November 20, 2020
Dear Light of Christ Catholic Schools Families:
We hope you and your families are doing well, staying safe and recovering from our recent snowfall. As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to increase both in our province and in our local area, I thought it would be a good time to provide a brief update to everyone as we near the Christmas holiday season.
As mentioned in previous communications, our Return to School Plan has been posted on the Light of Christ Catholic School Division website (www.loccsd.ca). As the situation changes, please understand our plan will be amended as updates are received from the Government of Saskatchewan and our Chief Medical Health Officer.
The most recent public health order included a provincial mandate with respect to mask use in public places and a reduction to the number of people for indoor private gatherings. I understand there may be some confusion as to how, if at all, this public health order affects how we plan to operate in our schools moving forward. While the public health order does not directly apply to schools, we will be making adjustment to our masking protocols in our Return to School plan based on the recent increase in cases locally.
With the guidance of our Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab, Light of Christ Catholic School Division will remain at level two of the Safe Alternatives as outlined in the Saskatchewan Safe Schools Plan in all of our elementary schools with the following mask protocols in place (see Appendix D of the LOCCS Return to School
• All students will be required to wear a mask on buses.
• Grades PreK – Grade 3 students are not required to wear masks. Parents may choose to provide masks for their children, and school staff will support the use of masks as practical during school hours.
• Grades 4 – 12 students are required to wear masks. This means masks must be worn upon entry to and exit from the school, while in classrooms, hallways, or common areas. Each individual school will develop plans to provide mask free time or “mask breaks” for students when appropriate. Expectations regarding the wearing of masks by students when outside will remain a school-based decision. Please contact your school principal if you have questions.
• All Staff are required to wear masks where physical distancing is not possible. We highly recommended all school-based staff wear a face shield as well.
• All itinerant and substitute/casual staff are required to wear both a mask and a face shield while in any LOCCS school.
• Any Parents or Visitors will be required to wear a mask while in the school. However, access to schools will continue to be restricted until further notice. Please contact your school regarding protocols for accessing the school.
LOCCS provided two reusable masks for each student at the start of the school year. Disposable masks are also available at the school for staff and students. We recommend that you purchase three additional masks per child, so they will have one clean mask per day.
As of Monday, November 23, 2020, John Paul II Collegiate (JPII) will move to level three of the Safe Alternatives section as outlined in the Saskatchewan Safe Schools Plan. Although the administration at JPII has already communicated the details of this move to level three to their families and school community, I wanted to provide a general overview of what level three will look like at JPII.
Under the Saskatchewan Safe Schools Plan, the goal of moving to level three is to reduce in-class learning. Since the start of the school year, Mondays have been a remote learning day for all JPII students. This will continue to be the case moving forward. As of Monday, November 23, 2020, half of the students at JPII will now attend on Tuesday and Thursday. These students will engage in remote learning on Wednesday and Friday. The other half of
the student population will attend on Wednesday and Friday. They will engage in remote learning on Tuesday and Thursday. As is the practice in all our schools, learning materials will be housed within EDBSY. These additional protocols will be effective as of November 23, 2020 until further notice.
Further updates will be provided when necessary. Stay safe.
Director of Education