South East Cornerstone making masks mandatory for Grade 4-12 classrooms, starting Monday

The South East Cornerstone Public School Division has announced multiple changes due to the rising numbers of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan.

With cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise both within the province and the school division, and in consultation with Public Health, South East Cornerstone will be moving to mandatory masks in all Grade 4-12 classrooms, beginning Monday.

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Most schools will remain in Level 2 of the school division’s Health and Safety response plan, which keeps students coming to school on a daily basis, with the exception of Weyburn Comprehensive School, which will be moving to Level 3 effective Monday.

If a school moves to Level 3 of the Health and Safety response plan, students are split into two cohorts that attend on alternating days and work at home on the days they are not in school. 

“Our hope is that by increasing mask use across the division, we can continue to provide daily, face to face, instruction to as many of our students as possible while keeping all staff and students safe.”

In addition to these added measures, SECPSD has also set up a 24/7 COVID Reporting Line that will be monitored afterhours and weekends. The division requests all parents/guardians to please call 1-306-848-4790 and inform them of their child’s name, grade level and school of attendance if they received a positive COVID-19 test. 

“Reporting in this fashion will provide an opportunity for the division and school administration to begin our work in collecting and providing contact tracing data to Public Health authorities. We appreciate as early of a contact as possible as the work is intensive and timely.

“As always, our top priority is the health and safety of all of our staff, students and communities as we strive to provide the best education possible during these difficult times.

“We appreciate all of the support and understanding as we work together with our communities and families to meet both of these goals.”

The latest information from the Saskatchewan Health Authority shows that a student from the Weyburn Comprehensive School tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 10. It's the second time a student from Weyburn Comp. has tested positive.

There was also a positive test at Stoughton Central School on Nov. 6. 

The Mercury will have more details as they become available. 

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