Community

Volunteering and the CRC

NOVEMBER 17, 2022 -- We welcome and encourage family and friends to volunteer in our school communities. Volunteer participation is an important complement to the work done by employees.

At the same time, Regina Public Schools is responsible to provide a safe and secure learning environment for all students and staff. For this reason, all volunteers who provide services to students on a recurring, scheduled basis, or who are present in a school on a recurring, scheduled basis prior to 6:00 p.m. on school days, require an original Criminal Record Check (CRC), including a vulnerable sector check.

The CRC must be provided by the Regina Police Service or, if the volunteer does not reside in Regina, from their local police agency, such as the RCMP.

There is a fee of $10.00 for processing a CRC for an individual in a volunteer capacity from the Regina Police Service. If the application is made online, there will be an additional fee of $9.95 (CRC and processing fees are the responsibility of the volunteer applicant.) In-person applications with Regina Police Service are by appointment only.

Individuals who volunteered during the past year and who have a satisfactory CRC on file do not require a new CRC for this school year. Volunteers are required to sign Administrative Procedure 403 – Reporting Criminal Charges annually. Individuals who have not volunteered for more than 12 consecutive months require a new CRC.

Regina residents can visit the Regina Police Service website for more details. If you reside outside of Regina, you must obtain your police information check from your local RCMP detachment or police service.

For more information about Regina Public Schools and the Criminal Record Check, please see this document and Administrative Procedure #402 Criminal Record Check.

Student and staff safety go hand in hand with learning excellence.

Student Citizenship Awards

OCTOBER 27, 2022 -- Public Schools of Saskatchewan will be recognizing public school student groups or classes that support citizenship or character building within their schools or community by providing annual Student Citizenship Awards. Student groups or classes at elementary and high school will be recognized for their contributions. There will be three $1,000 awards for Grades 1 to 8 and three $1,000 awards for Grades 9 to 12.

Read details and find the application form here: Public-Section-Student-Citizenship-Awards-Information-and-Application-2023.pdf

Fire Prevention Week 2022

SEPTEMBER 28, 2022 -- The 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week is October 9 to 15, 2022, and the theme is "Fire won't wait. Plan your escape." Today's homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning. Visit the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) official Fire Prevention Week website for tons of great information, activities, ideas, resources and more!

Use this fire safety information to support your emergency planning at home.

Home safety action plan

Home escape plan grid

EVENTS IN REGINA:

Fire Survival Skills for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students on October 12, 2022 (mâmawêyatitân centre)

Children's Book Reading for Kindergarten to Grade 2 students on October 13, 2022 (Regina Public Library Albert Branch)

Free Pancake Breakfast for everyone on October 14, 2022 (mâmawêyatitân centre)

Board Chair and Vice-Chair Acclaimed

September 14, 2022 -- At the Organizational Meeting of the Regina Board of Education held last evening, Tara Molson was declared elected by acclamation to the office of Chairperson, effective immediately, and Sarah Cummings Truszkowski was declared elected by acclamation to the position of Vice-Chairperson, effective immediately.

 

In addition, the Board adopted the following motion:

That, during the period October 2022 to September 2023, regular meetings of the Board be held on the following school days:

Tuesday, October 18, 2022                 Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Tuesday, November 22, 2022             Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Tuesday, December 13, 2022             Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Tuesday, January 17, 2023                 Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Tuesday, February 14, 2023                Tuesday, September 12, 2023

commencing at 5:30 p.m., to be held at the Regina Public School Board Office, 1600 4th Avenue, Regina, unless otherwise scheduled by resolution; and that the 2023 Organizational Meeting be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, following the regular meeting of the Board, in the Regina Public School Board Office, 1600 4th Avenue, Regina.

More information can be found at https://www.reginapublicschools.ca/board_meetings.

Mental Health Resources

APRIL 4, 2022 -- Anxiety, worry and stress are something we all feel, and sometimes we may need help. Mental health supports are available to help you if and when you need it. Listed below are some helpful resources.

HealthLine 811 - offers mental health and addictions service, including 24/7 crisis support, advice to help manage a caller’s situation, information and connection to community resources.

Wellness Together Canada (https://www.wellnesstogether.ca/en-CA) - connects people to peer support workers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals for confidential chat sessions or phone calls. Their website offers immediate crisis support/counselling by clicking the “I Need Help Now!” button at the top of the page. Crisis support resources for Indigenous Peoples can be found at https://www.wellnesstogether.ca/en-CA/indian-residential-schools-crisis-support

211 Saskatchewan (https://sk.211.ca/) – connect with resources in your community by searching a database of over 6,000 community, social, non-clinical health and government services across the province.

