Manitoba’s largest rural college division will shutter its faculties to just about all in-person studying beginning Tuesday, because the division is moved to the purple, or vital, stage on the province’s pandemic response system.
College students within the Hanover College Division will make the transfer to distant studying efficient Tuesday, the division stated in a information launch Friday, amid a surge instances of COVID-19 within the space.
“This motion is taken as a preventative security measure in response to the elevated check positivity price in Steinbach and the RM of Hanover,” the division stated within the information launch.
“The choice to maneuver Hanover College Division to the Important (Purple) stage isn’t a mirrored image of school-based virus transmission.”
The division serves roughly 8,500 college students in 9 Manitoba communities, together with Blumenort, Mitchell and Steinbach.
That area has seen skyrocketing COVID-19 numbers in current weeks, together with check positivity charges of 30 per cent within the RM of Hanover and 40 per cent within the Steinbach well being district, in keeping with Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s chief public well being officer, on Friday.
Faculties nonetheless open Monday
All Hanover faculties will keep open on Monday, the division stated within the launch.
Faculties may even stay open to kindergarten to Grade 6 college students who’re kids of vital companies staff, if their mother and father cannot make various care preparations, the division stated. These college students will get the identical teacher-led distant studying as their friends, however they will do it at college.
There may be lodging for college kids over the age of 12 whose mother and father are vital companies staff, or who’ve disabilities or wants that imply they can not keep residence on their very own.
Important companies staff who recognized in-class studying as required in a current survey can nonetheless ship their kids to high school on Tuesday, the division stated.
Faculties will proceed to speak within the coming days, the division stated. Dad and mom and guardians who’ve questions can even name their children’ faculties on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.