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Paige Kashmere6/1/2020 10:05 AM
GSSD Celebrates Our Graduating Classes of 2020

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We recognize that High School graduation is a very special time for grade 12 students and their families. Unfortunately, during this time, all ceremonies had to be cancelled.

GSSD is working towards a plan which will celebrate this milestone.

In the meantime, we will be recognizing our Grade 12 Graduating classes on what would have been their graduation day.

Norquay School Class of 2020 - Congratulations on your high school graduation. May you step forward with confidence that everyday you can make a difference in your life and in your community while pursuing your highest self. Best wishes going forward!

Strugis Grad.jpgSturgis Composite School's Grade 12 students would be celebrating their accomplishments on Friday, May 22, 2020.

Graduation is an exciting time. It marks both an ending and a beginning; warm memories of the past and big dreams for the future!

Congratulations Graduates of Sturgis Composite School! We look forward to celebrating you when we can.

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Preeceville School's graduation was supposed to be held Friday May, 15, 2020.

The current pandemic has changed that. What it hasn't changed is the hard work and accomplishments these students have achieved from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

"Take pride in how far you've come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don't forget to enjoy the journey."—Michael Josephson

Congratulations Graduates of Preeceville School!

Paige Kashmere5/29/2020 3:40 PM
GSSD Encourages Students to #TakeBackYourYear

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The #TakeBackYourYear campaign invites teachers, staff, students, families, and community members to share the hashtag on social media along with their own stories of success and encouragement for one another through this challenging situation.

Good Spirit School Division has been offering teacher-directed supplemental learning for students and staff have been connecting with families and students to determine each individual's learning needs, and developing course work to support them.

Supplemental learning offers students a chance to improve their mark, but there is no risk of their mark going down. The learning schedule, lessons, and course work are flexible to accommodate the needs of each family and student. Teachers are ready and able to provide support. Staying engaged with teacher-directed learning right now will help with a smooth transition to a student's future – whether that's a return to the classroom, post-secondary learning, or the workforce after high school. Supplemental learning is also a positive way for students to stay in contact with classmates and friends. 

Students and families who originally opted out of supplemental learning are encouraged to reach out to their teacher or school if they have further questions and/or choose to participate.

For more on the #TakeBackYourYear campaign, visit our website, Facebook, and Twitter page.

Paige Kashmere5/13/2020 9:25 AM
UPDATED COVID-19 Information
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Student Personal Belonging Retrieval Procedures:

May 7, 2020
Saskatchewan Response Planning Team Communication: Memo to Families

April 23, 2020
Provincial Plan to Re-Open Saskatchewan

April 9, 2020
Letter to Parents:

April 8, 2020
Saskatchewan Response Planning Team Communication:
March 27, 2020
Saskatchewan Response Planning Team Communication: Memo to Families
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March 25, 2020
Playground Closures:
GSSD and the Canadian Playground Safety Institute is not recommending the use of any playground equipment during the COVID-19 crisis, which includes equipment within our school playgrounds.
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March 23, 2020

Saskatchewan Response Planning Team Communication:

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March 20, 2020

Saskatchewan Response Planning Team Communication:

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March 20, 2020

Covid-19 Update – Child Care Options For Health Workers And Other Pandemic Response Workers

The Ministry of Education has released information pertaining to Child Care Options For Health Workers And Other Pandemic Response Workers.

The following facilities with the Yorkton Regional High School will be impacted:

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March 19, 2020

GSSD COVID-19 Letter to Parents

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March 18, 2020

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March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Letter to Parents 

Yesterday, the Government of Saskatchewan announced that all Prekindergarten to Grade 12 classes will be suspended indefinitely, effective Friday, March 20. The school closures will reduce further spread of the COVID-19 illness.

A Response Planning Team, including members from Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA), Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation (STF), League of Educational Administrators, Director and Superintendents (LEADS), Ministry of Education, Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials (SASBO), and First Nation University, is working on providing answers to key questions. Many of the questions revolve around assessment, credits, distance education, graduation, supplementary curriculum, and support services. When Divisions receive the answers to these questions, information will be shared with you as well as staff.

Parents play a significant role in helping children feel safe during time of rapid change and uncertainty. It is important to focus on what can be done to support social and emotional wellness. Here are some suggestions for parents to support children:

  • Take care of yourself – continue to engage in healthy, positive activities that you enjoy. Healthy adults create healthy children.
  • Model calm and be reassuring to your children – Let your children talk about their feelings, fears, and questions. Responding calmly will positively influence your child's emotional responses.
  • Maintain normal routines to the extent possible – Maintaining routines provides a sense of comfort and reassurance. Seek out and maintain fun activities as a family. A few examples include crafting, baking, board games, reading, movie nights and enjoying outdoor activities together.
  • Monitor and limit media/social media exposure – Excessive exposure is linked to an increase in anxiety and worry. Limit your own exposure to reliable sources.
  • Share factual and age-appropriate information with your children – Consider both the age and individual characteristics of your child when determining how much to share. Emphasize actions that you can do to limit risk, such as following recommended hygiene practices.

Many resources exist to support you and your child. Below are some websites you may find helpful:

We know you have questions. Please allow our teachers and administrators time to work through the details of this closure. Pertinent information will be shared with you as planning is completed.

This has been a tumultuous time for families, for our school, and for our community. Thank you for your understanding while we work through this unprecedented situation.

March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Ministry Of Education Update 
As schools wind down this week in response to COVID-19, a Response Planning Team has been assembled to work through the logistics of the transition.

