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Students of a Grade 4 class from J.R. Reid School will be learning from home until at least Dec. 3 after public health officials declared a COVID-19 outbreak on Monday.
According to a letter that was circulating online, the province advised J.R. Reid parents that they had uncovered at least three confirmed cases of COVID attached to this cohort within the last 14 days.
As a result, the entire class was moved to remote learning and is expected to return to in-class instruction by the end of next week.
A representative from the Brandon School Division later confirmed the authenticity of this notice.
This new outbreak at J.R. Reid School wasn’t registered on the province’s outbreak chart as of Tuesday afternoon.
The chart does highlight the fact that an outbreak at École New Era School is still ongoing, with at least 10 cases being attached to this exposure.
Earlier this month, public health officials had also declared an outbreak at Riverheights School that impacted two kindergarten classes.
On Nov. 15, the province declared that this outbreak was over.
However, at least nine other BSD institutions are currently contending with coronavirus cases, according to the province’s COVID tracking map.
These exposure sites include: Valleyview Centennial School, Waverly Park School, Vincent Massey High School, Meadows School, Maryland Park School, Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School, École Harrison, Betty Gibson School and King George School.
Even though Christian Heritage School is not managed by BSD, this local institution is also registering three COVID cases within the last two weeks.
The Manitoba government has recorded 1,346 COVID-19 cases in K-12 schools since the 2021-22 academic year began on Sept. 7.
On Friday, BSD officials announced that they will now require students to mask up outdoors if and when more than two metres of physical distancing is not possible. Previously, outdoor masking had only been a suggestion.
» The Brandon Sun