Welcome Back

JANUARY 5, 2021 -- Welcome back to all staff and students. Temporary remote learning has begun for all elementary, high school and eSchool students. Schools will reopen for in-class learning for elementary and high school students on Monday, January 11, 2021.

The school division office is now open for regular business hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:25 p.m. Monday to Friday. All visitors to the school division office or to schools are asked to please follow instructions posted on every building entrance, including using the QR code for potential future contact tracing. All visitors must also  wear masks and use the hand sanitizer available at every entrance.

COVID Identified, Parents Called

December 14, 2020 – the Saskatchewan Health Authority informed us that there was one case of COVID-19 in an individual at Ruth Pawson School.

For the safety of students and staff, and in consultation with Public Health, we have informed all close contacts and provided them information about self-isolation.

Information letters will be sent to families on December 15. 

Please remember that remote learning began for all students at Regina Public Schools on December 14 and will continue until December 18th. The scheduled holiday break is from December 21 until January 1, 2021. Remote learning will resume on January 4 and continue until January 8, 2021. In-class learning resumes on January 11, 2021.

If there are any additional close contacts at the school, they will be contacted directly by Public Health. A close contact is someone who has been within two metres (six feet) of someone for a cumulative 15 minutes. 

If any staff, student or school family members show any symptoms, they should please stay home and contact Healthline 811. Symptoms are described here.

For more information about the process Regina Public Schools follows when there is a case of COVID-19 in our schools, please read this on our web site. https://www.reginapublicschools.ca/keep_you_informed

Board Season's Greetings

DECEMBER 11, 2020 -- The Regina Board of Education has made a video wishing all Regina Public Schools employees season’s greetings. When you have a moment, please take the time to view the heartfelt messages from our trustees.

This video is also a great opportunity for parents/caregivers, students and the public to be further introduced to the new Board members. It is worth the watch! Subtitles are included in the video for the benefit of all viewers.

Board Season’s Greetings Video

Beware of Thin Ice Conditions

DECEMBER 8, 2020 -- Even though ice has formed on some water surfaces in Regina, residents are reminded to stay away from all bodies of water, including Wascana Lake and creek/storm channels and detention ponds in residential neighbourhoods.

Throughout the winter season, do not walk, ski, skate or play on any body of water. Parents/caregivers are asked to take a few moments to talk with children about this important safety rule.

If you see people, particularly children, close to thin ice, call Regina Police Service at (306) 777-6500. In an emergency involving people or pets, call 9-1-1.

Temporary Remote Learning Announced

DECEMBER 7, 2020 -- Regina Public Schools is announcing that all schools will move to temporary remote learning. Effective December 14, 2020, all Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in all elementary and high school classes will move from in-class learning to remote learning, and will return to in-class learning on January 11, 2021.

All Regina Public Schools staff will continue to work safely in schools and offices. Teachers and school-based staff will provide ongoing online learning coursework and resources for all students to continue their learning for the weeks of December 14th and January 4th, with the scheduled holiday break taking place from December 21, 2020 to January 1, 2021.

The decision, locally made by Regina Public Schools, to move to remote learning for all students is a proactive intervention to ensure safe continued learning for students, for the health of all student and employee families, and for the ongoing business continuity of the School Division and its schools.

Regina Public Schools hopes to avoid a prolonged move to Level 4 remote learning across the division and in all schools by taking this proactive intervention, by adding one week of remote learning to either side of the scheduled holiday break. Provisions have been made to allow high school students to complete Quint 2 classes before December 18th and for all elementary students to continue their learning during that period.

As of December 7, 2020, Regina Public Schools has seen:

  • 63 student and 26 staff COVID-19 positive cases
  • 39 (out of 57) schools affected
  • 56 classrooms closed
  • 8 elementary schools closed, 1 collegiate closed
  • More than 8,422 employee absence days so far this year (24% more than at this point in a typical year)
  • More than 1,100 employee absence days due to quarantine leave
  • Chronic shortfall of replacement staff due to more employee absences and a reduced pool of available substitute staff
  • Growing anxiety and other mental health challenges to all employees and students

Safe operation of schools requires an appropriate number of adults in the buildings. Teachers, support staff, administrators and facilities staff are all essential to student safety. Increased employee absenteeism due to COVID-19 and our inability to fill those absences is challenging the ability of school staff to keep students safe.

