While two meters of physical distancing, enhanced cleaning procedures and proper mask-wearing have helped mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 in schools across the Louis Riel School Division, we feel now is the time to ask our community to go one step further.
With cold weather on the horizon and more time spent indoors, we are asking all students and staff to wear masks throughout the entire school day but will provide 'mask-breaks' for students when there is two metres of physical distancing.
There are no requirements for students in kindergarten to Grade 3 to wear masks, but we are looking to achieve a collective agreement for all students in kindergarten to Grade 12 to wear masks throughout the school day, including during Physical Education and recess. Over the past two months, we've seen that students of all ages from kindergarten to Grade 12 can learn to wear masks in a healthy and sustained way.
For our older students in Grade 4 and above who are already following mask-wearing protocols, we are also asking them to consistently wear masks throughout the day (as many students are already doing), including Physical Education and recess.
For LRSD staff, we are asking them to wear a mask at all times. We are also asking them to be even more vigilant when monitoring student outdoor play and recess.
All teachers in kindergarten to Grade 8 will schedule short periods of time for students to have 'mask breaks.' Teachers will plan for these breaks to be when physical distancing measures are in place.
To be clear, this is not a new divisional mask-wearing policy or mandatory requirement. We hope to build this collective agreement for enhanced mask-wearing with care and collaboration from staff and our community.
I encourage anyone who has questions about what we're hoping to achieve to get in touch with their child's school principal.
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