WINNIPEG — An elementary and middle school in Winnipeg is switching some of its grades to remote learning after the discovery of more COVID-19 cases.
John Pritchard School has reported six new COVID-19 cases, in addition to one reported Sunday.
Students in grades 6, 7 and 8, as well as a split Grade 4 and 5 class, will move entirely to remote learning for an estimated two weeks.
Manitoba’s chief public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin says this is the first case of transmission within a school since students returned to class earlier this month.
He says the cases are a mix of students and staff, but would not provide further details.
Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen says schools across Canada are seeing COVID-19 cases, and the key is to react quickly and prevent any further spread.
A spokeswoman for the River East Transcona school division says public health investigations are ongoing and all other students are continuing with in-class learning.
“Teachers will be in contact with their students today to initiate remote learning materials and plans and will be in communication with those families throughout the day,” school division spokeswoman Amanda Gaudes wrote in an email Wednesday.
“We understand public health investigations are continuing and we will continue to follow their lead and directives.”
Health officials reported 23 new cases in Manitoba Wednesday, 20 of which were in Winnipeg.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Sept. 16, 2020.
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