The Brandon School Division announced on Thursday that someone from a Grade 3-4 classroom at Green Acres School has recently tested positive for COVID-19.
According to a news release from BSD, the individual in question may have been infectious when they attended school on June 1, although acting superintendent Mathew Gustafson insists that "the infection was not believed to be acquired at school."
This marks the first time that the BSD has reported a new COVID case since May 23, when an individual from Vincent Massey High School also tested positive for the virus.
Even though all K-12 schools located within the City of Brandon are stuck in remote learning until the end of the academic year, exceptions are being made for students with special needs and the children of critical service workers.
The province transitioned all K-12 schools in Brandon and Winnipeg to full-remote learning on May 12 due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases emerging within both urban centres.
Although Education Minister Cliff Cullen was optimistic that these schools could fully reopen before the end of the year, he announced on June 3 that remote learning would have to remain in place until the fall due to the massive strain that COVID cases were, and still are, putting on Manitoba’s health care system.
However, Cullen said that the province will allow small groups of K-12 students in these designated zones to briefly return to school starting June 14, where they will be able to say goodbye to their friends and teachers face-to-face.
BSD is not the only Westman school division that is enduring new COVID cases as of late.
On Tuesday, the province announced that schools located within the City of Dauphin will also be stuck in remote learning until at least June 21, with the Mountain View School Division reporting over 10 new COVID cases since the beginning of the month.
As of Friday afternoon, the province has identified 193 COVID-19 cases attached to schools over the past two weeks, 169 of which involve students.
Since the beginning of the 2020-2021 K-12 school year, the province has registered a total of 4,458 COVID-19 cases attached to Manitoba schools.
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