This is what Sask. schools will look like the resumption of classes in September

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REGINA – The Government of Saskatchewan has released the Safe Schools Plan, which will help all 27 provincial school divisions return safely to in-person classes. School divisions submitted their draft plans to the province’s Education Response Planning (RPT) team to ensure that the guidelines were followed.

Each plan includes eight elements:

SECURE ASSISTANCE

  • Parents and guardians are advised to monitor children for symptoms.

  • If you’re not sure if a student is showing symptoms, check out the province’s self-assessment tool.

  • A quarantine zone will be in place at each school, where students with symptoms can self-isolate until they can be recovered.

SECURE TRANSPORT

  • Allocation of seats on school buses.

  • Students from the same home will be seated together.

  • Parents are encouraged to transport their children to school themselves as much as possible.

Buses must be disinfected between trips.

SECURED ACCESS

  • Dedicated entry and exit doors will be in place in each school.

  • Lunches, recess and other transitions will be staggered to minimize interactions between students.

  • Signs and markings will be used to control student and staff movement in common areas.

SECURE FACILITIES

  • Increased access to hand sanitizers.

  • Daycare staff will systematically clean school facilities.

  • Frequently touched surfaces and objects will be disinfected regularly.

SECURE CLASSROOMS

  • Limit physical contact such as cuddling and high-fives.

  • Outdoor learning if possible.

  • Protocols for bringing materials such as backpacks in and out of school.

SECURE MEDIA

  • Support will be put in place to properly educate “medically fragile” children.

  • School divisions will work with public health to meet the needs of immunocompromised students.

  • Alternative learning will be put in place for students who cannot attend school.

  • Weekly briefings will take place between education and health officials.

SECURE ACTIVITIES

SECURE ALTERNATIVE SCENARIOS

  • Level 1: Return to school as close to normal as possible, with additional health measures and precautions. This is the scenario officials predict on September 1.

  • Level 2: use of the mask as determined by public health. These masks are purchased by the province and will be distributed to school divisions.

  • Level 3: If necessary, the capacity of the school will be reduced. This may include establishing cohorts and hybrid learning models.

  • Level 4: implementation of learning continuity plans, transition to compulsory distance learning.

NDP opposition education critic Carla Beck is expected to comment on the province’s plan on Tuesday afternoon.

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