On Wednesday, Oct. 28, we hosted the Glenlawn Family of Schools Town Hall Live Event. We had over 600 registrants and gave those who tuned in a look into seven of our schools. If you weren’t able to join us on Wednesday, you can watch a full recording here.
The evening ended with a Q&A period with Superintendent Christian Michalik and members of the Senior Leadership Team. Below are some of the top questions that were asked through Thoughtexchange.
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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 this new requirement. We are also going one step further by directing all substitutes, regardless of their title or position, to also switch from reusable masks to medical-grade masks. As a result of this change, we are updating the LRSD Safe Work Procedures to include this direction.
Will staff now be wearing medical grade masks?
Yes. Teachers will be in touch in the coming weeks to schedule these conferences that will occur virtually or over the phone.
Are there going to be (virtual) parent teacher conferences?
What type of mental health supports are in place for staff and students? The Louis Riel School Division has a longstanding focus on understanding and developing well-becoming and resiliency in our youth, staff and in our community.
Within schools, our Student Support Services team alongside administrators and teachers help support the mental health and well-being of students. Students are also supported by school psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech pathologists and more.
The Louis Riel School Division has two distinct assistance programs to meet the specific needs of its employees. The Manitoba Teachers' Society Educator Assistance Program provides referral services and counselling sessions in French and English. Services include individual, marital, family and group counselling, and are on a voluntary and confidential basis. The Employee Assistance Program for non-teaching staff is a confidential counselling service provided by Manitoba Blue Cross.
Why has there not been an option for remote learning yet?
The Louis Riel School Division’s strategy since the arrival of the pandemic has been to ensure the safety of all students and staff in schools. Before students returned to school in September, we spent July and August redesigning learning spaces to accommodate for two metres of physical distancing. We implemented multiple public health safety measures such as self-screening, additional hand hygiene standards and enhanced cleaning protocols in schools across the division. To further mitigate the risk of virus transmission, we have also established the use of cohorts and the appropriate use of masks.
These measures help support our goal of doing everything we can to ensure our community is safe, so we can continue to provide educational continuance, foster well-being and provide opportunities for socialization as schools continue to be the best place for students to learn.
If remote learning is required in the future, we are prepared to support our students in their learning journey, but until then, we plan to focus on continuing to deliver a safe, high-quality, equitable and inclusive in-school learning experience.
We recognize that a student’s personal or family’s health situation may make it difficult for the student to attend in-school learning. To support students who may face these challenges, we have developed the Learning from Home School/ L’École apprendre chez soi that opened to students in September and is currently supporting 577 LRSD learners in grades K-12, in both English and French Immersion.
As reiterated by Dr. Roussin, Manitoba Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, schools remain a low-risk environment for COVID-19 transmission. If your child or a member of your household has a medical condition that has been identified by a physician as a condition that prevents the student from attending in-class learning, please get in touch with your school principal to discuss an alternative option.