August 19, 2020, statement from Saskatoon Secondary Schools Athletic Directorate (SSSAD):
The health and safety of the student-athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers involved in SSSAD athletics is paramount. With that in mind, in working with senior leadership from Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools and Saskatoon Public Schools, the SSSAD has made the difficult decision that the following extracurricular sports will not be offered in Saskatoon high schools this fall:
- Cross Country
We continue to take guidance from the Chief Medical Health Officer, our boards of education, and senior leadership. It is the hope of the SSSAD that we will be able to provide sport opportunities for our student athletes and school communities once we are safely able to do so.
Update to High School Sports from Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools and Saskatoon Public Schools
Saskatoon Public Schools and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools has provided an update to SSSAD regarding winter sport.
Saskatoon Public Schools and Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools have jointly made the decision to extend the pause on extracurricular athletics in schools. Continuing in-school learning is the priority of both school divisions, which is supported by this decision.
As a result, SSSAD will not be offering the following winter sports at this time: Basketball, Curling, Dance & Cheer, and Wrestling. SSSAD will continue to work with all involved and plan for a safe return to play in the future.
Thank you for your understanding. We will continue to monitor the evolving situation. We all look forward to the day when we can safely resume student athletics.
- All of our high schools offer a range of extracurricular activities and intramural programs, providing students with an opportunity to develop their artistic, athletic and leadership abilities.
- Each school community is unique and offers its own set of extracurricular activities based on community interest and involvement. Your school office will be able to tell you what programs are offered.
- Students have a chance to explore new areas and extend their knowledge. A hobby may later turn into a career.
- Students make new friends and learn how to work as a team.
- Students develop a sense of belonging and school spirit.
- Sports are part of a healthy, active lifestyle.