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Regina school divisions preparing return-to-school plans

Interior Health has added extra safety measures at schools across the health region as a response to increased COVID activity locally. Global News file

The first day of school is still a few weeks away, but preparations for the upcoming school year in Regina are already underway.

Regina Public Schools shared in a statement on Tuesday that more details of a safe return-to-school plan will be announced in the third week of August.

“This plan will rely on the expertise of public health experts and will build on the foundation of enhanced cleaning protocols, better ventilation and other public health measures that were used in schools and buildings in the previous school year,” reads the statement.

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“All parents and guardians can be confident that classes will resume on September 1, 2021.”

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Regina Public Schools added that senior administration will be consulting with public health officials and taking direction as they develop their return-to-school plan.

No decisions have been made yet regarding physical distancing or mask use in schools.

The Regina Catholic School Division (RCSD) also provided an update on its school year preparations on Tuesday saying its intent to use new provincial framework to amend their 2021-2022 strategy.

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According to the division, that plan will be shared with families and staff the week of Aug. 23.

“Our intent is to employ the lessons of 2020-21 in our updated version while maintaining our commitment to the safety of students and staff,” explained RCSD.

Regina Catholic principals and vice-principals will provide individual school strategies in late August with plans going to school communities before the start of the school year.

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