Information as it relates to COVID-19 will be placed in chronological order below from most recent.
Released October 16, 2020
Dear Parents of École St. Thomas and St. Mary's Elementary School,
The Area Lead Medical Officer of Health has determined that Grade 2 students at École St. Thomas and Grade 7 students at St. Mary's Elementary School can return to school on October 19th, 2020. This is because of the hard work of the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Public Health and also our dedicated LCSD team. We would like to thank parents for the support they are offering by continuing to keep children home if they are sick. We would also like to thank you for picking up your child from school if they become ill during the school day. These two procedures from our Return to School Plan, have been instrumental in ensuring that we can resume classes. We look forward to welcoming Grade 2 students at École St. Thomas and Grade 7 students at St. Mary's Elementary School back to school on Monday! Thank you. Nigel McCarthy, Director of Education
Released October 14, 2020
RE: Good news to share as it relates to recent COVID-19 Advisory
As you are aware over the Thanksgiving weekend, the Area Lead Medical Officer of Health and the Public Health team issued an Advisory to Holy Rosary High School and St. Joseph Elementary. This Advisory related to a visit to our area from outside the Province having tested positive for COVID-19. Though the advisory remains in place until October 20th, 2020 as a precaution, we are pleased to share that the test results for COVID-19 as they related to these two schools were negative!
We know all parents continue to be supportive of our request to keep students home who have any symptoms of COVID-19 throughout the school year. This advisory has reinforced how important this step is in keeping our schools moving forward this year. We will continue to keep families informed should the Medical Health Officer issue any further orders or advisories. The Lloydminster Catholic School Division would like to thank the Saskatchewan Health Authority and Public Health for working with us on this advisory. Our partners in medicine worked tirelessly over the holiday to make sure that every precaution was taken for our students, staff and families. Thank you. Nigel McCarthy, Director of Education
Released October 12, 2020
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, we have been working closely with the Area Lead Medical Officer of Health and the Public Health team on issues related to COVID-19 cases in our area.
As a result of a visit to our area from outside the Province having tested positive for COVID-19, the Medical Officer of Health has issued the following advisory for students in St. Joseph Elementary School and Holy Rosary High School. The advisory states that students and staff in St. Joseph Elementary School and Holy Rosary High School monitor themselves very closely for symptoms of COVID-19. The mildest COVID-19 symptom should prompt the symptomatic person to start self-isolating immediately. An advisory is a precaution which means that further work on testing and contact tracing will be going on this week which may have an impact on schools. We appreciate the work of SHA, the Medical Officer of Health and the Public Health team this weekend. They have worked tirelessly over the holiday for our students, staff and families.
We know all parents have been supportive of our request to keep students home who have any symptoms of COVID-19 thoughout the school year. This advisory reinforces the need to be diligent in the weeks to come. We will continue to keep families informed should the Medical Health Officer determine that there have been cases of COVID-19 confirmed in any students at our schools. Thank you. Nigel McCarthy, Director of Education
Released October 10, 2020
The Lloydminster Catholic School Division would like to thank the Saskatchewan Health Authority and Public Health for working with us to complete rapid contact tracing for the two positive COVID-19 cases at St. Mary’s Elementary School and École St. Thomas. Public Health is working hard to complete all contact tracing this weekend. Out of an abundance of caution, Grade 2 classes at École St. Thomas and Grade 7 classes at St. Mary’s Elementary School will move to online learning from October 13th to 16th, 2020.
Seeing first hand how well the team responded to the first school case in Lloydminster, shows that the preparations of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, Saskatchewan Health Authority, Public Health and other School Divisions was effective and important.
Our partners had the best interests of children at the centre of their response and we are thankful for their efforts over the Thanksgiving weekend. We encourage families to continue the great work of monitoring their children for illness and keeping kids home if they display symptoms of illness. Please call Healthline 811 if you or your child display symptoms. We wish our LCSD family an enjoyable and pleasant Thanksgiving filled with fellowship. Thank you. Nigel McCarthy, Director of Education
Released October 9, 2020
On October 9, 2020 officials from the Saskatchewan Health Authority informed us of two positive COVID-19 cases within LCSD. The staff of École St. Thomas and St. Mary’s Elementary School are each responding to a single case of COVID-19 with professionalism and the caring that our teachers show every day.
