On Tuesday, Nov. 10, the Manitoba government provided updated information on who would be exempt from the new heightened household quarantine restrictions.
While health-care workers and first responders are on the list, teachers and educational assistants are now as well, as long as they are asymptomatic and wearing a medical-grade mask.
Manitoba Education officials also stated that "the exemption for teachers and educational assistants may also be considered for custodians and bus drivers, if they are essential to keeping schools open and cannot be replaced."
To keep schools in Louis Riel School Division as safe as possible, we will only follow this direction if the following conditions are met:
- The exemption is critical to the operation of a school
- Successful verification that the individual does not show any symptoms
- Confirmation that the individual has measures in place in their home to mitigate risk
- Adheres to all LRSD safety protocols, including the use of a medical-grade mask
- The consensus from the school principal, the liaise superintendent and the superintendent that there is no alternative solution
All of the above would need to be in place before we would consider this option in LRSD.
You can find the official statement from Public Health officials below.
Public health officials are advising the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region that anyone who is symptomatic, or has a household member who is symptomatic, the entire household needs to self-isolate. The symptomatic individual needs to stay in their own room and, if possible, use their own bathroom and not use common areas. Exemptions are in place for asymptomatic household members if they are a health-care worker or first responder.
Stay safe and be well,
Christian Michalik, Superintendent and CEO