All Manitoba students to return to school, but some high schools won’t be full-time

By | July 30, 2020

All Manitoba students will return to school on Sept. 8 with some restrictions in place, the provincial government announced Thursday.

Learning will be full-time in classrooms for all students from kindergarten to Grade 8 and students with special needs, while students in high school may have some remote learning, depending on whether schools can ensure physical distancing. 

Many students in kindergarten to Grade 8 will be in cohorts of up to 75 students.

School divisions are developing plans and time tables to allow for the highest number of high school students to attend classes in-person at one time, while still physically distancing.

The province will be using risk levels for physical distancing measures. The return to classes will begin at Level 1 in September, but this may be scaled up depending on COVID-19 cases in the province.

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The Manitoba government will reveal its plan for reopening schools at a news conference Thursday afternoon. 

CBC News will live stream the announcement here and on social media. 

Last month, the provincial government said it’s aiming for a September return with some precautions but was preparing three possible scenarios, depending on the COVID-19 situation in the fall.

The three scenarios include a full return to class, with a relaxing of physical-distancing measures; a return to school with distancing, which would prioritize in-class learning for kindergarten to Grade 8; or a limited reopening with online and some small-group in-person learning.

At the time, Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen said the final decision on what scenario would be in place would be announced by Aug. 1. 

Schools were closed in Manitoba on March 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but learning continued online.

Schools had a limited reopening in June. Staff returned and some students attended for things like end-of-year assessments and other physically distanced activities.

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