GDI: COVID-19 – April 14th

Press Release

Student Updates

  • ABE Adult 10-12 Update
  • During the COVID pandemic, the provincial government together with post-secondary institutions, support Adult learners to continue their education towards completion.
  • The Adult Basic Education Adult 10-12 Instructional Framework provides policy direction to post-secondary institutions that is consistent with the direction provided to Grades 10-12 in the K-12 system.
  • Adult learners in credit programs will be provided similar opportunities as K-12 for supplemental learning, assessment and evaluation, grading, and transition.
  • A minimum final mark of 50 percent or greater will be applied to the outcomes evaluated to-date in the subject areas as of March 13, 2020. Adult learners will be afforded the opportunity to improve their marks through supplemental learning.
  • Adult learners will not be penalized for committing to supplemental learning. If a learner’s grade goes down by the end of supplemental learning, their final grade will be the mark recorded as of March 13, 2020 (50 per cent or greater).
  • Adult learners will be encouraged to continue learning; however, if they are not able to, they will be assigned their grade as of March 13, 2020.
  • Provincial examinations are waived from March 13, 2020 through to the end of June 2020 for Adult learners engaged blended programs (now 100% instructor marks) or programs taught by non-accredited instructors.
  • No differentiation will be made on transcripts administered from the K-12 system to denote students who engaged in supplemental learning versus students who chose not to and were assigned the grade they had as of March 13, 2020.
  • Provincial Training Allowance (PTA)
    • For students funded by PTA, funding will continue to the program end date. After this time, students must transfer to another means of financial support.
  • Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment Funded Clients:
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are interrupted or altered will not have their income support, dependent care, and other non-travel-related allowances penalized, reduced, or cancelled.
    • Additional supports for tutoring are also being offered to funded clients.
    • GDITE funded clients whose programs are cancelled due to COVID-19 will be allowed a one-time amendment to program start and/or end dates.
    • GDITE clients who are still in training and applying for EI/CERB should let their employment counsellor know ASAP.
  • GDI Graduation Ceremonies
    • All graduation ceremonies and events for all GDI/DTI/GDC programs to June 30, 2020 are postponed. Rescheduling to celebrate/mark graduations will be assessed in the future.

Public Updates

  • GDI facilities and service offices are closed to public access. Students and clients may be served by appointment and/or remotely. Call GDI toll-free at 1-877-488-6888.
  • GDITE career, employment, and training services to Métis continue to be available. Find more information at https://gdins.org/career-and-employment/career-counselling/
  • GDI Golf Tournament
    • The GDI Golf Tournament, scheduled for May 29, 2020, is postponed. A tentative future date is August 21, 2020. Contact scholarships@gdins.org for more info.

COVID-19 Information Online

Residents of Saskatchewan can go to www.saskatchewan.ca/COVID19  for the latest COVID-19 information.

We encourage the entire GDI community to continue to follow preventative actions, including:

  • Practice proper cough and sneezing etiquette;
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands;
  • Maintain safe food practices; and,
  • Use social distancing of two meters (six feet) between yourself and others.

The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency’s (SPSA) toll free line, 1-855-559-5502, is now being offered 24 hours, 7 days a week.  The SPSA toll free line was established in order to answer non-health specific questions about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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