REGINA – The Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA) is reminding everyone to focus on student safety as students across the province return to classrooms for the new school year.
Today has been officially proclaimed as “Provincial Students’ Day” in Saskatchewan to help ensure safety is the primary consideration for students, families and communities, and especially for motorists who will be driving in and around school zones.
“Recognizing students through this day contributes to helping alert all drivers that children and youth are back in school and extra care for their safety should be considered,” said Dr. Shawn Davidson, SSBA President.
The Government of Saskatchewan officially proclaims Provincial Students’ Day each year at the SSBA’s request, with the intent of reinforcing the message of care and concern for students going back to school.
“As a parent who has experienced the back to school rush, I know it is a busy and exciting time for children, parents and teachers,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said. “It is important to recognize the efforts of teachers and staff members who work tirelessly to make the transition back to school as safe and easy as possible for our students.”
Provincial Students’ Day was first proclaimed in 2010, in response to a resolution passed by the province’s trustees at the SSBA 2009 Annual General Meeting.