Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Specific health care concerns should be directed to your health care provider or call Manitoba Health Links at 1-888-315-9257. Access MB Shared Health Screening Tool.

Provincial health officials are working with national and international partners to monitor, gather information, assess risk and respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation. Manitoba announced its first laboratory-confirmed presumptive positive COVID-19 case on March 12, 2020. Hanover School Division will continue to monitor situation daily and work closely with the Provincial Health Authority.

March 16–20: Students and staff in schools.
March 23–27: Students do not attend school. Limited staff in schools.
March 30 – April 3: Spring Break (Schools Closed)
April 6–10: Students do not attend school. Limited staff in schools.

If you have questions but are unsure where to direct your Hanover School Division inquiry, please email covid19@hsd.ca

For up-to-date provincial and regional information regarding COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Status Page on the MB Government website.

 
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Mar. 31, 2020

CLASSES SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY

Following the recommendations of the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, the Minister of Education has directed all schools to suspend classroom learning indefinitely for this school year. This action is necessary to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Read full details of the announcement.

Mar. 27, 2020

SPRING BREAK

Spring Break will be from March 30 – April 3. Schools will be closed during this time (no public access). Our students, their home educators, and teachers are expected to take a much-deserved break from curricular activities and put distance learning on hold until Monday, April 6.

Mar. 23, 2020

CLOSURE OF SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS

In an abundance of caution and to limit the spread of COVID-19, Manitoba School Boards Association has recommended the closure of all school playgrounds. Effective immediately, the use of all playground equipment (basketball courts, nature playgrounds, swings, etc.) on HSD property is prohibited until further notice. Signage will be posted at each of our schools. This temporary closure supports the Province of Manitoba’s social distancing directive.

Mar. 20, 2020

TRANSITION TO DISTANCE-BASED EDUCATION

The provincial government has declared a State of Emergency amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These are unprecedented and challenging times for education in Manitoba. With schools winding down across the province today (classes suspended March 23-27, April 6-10), we begin the transition to distance-based education for all students in our care. Please visit the tabs above for updated information. 

Mar. 17, 2020

PARENT’S CHOICE

Parents/guardians choosing to keep their children at home during the week of Mar. 16-20 should inform their child’s school as per regular absence procedures. Absences will be recorded, but not count against student learning records.

DAYCARE (CMS & SRSS)

The Province has announced the suspension of licensed daycare services in Manitoba effective end of day Friday, March 20, 2020. Please direct school-based daycare inquiries to Kinder Korner. Call 204-326-2503 (CMS) or 204-326-9976 (SRSS).

Mar. 15, 2020

TRAVEL ADVISORY

Manitobans are strongly advised to cancel or postpone any non-essential international travel. As per Manitoba Health, self-isolation is recommended for ALL international travelers returning to Canada (including the USA). Please notify the school administration if your child is in isolation so that we can provide educational services as appropriate. Please View the Travel Tab for more details.

Mar. 13, 2020

SUSPENSION OF CLASSES

The Minister of Education announced the suspension of classes in all Manitoba K-12 public schools beginning March 23, 2020 and extending through April 10, 2020. Schools will remain open and classes in session for the week of March 16-20.

Mar. 13, 2020

DIRECTIVE FROM MANITOBA HEALTH

The Chief Medical Officer of Manitoba has advised schools to ensure ill staff and students stay home from school. Schools are also being asked to reduce large-group, crowded activities, and to increase desk distance between students. It is important to note that Manitoba Health has deemed schools to be safe; these actions are preventative.

As a result of the provincial health directive and in an abundance of caution, Hanover School Division has suspended all afterschool extra-curricular activities, public events, and facility rentals. This includes field trips, sporting events, assemblies, swim program, discovery time, religious exercises, music lessons, guest presentations, parent-teacher conferences, student-led conferences, volunteering, fundraising, driver education, PAC meetings, and staff professional development. Schools will close their buildings at 4:30 pm each day (with the exception of daycares).

This is not an exhaustive list of suspended activities. If you are unsure about a specific activity or event, please contact your child’s school. This directive shall remain in effect until further notice.

Mar. 11, 2020

COVID-19 PREVENTION MEASURES

COVID-19 can spread through close contact with an infected person who is coughing or sneezing as well as by objects contaminated with the virus. Recommended prevention measures for common viruses such as seasonal influenza are also effective for the COVID-19 coronavirus. View Prevention Tab above for more details.

HSD SCHOOLS

Classroom Learning Suspended Indefinitely
Following the recommendations of the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, the Minister of Education has directed all schools to suspend classroom learning indefinitely for this school year. This action is necessary to help contain the spread of COVID-19. The announcement was made on March 31, 2020. View details.

Spring Break (Mar. 30 – Apr. 3).
As per standard operating procedures, schools will be closed. There will be no public access to schools during this time. Teachers and school administration will not be working during Spring Break.

Playground Equipment
In an abundance of caution and to limit the spread of COVID-19, Manitoba School Boards Association has recommended the closure of all school playgrounds. Effective immediately, the use of all playground equipment (basketball courts, nature playgrounds, swings, etc.) on HSD property is prohibited until further notice. Signage will be posted at each of our schools. This temporary closure supports the Province of Manitoba’s social distancing directive.

