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As we enter the 2020-21 school year, Pembina Trails is committed to ensuring our schools are safe and equitable places to learn and work. While creating this return plan, we prioritized the well-being of students and staff. Our framework for September was guided by local public health practices and protocols.  We also appreciate the community feedback shared with our board in June.

We know these times are challenging and that the transition back to in-class learning comes with many questions, including regarding what reopening will look like.  As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, Pembina Trails is ready to adapt and be flexible. We appreciate the support and patience offered by our staff, families and wider community. 



  • Students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will return to five (5) days of in-class instruction per week.  
  • Learning will be done in cohorts, defined groupings, to limit and track interactions to enhance safety. When required, recess and lunch times may be staggered.
  • Students and staff will minimize close contact and practice physical distancing, whenever possible, as recommended by Manitoba Health.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols for high-touch surfaces, classrooms and washrooms will be in place.
  • Families will be expected to follow health guidelines and screen their children before taking the bus or entering the school every morning. Shared Health Manitoba’s COVID-19 Screening Tool is available online. If you are sick, please stay home.
  • Pembina Trails Board of Trustees has invested in cameras for each classroom for instructional purposes, to be used at teachers' discretion. When a child is unable to attend class, they may be able to follow along for parts of the day.
  • Schools will connect with families to provide more specific details by the end of August.



  • Students in high school will attend, at minimum, in person two (2) days a cycle and participate in remote learning when not physically attending - (Day 1,4; 2,5; and 3,6).
  • This plan allows students to keep their full academic program.
  • Students with additional needs will attend school on a daily basis.
  • Staff and students will maintain physical distancing, two metres as recommended by  Manitoba Health.
  • Teachers will be able to invite students on a "home day" into the classroom using our recently purchased cameras, when appropriate and at educators’ discretion.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols for high-touch surfaces, classrooms and washrooms will be in place.
  • Families will be expected to follow health guidelines and screen their children before taking the bus or entering the school every morning. Shared Health Manitoba’s COVID-19 Screening Tool is available online. If you are sick, please stay home.
  • High schools will provide more detailed information to their direct communities.



We understand transportation is a valued service. To support physical distancing on buses, families are encouraged to transport their own children. Active transportation, such as walking and biking is another option to reduce the number of students on our buses. 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 must drastically reduce ridership. 

On August 19, 2020, we received clarification from provincial officials. We have now been given the green light to expand transportation services to a larger number of families. Our team is carefully looking at routes and logistics, 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 know the current stress on parents and caregivers, and the urgency to finalize plans for September. We will reach out to qualifying families as soon as we are able to.

•All students with additional needs, and their eligible siblings will be transported to and from school.
•Eligible students attending childcare centres will be transported to and from school. This does not include home daycares.
•PTEC and MITT students will be transported.
•Seat sales have been suspended.
•Busing priority will be given to K-6 students, youngest to oldest grades, who live the furthest away from school
•All school bus passengers and the driver are required to wear a non-medical mask. These should be put on before loading and taken off after off-loading.



In following public health’s updated guidance, the use of non-medical masks will be mandatory in all schools for students in Grades 4 through 12 and staff, when physical distancing is not possible. Cloth masks are a prevention practice and can play a role in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

  • Students in Grades 4 -12, teachers and staff must wear non-medical masks in areas where physical distancing of two metres is not possible.
  • Students under Grade 4 can also use non-medical masks.
  • In situations where there are split classrooms, such as a Grades 3/4, all students in the classroom should wear a mask when physical distancing of two metres is not possible.
  • Pembina Trails will provide masks to staff and will also have a limited number available for students who arrive without.
  • Families are asked to purchase non-medical masks, as part of this year’s school supply list.
  • Non-medical masks should not be worn by anyone who is unable to remove the mask without assistance, due to age, ability or developmental status.
  • All school bus passengers and the driver  are required to wear a non-medical mask. These should be put on before loading and taken off after off-loading.



We understand that there may be some anxiety about September and the uncertainties associated with COVID-19.  Pembina Trails has been working closely with Public Health officials. Our return to school planning is based on education and safety. Consistent with the message that Dr. Roussin, our Chief Medical Health Officer, has been sharing with Manitobans, we acknowledge and recognize that we must learn to live with the virus.  

School divisions, from across the province, have been given the directive by Manitoba Education to prepare to receive all students in K-12. The Public Schools Act provides parents with the right to choose to register with the Manitoba Home School Office.

In those rare instances where a medical certificate indicating that a student is immunocompromised is presented, our schools will work with the family to review options.   

**August 31, 2020 update ** While planning for the return to school, our leaders are paying close attention to community needs. We received a great deal of feedback, and as promised, we are ready to adapt. Pembina Trails is now in a position to extend remote learning for the 2020-21 school year, not only to students with weakened immune systems, but also students living with family members who are immunocompromised.

