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   Use of School Facilities


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.

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

Answer current as of May 15, 2020

Playground structures can be used, provided the Restoring Services (Phase One)—OUTDOOR RECREATION FACILITIES AND GOLF COURSES guidelines 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 day camps be offered in schools?

Answer current as of May 15, 2020

Yes. While schools continue to be closed to the public, day camps can be operated within school facilities if the Restoring Services (Phase One)—DAY CAMPS guidelines at are followed. 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 is 16, except in situations where complete segregation of groups of 16 is possible, including use of separate exits, staggered drop-off schedules, and no contact throughout the day with other groups.
  • 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, 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 May 15, 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 Services (Phase One) 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 need to follow the Restoring Services (PHASE ONE)—THERAPEUTIC OR HEALTH CARE BUSINESSES guidelines.

Can shared-use community libraries located in schools reopen?

Answer current as of May 15, 2020

Community libraries within school facilities can operate if the Restoring Services (Phase One)—MUSEUMS, GALLERIES AND LIBRARIES guidelines are followed.

Are there any guidelines to allow for convocation ceremonies?

Answer current as of May 15, 2020

It is unlikely that large gatherings will be permitted in June 2020. All large gatherings are limited according to public health guidelines in effect at the time. As of May 4, 2020, gatherings are limited to 10 people. Schools and school divisions are considering alternate ways to acknowledge the Class of 2020.

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.