Suspended Classes (Mar. 23-27, Apr. 6-10)
School buildings will be open during the two weeks of suspended classes but will operate with a reduced amount of staff at each location. Essential services will be maintained, and buildings cleaned. Clerical staff will be in schools during regular office hours and respond to any incoming email or telephone inquiries. For reasons of social distancing, we encourage you to use email or phone as the primary means of contact with your child’s school. If a school visit is necessary, we suggest that you call ahead to confirm the availability of staff or services.

Teachers and school administration will be “on the job” preparing and providing distance-based education to their students during the two weeks of suspended classes. Teachers may choose to work remotely or from within the school and will be accessible to students via email or other means of technology (during regular school hours). Questions regarding home assignments, pick-up of materials, or coursework should be directed to your child’s teacher.

If you are unsure where to direct your inquiry, please email covid19@hsd.ca

PREVENTION MEASURES

COVID-19 can spread through close contact with an infected person who is coughing or sneezing as well as by objects contaminated with the virus. Recommended prevention measures for common viruses such as seasonal influenza are also effective for the COVID-19 coronavirus. Manitoba Health recommends the following measures:

Wash your hands regularly with warm water and soap for at least 15 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, and if your hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand  cleanser may be used.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing and sneezing, or you can cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
  • Avoid close contact (within two meters / six ft.) with anyone showing symptoms of a respiratory illness such as coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay at home when you are sick, regardless of recent travel.

We encourage parents/guardians to become aware of the facts surrounding COVID-19 and to educate their children on preventive measures.

Specific health care concerns should be directed to your health care provider or call Manitoba Health Links at 1-888-315-9257.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

Manitobans are strongly advised to cancel or postpone any non-essential international travel.

As per Manitoba Health, self-isolation is recommended for the following groups for 14 days after departing the area, or since their last known contact or exposure:

  • All international travelers returning to Canada (including the USA)
  • Contacts of a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19
  • Laboratory workers exposed during work

If symptoms develop during the 14-day self-isolation or self-monitoring period, contact Health Links – Info Santé at 1-888-315-9257 to determine if testing for COVID-19 should be considered. In cases where testing is not recommended, stay home (self-isolate) until well.

Please notify the school administration if your child is in isolation so that we can provide educational services as appropriate.

Information on self-monitoring, self-isolation, and what to do while waiting for COVID-19 test results can be found in the following documents:

HSD TRANSPORTATION

Upon completion of all student transportation on Friday, March 20, buses will be brought to the HSD Bus Garage where the interior and exteriors will be washed followed by a complete disinfection. Buses will remain on site in Steinbach until classes resume.

Questions regarding bus service, cleaning procedures, scheduling, and ridership should be directed to the Transportation Department. Please call 204-320-2347 or email rwarkentin@hsd.ca. If you are unsure where to direct your inquiry, please email covid19@hsd.ca

DAYCARE SERVICES

The Province has announced the suspension of licensed daycare services in Manitoba effective end of day Friday, March 20, 2020.

Please direct school-based daycare inquiries to Kinder Korner. Call 204-326-2503 (CMS) or 204-326-9976 (SRSS).

 

FACILITY RENTALS

All Community Use facility bookings are suspended until further notice.

Questions regarding scheduling, bookings, and cancellations should be directed to the HSD Administration Office. Please call 204-326-6471 or email community@hsd.ca.

HSD EMPLOYEES

The CIMS employee portal will serve as the hub for employee information.

Questions regarding employee payroll, benefits, and insurance should be directed to the HR Office. Call 204-326-6471 or email hr@hsd.ca. Questions about employee illness, absences, work-requirements, travel, and self-isolation protocol should be directed to your immediate supervisor. 

PARENTS/GUARDIANS

For families that have HSD Chromebooks at home, we are launching a technology support website. During this period of suspended classes, parents/guardians are welcome to contact our ICT Service Desk for technical help. Please visit https://bit.ly/HSD-ChromebookSupport for more details.

TEACHERS

SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS

If your child is currently on the active speech caseload and you would like home programming materials to work on their speech sounds during the school closure period, please contact your school’s speech language pathologist.

Stacey Marcoux  smarcoux@hsd.ca
Southwood, Landmark Elementary, Landmark Collegiate, S.R.S.S.

Anna Wilgosh  awilgosh@hsd.ca
Blumenort, Woodlawn, Stonybrook Middle

Wendy Smook  wsmook@hsd.ca
Niverville Elementary, South Oaks, Green Valley

Elizabeth Grauer  egrauer@hsd.ca
Elmdale, Kleefeld, Clearspring Middle

Jamie DesJarlais  jdesjarlais@hsd.ca
Mitchell Elementary, Mitchell Middle, Bothwell, Niverville Middle, Niverville High

RESOURCES

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Student Services office. Call 204-326-9829 or email grobson@hsd.ca

HELP LINE FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS

In our continued effort to support families during these difficult times, the HSD Student Services Department has launched a HELP Line for parents/guardians. The Student Services HELP Line provides support for stress management, coping skills, and advice on how to talk with your children about COVID-19. Our clinicians can also provide parents/guardians with guidance on how to support their children during the suspension of classes.

Contact the Student Services HELP line at 204-320-2314 or email help.studentservices@hsd.ca. Clinicians will be available Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm for HELP Line support requests.

If you are in crisis, please call:

  • Community Mental Health/Child and Adolescent Intake (1-888-310-4593)
  • Southern Health Crisis Response Services (1-88-617-7715 or 204-326-9276)
  • Kids HELP Phone (1-800-668-6868 or Text “Connect” to #686868)
  • ADAM (Anxiety Disorders of Manitoba) Support Line (204-925-0040)