Pandemic News and Updates
March 14, 2020: Government decision to suspend classes.
March 12, 2020: Message to parents, guardians and students
- Uniform Sale that was scheduled for April 21 is cancelled.
- All Manitoba High School Athletic Association Provincial Championships and school sport activities are cancelled for the remainder of the school year.
- Parents' Guild Cash Lottery is postponed until further notice.
- Marian Awards For Excellence: cancelled
- SMA's Cafeteria, Academy Bistro closed on March 18 and will reopen when classes resume.
- Tartan Shop is closed Friday, March 20 and Friday, March 27. The Shop will reopen once classes resume.
- Wednesday Morning Prayer: cancelled for March 18 and 25.
- School-wide Easter Liturgy scheduled for April 15: new date TBA.
- Harvest Thursday: suspended until further notice
- Holy Week Gathering: cancelled
- Generations Day: current grades 7 and 8 students will participate in Generations Day 2021.
- Panel Interviews: cancelled
- SMA's two extended educational experiences taking place in Europe: cancelled
- Grade 10 trip to Rotary Career Symposium: cancelled
- Human Rights Team Dinner: new date TBA
- High School Hockey Playoffs: postponed indefinitely
- Drivers Education: Driver Z classes and in‐car sessions are suspended until April 5. Students are to continue with the online portion of the Driver Z course.
All outside use of SMA's facility is cancelled until further notice. If you have questions please contact Nadine Dannenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Students and Families
Information about COVID-19
Government of Canada Website with Information and Resources
Government of Manitoba Website with Information and Resources
COVID-19 Government of Manitoba Website
Government of Canada Travel Advisories
World Health Organization COVID-19 Pandemic
Risk to Canadians
COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily. The risk will vary between and within communities, but given the increasing number of cases in Canada, the risk to Canadians is considered high.
This does not mean that all Canadians will get the disease. It means that there is already a significant impact on our health care system. If we do not flatten the epidemic curve now, the increase of COVID-19 cases could impact health care resources available to Canadians.
There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians:
- aged 65 and over
- with compromised immune systems
- with underlying medical conditions
There are also increased health risks for Canadian travellers abroad. Because of these risks, the Government of Canada advises you to avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
• Practice social distancing (limit or avoid gatherings (particularly large gatherings), stay home as much as possible, keep a distance of two arms' length from people, do not shake hands)
• Wash hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds - click here for information on how to properly wash hands
• Keep hands away from mouth, nose and eyes
• Cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand (dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards).
• Get adequate sleep and rest
• Don’t share eating utensils or drinks (don’t share water bottles)
• Don’t share musical instruments with mouthpieces
• Stay home when sick
• Seek medical attention when necessary
St. Mary’s Academy strives to keep students, parents, alumnae and friends informed about events and activities at the Academy. The Torch Light magazine, for alumnae and friends, is published annually in September. The exception to this is a commemorative 150th issue will be published January 2020 rather than September 2019. A Newsletter, for parents and students, is published four times during the school year. A Student Bulletin, for parents and students, is published twice per week. The Cafeteria Menu is published monthly. For recent news and updates, scroll down to access our social media feeds.