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Safe School Plan 2021-22 - Updated January 6, 2022

Division January 6, 2022

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.

January 6, 2022 Update:

With the December 30 update that requires individuals who test positive with a rapid antigen test to self-isolate (see below), the communication process to notify parents and caregivers has changed.

In the absence of the confirmatory PCR test, the school division will not receive information about isolation dates or contact tracing from the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Therefore, schools will not have official SHA notification about a positive case to forward to parents and caregivers.

Revised process for communication:

  • When a positive case is identified using a rapid antigen test, parents/caregivers are asked to notify the school.
    • The revised provincial Public Health Orders requires notification of close contacts.
    • Any information provided is considered private and treated as such. The only information that will be shared is the fact an individual in a class (or on a bus) tested positive and the date the school received notification.
  • The school will send a notification to the class and people riding the same bus (if applicable) with information about self-isolation and possible exemptions to isolation.
    • Notifications to the whole school community will not be sent.

Here's a flow chart that helps explain close contacts and self-isolation.

close contact flow chart

The Public Health 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.

December 30, 2021 Provincial Update

On December 30, the province announced changes to COVID-19 testing and case management guidelines. The changes include:

  • Effective immediately, asymptomatic residents who receive a positive COVID-19 result on a rapid antigen test will no longer be recommended to receive a confirmatory PCR test. Whether you have received a positive test result through a rapid antigen test or a PCR test, all residents are required to self-isolate and notify their contacts as part of COVID-19 case management protocols.
  • Fully vaccinated asymptomatic residents who receive a positive COVID-19 result on a rapid antigen test or PCR test will be required to self-isolate for five days, down from 10 days.

Read the full provincial news release.

case management for positive rapid antigen test results

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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