COVID-19 Parent Letter, March 24th, 2021
We hope this note finds you and your families well. We are experiencing some different circumstances related to COVID-19 this week and wanted to bring you up to date as we look forward to the Easter break.
As of today, we have had 47 positive cases of COVID-19 where we have supported the contact tracing process through Public Health in our schools and other facilities. In the last week, some of these cases have been connected to one of the COVID Variants of Concern that Regina is grappling with.
You may have seen in the news that both school divisions in Regina have moved back to remote learning until Easter. Including Prairie South, there are three rural school divisions that are connected to the area around Regina that was referenced in yesterday’s change to the Public Health Order. One of those rural school divisions has also made the decision to move to full remote learning.
At this time, we are confident that our contact tracing and safety processes are working, and we don’t see a need for large scale remote learning. We have several classrooms where staff and students are currently self-isolating, and one of our associate schools in Moose Jaw has moved to a remote learning model effective today. We anticipate that “normal” operations will continue throughout the rest of the school division until the Easter break.
Although we are all getting tired of masks and hand sanitizer it is more important than ever that we maintain safety processes as the Variant’s of Concern are much more easily transmitted than earlier strains of COVID. We recognize that staff and students are looking forward to a time when we can relax some of the restrictions in our schools and we will do this when it is safe to do so. For now, these processes have kept our kids and our staff safe, and they are required in every facility in Prairie South.
You may have read in the news that the Government of Saskatchewan has provided COVID Rapid Testing Kits for every school division in Saskatchewan. Prairie South has received these kits, however at this time we will not be deploying them. Local Public Health staff will determine when these may be needed in one or more schools. We have spoken to several parents who are worried by this development – nobody in a Prairie South school will be tested without written consent.
It seems like all we ever write or talk about is COVID-19, so we’ll end on a positive note: Last week the Board of Education announced that Ryan Boughen has been appointed as the Director of Education for Prairie South effective August 1st, 2021. Ryan is currently working as a Superintendent of School Operations in Prairie South, and we’re very excited to support his leadership in a new role next fall.
Stay safe – have a peaceful Easter break.
Director of Education
Chair, Board of Education