Sask. announces $51 million in 1st round of COVID-19 school division funding



a man in a suit sitting at a table: Saskatchewan Education Minister Gordon Wyant announces COVID-19 school division funding Tuesday.


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Saskatchewan Education Minister Gordon Wyant announces COVID-19 school division funding Tuesday.

The province has approved $51 million in funding for school divisions, which welcomed students back into their classrooms amid the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday.

The money is for “emergent one-time expenses associated with a safe return to school,” Saskatchewan Education Minister Gordon Wyant said at a press conference Tuesday morning.

“I would expect school divisions… would likely be anticipating that they would be receiving some additional funds,” Wyant said. “There are a number of school divisions, at least the ones that I’ve talked to, that were already making some plans.”

The minister said he now expects school divisions can go full-steam ahead.

The money comes from Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 contingency fund for education — a “pool of funding” that consists of about $150 million from provincial and federal governments as well as school division

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Sask. education minister announces $51M in first round of school division COVID-19 funding



Dr. Wade Byron Harrouff sitting at a desk: Gord Wyant, Saskatchewan's Minister of Education, will provide a funding update for school divisions and address students and teachers returning to school.


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Gord Wyant, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Education, will provide a funding update for school divisions and address students and teachers returning to school.

The Saskatchewan government is providing $51 million in a first round of funding for school divisions.

On Tuesday morning, Saskatchewan’s Education Minister Gord Wyant announced how the money will be handed out.

Here’s how it breaks down:

  • $19.1 million for sanitization, includes 191 staff.
  • $6 million for equipment and furniture.
  • $13.2 million for supports for immunocompromised students, includes 150 teachers and staff.
  • $9.5 million for additional distance learning capacity, includes 102 teachers and staff.
  • $4 million for technology upgrades.

Wyant said 46 applications were approved. He did not detail where the money would be going or how it is divided among the successful applicants. 

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“I believe there are a number of schools divisions that were already making some plans to have staff or

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