The government is shifting to a one week remote learning period for most Manitoba students after the holiday break. Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Jazz Atwal says this is to ensure schools can implement enhanced measures for in person learning. He explains education is very important from a public health perspective and they’re doing what they can to mitigate COVID-19 issues in school settings. He says they’re going to continue to work on that and strive for that and get those kids back in the classroom and this measure is just an interim step in a phased in approach to make sure they can mitigate as much as possible the impact of COVID19 following the holidays to ensure that kids are able to partake in that important activity of being in school.
Effective January 10th a phased in approach will be applied to allow students of critical service workers in kindergarten to grade six and all high risk students and students with special learning needs in kindergarten to grade 12 attend school if no alternate care is available. Current plans have all other students return to in person learning on January 17th.