WEYBURN - The South East Cornerstone Public School Division (SECPSD) has responded to the recent announcement by the provincial government about COVID-19 restrictions being lifted.
In a letter sent to parents on Thursday night, director of education Lynn Little noted that on Tuesday, Premier Moe announced that the Government of Saskatchewan would be rescinding the public health order for proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test, effective Feb. 14 at 12:01 a.m.
Thus, SECPSD administrative procedure 411 for COVID vaccination or proof of a negative test, will be rescinded at that same time. The requirement for either vaccination or a negative test to access board facilities will no longer be required.
“We would like to thank all parents and guardians who have abided by the procedure and co-operated with those tasked with supporting the implementation and compliance of the procedure,” Little wrote. “These have been difficult times and your support and understanding has been greatly appreciated.”
Also, administrative procedure 412 for extra-curricular travel and accommodation during the COVID-19 pandemic will also be formally rescinded on Feb. 14.
“We continue to strongly encourage all students and staff who may be travelling together and sharing accommodation to access rapid tests prior to departure. This is a practice which was implemented to support a safe extra-curricular experience, and to reduce disruptions to team members for practices, games and tournament play,” Little wrote.
Furthermore, Little noted that at Tuesday's press conference, Moe indicated that the public health order associated with the masking requirement will be removed at the end of the month. Until then, the masking requirement for all indoor spaces, including schools and buses, remains in effect.
“We respectfully request that parents and students abide by the public health order until it is officially removed,” she said.
Starting March 1, masks will continue to be available at all schools and are strongly encouraged for both staff and students. Whether students or staff choose to wear or not wear masks, the division will be asking all to be respectful of individual choice.
The SECPSD safe school plan will be updated with each change and posted to the website.
The school division will advise of any potential changes to its safe school plan.