Business continuity is an important element of this proactive intervention. By reducing the number of people in all schools and buildings and allowing for more physical distancing, the fear and anxiety of becoming exposed to COVID-19 at work may be minimized. Taking these temporary measures will ensure that students will continue with uninterrupted learning. Also weighed in the decision were the following key benefits:

  • Teachers and all employees can continue to teach and work without disruption. Currently, the impact of one school-based student or staff member diagnosed with COVID-19 can affect multiple people in a school. This proactive intervention can help ensure that a single case will not disrupt and affect the learning and working of many others.
  • Students can learn from home without the fear of exposure to COVID-19 at school or of exposing others.
  • High school students can complete Quint 2 and be ready for Quint 3 in January.
  • As a measured action to reduce in-school risk, this proactive intervention may allow all schools and buildings to reopen and in-class learning to resume on January 11th.
  • Attempt to reduce possibility of a long-term School Division-wide move to Level 4 described in COVID-19 Response Plan.
  • The School Division will continue to provide supports for vulnerable students, such as community food programs and the provision of devices for students that need them to learn remotely.

The Regina Board of Education supports this move to a proactive intervention. Currently, more than 1,000 families have had to plan, almost overnight, for their children to learn from home when a classroom or school is closed. It is hoped that this plan provides families the peace of mind that students will continue their learning and will not get sick at school or be identified as a close contact and have to be quarantined from their loved ones over the holiday period.

This is a summary of the schedule for all students of Regina Public Schools for Monday, December 14, 2020 to Monday, January 11, 2021:

December 7 to 11, 2020

In-class learning

December 14 to 18, 2020

Remote learning – students will learn from home and staff will work in schools

December 21, 2020 to January 1, 2021

Scheduled December break – no school for students

January 4 to 8, 2021

 

Remote learning – students will learn from home and staff will work in schools

January 11, 2021

In-class learning resumes

eSchool Learning

DECEMBER 3, 2020 – Updated -- Regina Public Schools is now providing remote learning for the 2020-21 school year. eSchool – Regina Public Schools Online Learning is for students who require an alternative way of learning outside of a school classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Courses are for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students and are specifically designed for learning in an online environment. Each online course will be taught by a teacher who will provide learning resources, activities, assessment, and opportunities for interaction. Because online learning is facilitated through the internet, course materials and activities will be accessible to Regina Public Schools students as long as a student is currently registered at a Regina public school and has a device and internet connectivity. However, some learning is also designed to take place offline, in part to avoid excessive screen time. eSchool is administered by Regina Public Schools and there will be no cost to our school families.

Kindergarten to Grade 8 curriculum is available. High school core credits are available; high school elective credits will be offered based on need. Intensive Support programming will be offered. Elementary French Immersion programming may be available based on student need and available resources.

Students who register for eSchool will be required to commit to remote learning for a designated time frame. Part-time enrolment is not available. Students will have opportunities to return to their home school at natural transition times during the school year (end of reporting periods).

General registration for eSchool is facilitated through students’ home school.

To register for eSchool:

Elementary eSchool Registration and Deadlines

As of November 5, 2020, all new eSchool students must follow the below process to register for eSchool:

  1. Contact home school to discuss transition from in-person classroom to eSchool.
  2. Parents/guardians and students will collaborate with home school administration to facilitate a referral to eSchool.
  3. Home school administration will share eSchool registration form with students and parents/guardians.
  4. eSchool administration will be notified of application by home school administration.
  5. Students will be contacted by eSchool staff to arrange for registration.

This process will take 7 to 14 days to complete as students need to be transferred and enrolled in the online environment. Please call your home school for more information. 

Elementary eSchool registration will re-open January 25, 2021 and close February 2, 2021.

The registration of an elementary student in eSchool reflects the commitment from a student and their caregivers to remain at eSchool until March 8, 2021.

Future Elementary eSchool enrolment dates

The final elementary eSchool registration dates for the 2020-21 school year will be open from March 8 to 19, 2021.

High School eSchool

As of November 5, 2020, all students interested in registering for eSchool must follow the process below:

  1. Contact home school to discuss transition from in-person classroom to eSchool.
  2. Parents/guardians and students will collaborate with home school to facilitate a referral to eSchool.
  3. Home school administration will share eSchool registration form with students and parents/guardians.
  4. ESchool staff will contact student to arrange for registration.
  5. Note for Regina Public high schools have differing Quint schedules: eSchool staff will make every effort to offer students the classes in which they are currently registered at their home school. While every attempt will be made to offer the same classes, eSchool cannot guarantee that all classes will be offered each Quint.
  6. New registrations for Quint 3 will be accepted:
      1. Between December 7 and December 14, 2020. All registrations submitted by December 14, 2020 will begin classes on January 4, 2021.

and

      1. Between January 4 and 6, 2021. All registrations submitted by January 6, 2021 will begin classes by the January 13, 2021.
  1. Registration will close January 6, 2021. No new registrations will occur after this date.
  2. Registration dates for Quint 4 will be announced at a later date. 

*The registration of a high school student in eSchool reflects the commitment from a student and their caregivers to remain at eSchool until the end of Quint 3. 

This process will take four to seven days to complete as students need to be transferred and enrolled in the online environment. Please call your home school for more information.

If you have any questions, please email eschool@rbe.sk.ca

For information relating to Home-Based Education, please click here.

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