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Updated Information on Wearing Masks in Schools

August 20, 2020

On Wednesday, August 19, Dr. Brent Roussin and Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister announced the mandatory use of masks by staff and students in schools when two metres (six feet) physical distancing can't be achieved.

The Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) is diligently working on redesigning spaces in all 40 LRSD schools to ensure two metres (six feet) of physical distancing for all students and all staff in kindergarten to Grade 12 when in learning groups. This means we are creating new classroom configurations with a lower adult to student ratios. As we finalize the plan, we are learning that the average classroom in LRSD's elementary schools can safely accommodate 15 students and two adults. Some spaces will be able to accommodate more, others fewer. We are still working on finalizing the redesign of spaces in our high schools.

The detailed plans on the location of student homerooms in all 40 schools will be confirmed and communicated to all staff and families (K-12) by Aug. 28.  

To create spaces for learning groups where two metres (six feet) of physical distancing can be achieved, there will be minimal relocation of staff and students from schools that have high occupancy to nearby schools that have low occupancy. The division and the school will communicate directly with staff and families prior to Aug. 28 once the plans have been finalized. 

There will be times when two metres (six feet) of physical distance cannot be maintained when students and staff move from one space in the building to another. In any situation where two metres (six feet) of physical distance cannot be achieved, mask-wearing will be mandatory for all staff and students in Grades 4 to 12. There will be an exception to this directive for individuals with certain conditions and needs. 

LRSD staff will be teaching the appropriate use and wearing of masks to all students in all grades during the resumption of in-class learning in September. 

LRSD will provide reusable masks to all staff and students at no charge and will provide non-reusable masks for individuals who forget their mask at home. 

A plan and timeline for the distribution of these masks will be shared in the coming days. 

LRSD's comprehensive and up-to-date plan to navigating the upcoming school year can be found here.  

Christian Michalik, Superintendent 
 
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