Safe Grad

Safe Grad & COVID-19 Update (June 18, 2021)

Graduation season has arrived! For the second year in a row, the COVID pandemic will have an impact on graduation ceremonies across Manitoba. In collaboration with public health, Manitoba Education has provided direction and guidance to school divisions planning modified graduation ceremonies.

Schools must adhere to Protecting Manitobans COVID-19 Bulletin #11 for their graduation events/distribution of diplomas. An addition, Safe Grad Manitoba has issued this update in response to questions raised concerning community parades in light of current restrictions.

COVID-19 Update & Message to Safe Grad Parent Committees (March 2, 2021)

There is no question that the on-going pandemic and the Government of Manitoba's response to help stop the spread of COVID-19 have made planning events extremely challenging. Safe Grad Manitoba is encouraging Safe Grad committees to find a balance between best/worst case scenarios when planning for their 2021 graduation celebrations. Click here for current State of Emergency and Public Heath Orders in Manitoba.

If Manitoba Public Health modifies its restrictions and increases interactions, please consider it will not likely be a major shift in a full re-opening by June. Committees should be planning for smaller, moderate celebrations that would fit potential future easing of restrictions. Definitely not an easy task.

All liability applications will only be accepted during current Manitoba Public Health restrictions to ensure that they are within allowable activities.

For 2021, Safe Grad will accommodate a shortened time requirement for approvals for liability coverage. Applications submitted can be processed and returned (once approved) within 72 hours. All applications MUST comply with current Manitoba Public Health restrictions.

Committees are encouraged to contact LGCA for questions surrounding permits and approvals.

Private property locations are not encouraged for sanctioned Safe Grads activities. Please contact us if you wish to discuss this further.

If any Safe Grad committees feel they will have to cancel their plans, please ensure that all funding collected is managed as per Division/Committee policy.

Contact us at if you have questions or need assistance.

In 1981, several provincial organizations began a program to deal with problems related to high school graduation. In the previous five years, several grad-night incidents had occurred: deaths, automobile accidents, boating-related injuries and driving and alcohol-related charges. Provincial and city police, ambulance services, hospital emergency wards and parents faced the end of June with uneasiness as tragedies resulting from high school graduation continued to increase.

These organizations began their work by looking at graduations throughout Manitoba and Saskatchewan and finding a process that would provide a safe celebration. That safe celebration, known as Safe Grad, is now widely accepted and is an integral part of graduation in nearly all Manitoba high schools.

Each year there is a Safe Grad planning seminar to assist parents, students and school administration in planning their graduation celebration.

Contact the association office to learn more about planning a Safe Grad.


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