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  • Back to School Update - 2022-2023

    We are looking forward to kicking off the 2022-2023 school year next week!

     

    After three school years of cancelled or altered programming due to COVID-19, our focus will be on re-establishing relationships and routines while continuing to keep the health, safety and well-being of students and staff as a top priority.

     

    The Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) will continue to follow guidance from Manitoba Education and Early Childhood Learning (MEECL) and Public Health. Please contact your child's teacher or the school principal if you have any questions.

     

    Following the Fundamentals

    • Monitor daily for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
    • Stay home when sick
    • Practice frequent hand washing and respiratory etiquette
    • Perform routine cleaning and disinfection protocols with a focus on high-touch surfaces and common areas, including washrooms
    • Encourage vaccinations (COVID-19 and routine immunizations) 


    Mask Usage

    As outlined by the Province of Manitoba, masks are no longer required to be worn in indoor public spaces, including Kindergarten to Grade 12 public schools. However, individuals may choose to wear a mask based on personal preference. Staff and students are encouraged to bring their own well-fitting mask if they choose to wear one. LRSD will provide medical-grade masks to students and staff if needed while supplies are available from the Government of Manitoba.

     

    Rapid Antigen Tests

    Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits are available free of charge at many locations across the province. LRSD will continue to supply RATs to symptomatic students and staff if needed while supplies are available from the Government of Manitoba. Requests for RATs can be made to the school secretary.  

     

    Contact Tracing and Community Notification

    Contact tracing is no longer routinely recommended by public health officials. In the event that there is concern about an outbreak, the school principal, in consultation with the Senior Leadership Team, will seek additional guidance from Public Health and initiate contact tracing and community notification if so directed.

     

    For the start of the 2022-2023 school year, the Student and Staff Reported Absence Dashboards will allow the public to view the number of self-reported COVID-related student and staff absences for the division as a whole.


    Isolation Recommendations

     Isolation for COVID-19 is still advised in the following situations: 

    • People with symptoms should stay home and isolate for five days (no matter their vaccination status) after symptom onset until they have no fever and other symptoms have improved over the past 24 hours. 
    • Individuals who have tested positive but do not develop symptoms should isolate for five days from the date of the test. 
    • Individuals should wear a well-fitting, well-made mask if they must have contact with other people while ill or when their isolation is finished for 10 days after the onset of symptoms or test date if asymptomatic. 

    Close contacts of COVID-19 cases (including members of the household) are not required to self-isolate if they do not have symptoms.

     

    Click here to view an infographic on what you should do if your child or a member of your household is sick.

     

    Ventilation

    The division is committed to continuously improving ventilation in all our schools, and regular maintenance is performed on each ventilation system. All mechanical systems are continuously operating in occupied mode to maximize fresh air and have the highest level of air filtration allowable within the manufacturer's operating parameters of the existing HVAC system.

     

    In the 2021-2022 school year, an air exchange audit was performed in each of the learning spaces in our schools. The audit consisted of a first reading, adjustments if deemed necessary after the first reading, and then a second reading. If the first reading showed less than 3 air exchanges per hour after adjustments had been made, repair and maintenance was completed to achieve a higher than three air exchanges per hour. A supplemental HEPA air purifier unit was placed temporarily in learning spaces while awaiting repair work. More information.

     

    Remote Learning

    As outlined by MEECL, remote learning is a measure of last resort and is not anticipated to be recommended by Public Health for ongoing COVID-19 management, unless exceptional circumstances arise.

           


     

    Click here to view a further breakdown of how LRSD is implementing the direction from MEECL and Public Health. We will continue to work with our government partners to provide updated information to the community as necessary.

     

    As we move into LRSD's 20th year of existence and the final year of our Multi-Year Strategic Plan, we will continue to focus on our core values of ensuring learners thrive and communities flourish. I look forward to moving forward on that path alongside each of you. 

     

     Christian Michalik

     Superintendent