Families should connect with their school principal about this option. A medical note from a physician will be required. This learning plan, for the 2020-21 school year, will allow students to remain registered at their home school, while receiving online instruction and independent work. Learning will include real-time teacher instruction with all students registered in the class, along with pre-recorded videos and printable resources. This approach will rely on the parents and guardians to monitor engagement and completion of required independent work.

To register for remote learning, please contact your school principal the week of August 31, 2020 to September 4, 2020. Please note, this option will begin the week of September 14, 2020.

 


  • Additional cleaning.
  • Pembina Trails is currently in the process of hiring 30 additional caretakers, to ensure our schools remain clean and safe. 
  • Increased hand hygiene will be encouraged - hand sanitizer will be available at all school entrances and hallways. Before entering the school, students and staff must wash or sanitize their hands. 
  • Cohorting in K-8 (grouping students and staff to limit and track interactions).
  • Additional health and safety training provided for educators and support staff, including isolation protocols if someone presents symptoms at school.



Prior to schools opening, our student services team will be sharing specific COVID-19 well-being and well-becoming resources with school leaders and staff.  As always, we have many layers of supports available to students including clinical services.  Shared Health Manitoba has a list of resources posted online to help families.



Cohorts involve keeping groups of students, such as a class, together and avoiding interactions with other groups. Pembina Trails will also encourage physical distancing within the cohort, to the greatest extent possible, including separation between desks. Provincial guidelines are that cohorts are no more than 75, and that students can belong to a school and transportation cohort. The purpose of cohorts is to limit the mixing of students and staff, so that if a child or employee develops an infection, there are fewer possible exposures and to make contact tracing easier.



Pembina Trails leadership and our board of trustees are committed to sharing updated information throughout COVID-19. School leaders will connect with families and provide details that are more specific to educational programming by the end of August. Questions regarding your child and learning are best directed to schools. We encourage our community to regularly visit our website and follow us on social media to stay connected during these unprecedented times.



First published on August 17, 2020
*Transportation updated on August 17, 2020
*Masks updated on August 19, 2020
*Transportation updated on August 20, 2020
*Enhanced Safety Measures updated on August 21, 2020
*Remote learning options for students living with family members who are immunocompromised updated on August 31, 2020
*Masks mandatory on buses updated on September 1, 2020
* Split classrooms- masks updated on September 2, 2020

Welcoming our students back in September

As we enter the 2020-21 school year, Pembina Trails is committed to ensuring our schools are safe and equitable places to learn and work. While creating this return plan, we prioritized the well-being of students and staff. Our framework for September was guided by local public health practices and protocols.  We also appreciate the community feedback shared with our board in June.

We know these times are challenging and that the transition back to in-class learning comes with many questions, including regarding what reopening will look like.  As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, Pembina Trails is ready to adapt and be flexible. We appreciate the support and patience offered by our staff, families and wider community. 



  • Students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 will return to five (5) days of in-class instruction per week.  
  • Learning will be done in cohorts, defined groupings, to limit and track interactions to enhance safety. When required, recess and lunch times may be staggered.
  • Students and staff will minimize close contact and practice physical distancing, whenever possible, as recommended by Manitoba Health.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols for high-touch surfaces, classrooms and washrooms will be in place.
  • Families will be expected to follow health guidelines and screen their children before taking the bus or entering the school every morning. Shared Health Manitoba’s COVID-19 Screening Tool is available online. If you are sick, please stay home.
  • Pembina Trails Board of Trustees has invested in cameras for each classroom for instructional purposes, to be used at teachers' discretion. When a child is unable to attend class, they may be able to follow along for parts of the day.
  • Schools will connect with families to provide more specific details by the end of August.



  • Students in high school will attend, at minimum, in person two (2) days a cycle and participate in remote learning when not physically attending - (Day 1,4; 2,5; and 3,6).
  • This plan allows students to keep their full academic program.
  • Students with additional needs will attend school on a daily basis.
  • Staff and students will maintain physical distancing, two metres as recommended by  Manitoba Health.
  • Teachers will be able to invite students on a "home day" into the classroom using our recently purchased cameras, when appropriate and at educators’ discretion.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols for high-touch surfaces, classrooms and washrooms will be in place.
  • Families will be expected to follow health guidelines and screen their children before taking the bus or entering the school every morning. Shared Health Manitoba’s COVID-19 Screening Tool is available online. If you are sick, please stay home.
  • High schools will provide more detailed information to their direct communities.



We understand transportation is a valued service. To support physical distancing on buses, families are encouraged to transport their own children. Active transportation, such as walking and biking is another option to reduce the number of students on our buses. 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 must drastically reduce ridership. 

