Returning Safely to School:
On Thursday, August 5, Education Minister Cliff Cullen and Dr. Brent Roussin, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, announced Manitoba's "Safe Return to School" plan. As outlined in the plan, all students in kindergarten to Grade 12 will be welcomed back to full-time in-class learning, with schools reopening at Caution Level (Yellow) on the Pandemic Response System. Public Health measures in schools will mirror those in the community; however, additional measures may be implemented regionally to address concerns about virus activity or low vaccination rates.
The following information from the Province and the Louis Riel School Division were used to create our school plan to ensure compliance to the new guidelines. These documents contain a great deal of information about what school should look like in September.
Restoring Safe Schools: A planning Guide for the 2021-2022 School Year
Restoring Safe Schools: A guide for Parents, Caregivers and Students
Louis Riel School Division: Navigating the 2021-2022 School Year
I am hoping that the good work that Manitoban's have done to mitigate COVID-19 in our communities continues and that we return to a near normal scenario sometime this school year. However, students, parents, staff and our community must consider that the other scenarios may happen. As in the past, General Vanier School will take the guidance of the Louis Riel School Division and the Province as we adapt to the changing pandemic.
The following information is to help families prepare for the return to school.
First Week of School:
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 Administration Day (No school.)
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 Opening Conferences (No school, see letter below for sign up instructions.)
Thursday, September 9, 2021 First day of school for Grade 1 to 8, Staggered Start for Kindergarten students (Email will be sent to Kindergarten families to explain staggered start.)
Kindergarten students will be attending school in a small group for a few days before the whole class comes together.
|Kindergarten Small Group A||Thursday, September 9||Monday, September 13|
|Kindergarten Small Group B||Friday, September 10||Tuesday, September 14|
|Group A and B||Wednesday, September 15 and on|
Cohorts and School Hours:
All students and staff will be part of a cohort (a defined group). This cohort will have separate entrances, separate washrooms, and they will spend most of their time in designated parts of the school. Each Cohort will enter the school from a separate entrance as shown in the map below.
Cohort Entrances and Exits 2021 2022 Aug 25.pdf
School Hours: 8:45 to 3:15pm (Entry bell at 8:33 am)
|10:00 - 10:15||3/4 Recess|
|10:15 - 10:30||5/6 Recess|
|10:30 - 10:45|
|1:45 - 2:00||3/4 Recess|
|2:00 - 2:15||5/6 Recess|
Lunch: 11:30 to 12:30 (As we did last year, ask that any families that can have their children go home for lunch to please do so.)
|First Half (11:30 to 12:00)||Second Half (12:00 to 12:30)|
|Lunch||Lunch Recess||Lunch Recess||Lunch|
|Grade 1/2 |
Office Hours: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Important Start-Up Information:
Documents will be added as up-to-date information is provided to the school. Paper copies will be sent home by September l0th to all families
Our school handbook contains all of the details of our day-to-day school life. It will be current at the start of the school year, but details may change over the coming months.
2021-22 Student Handbook.pdf
Please ensure that we have a recent email address and look to our webpage and Twitter for updates over the summer.
Important notes about Mask Usage and Vaccinations:
In light of the announcement by the Province of Manitoba on Tuesday, August 24, the LRSD is integrating public health orders into draft school division policies. This means that employees and visitors of the LRSD will need to follow the guidelines below
Masks will be mandatory for all staff, students (K-12), and visitors in LRSD schools and facilities, including school buses, for the 2021-2022 school year.
Accommodations and/or exemptions to mask usage will apply in specific situations. All individuals (students and staff) requesting accommodation must participate in the accommodation process and provide reasonable and necessary information requested by LRSD related to the accommodation request, failing which LRSD may be unable to provide any accommodation. The school will work with families who will need accomodations in September. More information can be found at the following link.
Draft Policies: Mask Usage and Staff COVID-19 Vaccination
The Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) employees and visitors to LRSD facilities will need to be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination, or undergoing frequent COVID-19 testing, in order to work in LRSD schools and facilities.
A visitor to LRSD schools and facilities is defined as any person who attends a LRSD school/ facility including but not limited to: students, parents, volunteers, independent contractors, employee representatives, and/or delivery persons etc., other than students who are registered at the school or staff who work at that school. All visitors to LRSD schools and facilities are required to provide the accepted form of physical or digital proof of their vaccination status to the designated person.
More information can be found at the following link.
Draft Policies: Mask Usage and Staff COVID-19 Vaccination
Manitoba Remote Learning Support Centre for Students in Kindergarten to Grade 8
The Remote Learning Support Centre is for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students who need to learn from home due to COVID-19. The Manitoba Remote Learning Support Centre teachers will offer English and French Immersion remote learning for students in Kindergarten to Grade 8. The teachers will provide synchronous and asynchronous learning, as outlined in the Manitoba Education Standards for Remote Learning. Remote learning will only be available to students who are immunocompromised or who reside with an immunocompromised family member. To access these services, please contact the school. More information can also be found here.
The Manitoba Remote Learning Support Centre
Share Your Thoughts:
The division is looking for you thoughts on our start up process and the protocols that we are putting in place. The more people who take part, the better representation of our community's opinions and thoughts. Check your email for this important message or follow the link below.
Why our Flag is at Half-Mast?
After consulting with members of the Indigenous Council of Grandmothers and Grandfathers, flags in the Louis Riel School Division will remain at half-mast until October 1, the day after the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Sept. 30), in memory of the lives lost at residential "schools" across Canada. This will allow for a teaching and learning opportunity as we continue on our important journey toward truth and reconciliation.
A national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former students and those affected. Access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.
Youth can access Kids Help Phone and request to speak to an Indigenous crisis responder: call 1-800-668-6868 or text 686868.
There are also a number of local Indigenous Cultural Healing Supports available.
Connie Stanley our vice-principal will not start the year with us. She is recovering from a foot surgery that went well, but her recovery requires that she be off her feet for a period of time. Her expected return to the GV will be in December.
Helping out while she is gone in Cindy Ediger. Cindy Ediger is excited to be joining the General Vanier team for the next few months while Connie recuperates. Cindy retired in June of 2020 after working in Louis Riel for many years in a variety of teaching positions throughout the division including: Middle Years Teacher, Student Services Teacher, High School Off Site programming, Divisional Itinerant Behavioural Support, Student Services Coordinator and, Vice Principal at Niakwa Place School. Since retirement she has worked as a term student services teacher, enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and dreaming of traveling in a COVID-safe time.
I am happy to have her aboard and welcome her to the team.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school at 204-255-1400.
General Vanier School