Karen Itterman, Chair of the Sun West School Division Board of Education, reacted positively to the announcement yesterday from Education Minister Gord Wyant that Saskatchewan schools will re-open this fall. “We think the government’s announcement was timely and gives school divisions the necessary time to prepare for the fall. We look forward to seeing the health and safety guidelines the government is preparing, so we can make all necessary arrangements to protect our students and staff as well as the wider community.”
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While Itterman indicated that Sun West is prepared to welcome students back to school, the division is also ready to help students and parents who don’t feel it is time to return just yet. “I was glad to hear that Minister Wyant addressed the fact that some parents and students may not be comfortable returning to schools immediately, particularly those with compromised immune systems or other health concerns. Sun West is in a very strong position to help these students and parents both locally and through resources at our Distance Learning Centre and online Resource Bank,” said Itterman.
Sun West has already taken preliminary steps towards preparing for the return to school this fall through Teacher Professional Learning Communities that are examining how to assist students who may have gaps in their learning going into new grades. “Our teachers really rose to the occasion in the last several months,” stated Itterman, “they found ways to help students continue learning after the schools closed while also preparing ways to transition students back to school when they re-open this fall.”