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   Use of School Facilities


Can day camps be offered in schools?

Answer current as of June 23, 2020

Yes. Limited use of schools is permissible if schools follow both public health and day camp guidelines in Restoring Safe Services: Phase 3. This also includes summer programming that may take place within school facilities, provided the public health orders in place at the time of program delivery are observed.

Key guidelines for day camps include the following:

  • The maximum number of children per site or group is 50, where complete segregation of groups of 50 is possible, including use of separate exits or staggered drop-off schedules, and no contact throughout the day with other groups.
  • Where possible, camps should maintain occupancy and design activities to allow children and staff to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, except for brief exchanges.
  • Choirs, band camps, or musical theatre activities will not be allowed due to a higher risk of transmission through singing as compared to speaking.
  • There must be screening at the start of each day. No children or staff with symptoms can attend. Use of the online screening tool is sufficient.
  • Adherence to child-care centre sanitation and infection prevention guidelines PDF Document is mandatory. (Note: The COVID-19 Day Camp and Daily Recreation Program Practice Guide is currently under development.)

Can educators meet with students in small-group settings or for one-on-one assessments?

Answer current as of June 23, 2020

Yes. Limited use of schools is permissible if schools follow both public health and day camp guidelines. School divisions and schools should make decisions regarding the use of school facilities based on local needs, school preparedness, and adequate staffing levels to ensure the Restoring Safe Services: Phase 3 guidelines can be followed. Educators should consult their employer regarding specific workplace policies, as well as to arrange for student access to the building, if permitted. Therapeutic services will continue to implement measures to ensure that members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges.

Are there any guidelines to allow for convocation ceremonies?

Answer current as of June 23, 2020

All large gatherings are limited according to public health guidelines in effect at the time. Effective June 21, 2020, public gatherings of 50 people will be allowed indoors and 100 people outdoors, where members of the public are reasonably able to maintain a separation of at least two metres from others, except for brief exchanges. Schools and school divisions are considering alternate ways to acknowledge the Class of 2020.

For schools or school divisions planning outdoor drive-in graduation ceremonies (without limitation on numbers), Manitoba Education Fact Sheet: Graduation Ceremonies identifies Phase 3 guidelines from the Restoring Safe Services plan to be observed.

More information regarding public health guidelines can be found in the Guidelines for Hosting and Attending Celebrations and Ceremonies document.

Can school playgrounds reopen? If so, what are the signage and sanitation requirements?

Answer current as of May 29, 2020

Playground structures can be used, provided the Restoring Safe Services: Phase 2 guidelines for outdoor recreation facilities and golf courses are followed. Public Health has indicated that the risk of transmission is very low for outdoor playground equipment. As such, there are no specific requirements for cleaning outdoor structures.

Can shared-use community libraries located in schools reopen?

Answer current as of May 29, 2020

Community libraries within school facilities can operate if the Restoring Safe Services: Phase 1 guidelines for museums, galleries, and libraries are followed.

Are child-care centres allowed to operate in schools?

Answer current as of May 15, 2020

Child-care centres located in schools or on school property can remain open or, if they were closed, reopen to provide temporary child-care services in accordance with all existing public health and program guidelines. For more information, please visit Child Care Services During COVID-19. Centres that provide before- and after-school programs, as well as noon-hour programs, that wish to extend services and reopen as full-time child-care centres under a provincial licence may do so as part of the temporary child-care services plan, as per the Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care Program. These centres should contact their host school division to review any logistical requirements prior to reopening.

Is it safe for students to pick up learning packages and personal items from schools?

Answer current as of April 28, 2020

Yes. If appropriate social distancing measures are in place both inside and outside of the building, arrangements can be made at the school level for pick-up of student learning packages and personal items.

Is it safe to distribute and collect print-based learning materials?

Answer current as of April 28, 2020

Yes. Manitoba Public Health recommends washing hands often with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after the handling of any material.

Where can I find the most current public health information on COVID-19?

Answer current as of April 28, 2020

Up-to-date public health information about COVID-19 can be found at the COVID-19 site.