[01/13/22] Public health officials are updating guidance for contact tracing and case management in Manitoba schools as the omicron variant continues to spread across the province, Education Minister Cliff Cullen announced today.
Moving forward, schools will no longer provide close contact notification and notification letters on individual cases but will provide reports of absenteeism through their regular notification channels to their school community.
Schools will monitor staff and student absenteeism rates and self-reported COVID-19 cases. In addition, public health will continue to report confirmed cases through the online dashboard and monitor confirmed cases in schools for evidence of increased transmission above levels expected in the community.
When there is increased COVID-19 activity based on absenteeism, case counts, or operational concerns, public health will investigate and provide recommendations to school officials.
In situations where public health determines increased transmission may be occurring in a school, they may recommend the implementation of a period of rapid antigen testing or other preventive measures in school, such as reducing higher-risk activities. Where transmission continues to increase, or where COVID-19 cases are affecting school operations, a seven-day period of remote learning for the class, cohort, or school may be recommended by public health.
[01/04/22] The Province of Manitoba is shifting to a one-week remote learning period for most students following winter break. Manitoba Education and public health officials announced today that a phased-in approach will be applied beginning Monday, January 10 to allow children of critical services workers in Kindergarten to Grade 6 to attend school if no alternate care is available. Current plans are to have all other students return to on-campus (in-school) learning on Monday, January 17. This will allow time to prepare to move to the ORANGE — RESTRICTED level on Manitoba’s Pandemic Response System (PRS).