Education partners express thanks
“As the employers of education staff in this province, I want to collectively express my heartfelt thanks to the great work that has been done by teachers and school staff under very difficult circumstances,” said Shawn Davidson, President of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association.
According to Davidson, “I know how challenging and hard it has been at all levels in our schools, and I have to say that throughout it all they have made it as good as possible for our students.”
Davidson cited the ever-changing rules in terms of whether schools have been operating at Level Two, Three or Four and the constant transition therein is what comes top of mind as he contemplates how it has been to try and keep teachers, staff and students safe during the year-long COVID-19 pandemic.
“We know how vital interaction is between teachers and students and nothing can trump that. We’ve lost some of that and I know how difficult it has been to try and navigate. I applaud the efforts to make it the best experience possible,” Davidson added.
Education Minister Dustin Duncan echoed those sentiments of gratitude in a letter to the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation.
“On behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan, I would like to say a big thank you to teachers and school staff for all you have done during this past year to keep our children safe and engaged in learning. Teachers have done an extraordinary job this last year. While there have been challenges we have faced together as a province and education sector, you have always kept students top of mind. Staff at the Ministry of Education are working hard with our partners, including the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, to prepare for the next school year and support you in helping students continue to thrive.”
Another of the education partners who was eager to add his voice was Jaime Valentine, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Association of School Business Officials.
“SASBO extends their heartfelt thanks to all school division staff for their steadfast efforts over the past year. We are grateful for your positive attitude and desire to provide the best for our students during this challenging year. You have ensured students made it to school and continued to learn in a safe and welcoming environment. In a year with so much uncertainty it has been you, the caring staff, who have provided consistency and hope for a brighter future.
“As this school year comes to a close, we wish you a well-deserved safe and relaxing summer holiday,” Valentine noted.
Quinton Robertson, President of the Saskatchewan League of Educational Administrators, Directors and Superintendents added that “I want to thank all of our wonderful teachers and support staff for their exceptional contributions during the past year. Your dedicated service and genuine concern for the well-being of each student and colleague has been remarkable. The LEADS organization is grateful for your support as we would not have been able to manage without your unwavering efforts. Best wishes for a peaceful and enjoyable summer!”