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Manitoba Schools to Reopen to Students September 8

June 22, 2020 3:30 PM | News

Teachers, staff to return earlier to prepare classrooms

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A vacant teachers desk is pictured at the front of an empty classroom is pictured at McGee Secondary school in Vancouver, B.C. Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

WINNIPEG — It won’t be an early return to school classrooms for Manitoba students after all.

Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen confirmed on Twitter Monday that students will return for the 2020-21 school year on September 8.

Under a preliminary back-to-school plan released by the province, August 31 was the preferred date being mulled over by officials to have students return. Following public feedback from parents, teachers and caregivers, the province has pushed the start date until after Labour Day — when students in Manitoba would traditionally return to school after summer break.

“As expected, the experience with at home learning has been difficult for many,” Goertzen said in a tweet.

“While there will be a need for supplemental learning opportunities for many students in the next school year, the desire was that it be accommodated within the school year.”

Goertzen says teachers and staff will return on September 2 “to provide time to prepare spaces, inform staff about health protocols, and engage collaboratively on recovery learning approaches.”

Students have been out of the classroom since March 23, following the later indefinite suspension of classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Goertzen says more details on the reopening plan for schools will be announced soon. It’s unclear if students will be seeing staggered learning days when they return or how social distancing will be incorporated.