Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Education
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Adapting or closing schools
Level of Jurisdiction: Saskatchewan
Lead People/Agency: Government of Saskatchewan
Overview: The Government of Saskatchewan announced the indefinite suspension of classes in Saskatchewan pre K-12 schools, effective March 20th. This was described as a preventative approach intended to decrease the risk of COVID-19 spread.
Full details here: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2020/march/16/class-suspensions
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Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Learning from other jurisdictions
Evidence/Justification: The decision to close schools was described by Premier Scott Moe, in the news conference, to be made in consultation with the Saskatchewan Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab. This was described as a proactive and preventative measure. In addition, it was also described that this decision was informed by evidence of community transmission in Alberta.