Information as it relates to COVID-19 will be placed in chronological order below from most recent.
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