August 5, 2021- Our response to the province's latest COVID-19 guidelines
As a result of the COVID-19 challenges we all experienced this past school year, families are understandably ready to know what Pembina Trails’ plans will be for the upcoming school year.
On August 5th the provincial government released its latest COVID-19 guidelines for the upcoming school year.
Where there is latitude within the province’s plan, Pembina Trails will share our response with our families and communities no later than Wednesday, August 18th.
We strongly encourage families to get their children vaccinated, as per provincial health guidelines. General Byng’s motto applies to the importance of vaccinations; it’s about “Kindness, Respect and Responsibility”.
The latest provincial COVID-19 guidelines for schools can be found below.
June 3, 2021- Remote learning will continue until the end of the school year.
Our schools will be in touch with families starting Monday, June 7, 2021, with further details. Learn more here.
May 27, 2021- Remote learning continues for the week of May 31, 2021
Premier Brian Pallister and Dr. Brent Roussin have announced that schools in Winnipeg will continue to engage in remote learning for a minimum of one additional week. Read more here.
May 9, 2021-Schools in Winnipeg and Brandon move to remote learning
Education Minister Cliff Cullen and Dr. Brent Roussin announced that schools in Winnipeg and Brandon will move to remote learning. Today’s update means all Pembina Trails schools will shift to online instruction for a period beginning May 12, 2021, until May 30, 2021.
The response was made in an effort to help address the rising cases of COVID-19, community transition and the variants of concern.
“Keeping schools open and safe for students, staff and families have been at the forefront of our COVID-19 response planning, and our priority has been to have students in classrooms with face-to-face instruction to the greatest extent possible,” said Cullen. “However, increased transmission of the variants of concern, increased case numbers in larger centres and rising numbers of cases in younger people means we are moving to remote learning in Winnipeg and Brandon to better protect students, families, teachers and staff.”
Our schools will still be open for Kindergarten to Grade 6 students of critical services workers (CSW) who cannot make alternate care arrangements. Classroom learning will also be available for students in need of special supports. You will be contacted by your child’s school to arrange for continued access to the school building. Otherwise, your child will be expected to shift to full-time learning at home starting May 12, 2021.
Rest assured that our staff has been preparing for this scenario and that we have a plan in place to facilitate remote learning. School leadership will reach out to families early this week with additional details. We appreciate the partnership between home and school. Please remember that learning at home requires caregiver and parent involvement in order to be successful.
We are here to help you in this new phase of our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our province.
April 20, 2021-Self-isolation guidelines
To help our community navigate new guidelines, we have created this self-isolation infographic.
April 13, 2021-Updated Toolkit for Notification of Cases in Schools
Manitoba Education has updated the toolkit to reflect new public health directives related to close contacts and self-isolation. Learn more here.
March 24, 2021-Fast Pass Eligibility
All Manitoba teachers, educational support staff and other staff working in schools and directly with students; and Manitoba staff working in licensed centre-based child-care facilities and child-care providers or individuals working in licensed home-based facilities.
To learn more about Fast Pass, please visit www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/testing/rapid-testing.html.
March 2, 2021- Update
Guidance on Close Contacts and Self-Isolation Requirements, and COVID-19 Variants of Concern(English and French) is now available at:
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
*The links below are maintained and updated by the province*
- Restoring safe schools online hub
- COVID-19 K-12 school settings practice guidance and protocols
- Be well- Care for your mental health
- Parent and guardian frequently asked questions
- Guidelines for transportation to school
- COVID-19 screening tool
- Shared Health Manitoba's mental health resource list
- Isolation for symptomatic individuals recovering at home
- COVID-19 fact sheets translated in many languages