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Winter 2022

Updates from Manitoba Education


[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. 

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[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). 

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COVID-19 Public Health Information

Public Health Orders in Manitoba


[01/07/22] All current COVID-19 prevention orders will be extended for three weeks while the Manitoba government continues to gather data and monitor the impacts of the omicron variant, Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon announced today. The current public health orders, which were set to expire next week, will be extended until 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, February 1. Manitoba’s Pandemic Response System remains at ORANGE — RESTRICTED.

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[12/31/21] The Manitoba government is following the advice of public health officials and making changes to the self-isolation public health order to adapt to the prevalence of rapid antigen tests and to help address the surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the omicron variant, Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon announced today.

— Requiring all people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to isolate, including those who completed a rapid antigen test.
— Changing isolation requirements to five days from 10 days since the date of the test for fully vaccinated people who are not showing symptoms.
— Changing isolation requirements to five days from 10 days since the date symptoms started appearing or the date of the test, whichever is later, for fully vaccinated people as long as their symptoms are improving and they do not have a fever.
— Requiring individuals who have only isolated for five days due to the changes above to wear a medical-grade mask while in a public setting for the five days immediately following their self-isolation.
— Requiring isolation for people who have tested positive who are not fully vaccinated for 10 days after the date of their test as long as their symptoms are improving and they do not have a fever.

The updated public health orders will come into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, January 1.

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[12/27/21] The Manitoba government is updating public health orders to reduce gathering sizes and put limitations on the sale of liquor to help curb community transmission and protect the capacity of the healthcare system as the omicron variant continues to circulate in Manitoba, Premier Heather Stefanson and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, announced today. The changes will come into effect on Tuesday, December 28 at 12:01 a.m. and will expire on January 11, 2022. The updated orders keep Manitoba’s Pandemic Response System at ORANGE — RESTRICTED with schools at YELLOW — CAUTION

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[12/20/21] CLARIFICATIONS

[12/17/21] Due to the increased threat of the omicron variant of concern, rising COVID-19 cases, and a growing strain on the healthcare system, Manitoba is taking additional steps to help curb the spread of the virus in the fourth wave of the pandemic, Health and Seniors Care Minister Audrey Gordon and Dr. Brent Roussin, Manitoba’s Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, announced today. The orders go into effect on Tuesday, December 21 at 12:01 a.m. and expire on January 11, 2022. The updated orders keep Manitoba’s Pandemic Response System at ORANGE — RESTRICTED with schools at YELLOW — CAUTION.  

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630 Westminster Ave. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  R3C 3S1
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Our mission at Balmoral Hall School is to inspire girls' imagination and the courage to excel, to reach, to lead, to care.

We are an independent day and boarding school, offering an exceptional all-girls education from child care, starting at age 2, to Grade 12.