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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information



We understand there may be some concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its  impact in River East Transcona School Division. On this page, you'll find all available information, which will be updated as the situation evolves. 

On March 13, we received a directive from the Minister of Education declaring the following:

March 16–20, 2020: Staff and students are in schools to prepare and plan for the learning that will take place during the two weeks that students are not in school.

March 23–27 & April 6–10, 2020: Staff are on the job supporting the learning of students who are not in school.

*NEW* March 31, 2020 Update:

The Province of Manitoba announced today that the current class suspension is now extended indefinitely. Should a change in the COVID-19 pandemic situation occur prior to the end of this school year, the suspension may be lifted by the chief provincial public health officer. Teachers will be in contact with parents after the break to provide details of ongoing learning and assessment.

To help slow the spread of COVID-19 virus, River East Transcona School Division, under the guidance of the province, is prohibiting the use of all play structures on all school grounds effective immediately until further notice. These structures are high touch areas and with the public health directive to maintain a two-metre distance, we encourage parents, students, and community members to instead use the open large spaces such as fields and parks.  

Fee-for-service transportation fees will not be collected for April and will be suspended until bus service resumes.


Specific health concerns should be directed to your family physician or by calling the WRHA Health Links line at (204) 788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free). 

As a precaution, here are some ways to stop the spread of germs and reduce the risk of infection:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if handwashing with soap is not possible
  • If you feel ill, stay home
  • COVID-19 Screening Tool

River East Transcona School Division also has the following policy with tips and information on keeping our schools, staff, and students healthy.


Letter from Manitoba Education (March 13, 2020)

COVID-19: RETSD Update #1 (March 13, 2020)

COVID-19: RETSD Update #2 (March 16, 2020)

COVID-19: Letter to RETSD Families from The Board (March 20, 2020)

COVID-19: RETSD Update #3 (March 20, 2020)

Message from Superintendent/CEO Kelly Barkman to RETSD Staff (March 27, 2020)

*NEW* Letter from Minister of Education (March 31, 2020)


Staff or students if you are returning from international or inter-provincial travel:

  1. Self-isolate for 14 days after your return.  
  2. Monitor your health for fever, cough or difficulty breathing. 
  3. Wash your hands often for 20 seconds and cover your mouth and nose with your arm when coughing or sneezing. 
  4. If symptoms develop during the 14-day self-isolation or self-monitoring period contact Health Links—Info Santé to determine if testing for COVID-19 should be considered. In cases where testing is not recommended, stay home (self-isolate) until well.  

In addition, if you return from Italy, Iran, or Hubei province (China) you will be asked to contact Manitoba Health within 24 hours of arriving in Canada to provide your contact information.




Below are some mental health and other community resources for parents to access, should they need to, during the pandemic:

Resources for Parents