We know that there are ongoing questions around school this
year, and the uncertainties associated with COVID-19. Our framework
for this unusual September was guided by local public health practices and
protocols. Part of our approach is a willingness to adapt, as the pandemic
evolves in Manitoba. Below are some frequently asked questions and answers, we
hope our community will find helpful.
Why is remote learning not an option for
directive given by Manitoba Education is clear and consistent - all students in
K-8 are to attend school, all day, every day.
the provincial position changes, Pembina Trails will certainly use our
technology and staffing to support a more diverse delivery of education.
Who currently qualifies for remote learning?
What if I
decide to keep my kids at home?
The Public Schools Act provides parents with the right to
choose to register with the Manitoba Home School Office. Please visit the
government site for more details: https://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/....
who have not yet sent their children to school, and have indicated that they
are going to let more time pass before they do so, must know that there is a
timeline on holding student registration.
Our schools need clarity around enrollment numbers and our educators are
moving ahead with teaching. Since
physical spacing is an important planning consideration, having solid
registration numbers is essential this school year.
Why are you
not offering more busing?
Provincial guidelines are recommending one
student per seat, unless they are members of the same household or school
cohort. Due to the current spacing requirements and the length of time it would
take to get all students to school safely, we have had to drastically reduce
We are working towards offering transportation to a larger number
Pembina Trails is currently hiring more drivers and are
waiting on additional buses, ordered in the spring, to add to our
I was not contacted before school started, when will I know if my child
will qualify for busing on the additional routes added?
Our team is carefully looking at adding routes,
while following public health transportation guidelines.
At this point, busing priority will be given to
K-6 students, youngest to oldest grades, who live the furthest away from school.
We will reach out to qualifying families, when our routes expand, as soon as we
Additional approaches considered
Can you move students to another school
to help with physical distancing?
have considered numerous solutions including moving students out of their
current school into other buildings. This is an approach used in at least one
Trails has experienced incredible enrolment growth in the past five years. This
has left us with very few empty classrooms and those that are empty are a great
distance from where our families live. If we moved students, transportation
would also need to be considered.
In K-8 schools, can you shorten the day or have students attend every
Education has given us a directive that all students in K-8 are to attend
school, all day, every day.
believe having our youngest learners in school every day allows them to receive
the best education and ongoing support from our caring staff.
Did you consider allowing grade 9 students,
not attending high schools, to follow the hybrid model (in class and remote
approach would still mean the teacher would need the space for one third of the
class rotating through. It would not free up classroom space for the other
students attending daily.
approach would mean fewer kids in the hallways, but we believe we can achieve
spacing through staggered class changes.
School has also created an FAQ that is a helpful resource for families.
Visit our COVID-19 ressource page.