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Safe School Plan 2021-22 - Updated October 8, 2021

Division October 8, 2021

Guided by the provincial 2021-22 Safe Schools Plan and recommendations from local Medical Health Officers, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools has developed plans to help keep students and staff safe while at school. Plans will be revised as needed through ongoing consultations with local MHOs. Updates to the plan are noted below.

As of September 15, 2021, the Government of Saskatchewan has re-instated Public Health Orders (revised Sept. 17) requiring self-isolation for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or are considered close contacts.

Unlike last school year, the SHA will not be isolating entire classrooms.

When there is a positive case in a classroom, the SHA will provide letters to parents/caregivers and staff of that classroom that will identify:

  • the classroom,
  • dates in attendance while communicable,
  • when the isolation period ends, and
  • an explanation of exemptions.

A letter will also be sent to all parents/caregivers in the school. If applicable, parents/caregivers who take the bus will also be notified.

All students in a classroom or on a bus that has an identified positive case of COVID-19 will be considered close contacts.

Everyone should monitor for symptoms. If a close contact has symptoms of COVID-19, they need to self-isolate and get tested.

The Public Health Order contains the following exemptions to self-isolation for students defined as close contacts:

  • Fully-vaccinated students who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 are exempt from isolation.
  • Students who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and who are not fully vaccinated may leave isolation only for the purpose of attending in-class learning.
    • They must still isolate from extra-curricular activities and outings; this includes both in- and out-of-school activities.
    • They are able to take the bus and attend Before and After School Programs and daycare.

The Order defines “fully vaccinated” as an individual who has completed 14 days or more after receiving the second dose of a two-dose COVID19 immunization series or the first dose of a single-dose immunization series.

October 8, 2021 Update to Public Health Order

In an October 1, 2021 update to the provincial Public Health Order, the following change was made for household close contacts:

"Any unvaccinated child who is or becomes a close contact of an individual with COVID-19 due to an exposure in the household is no longer exempt from self-isolation to attend school or daycare; these children must self-isolate and any exemption is automatically revoked.

September 20, 2021 Update:
Language changed to add clarity on recommendation of cohorts and specifics to be outlined in school-specific plans.

September 16, 2021 Update:
Information on types and fit of masks (a link to the Government of Saskatchewan website) has been added.

September 3, 2021 Update:
Starting Tuesday, September 7, 2021, mask requirements are being extended to high schools in Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. Masks will be required indoors for all students, staff and visitors in all GSCS buildings in Saskatoon and surrounding area. Mask use was strongly recommended in high schools prior to this date.

This decision has been made at the recommendation of our local Medical Health Officers. Driven by the Delta variant, COVID-19 case rates have increased exponentially in our province over the past few weeks, and Saskatoon has seen one of the most dramatic rises in active cases. 

Our goal is to maintain in-person learning and keep students with us in classes. We want students and staff to be safe in our school communities. While vaccinations have proven to be the most effective layer of protection against COVID-19, other layers of protection, including mask use, are required to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our schools.

Read the Safe Schools 2021-22 Plan (Updated Sept. 20, 2021)

Health Screening Questionnaire (to be done daily before entering schools).

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