Who is eligible for the Learning from Home School?
The Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) Learning from Home School (LFHS)/L’École Apprendre-chez-soi is a robust and fully staffed school with programming in both English and French Immersion.
The LFHS will support students in kindergarten to Grade 12 who are required to learn from home due to a medical condition that affects them or a member of the household.
If the above requirements are met, parents/guardians must contact their current school principal to further discuss their situation.
The school principal, in consultation with LFHS staff, will determine if learning from home is applicable. If so, the family will then be sent registration details for the LFHS.
Once enrolled, students will join LFHS classmates from across the division. Students will receive at-home instruction with a combination of real-time live-streamed teaching and pre-recorded lessons from a team of teachers. Instructional interns, guided by teachers, will also be assigned to support students in their learning. Parents/guardians will play an important role in supporting their child’s learning.
If a student’s medical condition changes, the parent/guardian should consult the LFHS staff to reassess the student’s enrolment.
If there is no medical requirement for your child to learn from home, the Manitoba Government mandates that students attend in-school learning at their current school or register with the province for homeschooling.
Why are high school students attending school for half-days instead of full-days?
With a half-day of in-school instruction every day of the week, students will be able to enter and exit the building in a safe, timely and controlled manner. In a full day instruction model, there is the potential for hundreds of students to gather over the lunch hour, which could increase the chance of virus transmission. By removing this potential risk, we can focus on providing high-quality education to our students in the safest way possible.
In LRSD, we felt it was important to have high school students attend school daily, even if it is for an abbreviated period. We believe that offering a daily in-person learning environment will help to ensure we provide a daily structure for students to learn independently from home while also mitigating the potential long-term impact of social isolation. This approach will hopefully also make for a smoother transition to an eventual full return to in-school learning.
When will I know my child’s bus schedule?
We have successfully scheduled 2,800 students for transportation in the 2020-2021 school year. This includes all students who required transportation due to school relocation.
All students, school bus drivers and other passengers must wear a mask while on the bus.
LRSD is aware of the logistical issues for high school students regarding transportation in the Sage Creek, Royalwood and Southland Park areas and is actively working to find a solution to ensure a smooth return to school for all learners. Details regarding a lunch hour transportation option for the Collège Béliveau, Windsor Park Collegiate, J.H. Bruns Collegiate and Dakota Collegiate communities are being finalized and a system will be in operation by Sept. 14.
How will parents/guardians be notified of a COVID-19 case in a school?
Public health officials will lead the response if there is a positive case in a school. People who are considered close contacts would be contacted and advised on the need to self-isolate or self-monitor.
Schools will clean and disinfect areas as directed by public health officials, and the space will not be used until it is determined to be safe.
Information will be shared with parents in those schools when a case has been identified.
Schools will be identified in the Manitoba COVID-19 Bulletin when a case has been identified.
Will students have to wear a mask all day?
Non-medical masks are required in schools for students in Grades 4 to 12, as well as for staff and visitors when physical distancing of two metres is not possible.
In LRSD, we have successfully redesigned the spaces in our schools and achieved two metres (six feet) of physical distancing for all staff and students in K-12 while in learning spaces. This means that if two metres of physical distancing is occurring, students will be free to remove their masks as long as proper guidelines are followed.
In multiage classes, such as a Grade 3/4 combined class, all students in the classroom should wear a mask when physical distancing of two metres is not possible.
Will staff and students be provided with masks?
The division will be providing masks for every student and staff member. Disposable medical masks are being distributed to schools and departments this week. Reusable masks will arrive by mid–September. Staff working with students in close proximity will also be provided with gowns, goggles and face shields.
How will a student continue learning if they are sick for an extended period?
Classroom teachers will support learning for students who are isolating or quarantined.
We will provide students with a laptop if they do not have one at home. If you do not currently have internet access in your home due to financial restraints, the division will provide support to cover the cost.
What is the division doing to ensure proper ventilation?
Before the resumption of in-school learning, all air filters were changed in every school building with a sticker affixed to every unit to record the date of filter change.
Fresh air dampers have been adjusted so that the units can provide 100 per cent fresh air.
There are operable windows in all classrooms in our 40 schools to allow for an added flow of fresh air. Any repairs to damaged windows will be completed by the end of this month. Repair delays are due to the unavailability of hardware.
Teachers are encouraged to take learning outdoors as often as possible. Physical education classes will take place outdoors throughout the year (weather permitting).
How will the division support the required cleaning and sanitizing protocols?
To support frequent handwashing, we are looking at installing 60 additional handwash sinks at 17 schools where limited hand wash sinks are currently available. In the meantime, sanitizer will be provided.
To support the increased frequency of cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing of the school facilities, working hours of evening custodial staff have been changed and casual lunch/bus supervisors will be assigned to disinfect high-touch surfaces.
We have sourced, ordered and distributed Health Canada approved cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing supplies to all schools.
Will students be expected to bring a laptop from home to school?
The division has an allotment of student laptops that can be used to support learning; however, we strongly encourage students to bring their personal device to school. Currently, all high school students bring personal laptops to school, and we encourage families of students in grades 5-8 to consider that option.