PocketWell app download (measure and track your well-being)

Mobile Crisis Helpline in Regina – (306) 757-0127

Kids Help Phone - 1-800-668-6868

Indigenous Peoples:

Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310 (hopeforwellness.ca)

Reconciliation Canada (https://reconciliationcanada.ca/need-help/)

TAO Tel-Aide Francophone Helpline in Saskatchewan - 1-800-567-9699

Farm Stress Line - 1-800-667-4442

NORS - overdose prevention hotline - 1-888-688-6677

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Online Therapy Unit (https://www.onlinetherapyuser.ca/) - for Saskatchewan residents who are experiencing mental health difficulties, including depression and anxiety

Family Service Saskatchewan, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, supports free mental health walk-in clinics in 24 communities. These clinics offer free one-time counselling sessions, which are now available by phone.

Family Service Regina - (306) 757-6675

Learn More About Campus Regina Public!

February 18, 2022 – High school may be next year or several years away, but now is a great time to look ahead at some of the unique learning opportunities offered by Regina Public Schools.

Grades 11 and 12 students registered at Regina Public high schools can keep learning at their neighbourhood high school while also attending and benefiting from specialized programming at Campus Regina Public (CRP). CRP is a career-centred educational institution offering specialty two-credit courses that are occupation-specific and taught by experienced teachers and industry professionals using state-of-the-art equipment.

CRP maintains partnerships with local companies and post-secondary institutions to ensure that our students are learning industry standard skills paired with academic excellence. This combination of experiences will allow our students to make informed career decisions.

Take a moment to learn more about CRP and the programming offered. High school may be a long way off, but looking forward can contribute to learning success. Watch the informative introductory video.

Like what you see? Learn more by visiting the Campus Regina Public website.

Shared Values Recognition Program - Call for Nominations

February 14, 2022 – Announcing the 14th annual Shared Values Recognition Program! Regina Public Schools employees and those who work closely with our students in schools make the difference in the lives and the futures of all our students.

Peer and community recognition are a good indicator of merit. The Shared Values Recognition Program encourages recognition of those in our schools who should be honoured. This program allows Regina Public Schools staff to recognize and honour employees who exemplify the Shared Values in making significant contributions through their work.

What are the Shared Values? Our school community is united by four shared values statements: I belong; I want to know; I am responsible; and I respect. These values give direction to what we teach both inside and outside the classroom. Our Shared Values transcend our differences, highlight our similarities, and provide an equal opportunity to recognize and encourage the unique characteristics and contributions of students, parents, caregivers and staff.

As part of this program, up to 10 Regina Public Schools employees will be honoured. Parents, caregivers, students and anyone who volunteers at a Regina public school or works with Regina Public Schools staff is encouraged to submit a nomination. The nomination form and the program rules are available by following this link.  

This link includes:

-  Program Rules

      -  SVRP Nomination Form 2022

      -  SVRP All-time Recipient List

      -  Highlights from previous years

 

Please use the all-time recipient list to ensure your nominee has not been previously honoured. We look forward to seeing your nominations!

Changes to COVID Safety Protocols

February 10, 2022 – Regina Public Schools is changing its COVID-19 safety requirement following an announcement from the Government of Saskatchewan. Read that announcement here.

According to that announcement, the Government of Saskatchewan expects school divisions to remove their requirements for mandatory vaccination/rapid testing and mask mandates when the Public Health Orders are rescinded after February 28, 2022.

Vaccination

With respect to vaccination, approximately 98 percent of employees are fully vaccinated. This adds a significant layer of protection in schools and facilities. However, as per government direction and as of February 14th, Regina Public Schools will no longer require adults entering any of its facilities or schools to show proof of vaccination. The school division continues to encourage all who are eligible, including students, to get vaccinated and/or to get their booster, when eligible.

Mask use

Until March 1, 2022, every adult and student in a Regina Public school, facility and transportation must wear a mask. After March 1st, the school division will strongly recommend continued mask use by students and staff. Mask use is an additional layer of protection during a pandemic.

In addition, Regina Public Schools will:

  • Support and encourage employees and students who choose to continue to wear masks and encourage families to continue to ask their children to wear masks in school.
  • Maintain enhanced cleaning protocols in all schools, buildings and buses.
  • Encourage regular self-testing at home. Kits will continue to be available from schools.
  • Remind school families to diligently monitor for mild, cold-like symptoms, including cough, sore throat and sneezing without fever and to stay home if they are present.
  • Encourage families to notify schools if there is a case of COVID involving a student. Note that this is encouraged but not required.

Measures taken early in the pandemic continue to be in place for the safety and benefit of all. These measures include:

  • air filtration upgrades;
  • additional technology devices, program equipment and learning resources to support physical distancing; and
  • more hand sanitation stands and water bottle fillers for student and staff use.

Extracurricular

Field trips, tournaments and elementary extracurricular competitions, and mixing elementary cohorts for educational purposes will resume following the February break. Parents, volunteers and other school visitors may begin to access schools in a gradual and safe manner. 

The school division will continue to consult with school administrators and with Regina Public Health and will revisit parameters prior to the end of the February break and thereafter.

To read a letter to parents from the Director of Education about these changes, please follow this link.