Year End Message from RRSD

Hello RRSD Community,

As the 2019-2020 school year fades to a close, the RRSD Board of Trustees and Senior Administration want to thank you for your collaboration, patience and perseverance over the last 3 months. School buildings were closed from March 23 to May 31, with all students learning remotely. The Limited Use of School Facilities started on June 1, 2020 with Restoring Safe Services. There was quick adapting and innovation by students, staff and families to meet the fluidity of the COVID 19 situation in each of the phases.

We have learned a lot since March 23. Thank-you teachers and students for reflecting on your experience of remote learning and providing feedback. It is apparent that no matter the scenario in the fall, we have learned a lot and are better prepared to respond to the situation.

Congratulations Class of 2020 Graduates! You are the first to break graduation traditions in your communities. Creativity and collaboration are skills you will need in the future and these are the skills you have demonstrated in planning this important milestone-your grade 12 graduation. You are the citizens who have enriched our communities, and our world. Take care.

We miss our RRSD students and we are looking forward to students returning in the fall.

The 2020-21 School Year:

The upcoming school year will look different than it has in previous years.

On June 25, the Manitoba Government released a framework for in-class learning that provides guidance for school divisions to develop reopening plans for 3 different public health scenarios as follows:

  1. In-class learning resumes for all, with near normal conditions.
  2. In-class learning resumes with additional public health measures.
  3. Remote learning from home, with limited use of school facilities.

This means our K-12 system must be ready to adapt to changing public health conditions at any time. Ultimately, decisions about the extent to which in-class learning resumes throughout the 2020-21 school year will be guided by public health advice and the extent of COVID-19 transmission in Manitoba's communities at any given time. Education Minister Goertzen noted that while the plan is for all students to return to classroom learning in the fall, Manitoba Education will provide final confirmation by August 1 based on public health directions.

RRSD is working  on the return to school plan for the  3 scenarios that align with the guidelines  contained in the recently released  Manitoba Education document “Welcoming Our Students Back: Restoring Safe Schools” at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restoring/safeschools.html.

In August we will be able to share more details about what the return to school looks like. At the very least, expect a number of things to be different such as cleaning protocols, personal hygiene practices, recess procedures, building entry and exit, and movement throughout the building. The details of the 2020 reopening plans will be communicated to you in August through SchoolMessenger, email, and posting on the RRSD website and RRSD Facebook page.

Current information about COVID-19 in Manitoba can be found at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/index.html

Key Dates:

  • September 2, 2020: Teachers and staff return to work
  • September 8, 2020: Students return to in-class learning

The health and well-being of our children and communities is a priority. We wish we could share a more definitive plan for the fall. However, we have all seen how unpredictable the path of COVID-19 can be.  We will continue to follow the direction of the Chief Public Health Officer and Manitoba Education to help ensure the return to classrooms is safe for students and staff.

In the meantime, have a safe and enjoyable summer. 

Take care and be well.

Sincerely,

Mary-Anne Ploshynsky
RRSD Superintendent

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