Manitoba suspends in-class learning Indefinitely

Manitoba is suspending all in-class learning for all classes from kindergarten to Grade 12 indefinitely for this school year. This is made on advice from Manitoba’s Chief Provincial Public Health Officer. The announcement was made in a joint news conference by Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen and Premier Brian Pallister. “If, prior to the regularly scheduled conclusion of the school year, the public health officer determines that it is safe to reopen our schools, we would eagerly welcome our students back,” said Goertzen.

KEY POINTS:

  • All child-care centres located in schools will continue to operate under the new guideline set by the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer. Although school building will remain closed, teacher still be able to access the resources at school to ensure home learning continues.
  • Marks to all students will be baselined or essentially be held at where they were at the last day of regular classes or exams.
  • Students are expected to continue learning during this period. They will have the opportunity to improve their grades through additional learning during this period
  • Provincial exams for Grade 12 will be cancelled, but teacher assessments will continue and final marks will be given.
  • No student will be held back because of the pandemic; All students on track to graduate will do graduate this year.
  • Teachers will continue to teach remotely, assign work, conduct assessments and prepare final report cards.
  • For K-8 students, teachers will engage with the students and parents regarding resources and coaching so that children can continue learning from home.
  • Grade 9-12 students will continue to learn using online and distance resources which will be announced soon.
  • Provincial assessments for students in early and middle years are complete for the current school year, but other assessments will continue.

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