At Saskatoon Public Schools, we understand that families have many questions about the upcoming school year. As in all our work, safety is our priority as we make plans for the fall. The intent of today's communication is to provide more detailed information for parents and caregivers regarding the plans that have been developed for our schools.
Saskatoon Public Schools has created the Parent and Caregiver Reopening Handbook, which you can view on our website www.saskatoonpublicschools.ca. When our reopening plan was released on Aug. 4, we knew our school families needed more detailed information about safety protocols, in-school and online instruction, daily school operations, student supports, and much more. Our division staff members have been working to figure out all the issues – both big and small – that will impact our student's school experience this fall. The handbook will continually be updated in consultation with local and provincial health officials.
As is detailed in the handbook, we will be offering k-12 online programming designed and led by teachers through the Online Learning Centre. Online learning is free to all families in the division who choose to register.
A large part of our planning for fall is having appropriate staffing levels to provide instruction both in-class and online. With this in mind, we are asking all school families to complete a Confirmation of Attendance Form. This is not a registration form, but it will provide us with information in order to make important staffing decisions. Each family will need to decide what is the best learning option for their child(ren) for the fall. We hope the information we have shared in the handbook will help you make an informed decision between in-class and online learning. If you are still undecided, please share that with us through the form. We ask that you read the handbook prior to completing the form. Please complete the form by midnight on Wednesday, August 19.
The handbook provides direction for, and supports the operations of, all elementary schools and collegiates. However, each school will have some details to share that are unique to the school. When school staff return on August 24, they will be working on these plans and school-specific information will be shared prior to the first day of classes on September 1.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have worked to develop our school reopening plans. I'm incredibly proud of the work our team is doing to create plans that consider the needs of all students and providing necessary supports for staff. We will continue to keep you updated as our response to the pandemic evolves.
Shane Skjerven, Director of Education
Saskatoon Public Schools