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Updates to Practical Arts, Music, Physical Education and Sports in LRSD

August 20, 2020

Practical Arts

To avoid the mingling of school populations and to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission, transportation of students from one school to a different school in the division to attend Practical Arts has been suspended indefinitely. Practical Arts teachers will collaborate with grade-level teachers to support project-based learning in home schools. 

Music Programming

We are diligently working on redesigning spaces in all 40 Louis Riel School Division (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 that music rooms in some schools will need to be reallocated for classroom instruction.  

In schools where a dedicated music room is not available, the teaching of music outcomes will be integrated into instruction by grade level teaching teams. 

The Music Specialist may support this integration if not required to directly support a different cohort of students. This will vary depending on local school needs.  

As part of Restoring Safe Services: Phase Two, choirs or musical theatre activities are not allowed due to a higher risk of transmission through singing compared to speaking. Infected people may transmit the virus over greater distances through their saliva or respiratory droplets while singing and when playing certain instruments such as wind or brass instruments. As the evidence for assessing the risk of these activities is still not well understood, these guidelines have been established to guide vocalists and instrumentalists in taking measures to protect themselves and others. 

Physical Education

We are diligently working on redesigning spaces in all 40 Louis Riel School Division (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 that gymnasiums in some schools will need to be reallocated for classroom instruction or breakout spaces.  

In all of our schools, physical education classes will take place outdoors for the year. When it is unsafe for staff and students to be outdoors, programming will take place in classroom spaces with additional safety measures in place. 


Sports Teams

Indoor or outdoor non-contact sports are permitted, as long as physical distancing can be maintained during the play, except for brief exchanges of close contact.   

Please refer to the province’s Sports Guidelines for further guidance on how sports and other activities may be modified/adapted to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.   


 
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