A school in Winnipeg’s St. Vital neighbourhood is shifting to online learning for two weeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, after several cases were confirmed among staff members and students.
Louis Riel School Division superintendent Christian Michalik announced the shift to online learning at École Marie-Anne Gaboury in a letter to parents and guardians on Friday.
An update on the division’s website Saturday says there have been at least seven confirmed cases at the school since April 12, but Michalik said more are expected.
If in-school classes continued, the division would likely find itself unable to adequately staff the school due to the spread of the illness, he wrote.
The decision will prevent the spread in the school, and ensure staff can offer remote learning for the next two weeks, the letter said.
All students in the K-8 school will learn at home from Monday, April 26 to Friday, May 7, but parents and guardians who are essential workers can call the school to make in-school learning arrangements.
The situation will be reassessed prior to May 10, Michalik’s letter said.
There were 244 cases of COVID-19 reported in Manitoba schools in the two weeks prior to April 20 and 70 cases involving coronavirus variants of concern, according to provincial data.
The province has said COVID-19 cases among younger Manitobans are increasing, especially among those under 19.
However, there are still no plans to shut down schools in the province, acting deputy chief public health officer Dr. Jazz Atwal said in a press conference on Friday.
CBC News has reached out to the school division for more information.
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