What a challenging year it was


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This article was published 09/08/2021 (664 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

The 2020-2021 school year was unlike any other in the Louis Riel School Division (LRSD).

We started off the year with students and staff learning in brick-and-mortar schools. We were also pleased to offer the Learning from Home School/L’École Apprendre-chez-soi for those who needed to learn from home and worked with the Manitoba Remote Learning Centre to provide online learning resources to students across the province.

As COVID-19 cases increased throughout the province of Manitoba and in Winnipeg, schools were mandated to move to critical  status this past spring, which sent most students home to learn.

Supplied photo Students and staff in the Louis Riel School Division managed to meet all the challenges they faced in the 2020-21 school year.

Through this unpredictable year of challenge, LRSD staff have been working tirelessly to provide students the best possible education through trying times while keeping them safe by following all public health protocols and guidelines. Physical distancing requirements were met by using all available spaces in schools and other locations kindly provided by community organizations. Tents were rented to use for outdoor activities in the winter months. Limited access to schools was permitted, necessary sanitizing and protective equipment were provided, and masks were worn by students and staff.

School division staff and families worked co-operatively to make learning in LRSD happen. The support and understanding from so many helped us all navigate through a unique and difficult situation.

So many good things happened, despite all the challenges. For example, students in Angela Kuhnle’s class at Highbury School won $6,000 for accessibility upgrades through the Manitoba’s Accessibility Challenge. The money will be used to make improvements at the school.

Unique graduation ceremonies also occurred, for the second year, throughout LRSD high schools and the Louis Riel Arts & Technology Centre, with each hosting a memorable ceremony for students. I had the honour of virtually recording a speech to graduates of Collège Jeanne-Sauvé.

As we leave this school year behind, I would like to wish all our graduates the very best in their futures. I’d also like to thank all LRSD staff, students and families for their continued resilience and effort this year.

As we approach a new school year in September, I am looking forward to the hope that we start to leave the pandemic behind and move on to a more “typical” routine as LRSD continues to provide a better education for all.

Have a peaceful, relaxing and rejuvenating summer.

Josie Landry is a Ward 3 trustee for the Louis Riel School Division.

Josie Landry

Josie Landry
Louis Riel School Division trustee report

Josie Landry is a Ward 3 trustee for the Louis Riel School Division.

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