Pembina Trails School Division extends remote learning to students with immunocompromised family members

By | August 31, 2020

The Pembina Trails School Division will offer remote learning this upcoming school year to students who live with someone who is immunocompromised, in addition to students with weakened immune systems.

The southwest Winnipeg division made the announcement on Monday following feedback from parents, including a survey in June, Superintendent Ted Fransen told CBC News.

“It became evident to us that families and households, who had immunocompromised family members living with our students, were also being put into some concern so we responded with an increased plan.” 

Under the plan, students will be instructed daily by a teacher online, in real-time, through Microsoft Teams. Learning will also include pre-recorded videos and printable resources and assignments.

Parents will be expected to monitor their child’s coursework.

“The role of the parents is of course critical here because our students are young learners and they can’t be on their own,” Fransen said. 

Division hires extra teachers for online-learning

Tthe division has created new positions and is hiring teachers to staff online learning classrooms from kindergarten to Grade 8, Fransen said.

Families are being asked to contact with their child’s school principal about the option. To register, a doctor’s note will be required.

 The division said remote learning will begin the week of Sept. 14.

Under Manitoba’s return to school plan, students in kindergarten to Grade 8 are expected to attend classes in school full-time and high school students will participate through a combination of in-class and remote learning, unless a student is immunocompromised.

Despite calls to make remote learning an option for all families, anyone who does not wish to send their child to school in Manitoba must register to home-school them.

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