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COVID-19: Manitoba delays return to school, shifts to online learning until Jan. 17

CA, 05 Jan 2022
Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson and Education Minister Cliff Cullen announced Tuesday that students in the province would not be returning to school on Jan. 10 as originally planned, instead shifting to a one-week remote learning period.

Students will now return to class on Jan. 17, however Cullen said students of critical service workers in kindergarten to Gr. 6 will be able to head to school if needed and no other child care is available. High-risk and special needs students of all ages can also attend school if needed.

Cullen also announced the province was expanding measures for schools, including distributing 500,000 rapid tests to all schools for those kindergarten to Gr. 6, with plans to expand to all students. He also advised that over the next eight weeks, five million medical masks will be distributed and all staff will be required to wear them "during this high transmission period." He said the supply will also allow schools to provide masks for students if needed.

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