2021-2022 School Year Calendar Feedback

2021-2022 School Calendar Survey

A calendar committee comprised of representatives from Good Spirit School Division, Good Spirit Teachers’ Association, Christ the Teacher Catholic School Division, and Christ the Teacher Teachers’ Association developed two calendar options for the 2021-2022 school year.  

 

Both calendar options are posted for feedback.  This online survey  will be open from Monday, January 25 through Monday, February 8, 2021.

 

Following the online survey, the committee will review the results and present it to their respective Boards of Education prior to submission to the Ministry of Education for final review. 

 

Defined Requirements:

  • The Saskatchewan Education Act requires the following:
    • A minimum of 950 hours of instructional time per year;
    • Six weeks of summer vacation;
    • Post Labour Day start time, with an exception if Labour Day falls on September 5 or later (2021 Labour Day is September 6);
    • A Christmas break that begins no later than December 23 and ends no sooner than January 2;
    • A Spring break with no more than 5 consecutive days

Calendar Options:

CLick HERE to view PDF of Option 1
Click HERE to view PDF of Option 2

Survey Link:

Please link HERE to access the survey.  Survey closes Monday, February 8th.

Expanded Mask Mandate

November 26, 2020

A letter to families from Board Chair Dwight Guy and Director of Education Barb MacKesey

Dear parents and caregivers:

As we prepare to enter into the season of Advent, we would like to thank everyone for your continued efforts in helping to keep students, staff, families, and communities safe and healthy. Thank you for staying home when you are sick, keeping your children home if they are sick, isolating when required, and following the advice of health professionals.
As you may be aware, on Wednesday, November 25th, the provincial government announced additional measures, including an expanded mask mandate for all students, employees, and visitors in all schools.

The updated mask protocols, will be implemented in all Christ the Teacher Catholic schools effective Friday, November 27 and, along with current health measures, remain in effect until December 17, 2020 as directed by the Government of Saskatchewan.

We understand that this may be new for some schools and for our younger students, so it is important to be flexible and patient while they adjust to the new protocol. Schools will continue to work directly with individuals who require accommodations and additional support.

Provincial Mask Mandate effective Friday, November 27, 2020

Christ the Teacher Catholic Schools

Mask Protocol
The Government of Saskatchewan has mandated masks for all students, employees and visitors in all schools. The following guidelines must be practiced consistently in Christ the Teacher Catholic Schools.
Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 Students
Masks are required at all times on buses and in schools, including class (except while consuming food/beverage or engaging in aquatic activities). Teachers may offer mask breaks in class throughout the day.
Staff
Masks are required at all times in schools, in Christ the Teacher buildings and on buses, unless individuals are working independently in a separate space.
Visitors, Parents, and Caregivers
Masks are required at all times. All visitors will be screened. Only essential, scheduled visitors are encouraged.
Physical Education
Masks are required, except while engaging in aquatic activities. Lower impact activities will be selected to minimize risks.
Performing Arts
The Government of Saskatchewan’s current Performing Arts Guidelines will be followed.
Outdoors
Masks are not required in outdoor spaces. Distancing and class/group cohorting is recommended.

Thank you for your continued support.
God bless you all!

 

Safe Schools Plan – August 27, 2020

August 27, 2020

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. Please link HERE to access the parent package.  For a PDF version of the communication, please download Safe Schools Plan Parent Package.

The package includes:

  • Information on the Safe Schools Plan
  • General tips for parents and caregivers
  • Mask wearing information for children
  • Information on testing options and process
  • Information on COVID-19 notification and illness in school
  • Information on the threshold for changes to in-classroom learning

UPDATED November 27, 2020 Return to School Plan Fall

Return to School 2020 Plan

When the Government of Saskatchewan announced that in-class learning would resume September 1, 2020, Christ the Teacher Catholic School Division staff continued preparations to support the safe return for all students, staff members, and families when schools re-open.

The details of the Christ the Teacher Catholic Schools Re-Open Plan aligns with the guidelines outlined in the Government of Saskatchewan’s Primary and Secondary Educational Institution Guidelines.  It is intended to provide additional details on the instructional and operational routines to be implemented.  Individual schools will also develop plans aligned with these guidelines that reflect the unique elements of their school environment.  Please link HERE to access the most recent version of the Christ the Teacher Catholic Schools Re-Open Plan.  We recognize that division plans will evolve as required by emerging health risk assessments.

It is intended that the Division’s Re-Open Plan incorporates 8 safe components including:

  • Safe Attendance
  • Safe Transportation
  • Safe Access
  • Safe Facilities
  • Safe Classrooms
  • Safe Supports
  • Safe Activities
  • Safe Alternatives

To review the Saskatchewan Safe School Plan for Return to in-Classroom Learning pamphlet, please link here.

UPDATED: CTTCS Board Elections

School Board Elections

Oct. 22 update:   A Notice of Abandonment of Polls for the following positions will be published, with the following candidates acclaimed:

  1. City of Yorkton – at large
    • Jerome Niezgoda
    • Doreen Rathgeber
    • Patricia Zaryski
  2. Subdivision #1
    • Erin Gibson
  3. Subdivision #2
    •  Monique Chaban
  4. Subdivision #3
    • Dwight Guy
  5. City of Melville – at large
    • Brian Hicke
    • Theresa Wilson

2020 – 2021 School Year Calendar

2020-21 School Year Calendar

Please note that on August 15th, it was announced that all schools in Saskatchewan would begin classes for the 2020-21 school year on September 8, 2020.  Please note that start date for student attendance.

 

Theodore Litigation Update – March 25, 2020

March 25, 2020

Dear parents and caregivers:

On March 25, 2020, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the appeal of the Theodore case in a unanimous decision.

This decision overturns the 2017 ruling that sought to limit public funding for students who choose to attend Catholic schools in Saskatchewan but lack a Catholic baptismal certificate.

Background information on the Theodore case can be found at www.opencatholiceducation.ca.

I am sure you are as relieved and grateful for this decision as I am. Even though the Government of Saskatchewan has assured us they would do whatever is necessary to protect your choice for your child’s education, this ruling confirms what we have said and believed all along: as parents, you know what is best for your children and you should be able to choose Catholic, faith-based education if that is what you want—no matter your reason, faith background or tradition.

I speak for our entire Board of Education when I say thank you for entrusting us with your child’s education. Despite some uncertainty for some of you, you made a choice. We are both humbled and encouraged that so many of you continue to want Catholic education for your family.

I also thank all of the donors who generously gave to fund the appeal. Because of you, all eight Catholic boards in the province were able to keep education funds in the classroom and not divert them to cover costly courtroom expenses.

A significant amount of time and money has been spent on this court case, and we are hopeful that we can all refocus our energy and resources on our students and families to build upon the exemplary model of education we have in this province. However, Good Spirit (Public) School Division does have an option to ask the Supreme Court of Canada to consider the case.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask me or one of my fellow trustees.

Blessings to you all!

Sincerely,Dwight Guy, Board of Education ChairChrist the Teacher Catholic School Division