Regina, June 18, 2020 – Conseil des écoles fransaskoises schools are preparing to welcome back students and staff in September in accordance with the guidelines issued today by the Government of Saskatchewan.
The Government had announced on June 9 that students in Saskatchewan from Prekindergarten to Grade 12 would return to schools in September to continue their learning.
"CÉF will revise its deconfinement plan to reflect the orientations provided by Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer," said CÉF Director of Education /CEO Ronald Ajavon. “A survey will be sent to families in the coming days to assess their particular needs. "
CÉF places the highest importance on every student’s academic success and intends to prioritize the health and safety of students and school staff while mitigating the impact of the pandemic.
According to government guidelines published today on Saskatchewan.ca, parents and guardians must ensure their children show no symptoms or signs of illness before sending them to school. COVID-19 infections affect children in a way that is not usually much different from other forms of viral respiratory infections. More pronounced symptoms like a dry cough, fever and gastrointestinal upset like diarrhea, nausea or vomiting may also occur. Skin lesions occur less commonly. If students or staff show any of these symptoms, those affected should make sure to stay at home.
At the school level, CÉF will increase sanitation and continue to encourage good hygiene practices such as frequent hand washing. Hand sanitizers will be made available wherever possible. CÉF will establish clear protocols for the introduction of backpacks and school supplies into schools.
The government guidelines may be updated and adjusted to reflect the changing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the summer. CÉF will maintain contact with parents in the event of any reorientation of the guidelines, said CÉF’s Ronald Ajavon, who thanked all parents for their valuable collaboration in supporting their children’s success, and all staff for their continued commitment.
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French first-language school today, bilingual Francophone for life! - Conseil des écoles fransaskoises (CÉF) is home to 2,000 Prekindergarten to Grade 12 students in 15 elementary and secondary schools across the province. Financed by the Ministry of Education, it is the only French as a first language school board in Saskatchewan.
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