NOVEMBER 6, 2020 – Effective November 12, 2020, Regina Public Schools will be moving to Level 3 in all Regina Public high schools. All Regina Public high school students will attend on alternate days in order to reduce the school capacity by approximately 50% each day. A calendar with the new schedule is linked at the bottom of this article.
The Government of Saskatchewan Safe School Plan provides the opportunity for further safety protocols. We are currently in Level 2 of the Saskatchewan Safe School Plan. The Saskatchewan Health Authority has recommended that this is an appropriate safety measure for our high schools.
What this means for high school students is that, generally, they will be attending school every other day (Day 1 and Day 2). This will effectively allow for the following improved safety measures:
• better ability to complete a quint for students in the event of an outbreak,
• improved physical distancing in high schools,
• reduction of the number of close contacts in a high school, if there is a case of COVID-19, and
• better ability for high school students to continue and quickly return to their learning, in the event of an outbreak.
This change may not apply to students in low enrollment congregated programs or lower enrollment classes, as those programs already have a low number of students. Families in those programs may choose to have their students attend on a day 1 or a day 2.
“We have seen the number of COVID-19 cases rise in our schools and we are confident that the measures we have taken in the past have limited the spread, and have allowed our students to continue their learning, or return to learning as quickly and safely as possible,” said Greg Enion, Director of Education. “We understand that this change may create some inconvenience for school families, especially for those that may have students in both high school and elementary school. Our focus at Regina Public Schools is to minimize health and safety risks for students and staff.”
The school division has enhanced cleaning protocols, is improving ventilation in all schools and, as of November 9th, requiring all students, Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 to wear masks in schools, buses and in all learning spaces where physical distancing is not possible.
Students, parents and guardians can expect to hear more from their schools about this change. Regina Public Schools will continue to monitor our elementary schools and prepare for Level 3 for elementary schools, if necessary.
Please CLICK HERE to view the revised 2020-21 high school quint schedule.