FAQ  for the 2021/22 school year

 

Where can I go for general information on COVID?

We recommend following information from established public health organizations such as:

Province of Manitoba

World Health Organization

Where can I go for further details about Manitoba Education's plan?

 

The link below is a provincial guide for the 2021/22 year.



https://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/covid/index.html

 

Will students be learning in person this year?


Yes, expect for a brief period of remote learning in January, students have been learning in person.  



What are the requirements for masks?



Beginning on March 15th, masks will no longer be required in schools or on school buses.


Public health continues to recommend wearing a mask in the following situations:



https://gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/covid/response_management-k12.pdf

 

 

What does physical distancing in classrooms look like?

As of March 15th, 2022, physical distancing will no longer be required in schools.  Some classrooms may continue to have students more spread out then normal for the remainder of the year as long as it doesn't interfere with learning.  Small group work and school assemblies will function in a similar way to before COVID.


Will there be requirements for vaccines?

Public Health is not mandating COVID vaccines for students. 



Will there be COVID immunization clinics offered in schools?

Yes, public health will be offering immunization for COVID in schools across Manitoba.  As per our board policy, access to immunization clinics in schools will only be available to students below the age of 18 who have signed parental permission forms.  



Notification will be given to parents prior to clinics occurring.  



For more information on immunizations please see below:



Province of Manitoba guidance

World Health Organization guidance

What will busing look like?

Students need to sit on their assigned spot on a bus similar to last year.  There will be no bus notes this year.

 

Extra-curricular Activities?

We know that extra-curricular activities are incredibly important to the well-being of our students.  They will resume this year as long as they follow the current public health guidelines.


 Can students use water fountains?

Our intention is to phase out water fountains in our schools and continue to replace them with touchless water bottle refill stations.  This will provide a long-term layer of safety for our students.  Please continue to send water bottles along with your child.

 

Can students use microwaves?

Microwaves will be allowed this year.  Hand hygiene is needed before use and masks need to be worn while moving around the lunch area.

 

What is the ventilation system like in my child’s classroom?

Over the past number of years, our division has been in the process of upgrading and modernizing our ventilations systems.  This proactive work means that all of our schools have air handling systems that bring fresh air in and circulate it throughout the building.  Most of our buildings have highly automated systems that actively monitor air quality and adjust ventilation accordingly.

 

What do I do if my child is sick with COVID symptoms? 

If you child is sick, you may request to pick up rapid antigen tests from the school.

If you test positive with COVID, we encourage you to report the result to the school and check online for the most current isolation recommendations from public health. 

  There is no differential in recommended isolation based on vaccination status.

https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/ 

 

 

What happens if my child gets sick while at school?

 

You will be contacted and asked to come and pick your child up. 


Does my child need to stay at home if a household member has COVID or if they are considered a close contact of a COVID case?


As of Feb. 15, close contacts of a person who tests positive for COVID-19 will no longer be required to self-isolate.


https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=53308&posted=2022-02-11

How will cases in schools be tracked?

COVID cases in schools will tracked through a variety of measures including, data from PCR tests, voluntary disclosure of rapid antigen test results and by monitoring overall attendance trends.  In the event that there is concerning trends, schools will work with public health to assess the situation and potentially create a community alert.  In the event of an alert, rapid antigen tests will be provided to students to take home and utilize prior to attending school.  Use of the tests would be recommended but voluntary.

Can my child be considered a close contact due to being close to someone who tests positive at school?

As of the Province's announcement on January 13th, public health will no longer be doing contact tracing at schools and students cannot be considered close contacts due exposure in that setting.

What do we do if we travelled out of Province or Country? 

As of February 15th, 2022, 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 requirements under the federal Quarantine Act. 


https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/index.html?item=53308&posted=2022-02-11

What would be the criteria for a individual school closure due to COVID? 

In the event that there is a COVID case in a school, the division will work closely with public health to determine close contacts and the risk of transmission.  Depending on the circumstances the division may pre-emptively close a school for a day to conduct contact tracing, assess the situation, and conduct widespread sanitization.  Schools may also need to close if there is a significant staffing shortage due to COVID that affects the feasibility of operations.  If there is a need for a longer closure the school and division will be in contact with parents to make arrangements for remote learning and supervision of children of critical care workers. 

 

Community use of schools

Community use of schools will continue this year.  It is the responsibility of the user to inform themselves and follow current public health guidelines for the activities that they plan on carrying out.