Manitoba schools in Winnipeg and Brandon going to remote learning

WINNIPEG — All kindergarten to Grade 12 students in schools in Winnipeg and Brandon, Man., will be switching to remote learning starting Wednesday.

The period of mandated remote learning is scheduled to finish on May 30.

Education Minister Cliff Cullen, along with Dr. Brent Roussin, the province’s chief provincial public health officer, made the announcement Sunday during an afternoon news conference.

For schools in other parts of Manitoba, additional measures will be put in place.

Schools that remain open but experience multiple cases will be moved to remote learning pro-actively.

All extra-curricular activities, including organized sports and off-site activities will be suspended, with the exception of socially distant walks and runs in the community. Singing and the playing of wind instruments indoors won’t be permitted either.

School officials will also be able to require students and staff who are showing symptoms to stay home for ten days and encourage them to get tested.

Minister Cullen noted schools that are in full remote learning will accommodate children of essential workers in kindergarten to Grade 6 if other childcare arrangements are not possible. 

This is a developing story. More details to come. 

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