Restoring Safe Services

Restoring Safe Schools: July 30 - Guidelines for September 2020

The best place for students in September is in the classroom. Manitoba''s "Welcoming our Students Back to School" Plan will support the return of students and staff to in-class learning.

The past school year was a challenging time for students, families and educators. Throughout Manitoba, in-classroom learning was suspended from March 23 to May 31, with all students learning remotely. The immediate shift from in-class to at home learning meant that educators, students, parents and caregivers adapted to new ways to ensure learning continued.

The first step in returning to school came into effect on June 1, 2020 when the limited use of school facilities started, with guidelines in place for staff and students to return to schools for specific programming, planning and student assessment purposes. The response to these challenges showed the creativity and resiliency of teachers, principals, school staff and especially students and their families as they worked through remote learning for the remaining 2019/2020 school year.

Manitobans will be living with COVID-19 for the foreseeable future. We must adapt and learn to live and study safety amidst the pandemic. It is in the best interest of children to be in school, and we must mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on students and families to ensure that learning and assessment continues for all.

Manitoba''s plan to resume in-class learning establishes provincial consistency, while allowing for local flexibility where needed. The plan reflects the importance of safety, health and well-being, while ensuring reasonable measures and plans are in place to minimize the risk of transmission and exposure to the virus in schools, if it occurs.

Manitoba Education will continue to work closely with public health, education stakeholders, schools divisions, independent schools, parents, caregivers and students to further develop plans for the coming year. These policy and public health directions have been approved by the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer of Manitoba, and will help parents and families know what to expect when classes resume and where they can go for more information.

Restoring Safe Schools: July 30 - Guidelines for September 2020

Restoring Safe Schools

Restoring Safe Schools: July 30 - Guidelines for September 2020 (pdf)