MB teachers urging province for sooner school closures for COVID-19

By | March 16, 2020

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Teachers’ Society is calling on the province to close schools sooner than previously scheduled to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

In a letter posted on the organization’s website, the society is asking schools to be closed no later than Wednesday, rather than on March 23 as previously announced by the province. The Society is also asking that educators be allowed to work from home so they can continue ensuring education continuity.

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“In many classrooms across Manitoba, increasing the distance between desks is not feasible since the classrooms are already crowded,” Society president James Bedford writes. “In younger grades, there are no individual desks because the students often sit at round tables.

“More importantly, we have learned from watching other cities that asymptomatic transmission is possible and that time is of the essence in helping to flatten the curve.”

Bedford’s letter says teachers across Manitoba have been working all weekend to create take home packages for students to allow them to continue with their learning.

This is a developing story. CTV News will provide further updates as more information becomes available.

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