Students in the Louis Riel School Division have been provided the Temporary Learning from Home Option (TLFHO) in response to the Manitoba Pandemic Response System (PRS) moving to Critical (Red) throughout the province.
After communicating this option to parents/guardians on Nov. 13, more than 600 students in kindergarten to Grade 8 have signed up for the TLFHO in English and French Immersion. Students in the TLFHO will engage in guided learning using Microsoft Teams, collaborate with peers, complete assignments and projects, and participate in independent learning.
We confirmed enrolment on Friday, Nov. 20 and have been busily hiring staff to form the TLFHO team. This has been challenging, especially in French Immersion. Nevertheless, due to the tireless dedication of our small but mighty Senior Leadership Team, we are pulling together the staffing and building the collective capacity of this new team of teachers.
Teachers will be in contact with families next week to introduce themselves, provide their contact information and set up initial Microsoft Teams meetings with each student. High schools will continue to program for students in Grades 9-12, including those who need to learn from home temporarily.
With the possibility that the school system could move to Critical (Red) at a moment’s notice, just as we are building new relationships in the TLFHO, we may decide that students will learn from home with their home school community. The longer a move to Critical (Red) for schools isn’t required, the more relationships will have developed with teachers in the TLFHO and students will remain in the TLFHO, even if schools move to Critical (Red) as directed by the Manitoba government.
Take care and be safe,
Christian Michalik, Superintendent and CEO