WINNIPEG - Manitoba has announced one week of remote learning after the holiday break so schools can prepare for a resumption of in-person education next Monday, January 17th.
“Today we are announcing a slight adjustment for the return to classes to give schools additional time to implement enhanced protocols to ensure in-person learning for all students can continue under our pandemic plans and to give public health more time to learn about the omicron variant’s effects in Manitoba. We know our children learn best in a classroom setting and it is our goal to ensure they can return to the classroom as quickly as possible, said premier Heather Stefanson.”
Education minister Cliff Cullen says this approach was requested by stakeholders.
“We know in-person learning is best for students but we are still learning about how the omicron variant will affect our health-care system and Manitobans in the longer term,” said Dr. Jazz Atwal, deputy chief provincial public health officer. “This change will allow us more time to study the data we have and provide any needed additional advice to the education sector and families as we go forward.”
The province will also use the week of remote learning to distribute rapid tests and medical masks to schools for staff and students to use.