Masks will now be required for grades 4-12 when kids return to school in Saskatoon
SASKATOON -- Following the provincial government's announcement that school divisions now have the option of making mask use mandatory, Saskatoon Public Schools has adjusted its back-to-school plan.
In a statement the division said students in Grades 4 through 12 will be required to wear a mask in schools when it is not possible to maintain physical distancing.
"At Saskatoon Public Schools, we believe masks are vital for protecting the health and well-being of our students and staff members," the statement said.
During a news conference held over Zoom last week, Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation president Patrick Maze said he had consulted with pre-K and Kindergarten teachers who say younger children can learn to wear masks.
Maze is among those pushing for mandatory masking policies in schools.
Masks will also be recommended for kids attending pre-K through Grade 3.
During a news conference held via Zoom last week, Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation president Patrick Maze — who is among those pushing for mandatory masking in schools — said he had consulted with pre-K and Kindergarten teachers who say younger children can learn to wear masks.
All staff, visitors, parents and caregivers entering schools will also be required to wear masks, the division said.
Catholic division also will make masks mandatory
The Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division also says it will be implementing the use of masks consistent with directions outlined by the province on Tuesday.
In a statement, the division said the change is in alignment with its initial back to school plan where masks were strongly encouraged.