Restoring Safe Schools

The Manitoba government has announced plans to have all students, from kindergarten to Grade 12, back in classrooms in September.

Aug. 26 – School Offices Open
Sept. 2 – Teachers in School (Non-Instructional Day)
Sept. 3 – Teachers in School (Non-Instructional Day)
Sept. 4 – Teachers in School (Non-Instructional Day)
Sept. 7 – Labour Day (Schools Closed)
Sept. 8 – Admin Day / Meet Your Teacher / Open House
Sept. 9 – First Day of Classes

The province has released a planning framework for the resumption of in-class learning. We encourage all parents/guardians to view the government’s full report on Restoring Safe Schools which provides detailed information regarding public health orders, physical distancing measures, cohorts, priorities for in-class learning, speciality programming, school transportation, blended learning, personal risk factors, and recovery learning.

The Minister of Education has noted that while the plan is for all students to return to classroom learning in the fall, Manitoba Education will provide final confirmation by August 1, 2020, based on public health directions.

  • Planning Scenarios
  • Planning Framework

While the province is targeting a return to in-class learning for all in the fall, school divisions have been asked to prepare a re-opening plan for different public health scenarios as follows:

  • In-class learning resumes for all K-12 students; near normal with public health measures.
  • In-class learning resumes with additional public health measures. In order to meet physical distancing requirements, possibilities include but are not limited to:
    • smaller group sizes or cohorts
    • alternate day attendance
    • reduced electives for grades 9-12
    • blended learning
  • In-class learning is suspended.
    • teacher-led remote learning for all K-12 students
    • limited use of schools (as was implemented during June 2020)

The province’s announced framework outlines key considerations that will guide school divisions in their planning:

  • ensuring schools can respond and adapt to changing public health orders and guidance;
  • making sure any necessary physical distancing requirements can be met;
  • considering the use of cohorts in classrooms, on buses and during activities to limit exposure to COVID-19;
  • planning with a focus on in-class learning and establishing priorities;
  • looking at ways to accommodate specialty programming and extracurricular activities;
  • considering how school transportation can be safely offered;
  • looking at blended learning options that can be implemented quickly;
  • making arrangements for students, teachers and staff who may be at higher risk of COVID-19; and
  • considering learning and assessment needs, as well as any educational gaps for students as a result of the pandemic.