Students in Prairie Valley School Division returning to the classroom April 26

April 20, 2021, 4:48 pm

Kennedy Langbank School was one of the schools affected by move to remote learning.

Students in the Prairie Valley School Division will be returning to the classroom as of Monday, April 26.

Students in the school division have been engaged in remote learning since March 29 after the school division decided to move to remote learning in the wake of rising Covid-19 cases in Southeast Saskatchewan.

The school division announced on Tuesday, April 20 that it was planning to send students back to school starting April 26.

"After much consideration and deliberation, Prairie Valley School Division’s Administration and Board of Education has decided it is time for students to return to the classroom," it announced in a statement. "The health and safety of our students and staff will always be a primary concern. However, this must be balanced against the need to provide our students with the best possible learning opportunities. We have no doubt these opportunities are found in the classroom.

"While other school divisions may decide to take a different approach, Prairie Valley believes a resumption of classroom instruction is the best course of action for our circumstances at this time.

"In a division as geographically large as ours, Prairie Valley believes it is appropriate to respond to infection rates on a case by case, community by community basis. We believe this can be done safely and is the appropriate course of action at this time.

"As students begin returning to the classroom, established public health protocols will remain in place, including rigorous adherence to social distancing, mandatory masking, enhanced cleaning and hand sanitization.

"Through-out the pandemic, we have worked cooperatively with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, which has endorsed this latest decision."