May 29, 2020
Att: Parents/Guardians/Students of Garden Valley School Division
First of all, I want to take this opportunity to again express our sincere appreciation for your diligence and patience over the past weeks as we have all worked to navigate our way through the impacts of COVID-19. These are unprecedented circumstances and the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and families remain our top priority.
On Wednesday, May 27, 2020 Premier Brian Pallister announced that classroom learning will remain suspended for the remainder of the school year and that distance learning will continue. However, in consultation with the Chief Public Health Officer, the province has decided to provide limited access to educational facilities, where physical distancing can be maintained, to allow for additional tutorial days, such as one-on-one learning, assessment and specific programming.
In keeping with the announcement, GVSD schools will continue to provide distance learning as it has been over the past weeks. However, under the new regulations there is an opportunity for students to meet with their teacher to bring closure to this school year and practice some of the public health protocols that may need to continue into the fall.
Beginning Monday, June 8, small groups of students will be invited into schools for up to a half day according to a schedule set by the school. During the week of June 1-5, parents/guardians will be notified by their school of the day and time their child will be able to attend. Students will attend only on the day and time assigned. Transportation will be the responsibility of parents/guardians and we request that students be dropped off and picked up at the times assigned by the school. Participation in this in-school activity is optional for students and families, and attendance will not be taken.
Beginning Monday, June 1, students will be able to begin making the necessary arrangements to meet with their teacher to discuss their course work or receive tutorial support at the school. Arrangements need to be made with the teacher in advance. Transportation will be the responsibility of students or parents/guardians. It is expected that students will only report to the school for their appointment time and that necessary arrangements will be made to leave school premises as soon as the appointment is over.
During this time of limited use, schools will continue to follow the recommendations of the Chief Public Health Officer:
* all schools will be limiting student numbers to meet occupancy restrictions as outlined by Public Health;
* any staff or students who are ill, who are exhibiting symptoms of illness, or who have been in contact with someone who has recently been tested for COVID-19 are to stay home;
* pre-screening protocols will be in place in each of the schools;
* physical distancing will be maintained at all times;
* thorough handwashing protocols will be in place;
* sharing of items will be avoided to the greatest extent possible; and
* enhanced cleaning protocols will continue throughout the school.
The safety of students, teachers, school staff and families remain paramount, which is why we continue to rely on the advice provided by public health officials. Garden Valley School Division will take all necessary measures to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in our schools and in our communities. Individuals requiring medical advice are encouraged to contact Health Links–Info Sante at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free). We also encourage everyone to continue to consult Manitoba Health to receive accurate information at https://manitoba.ca/covid19/.
If parents/guardians have any questions about when their child can meet with their teacher, please contact the school.
Once again, please accept our sincere thanks for your continued support and understanding during this time.