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Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website. 

General How-To's



I am looking for a school for my child. How can I find information about the various programs schools provide?

  • You can look at a list of Winnipeg School Division (WSD) offerings in the Programs ​section of this website or check out the various school websites. You are also very welcome to call school principals to ask for a meeting and school tour.


How can I find out when my child’s school will have inservices?

  • WSD schools have eight common inservice days throughout the year. These eight days are the same for every school in WSD and can be found on the calendar on the home page of this website as well as the calendar of each school.


  • In addition, the schools have two more inservice days during the year that they can schedule at any time.


Can my child attend the WSD free nursery program?

  • The Nursery Program is free for children who reside with their parent(s) within the Winnipeg School Division catchment area. Children must turn four years old by the end of December in order to be enrolled in the fall.
  • Non-resident students are accepted into the program, but a non-resident fee is assessed.


Will my child have to go outside for recess when it is very cold outside?

  • Students stay indoors for recess when the wind chill reaches -28 degrees Celsius.


How do I know if school buses have been cancelled on mornings when the wind chill is very high?

  • School bus transportation for all school divisions in the City of Winnipeg is cancelled when the wind chill reaches -45° C by 6:15 a.m. based on the Environment Canada readings at The Forks, Winnipeg (click here​ for latest readings at The Forks).  When bus transportation is cancelled in the morning, it will not resume later in the day even if weather conditions improve.


  •  The following media outlets are requested to carry the messages: 89.3 CBC FM; 990 CBC AM; CKSB 89.9 FM (French); CJOB-680 AM; Power 97-FM; TSN Radio 1290; 99.9 BOB-FM; FAB 94.3; 92 CITI FM; 102.3 CLEAR FM; Virgin Radio 103; QX 104 FM; Envol 91 FM, CTV News; CityTV; Winnipeg Free Press website.


Who runs the school lunch programs?

  • Parent and community groups run supervised lunch programs. For more information, please call your child’s school.

We live within WSD boundaries . Do my children need to go to the school within the catchment area where we live?

  • Provided that there is space available and that there is no additional cost to WSD, your children may attend a school of choice within the division.

I do not live within the boundaries of WSD. Can my child attend a school in Winnipeg School Division?

  •  A non-resident student may be admitted to a school of choice: provided there is space available in the class or school; the student does not require an individual educational plan or additional support services which would incur costs to WSD; and the student is not seeking to register in a program of studies for which the home school division is obligated to pay under the Public Schools Act (e.g., vocational programs).

The priority for accepting students is as follows:

  1. Resident students from within the local catchment area;

  2. Resident students aged 4 to 20 from other school catchment areas;

  3. Resident students aged 21 years and over;

  4. Non-resident students aged 5 to 20 years;

  5. Non-resident students aged 21 years and over (fees applicable).

Non-resident students must register before September 30.


When is spring break?

  •  Spring break always starts on the last Monday in March.

Would there be significant cost savings if the six Winnipeg school divisions amalgamated into one division?

The following information is an excerpt from a Frontier Centre for Public Policy study published shortly after the Manitoba school division amalgamations in 2001.
• In 2001, Manitoba’s Minister of Education announced that the number of school boards in the province would be reduced from 54 to 37.
• One of the main reasons given for the change was efficiency, that the reduction of unnecessary duplication would save up to $10 million.
• Despite that prediction, overall spending by amalgamated school divisions has been greater than it was prior to amalgamation.
• Administrative cost savings have been almost negligible, with reductions in the order of only 2.6%, or half a million dollars, in amalgamated school divisions.
• A previous Frontier backgrounder, Amalgamating School Boards Not an Answer, had found virtually no correlation between school board size and per-pupil
expenditures. This finding is confirmed in the analysis of post-amalgamation school division expenditures.
• Upward wage harmonization and the equalization of working conditions are largely responsible for substantial increases in personnel costs in amalgamated school divisions.
• The time and energy spent on the amalgamation process would have been better directed towards meaningful education reform.

What is the salary compensation distribution in WSD?

  •  Dedicated staff deliver the educational programs and provide learning opportunities to students. It is therefore to be expected that salaries and benefits are the primary component of the WSD budget.






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