February 14, 2022
Hanover School Division remains committed to keeping our community informed and updated with new information as it becomes available. As noted in our email correspondence yesterday, the new public health orders will come into effect on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022. Please take a moment to review the following important changes:
- Schools will return to Yellow (Caution) under the Pandemic Response System, which requires cohorts in Kindergarten to Grade 6. Please view the following provincial document for a list of applicable measures, Kindergarten to Grade 12 Schools at the Caution level (Yellow).
- Masks are still required indoors, and on school buses for staff and students but will not be required during physical education classes. Medical masks will be recommended but no longer required for school staff. As per the provincial news release, mask requirements will be lifted effective March 15.
- Schools will continue to send out community notification letters if public health officials have identified increased transmission or recommended remote learning for a class, cohort or entire school. The online dashboard will continue to post this information but will no longer include case numbers. Children, school staff and child-care staff, will only be eligible for PCR testing if medically indicated, in line with eligibility criteria for all Manitobans.
- Young people ages 12 to 17 participating in indoor sports and recreation will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination or recent testing. HSD will be reviewing existing restrictions regarding spectators. Additional information will be provided to parents/caregivers next week.
- Close contacts of a person who tests positive for COVID-19 will no longer be required to self-isolate. Public health continues to recommend self-isolation for people who live in a household with others who have symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19 but it will no longer be required.
- Additionally, public health will remove self-isolation requirements for individuals entering the province. However, anyone travelling from international destinations will continue to be required to meet federal isolation requirements. Public health orders restricting travel to northern Manitoba remain in place.
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. Thank you for your continued support, cooperation, and patience.
Shelley Amos, Interim Superintendent/CEO
Hanover School Division