Manitoba will provide another $52 million for COVID-19 measures in schools

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is putting up another $52 million to help schools welcome back students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen says school divisions can apply to use the money for items such as masks, enhanced cleaning, and extra staff.

Goertzen says the money is in addition to $48 million that school divisions saved during the spring when schools were closed, and which can now be used.

Manitoba schools closed in late March as part of efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. CHRIS PROCAYLO/WINNIPEG SUN

The Progressive Conservative government says 4.7 million masks have already been distributed to school divisions and more will come.

Classes in Manitoba are to resume Sept. 8 with masks mandatory for students in Grades 4 to 12 where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

The Opposition New Democrats have called on the government to cap class sizes at 15 students and set up more classrooms, in order to ensure proper physical distancing.

(SOURCE:NATIONAL POST, AUGUST 24, 2020)

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