News Release - February 21, 2002
GOVERNMENT ENDORSES SCHOOL PLUS MODEL
The provincial government committed today to implement the School Plus
model envisioned in the Role of the School Task Force final report.
"The province recognizes that schools must have two primary functions: to
educate children and youth and to support human services delivery at the
community level," Education Minister Jim Melenchuk said. "A variety of
students' needs must be met so they are ready to learn. This is what
School Plus is all about."
"While the focus of the Task Force Dialogue was on schools and education,
the heart of their work identified the critical need to improve the life
opportunities for all of the province's children and youth. We are pleased
to adopt the School Plus vision of the Task Force where schools serve as
centres for education and integrated social supports to nurture children's
well-being and learning," Melenchuk said.
"This initiative marks a new beginning for Saskatchewan youth as they
strive to reach their full potential," Culture, Youth and Recreation
Minister Joanne Crofford said. "Enhancing links between school initiatives
and activities outside of schools will go a long way in providing maximum
opportunities for child and youth development."
"As the ability of schools to meet the developmental and learning needs of
children and youth increases, we can expect more young people to stay in
school and that is good news for all of us," Social Services Minister Glenn
Hagel said. "The fact is that young people who get an education are less
likely to need the services of my Department, either as youth or as adults,
and are more likely to be contributing members of their communities."
The government, working in collaboration with other human service providers
and community agencies through the Saskatchewan Council on Children and
Youth will implement School Plus.
"Saskatchewan must ensure a shared and harmonious future with the
Aboriginal people in our province," Melenchuk said. "The Aboriginal
community will be represented on this Council to ensure the voice of this
growing and important population is heard. We want all young people to
have the learning opportunities they need to become knowledgeable skilled
citizens who can contribute to the province's prosperous future."
The provincial response represents a commitment to School Plus from the
departments of Social Services, Health, Justice, Post-Secondary Education
and Skills Training, Culture, Youth and Recreation, Intergovernmental and
Aboriginal Affairs and Education.
The Role of the School Task Force was established in 1999 to determine the
gap between public expectations and the capacity of schools to meet the
complex and diverse needs of students in today's world. They undertook
extensive public dialogue on the role of the school visiting more than 30
communities, conducting more than 250 meetings and receiving more than 110
submissions. In spring 2001 they released their Final Report on the Role
of the School.
For more information, contact:
Phone: (306) 787-5609
A media backgrounder is attached that summarizes the government response.
The entire government response document is available on the Internet at