At the beginning of the school year, we communicated that the Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) would provide staff and students with medical-grade masks with an ASTM Level 3 rating throughout the school day. This was based on procurement and supply provided by the province.
Recently, we received a shipment of ASTM Level 1 pediatric masks. While these are still medical-grade masks and up to the provincial standard, we understand the concern raised by some members of our community.
We have since received a shipment of ASTM Level 3 pediatric masks that have been distributed to schools. Moving forward, we will be using an external vendor to source pediatric masks to ensure consistency in the supply chain. The supply of ASTM Level 3 adult sized masks has remained consistent.
We will continue to reevaluate our pandemic response measures, including mask usage, as we move toward a post-pandemic reality thanks to the rising vaccination rates in our community.