These cases remind us that we all have a shared responsibility to decrease the risk of COVID-19 entering schools. Students and families are reminded to be diligent in performing the daily health screening, stay home if you are ill, call HealthLine 811 if you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, practice proper hand hygiene, maintain physical distancing as much as possible, wear a mask when appropriate, and do all we can to keep each other safe.
We want parents to know that we will be there today and every day for their children. We look forward to school resuming on Tuesday and we will keep parents from both schools informed over the weekend. We are working with Public Health to inform parents and caregivers, and the SHA is conducting contact tracing. To protect privacy of any individuals, we are not able to share or discuss any further details. Thank you. Nigel McCarthy, Director of Education
Released October 1, 2020
LCSD and LPSD want you to know how well prepared we are if a case of COVID-19 comes this year in Lloydminster Schools. We hope that by sharing this document with you, we can keep you informed of our plans and processes. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at our Central Office." Thank you, Nigel McCarthy, Director of Education
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The following information has been made available as of August 27, 2020 from the Government of Saskatchewan.
The Ministries of Health and Education have worked together to create a comprehensive parent package to help families prepare for the beginning of school on September 8, 2020. This information is available: HERE
New information released August 26, 2020.
As our school staff returns today, we are releasing school plans for all LCSD Schools. We invite you to read these plans, understand pickup drop off and the first day of school for your child. Teachers from every Class or Advisory Group will be reaching out to your family next week. These communications may be videos or zooms or other modes of communication. We look forward to building the connection with you before school begins on September 8th, 2020. We hope that you will support us in discussing these plans with your children. In addition to the plans, linked below, we are providing you with a COVID 19 Information Guide for Parents.
In the Guide you will find:
- Safety Measures for Schools
- How Parents can Help
- Helping your Child Know What to Expect
- Information on Masks in LCSD
Teachers, and their Principals, are working hard over the next two weeks to ensure that the welcome back to the 2020-2021 School year is special and feels like the joy of an LCSD first day of school. We would also like to recognize the assistance of both the Government of Saskatchewan and the Government of Alberta as well as the Medical Officers of Health and The Ministry of Education, people who have worked all summer to understand how we can best open schools and still offer the education that makes LCSD special. We are confident that in these school plans faith, academic achievement, friendship and fitness will be part of the day for each of our students. No matter which school you attend, we look forward to welcoming you back to LCSD.
Thank you, Director of Education, Nigel McCarthy
School Specific Plans are available below:
Holy Rosary High School: HERE
Father Gorman Community School: HERE
St. Joseph Elementary School: HERE
École St. Thomas: HERE
St. Mary's Elementary School: HERE
Mother Teresa Early Childhood Education Centre: HERE
Other COVID-19 Information Guide for Parents reference guide can be found HERE.
New FAQ to support parents released on August 25: HERE
DAILY PARENT COMMUNICATION for the Week of August 17th-August 21 from LCSD Director of Education, Nigel McCarthy.
August 17th, 2020 HERE
August 18th, 2020 HERE
Welcome back to HRHS HERE
Riding the Bus at LCSD (September 2020) HERE
Welcome Back Video for Elementary Schools: English Version HERE
Welcome Back Video for Elementary Schools: French Version HERE
August 19th, 2020 HERE
The following Frequently Asked Questions support document was released on August 13th, 2020 from the Lloydminster Catholic School Division.
Please click HERE to view.
The following was released on August 12th, 2020 from the Lloydminster Catholic School Division.
Please click HERE to view a letter from Director of Education, Nigel McCarthy.
The following was released on August 4th, 2020 from the Lloydminster Catholic School Division in regards to Reopening LCSD Schools 2020/2021.
LCSD Reopening Plan 2020/2021 HERE
Also for your reference is AP 137 Illness in Care HERE
The following was released on May 28, 2020 from both Lloydminster School Divisions.
