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Winnipeg school switches some classes to remote learning as COVID-19 cases grow

John Pritchard School has reported four new COVID-19 cases

September 16, 2020  The Canadian Press

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 four new COVID-19 cases, in addition to one reported Sept. 13.

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.

A spokesperson for the River East Transcona school division says public health investigations are ongoing, and all other students are continuing with in-class learning.

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Manitoba students returned to class last week and schools were aiming to have full-time in-class learning for children up to Grade 8.

The province reported 17 new COVID-19 cases Sept. 15, for a total active case count of 269.

“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 spokesperson Amanda Gaudes wrote in an email Sept. 16.

“We understand public health investigations are continuing and we will continue to follow their lead and directives.”