February 4, 2021-The province launches a COVID-19 Dashboard: K-12 Schools in Manitoba
Health and safety measures in schools have been effective in keeping schools safe and in limiting the number of COVID-19 cases in schools. The dashboard provides Manitobans with current information about COVID-19 cases in Manitoba schools, including cases within the last 14 days as well as the total number of cases since September 1, 2021.
January 14, 2021-update
The temporary two-week period of remote learning, following the holiday break, wraps up on January 14, 2021. We look forward to welcoming our students back to class on January 18, 2021. K-6 families who opted to learn from home in November, while our schools are in orange, will continue to do so. With 2-meter distancing in place, students in Grades 7 and 8 will still attend all day, every day. In the absence of 2-meter distancing, students in Grades 7 and 8 continue to follow with alternate day model.
Please note that a few middle schools made some changes to their Grade 7 and 8 schedules. It is important for parents and students to double-check schedules. All Grade 9 students, attending a middle school, will maintain alternate day blended learning. Grade 9 students who attend high school, will remain on the alternate day schedule.
A huge thanks to each and every one of our amazing staff, students and families, for your continued support and hard work.
December 4, 2020-update
On Wednesday, December 2, 2020, government shared that students in Grades 7 to 12 would move to remote learning for a two-week period now beginning on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, as Monday, January 4, 2021, will be an additional non-instructional day.
Following winter break, our K-6 schools will remain in Restricted Level (Orange). That means classes will be held as usual for our K-6 students as well as 7-12 students with additional needs. Transportation will continue to be provided, following the current public health directives.
While in-person classroom learning is preferred during this time for our K-6 students, Pembina Trails will also offer a temporary two-week remote option, starting on January 5, 2021, for our younger students. Other staff, and not necessarily your child’s classroom teacher, may support temporary online learning.
We would like to remind our community, and echo the sentiment from Minister Goertzen, that the best place for learning happens inside the classroom. Pembina Trails staff have done an incredible job following health protocols and keeping the virus from spreading in our schools. This commitment to physical distancing and safety will continue in the New Year.
Our leadership strongly believes that welcoming our K-6 students back to the classroom, directly following winter break, helps maintain routines that are vital to student success. Less disruption also supports our teachers, who have been balancing education platforms and ongoing changes during a challenging year.
We appreciate our community’s ongoing patience, support and kindness. Please remember to follow public health guidelines, as you plan your family’s winter break. Those who would like to select this temporary K-6 remote option should contact their school principal by December 14, 2020. Grade 7- 12 schools moving into online learning will connect with families directly before the winter break.
November 10, 2020- update
Premier Brian Pallister and Provincial Public Health Officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, announced that Manitoba will move into Critical (Red) pandemic response level as of Thursday, November 12, 2020. There are currently no new changes for schools, we remain in Critical (Orange).
October 30, 2020-update
Manitoba’s Provincial Public Health Officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, announced that Winnipeg Metro Region, will move into the critical red pandemic response level as of Monday, November 2, 2020.
The new restrictions are a temporary response to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the province. Manitoba Public Health officials took a close look at education, and shared that the additional measures put in place enables schools to safely remain in restricted orange. School divisions across Winnipeg, including Pembina Trails School Division, will continue to welcome students into our buildings on Monday, November 2, 2020. Two additional restrictions are that extra-curricular sports will be put on pause and masks must be worn, by Grades 4-12 students, during physical education classes even when 2 metre distancing is maintained.
"We know the central role education plays in our community and believe that the best place for students to learn is in our schools. Pembina Trails staff have gone above and beyond to make sure all public health guidelines are met and that students feel comfortable learning in class. We find encouragement when we look to countries such as Germany and France, where schools remained safely open while the country entered lockdowns," said Ted Fransen, superintendent, Pembina Trails School Division.
We want to thank our K-6 parents and guardians for taking the time to complete the recent survey that was sent out. We understand there are families needing some interim alternative learning options during this time. Our temporary K-6 remote learning begins on Monday, November 2, 2020. There is no change to our restricted orange level plans for Grades 7-12. To learn more, please visit our orange plan information page.
As always, we aim to keep our community updated during this ever-changing pandemic. Please continue to visit our website and follow us on social media. If you have any questions, please connect directly with your school leaders.
Please remember this is not forever. We find strength in community and are extremely proud of our staff for stepping up, so that students and families can continue to be supported during these challenging times.
Restoring Safe Schools- Manitoba Education
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