The school year begins Sept. 7, 2021, and we look forward to welcoming back our staff and students in person. Our priority is to keep the students and staff safe to reopening our schools. We want to ease the minds of the parents/caregivers that we will take every precautions and enforces the protocols to keep everyone safe.
In preparation for the start of the new school year, the province has released a Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Students on what to expect when schools reopen in September:
- Public Health has determined that masks are mandatory for all students, staff and visitors. Masks and personal protective equipment will be made available to schools.
- Students will attend class full-time and will be in their regular classroom. Cohorts will be used for Kindergarten to Grade 6 to reduce potential exposure in students not yet eligible for vaccination. Schools will manage the flow of people in common areas.
- Staff and students are expected to continue to follow the fundamentals of self-screening, hand hygiene, and staying home when sick. Parents/caregivers must screen their children for COVID-19 symptoms before sending them to school. Schools will continue to send symptomatic students home. Parents will be contacted to pick up their child.
- Schools will continue to be cleaned on a regular basis with special attention to high-touch surfaces and washrooms. Water fountains will continue to be non-touch. We encourage the use of refillable water bottles.
- Sports and extracurricular activities are allowed to resume and will follow all Public Health and Sport Manitoba requirements.
- School bus transportation will resume. Assigned seating will continue, mask usage on buses will also follow current public health recommendations. Buses will be cleaned on a daily basis. Although our regular busing schedule will resume, reducing the number of students on our buses will help to minimize virus exposure to riders.