The team, which began its work yesterday, consists of individuals from the Ministry of Education, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, Saskatchewan School Boards Association, the Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials and the Saskatchewan League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents.

“I have every confidence in our partners in education that they will make the best possible recommendations as we transition students out of Saskatchewan Prekindergarten to Grade 12 classrooms,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to supporting our students and staff in these uncertain times.”
Planning is underway to ensure students continue to have supplementary learning through distance opportunities and take-home resource kits; as well as logistics to ensure backroom functions such as staff assignments and payroll.

Additional information will be provided as the Response Planning Team’s work continues. The next meeting will be held today.

March 16, 2020 

Letter to GSSD parents/Guardians & Staff

We are providing consistency and structure in a very rapidly evolving context. Given the fluidity of information it is important that all stakeholders of GSSD are familiar with COVID-19 information and updates in Saskatchewan from the Saskatchewan Health Authority. The most up to date information can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.


  • The Government of Saskatchewan has announced the indefinite suspension of classes for PreK-12 students beginning Friday, March 20th.
  • Parents who are able to make arrangements for childcare are to stop sending their children to school immediately. No students will be permitted to attend school beginning Friday, March 20th
  • Every student will receive a final grade based on their current grade, and students will progress to their next grade level next year. Every student who is eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this year will graduate. The Ministry of Education and School Divisions will work with Saskatchewan Post-Secondary Institutions to adapt entry requirements for programs commencing in the next academic year.
  • Contingency plans are being made to offer grade 11 and grade 12 courses to ensure our students are able to access skills necessary to be successful in post-secondary. 
  • We are working with the Ministry of Education on a plan to ensure ongoing learning opportunities for all students during the time that classes are suspended.

All School and School Division Staff

  • All staff will continue to report to work as they do regularly up to and including Thursday, March 19th. Direction related to staff attendance after March 19th will follow.
  • Confirmation was provided by the Ministry of Education that operational funding will continue and all staff will continue to be paid.  Contractual obligations will be honored.
  • In conversation with Public Health officials in Saskatchewan we are advising all travelers within our school division to follow the directions as laid out by the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

This includes:

  • Students & staff travelling outside of Canada are directed to self-isolate for 14 days; and,
  • Students & staff with flu like symptoms are directed to stay home. Individuals displaying symptoms will be sent home; families are asked to solidify an emergency contact.
  • Staff are expected to continue working during the school closure. Additional details will follow. Continuity planning will occur over the next 3 days to solidify plans


  • Transportation services will continue as regularly scheduled up to and including Thursday, March 19th.

Facility Use

  • All facility rental agreements are cancelled.
  • GSSD is awaiting confirmation from municipalities to determine next steps with joint use facilities (LCS fitness centre, Canora Parkland Public Library, Gloria Hayden Community Centre)

Please monitor social media and the GSSD website as we work together to support children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate your patience during these complicated times.

March 16, 2020 

Deputy Minister, Rob Currie notified Board Chairs and Directors via email that due to COVID-19 classes in Prekindergarten – Grade 12 will be suspended indefinitely, starting Friday, March 20, 2020.

For the period of March 16th to March 19th, pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 classes will wind down. This means that parents who are able to keep children home should do so immediately, with no absence or grade impacts.

The news release is available here: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/…/20…/march/16/class-suspensions

When details regarding class suspensions are solidified by the division, families and staff will be notified.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through this process.

March 13, 2020

At the Good Spirit School Division, the safety of students and staff members is our priority. With the confirmation of the first case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Saskatchewan, the school division will be adapting practices to focus on preventing the spread of the illness. We continue to monitor this situation and keep in close contact with Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) to ensure that the best information is provided to our school and parent communities. The Ministry of Health is providing updates for the Province of Saskatchewan at www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus

As a precautionary measure, the following temporary operational changes will be in effect immediately in all our schools and division facilities:
  • Cancellation of field trips; 
  • Cancellation of guest speakers, external presentations, and tours; and,
  • Cancellation of large gatherings that would include staff, students and/or the general public of more than 50 people.
As always, if your child is sick, please keep your child home from school. If a parent or caregiver is experiencing any symptoms, please do not come to the school. Make separate arrangements for drop off/pick up at school.
  • Practice proper coughing and sneezing etiquette (into the bend of your elbow);
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water; if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick; 
  • Practice social distancing: avoid hugging, shaking hands and high-fiving; and,
  • Don't share water bottles, band instruments, eating utensils, personal electronic devices, ear pods, or food.
In conversation with Public Health officials in Saskatchewan we are advising all travelers within our school division to follow the directions as laid out by the SHA. This includes:
  • Students & staff travelling outside of Canada are directed to self-isolate for 14 days; and,
  • Students & staff with flu like symptoms are directed to stay home.
With respect to tangible actions that GSSD is already taking to promote health, wellness and safety in our schools, we are: 
  • Promoting regular hand washing in all schools and buildings. 
  • Providing additional supplies to support proper hand washing, such as extra paper towels, soap, and instruction. Informational posters will be provided to the schools.
  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning in all schools and buildings and focusing on high touch surfaces to make sure that they are cleaned and disinfected several times per day. These surfaces include doorknobs, desktops, lunchrooms, lockers and other surfaces and areas. 
  • Cleaning and sanitizing washrooms more often during the day. 
  • Beginning a regular, enhanced cleaning and disinfecting schedule of all our school buses. 
  • Using disinfectants and cleaners that are designed to eliminate germs and viruses, but that are also safe for students and staff. 

Individuals who may have concerns about their health can call the provincial HealthLine at 811 for advice and support.
Shawn Kostiuk5/12/2020 11:13 AM