Students of Boissevain School will be learning from home until at least Friday this week after three COVID-19 cases were recently linked to the K-12 institution.
Turtle Mountain School Division superintendent Tim De Ruyck told the Sun on Monday that he was made aware of the first COVID case on March 27, with the remaining two cases coming to his attention over the next couple days.
Even though in-person classes wouldn’t resume for another week due to spring break, Manitoba Public Health and Manitoba Education told De Ruyck that his best course of action would be to institute remote learning for all Boissevain School students from this Monday until at least Friday.
However, De Ruyck maintains that the rest of the schools in the Turtle Mountain School Division returned to in-person learning on Monday, with the exception of a few K-8 students from Minto School who are connected to these recent COVID cases.
"Those students, when they reach high school age they typically go to Boissevain," he said. "So we have had a couple of families from Minto School who were affected, because they have siblings who attend both schools."
Although Boissevain School is planning to return to in-person learning next week, De Ruyck said those plans could change if the division receives different instructions from Manitoba Public Health or Manitoba Education.
"The school has been following all protocols regarding distancing and sanitizing and mask wearing," he said. "And as is often the case, we don’t know what the source is, but we just continue to follow protocols."
Back in late March, the Mountain View School Division cancelled in-person learning at Winnipegosis Collegiate for a day after public health officials identified at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school.
According to the province’s COVID-19 dashboard for Manitoba schools, Park West School Division officials are also grappling with three coronavirus cases at Major Pratt School in nearby Russell.
As of Monday afternoon, the province identified 84 current COVID cases in Manitoba schools for the 14 days prior to March 31.
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