Superintendent’s Office

september 17, 2021

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

During the past eight days, we’ve been thrilled to welcome back our students and to hear and see the excitement in the hallways as we resume school. These initial days have not been without challenges, and we thank our staff and parents/caregivers as we continue to learn and work through any challenges. As HSD or the Pandemic Response System plans change, we remain committed to keeping you updated.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
As announced by the province, all schools will be closed on September 30th to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day of observation advances reconciliation, allowing Manitobans to reflect on residential school experiences of First Nations, Métis and Inuit: Lagimodiere. This is an opportunity to encourage reflection and meaningful discussions about the impacts of residential schools.

The designated school day cycle for September 30th will not carry forward. With schools now scheduled to close on that day, the day sequence will be treated in the same manner as a weather-related school cancellation.

In-School Vaccinations
As you are aware, the province has announced that COVID-19 immunizations will be available to young people at school-based clinics. These clinics will be offered during school hours, and in some cases, clinics may continue to operate outside school hours as a pop-up clinic for all members of the community. View the provincial news release.

Hanover School Division and Manitoba Public Health are working collaboratively to determine the location, schedule, and process for offering the COVID-19 vaccine in HSD schools. At present, no in-school vaccination clinics have been scheduled in our schools, and we will continue dialogue with Public Health. As stated on the ProtectMB website, educators and parents will be notified when a COVID-19 immunization clinic will be happening in their school. Additional information regarding school vaccinations can be found at ProtectMB School Immunizations.

As always, the Hanover School Division will continue to follow the Public Health Orders and Manitoba Education guidance to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and school communities. Working together, we can keep the risk of transmission low in our schools which will help keep our schools open for in-class learning.

Respectfully,

Shelley Amos, Interim Superintendent/CEO
Hanover School Division

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