COVID-19 Parent Letter, April 1st, 2021
April 1st, 2021
We wanted to update you today connected to remote and in-person learning in Prairie South.
In our letter sent on March 26th, we outlined our plan to move to a remote learning model in Moose Jaw and Caronport this week, with a return to in-person learning throughout the school division on April 12th.
School divisions in and around Regina announced today that they are extending their period of remote learning for the two weeks after Easter in an attempt to reduce the impact of current high COVID-19 numbers in communities around Regina. Yesterday we spoke several times with officials from several other school divisions as well as with staff from the Saskatchewan Health Authority and had the chance to learn about the evolving situation in other school divisions and the advice they have received from public health staff.
At this point we have not received a recommendation from the Medical Health Officer related to any need to extend the period of remote learning in any community in Prairie South. We have scheduled several meetings next week with public health so that we can be sure that we have current information about COVID-19 in Prairie South and any recommendations for student and staff safety that they may have for us.
While we hope to be back to in-person learning as described, we believe it may be wise for parents to consider that an extension of remote learning may be required, as we understand that Moose Jaw is considered an area of concern related to COVID Variants. We understand that the more notice we are able to provide for parents of any change to the plan, the better it is for families who need to make arrangements to support their children.
We have attached a letter from the Saskatchewan Health Authority and request that you read it carefully. We are doing our best to ensure the safety of your children and our employees, but without cautious behaviour in your homes and community activities, our efforts have less chance of success.
Please accept our best wishes for a peaceful and safe Easter break.
Director of Education
Chair, Board of Education