A critical level red was declared Friday evening in the Hanover School Division and surrounding schools and is slated to begin on Nov. 24.
Schools, acting on the advice of the chief provincial public health officer, have notified family and staff of the changes taking place due to community transmission of COVID-19. The news release stated that the move to Critical (level red) was not due to school-based transmission of the virus.
In total, 19 schools will be affected by the declaration, one funded independent school, seven non-funded independent schools and one Division scolaire franco-manitobaine school. All schools in the affected school division will be moving to remote learning.
The Hanover school district serves close to 8,500 students in nine communities, including Blumenort, Mitchell and Steinbach where test positivity for COVID-19 has hit a high point of 40 per cent and the RM of Hanover is sitting at 30 per cent as of Friday.
The news release stated that a move to a Critical (red) level will result in:
— all students move to teacher-led remote learning at home;
— accommodating, where possible, K-6 children of critical services workers who cannot make alternative care arrangements, so these students may attend school. While at school, these students will participate in and receive support for the same teacher-led remote learning that their classmates learning from home receive; and
— students over the age of 12 who are children of critical services workers and have disabilities or special needs that preclude them from staying home independently will be accommodated, wherever possible, at the school and receive supervision and remote learning support.
The provincial government will be exploring transportation options, including bus transportation at a lower capacity, however, during a level red, school divisions are not responsible for the transportation of students.
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