selection.
ReConnect workers are supporting families in the following elementary school communities:
- Howard Coad
- Princess Alexandra
- Pleasant Hill
The collegiates being supported by ReConnect workers are:
- Bedford Road
- Mount Royal
- Tommy Douglas
- Walter Murray
The ways in which outreach workers can support students and their families include:
- Create a plan with students and families to re-engage and reconnect with school
- Learn about your (child’s) interests and strengths and share them with the school to be part of a re-engagement plan
- Share information about community resources and programs that offer support
- Help students and families connect with different community organizations
- Support students with goal setting
- Assist in completing school registration and other referral forms
- Provide support for high school student in determining courses required to graduate
For information or assistance contact the ReConnect team at firstname.lastname@example.org