On Monday, June 1st, the province will be allowing limited access to school facilities in Manitoba.

Students will be able to go back to school for one-on-one or small group sessions for assessment purposes.

Mountain View School Division (MVSD) superintendent Dan Ward says Division staff have been meeting with principals from each school to examine protocols that will be needed to safely receive students in small groups.

“We want to stress that it’s going to be an invitation to students and families to come back to school on an appointment basis.”

Ward wants to make it clear they’re not reopening schools to regular classroom learning on June 1st — but are embracing the partial reopening to ensure a smooth transition back to normalcy in September.

The MVSD superintendent says the reopening of school facilities will enable teachers to assess the learning needs of an individual student, and determine a plan of action heading into September.

“This will help everybody transition into the September reopening in a much easier way.”

The provincial government announced guidelines for allowing limited access to school facilities beginning June 1st, which include:

  • Indoor occupancy limits of 50 percent of normal occupancy levels or one person per 10 square metres will be in place.
  • Teachers and students may meet in small group or one-on-one settings to conduct student assessments, provide clinical supports, administer recovery and remedial learning plans and provide therapeutic services.
  • Day camps and summer programming may operate
  • Scheduled students can access school Wi-Fi and/or computer equipment.
  • Counselling access and emergency phone access may be provided for students.
  • The use of outdoor facilities and playgrounds is encouraged