On Thursday May 27, 2021, Education Minister Cliff Cullen announced that Manitoba will be providing $58 million in new funding to schools for continued pandemic protection and resources.
The funding has been earmarked for the 2021-22 school year and will include $40 million for additional staffing, learning technology and health and safety. $6 million has been allocated for additional PPE costs if needed and $7 million for a contingency fund which will include $5 million for a recovery learning fund. $5 million has also been earmarked for the Kindergarten to Grade 8 Remote Learning Support Centre for students who are medically compromised.
“We want to ensure the classroom environment continues to be as safe as possible while making focused investments to address the learning impacts of the pandemic,” said Cullen.
Cullen said the recovery learning fund will be used to address impacts on student learning including mental health and wellness, literacy and numeracy, planning and assessment, student engagement and professional learning.
“The funding provided during the last school year was effective in protecting students and teachers by keeping schools as safe as possible and open for in-class learning,” said Cullen. “This round of funding builds on that success to ensure schools are safe next school year and will support costs associated with meeting any public health measures.”
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