It is with great enthusiasm that I announce the start of the 2020-2021 school year. School is a wonderful place for students to learn, grow and be safe. Staff will be returning on Sept. 2 and will be provided an opportunity for orientation of public health requirements to support a safe and healthy return for all students and staff.
The Manitoba Government in consultation with the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer
Dr. Roussin have determined a Level 1 return to in-class learning for September 2020. (Please see the Fort La Bosse School Division's Response to Manitoba's K-12 Guidelines for September 2020 Plan) Manitoba Education has released guidelines for transportation of students. Our Operations Department has been working extensively to create a healthy and safe space for our transported students. Fort La Bosse busses will be able to accommodate one student per seat with members of the same household permitted to sit together. Please note, due to provincial guidelines the division will be unable to provide in-town transportation. Manitoba Education encourages alternative means of transportation whenever possible.
Regular attendance of all K-12 students and staff is expected, unless there is an underlying medical condition. Public Health will continue to provide guidance to school divisions and schools, and will be responding and providing direction to staff or students if they have been in close contact with an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19.
Wednesday, Sept. 2, all school staff will return to work. The first day of classes for all schools in the division will be Tuesday, Sept. 8. This will be a Day 1 on the school calendar.
A reminder to all motorists to please watch out for the many cyclists and children walking to and from school in the mornings, at lunch hour and at dismissal times during the school year.
The information below gives an overview of our first semester. The school calendar is on our website at www.flbsd.mb.ca.
FLBSD schools will be closed to students during the Fall Term on the following days:
Oct. 12 - Thanksgiving Day (Statutory Holiday)
- Oct. 23 - Provincial PD/SAGE K-12 (No school for students)
- Nov. 11 - Remembrance Day (Statutory Holiday)
- Nov. 16 - Administration Day (No school for students)
- Nov. 25 - Parent Teacher Interviews (No school for students)
- Dec. 21 through Jan. 1 - Christmas Break
Classes will resume for students on Monday, January 4, 2021, Day 4 on the school calendar.
In closing please stay connected to your school for up to date information. Going to school is a wonderful opportunity for all of our children to grow, learn and connect. Covid-19 has certainly changed our lives, now and for the foreseeable future. As in life, we need to continue to look out for one another, support one another, and care for each other.
When we are not feeling well, we protect others by staying home. We protect everyone by practicing proper handwashing, being aware of physical distancing and being considerate and kind to others.
Best wishes to staff and students for a successful school year!
R. Barry Pitz, Superintendent of Schools