On August 19, 2020, we received clarification from provincial officials. We have now been given the green light to expand transportation services to a larger number of families. Our team is carefully looking at routes and logistics, 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 know the current stress on parents and caregivers, and the urgency to finalize plans for September. We will reach out to qualifying families as soon as we are able to.

•All students with additional needs, and their eligible siblings will be transported to and from school.
•Eligible students attending childcare centres will be transported to and from school. This does not include home daycares.
•PTEC and MITT students will be transported.
•Seat sales have been suspended.
•Busing priority will be given to K-6 students, youngest to oldest grades, who live the furthest away from school
•All school bus passengers and the driver are required to wear a non-medical mask. These should be put on before loading and taken off after off-loading.



In following public health’s updated guidance, the use of non-medical masks will be mandatory in all schools for students in Grades 4 through 12 and staff, when physical distancing is not possible. Cloth masks are a prevention practice and can play a role in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

  • Students in Grades 4 -12, teachers and staff must wear non-medical masks in areas where physical distancing of two metres is not possible.
  • Students under Grade 4 can also use non-medical masks.
  • In situations where there are split classrooms, such as a Grades 3/4, all students in the classroom should wear a mask when physical distancing of two metres is not possible.
  • Pembina Trails will provide masks to staff and will also have a limited number available for students who arrive without.
  • Families are asked to purchase non-medical masks, as part of this year’s school supply list.
  • Non-medical masks should not be worn by anyone who is unable to remove the mask without assistance, due to age, ability or developmental status.
  • All school bus passengers and the driver  are required to wear a non-medical mask. These should be put on before loading and taken off after off-loading.



We understand that there may be some anxiety about September and the uncertainties associated with COVID-19.  Pembina Trails has been working closely with Public Health officials. Our return to school planning is based on education and safety. Consistent with the message that Dr. Roussin, our Chief Medical Health Officer, has been sharing with Manitobans, we acknowledge and recognize that we must learn to live with the virus.  

School divisions, from across the province, have been given the directive by Manitoba Education to prepare to receive all students in K-12. The Public Schools Act provides parents with the right to choose to register with the Manitoba Home School Office.

In those rare instances where a medical certificate indicating that a student is immunocompromised is presented, our schools will work with the family to review options.   

**August 31, 2020 update ** While planning for the return to school, our leaders are paying close attention to community needs. We received a great deal of feedback, and as promised, we are ready to adapt. Pembina Trails is now in a position to extend remote learning for the 2020-21 school year, not only to students with weakened immune systems, but also students living with family members who are immunocompromised.

Families should connect with their school principal about this option. A medical note from a physician will be required. This learning plan, for the 2020-21 school year, will allow students to remain registered at their home school, while receiving online instruction and independent work. Learning will include real-time teacher instruction with all students registered in the class, along with pre-recorded videos and printable resources. This approach will rely on the parents and guardians to monitor engagement and completion of required independent work.

To register for remote learning, please contact your school principal the week of August 31, 2020 to September 4, 2020. Please note, this option will begin the week of September 14, 2020.

 


  • Additional cleaning.
  • Pembina Trails is currently in the process of hiring 30 additional caretakers, to ensure our schools remain clean and safe. 
  • Increased hand hygiene will be encouraged - hand sanitizer will be available at all school entrances and hallways. Before entering the school, students and staff must wash or sanitize their hands. 
  • Cohorting in K-8 (grouping students and staff to limit and track interactions).
  • Additional health and safety training provided for educators and support staff, including isolation protocols if someone presents symptoms at school.



Prior to schools opening, our student services team will be sharing specific COVID-19 well-being and well-becoming resources with school leaders and staff.  As always, we have many layers of supports available to students including clinical services.  Shared Health Manitoba has a list of resources posted online to help families.



Cohorts involve keeping groups of students, such as a class, together and avoiding interactions with other groups. Pembina Trails will also encourage physical distancing within the cohort, to the greatest extent possible, including separation between desks. Provincial guidelines are that cohorts are no more than 75, and that students can belong to a school and transportation cohort. The purpose of cohorts is to limit the mixing of students and staff, so that if a child or employee develops an infection, there are fewer possible exposures and to make contact tracing easier.



Pembina Trails leadership and our board of trustees are committed to sharing updated information throughout COVID-19. School leaders will connect with families and provide details that are more specific to educational programming by the end of August. Questions regarding your child and learning are best directed to schools. We encourage our community to regularly visit our website and follow us on social media to stay connected during these unprecedented times.



First published on August 17, 2020
*Transportation updated on August 17, 2020
*Masks updated on August 19, 2020
*Transportation updated on August 20, 2020
*Enhanced Safety Measures updated on August 21, 2020
*Remote learning options for students living with family members who are immunocompromised updated on August 31, 2020
*Masks mandatory on buses updated on September 1, 2020
* Split classrooms- masks updated on September 2, 2020
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