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What Educators Need to Know

Vaccine eligibility - Ages 12 and up

On May 14, 2021, the province announced that eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine has been expanded to include all children aged 12 and up. Including older children and teens in the province’s immunization campaign will help to protect them, your families, and our communities from the third wave of COVID-19. Further details are available in the News Release.

Additional information is available in the letter from Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead Vaccine Implementation Task Force (pdf document 174 KB).

What's New for Educators!

COVID-19 Dashboard: Student and School Staff Cases in Manitoba

COVID-19 Dashboard: Student and School Staff Cases in Manitoba is an easy to understand tool that provides information about COVID-19 cases among students and staff. The dashboard will be updated twice weekly, every Tuesday and Thursday.

Manitoba Pandemic Support Guide – January 29, 2021

In partnership with the Manitoba School Boards Association, SAFE Work Manitoba, public health, and other stakeholders, the department has developed the Manitoba Pandemic Support Guides, a series of health and safety resources to support school staff. By working together to share and discuss this information, we can help schools continue to remain a safe place to work.

New Rapid Testing Centre

The Manitoba government announced January 14, 2021, the pilot of a new rapid testing centre, called Fast Pass, to offer appointment-based rapid tests for staff working directly with students. The first Fast Pass site launches on January 18, 2021, at 1066 Nairn Ave. in Winnipeg and will initially be open to staff working in schools from the Winnipeg, Seven Oaks, River East Transcona, Seine River, and Hanover school divisions.

For further information about Fast Pass please visit the Rapid Testing website.

Manitoba Remote Learning Support Centre, January 4, 2021

Manitoba Remote Learning Support Centre officially launched today, with resources and staff available online to help educators facilitate remote learning.

Manitoba Remote Learning Support Centre’s goal is to ensure that all students have access to and engage in high-quality learning regardless of the circumstances posed by COVID-19. In partnership with Manitoba Education, representatives from metro, rural, and northern divisions have come together to oversee the design and implementation of a provincial strategy for school leaders, teachers, students, and families.

Our Plan

Our shared goal: Kindergarten to Grade 12 students return to school with as much in-class learning as possible, while staying safe.

Our plan puts students health and safety first, along with the health and safety of teachers, staff and families within the school community. While schools are different this year, efforts have been made to minimize the impact on the classrooms as much as possible.

  • Kindergarten to Grade 8 students are to attend five days of full, in-class instruction per week.
  • Students in Grades 9 to 12 are in-class up to five days per week. The number of in-class days depends on the extent to which high schools can effectively implement two metres of physical distancing or the use of cohorts. Most high school students are engaging in blended learning, which is a combination of in-class learning and teacher-led remote learning, which requires students to complete some work on their own.
  • Students with special needs in all grades are to attend for five days of full, in-class instruction per week.

Key Guiding Principles

  • Safety, health and well-being for all students, staff and families is a priority.
  • High quality learning and assessment continues for all students.
  • Trauma-informed resources and supports are accesible for students, parents and caregivers.
  • Consistent, reliable and appropriate connection to school learning and belonging, for every student, regardless of location, barriers, special needs or challenges.
  • System-wide communication and collaboration will promote consistent approaches throughout the province.

We continue to work closely with Public Health, the Department of Families, and education and community stakeholders to support all students as schools continue to implement in-class learning.

For further details on the plan, view the following:

COVID-19 Information Package

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