Manitoba students will be returning to school on January 10 instead of January 6. Manitoba delayed the return to school to give public health officials additional time to assess the risk of the omicron variant in Manitoba and what changes might be needed on the return to school in early January
The change means school staff will return on Jan. 6 for professional learning and to prepare for the continuation of learning. Many childcare centers will remain open for children under the age of 12 to ensure families can continue to access needed childcare services.
The delayed return to school would also provide more time for the distribution of rapid tests to schools provincewide. Rapid tests are another tool that can be used to help screen for cases and provide peace of mind to parents and caregivers.