COVID-19 Parent Letter, February 26th, 2021
It’s been a while since we’ve written because we don’t have much that is new to report. We see this in two ways – we’re continuing to do well at school in the COVID environment and we’re not making much headway in terms of getting back to a more “normal” school routine. We’re choosing to go with the cup-half-full view and hope that you are able to do this as well.
As of today, we have had 39 positive cases of COVID-19 where we have supported the contact tracing process through Public Health in our schools and other facilities. 12 of 39 Prairie South schools have been impacted with one or more positive cases. Provincially, about 300 of 700 schools have been impacted with one or more positive cases.
We are continuing to request information regarding upcoming activities with a focus on Graduation 2021 celebrations. The Saskatchewan Health Authority is aware that many students, staff and families are anxious about this, and they have committed to provide information as soon as possible. What we know for now is that virtual ceremonies are safe and will be allowed and that indoor ceremonies will not be allowed. We are working on shrinking the yellow zone to assist with planning at the local level; we think it is likely that we will be looking at outdoor graduation ceremonies with restrictions as the most likely outcome.
Staff in all schools have been working hard on student literacy skills and we know that parent support for this work is great for kids. Regular reading with children is a gift that costs nothing and builds connections within your family as well as skills for the future. Thank you for continuing with this important task at home.
Please continue to take care of yourselves and your families. It’s exciting that the vaccine rollout is progressing and that the most vulnerable people in our families will be safer as a result. We hope the cold weather is gone for good as we know that being outside and active is one way we can all be healthier. Together we’re going to be okay.
Director of Education
Chair, Board of Education