August 26, 2020
August 19, 2020:
We hope you are having a restful summer; we look forward to seeing you all in September. On that note, we wanted to share a few updates:
- Since August 10, the administration team has been working on a re-entry plan; we anticipate having the plan put together by early next week. Our goal while drafting the plan is to not only meet but exceed the provincial protocols for safety while maximizing in-class learning.
- The Manitoba Government, in partnership with the Department of Education, put forth guidelines that schools must follow when reintroducing in-class learning. These guidelines (released on August 13), can be found here.
- A “Virtual Town Hall” has been scheduled for parents and students on August 27, 2020, to go over the re-entry plan in greater detail. You can register to attend here: https://stpauls.events/TownHall2020.
- Please note, contingency learning plans may be implemented based upon the public health situation and subsequent directives from the Government of Manitoba. Although we are entering Level 1, we must ensure that our plan is agile enough to transition to Level 2 or 3. Any changes to the learning plan will be communicated accordingly. The three response levels are as follows:
- Level 1: In-Class Learning (planned for September 2020)
- Level 2: Blended Learning
- Level 3: Remote Learning
Here are a few of the changes you may anticipate:
- We are looking at alternative scheduling models, which may alter daily schedules.
- We will likely use alternative spaces throughout the school as classrooms to minimize cohort sizes, to increase safety and maximize social distancing.
- For the start-up of school, we are looking at some form of staggered entry in September to gradually welcome students back. Students will learn about new protocols, safety and traffic flow directions.
- We are evaluating how we can adapt school sports, clubs and co-curricular activities to meet and exceed safety protocols.
- It is unlikely that out of province trips, and overnight retreats will occur. Field trips will be limited.
- Food services may not be available or be very limited.
- Dress Code II: Warm Weather Dress Code, will be in effect for students as of September 8.
- School non-medical masks will become part of the dress code for both students & staff. Each student will receive two non-medical cloth, St. Paul’s High School masks.
Please ensure that you have two weeks prior to the start of school to self-isolate if required as per the travel restrictions outlined here. As school starts on September 8, the two-week isolation period would start August 24.
We look forward to seeing each of you.
Amanda Camara, on behalf of, Kevin Booth ’78, President & Bob Lewin, Principal