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COVID-19 and Westman schools

By: Harry Callaghan
Posted: March 13, 2020 08:39

Classes still underway at BU & ACC, for now

Brandon University,  Assiniboine Community College, and the Brandon School Division have not announced any class cancellations,  but say they're monitoring the COVID-19 situation. 

All three have created a website to share information, and BU has also activated its critical incident team.

Red River College will be cancelling classes all next week as they plan on implementing a study break

The U-of M is reportedly moving courses online in case classes are cancelled. 

In Ontario - public schools have added two weeks to spring break - there's no word yet if Brandon School Division will make a similar move.

Beautiful Plains Division sent a letter home to parents:

"As you may have seen in the media, efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) are ongoing globally including throughout Canada. While youth who are generally in good health seem to be more resilient to the effects of the virus, they can be carriers who can transmit the virus to others either directly or indirectly.

The federal government has released recommendations for public schools (A link can be found below this article)

Within this document is the following statement: There is currently no widespread transmission of COVID-19 in Canada; therefore, PHAC recommends that schools take standard respiratory illness precautions, the same precautions that are recommended every year for cold and influenza season.

Beautiful Plains School Division has a Pandemic Planning document which can be found on our website (The link can be found below) 

Below are some measures we are taking as a school division:

1. For the time-being we will continue our cleaning/disinfecting protocols within schools, focusing on
common “high touch” surfaces such as doorknobs, faucets, etc.
2. If students are displaying symptoms of illness, parents/guardians are asked to keep students home. Staff
who are ill are asked to do the same.
3. Students need to be reminded to be diligent with good hygiene practices, including regular hand washing
as well as the correct way to cover their mouths when coughing/sneezing. In addition, students should be
discouraged from sharing food.

For health questions or more information on respiratory illness, Manitobans can also phone Health LinksInfo Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free)

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