At a news conference today, Dr. Roussin announced additional restrictions and measures for schools in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region that will be implemented on Monday, Oct. 26.
As my colleagues and I reviewed the changes outlined in the Manitoba Media Bulletin
, I want to provide our community with clarity on what this means for staff, students and families in Louis Riel School Division (LRSD).
There were seven measures identified in the bulletin today and I’m pleased to say that each of our 40 schools is already meeting the majority of these public health safety requirements. This includes:
- having two metres of physical distancing in all our spaces
- ensuring any extracurricular activities meet public health safety guidelines
- postponing indoor choir and the use of wind instruments
- cancelling or postponing all field trips
- providing a safe, engaging and high-quality in-class and online learning experience for students in grades 9 to 12
- teachers and staff who move across cohorts of students, including substitute teachers, being required to wear medical masks
While all our staff who move between different cohorts (including substitute teachers) currently wear masks, they will switch from wearing reusable masks to medical-grade masks that are already available and provided in all our schools to meet the new requirement outlined today. As a result of this change, we are also updating the LRSD Safe Work Procedures to include this direction.
The last point in the Manitoba Media Bulletin
states the following:
Kindergarten to Grade 8 students may be offered a temporary remote learning option for the duration of the Restricted Level (orange).
With all public health requirements in place throughout the division, including two metres of physical distancing, and the collective commitment of LRSD staff to ensuring our learning spaces are as safe as possible, we will continue to focus on in-class learning for all of our kindergarten to Grade 8 students.
If a student or a member of their household has a medical condition that has been identified by a physician as preventing them from attending in-class learning, we encourage the parent or guardian to get in touch with their school principal to discuss an alternative option.
Stay safe and be well.