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Dauphin Schools Transition To Online Learning


Dauphin schools have transitioned to remote learning for a two week period.

Mountain View School Division (MVSD) received the direction from Public Health officials over the long weekend.

The DRCSS, Smith-Jackson, Ecole Macneill and Lt. Col. Barker VC schools transitioned to remote learning today (May 26) and will remain in that environment through June 9. MacKenzie Middle School, Whitmore and Henderson schools, which had already transitioned to remote learning, will extend their current period until June 9, as well.

Information has been emailed to parents and guardians and placed on school websites. As far as the rest of the division, it is business as usual with in-class learning.

“We continue to offer remote learning to K to 8 families who requested it and so we still have a number of remote learning teachers that are providing that programming,” said Dan Ward, MVSD superintendent/CEO, adding there have been more families which have chosen that option recently. “We’ve received not a great number of requests, but a number of requests in recent weeks with the rising caseload and we’ve worked with the Manitoba Remote Learning Center to provide those families with some additional support.”

With the cities of Winnipeg and Brandon both fully in remote learning along with Garden Valley School Division and Red River Valley School Division, Ward said MVSD has been in regular contact with the Education Department and Public Health to keep them apprised of the local situation.

“The direction the province is providing is that it’s a school-by-school situation,” Ward said. “Of course, here in Mountain View we are a large division geographically, so where we’re having a high number of cases in Dauphin leading to a high number of cases associated with our schools, we have communities outside of Dauphin that haven’t had a school case in many weeks. And even a couple of schools that haven’t had a case at all since the pandemic started.”

Ward added most cases associated with schools involve students who did not attend classes during their period of communicability.

“However, because of simply the number of cases in the community and the number of families with children attending, even if there are many situations where the child didn’t attend while they were contagious, the concerning numbers have led to the recommendations from public health to go to remote learning,” Ward said, adding administrators will keep on top of the situation and apprise public health about any developments.

“Whether or not we will get a recommendation for the entire (division) is something that we don’t know about yet, and the moment we do, if that in fact does take place, we’ll let our community know.”