(A message to parents and caregivers from Shane Skjerven, Director of Education, Saskatoon Public Schools)
Today, I am sharing the school division's plan to support the safety and well-being of students, families, and staff members when schools reopen on September 1.
Our decision making for the reopening plan is aligned with the following goals:
- Protect the health and well-being of students, staff members, and families.
- Ensure quality educational opportunities and instruction are provided for all students, whether in class or at home.
- Maintain and strengthen community engagement and connections with students and families.
While this plan provides a great deal of information, we know there are many questions yet to be answered. We are working on a separate reopening handbook for parents/caregivers that we plan to share with you by mid-August. The handbook will provide additional procedures and guidelines, along with answers to specific questions about school operations. Our schools will be sharing school-specific information after offices reopen the week of Aug. 24.
Our reopening plan includes contingency provisions so the school division can continue to adapt and evolve school operations according to the direction of the Chief Medical Health Officer, the provincial Response Planning Team, and the ministries of Health and Education.
I know there is uncertainty about the upcoming school year and I hope the reopening plan and the forthcoming handbooks will provide clarity and ease some of your concerns.
Thank you for your understanding and support as we work to provide safe learning and working environments for students and staff.
Shane Skjerven, Director of Education
Saskatoon Public Schools