The following was released on May 12, 2020 from both Lloydminster School Divisions.
The following was released on May 7, 2020 from the Provincial Response Planning Team.
The following was released on May 7, 2020 from LCSD Director, Nigel McCarthy in conjunction with LPSD.
The following was released Friday, March 27, 2020 from the Provincial Response Planning Team.
The following was released on Friday, March 27, 2020 from LCSD Director, Nigel McCarthy.
UPDATE March 15, 2020 - from the Provincial Response Planning Team.
The Provincial Response Team (RPT) met on Friday, March 20, 2020. The purpose of the meeting was to identify the strategy and structure on how to move forward as an education sector. It was important to ensure we leverage the expertise that currently exists in school divisions and within the ministry. Two subcommittees are being formed: the Instructional Services Team and the Corporate Services Team. These two teams will work together, with the sector, to answer questions and provide provincial level direction on operational matters. The chairs of the teams will provide regular updates to the RPT. Provincial communication will continue to come from the RPT.
The composition of the teams may change given the evolving environment and needs of each group.
Both teams are scheduled to meet Monday, March 23, 2020.
Corporate Services Team
The Corporate Services Team is tasked with establishing a mechanism by which school division staff may obtain consistent responses on any critical operational decisions or create new processes to meet the challenges presented by the Covid 19 pandemic.
Chair - TBD
SSBA - Darren McKee
LEADS - Kevin Grainger, Kyle McIntyre
SASBO - Joel Lloyd, Jamie Valentine, Diana Welter, Naomi Mellor.
Ministry of Education - Angela Chobanik
Instructional Services Team
The Instructional Services Team is tasked with creating the principles to guide the development of supplementary learning opportunities for students for the remainder of the school year.
Chair - Susan Nedelcov-Anderson
STF - Ian Krips, Shaun McEachern
LEADS - Tony Baldwin, Brenda Green, Greg Chatlain
SSBA - Karen Itterman
Indigenous Representation - Pat Bugler
Ministry of Education - Maria Cho
The following was released on March 20, 2020 from the Provincial Response Planning Team.
The following was released on March 20, 2020 from LCSD Director, Nigel McCarthy.
The following was released on March 19, 2020 from the Provincial Response Planning Team.
The following was released at 7:00pm on March 17, 2020 from LCSD Director, Nigel McCarthy.
The following letter was released at 2:00pm on March 16, 2020 from LCSD Director, Nigel McCarthy.
UPDATE March 15, 2020 -
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We have received confirmation from the Ministry of Education in Saskatchewan that schools in Lloydminster will be closed to students for Monday, March 16. Schools will remain open to staff.
Further updates regarding school closures beyond March 16 will be provided tomorrow.
UPDATE March 12, 2020 -
At the Lloydminster Catholic School Division, the health and safety of students, staff, and school communities is a top priority. LCSD takes its direction from the Saskatchewan Health Authority and Alberta Health Services on all health matters that concern students and staff members.
We understand that many families have questions and concerns. With the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 (coronavirus) a pandemic, we have taken preventative measures to ensure the safety of all staff and students. As of March 12, there is one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan and in Alberta, there are 23 confirmed cases as of March 12. However, both provinces have stated the risk remains low for the general population.
We would like to share the following preventative measures that are also being shared with our school staff for everyone to practice:
- Practice proper cough and sneezing etiquette (into the bend of your elbow)
- Wash your hands often with soap and water; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Maintain safe food practices
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid large crowds and practice social distancing (do not shake hands or hug)
- Avoid unnecessary travel
STAFF SELF-CARE GUIDE: HERE
Thank you to the SHINE team for assembling the above to support teachers during this time.
Our team of dedicated counsellors and support services have gathered resources and information to support you in talking with your children about COVID-19.
As well there is a list of resources shared below to support you in this time of need.
From PBS: How do talk to your children about about coronavirus. HERE
From The Conversation: How to talk to your kids about COVID-19. HERE
From UNICEF: Eight tips to help comfort and protect children. HERE