FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The following are the most frequent questions we have received in regards to the COVID-19 virus, our school protocols and our return to school plan. If you have questions not covered below please contact us at info@brentwood.ca.

Return to school

Student Arrival In The Fall

What is Camp Brentwood? What does it mean for students?

During the first few weeks (ending September 25th), we will limit access to and from our campus. We will focus on creating positive habits with our new protocols and minimize opportunities for virus infection. Students and staff that reside off campus will be asked to reduce their social ‘bubbles’ and boarding students, unless it is a school run event such as hockey or a field trip, will not leave campus. This will also provide more confidence with our local Mill Bay community.

What is the School's policy around face coverings?

Face Coverings/Masks (NEW INFORMATION)

    • Since our August 14th update, the Ministries of Health and Education guidelines have amended their direction on the use of non-medical masks/face coverings. Their expectation is noted below.

    • “Non-medical masks are required to be used in situations where a person cannot maintain physical distance and is in close proximity to a person outside of their learning group or household.

Students in Middle and Secondary school are required to wear non-medical masks in high traffic areas such as buses and in common areas such as hallways, or anytime outside of their learning group whenever physical distancing cannot be maintained. Exceptions will be made for students who cannot wear masks for medical and/or disability-related reasons.

Wearing a non-medical mask, face covering, or face shield in schools outside of the circumstances outlined above is a personal choice for students and adults. It is important to treat people wearing masks with respect. Those that choose to wear non-medical masks, face coverings or face shields must still seek to maintain physical distance from people outside of their learning group.”

    • We will continue to follow the advice of our provincial health authority and, during Student Orientation, will review our mask/face covering protocols with our students and staff.

What precisely is Pandemic plan when COVID hits again. What does refund look like for when second wave hits. What precisely is the breakdown?

CAMPUS/School

What are the School's Visitor Protocols?

Should you have any symptoms of illness, please do not come to campus. During the start of the year drop off (Sept 8-10), parents are invited on campus. Beginning September 11th, if you are required to come on campus, please carefully review and follow our visitor protocols. They can be found here Brentwood Visitor Protocols

What engineering controls is the School implementing?

Air circulation and UV light filter

    • As part of our campus readiness planning, in all of our buildings, we are updating our HVAC units with an Ultraviolet light filter system and increased natural fresh air flow.

    • Air Quality - We will be implementing precautions to mitigate the risk of community spread of COVID19 based on the recommendations from ASHRAE epidemic task force latest information dated 7-17-2020. Where possible there will be 100% fresh outside air. When the outside air temperature impacts comfort levels, in the evening, the air will be purged when the buildings are vacant thus allowing enough time to reheat before occupancy the next morning. The air handling units in public buildings will have UV lights installed on the supply air to provide protection against bacteria, mold and viruses. All buildings on campus will have MERV 13 (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) filters installed in the return of supply air.

What if there is a shift to partial in-classe instruction allowed by the government?

In the case of a shift to partial in-class instruction, the School will activate a blended model of in-person and online learning. This would necessitate students undertaking online learning from their dorms and being supported through in-class instruction as well as tutorials and office hour visits. The ratio of these online to in-class classes would be determined by the Ministry of Education.

International Travel Checklist

Travel planning for the beginning of school and Quarantine planning can be found on our Orientation site and Travel site.

Breaks

How will Midterm breaks be handled?

During midterm breaks students will have the option of travelling home inside Canada, staying with local families, or signing up for a midterm trip (https://trips.brentwood.ca/) or stay on campus.

How will shorter breaks be handled?

Shorter breaks will be handled by a combination of local families and the school campus accommodation option.

Winter Break Return

Can you explain the return to school after winter break protocol?

We have designed a winter break schedule that takes into account the need for our students to see family during this time. We have built in a 14day window for quarantine for International students that includes a one week period where the school will resume classes on zoom for the second week prior to return to on campus learning.

Who takes care of students if school closes and they can’t get home.

If we have a school closure due to COVID 19 outbreak, our plan is have students who cannot get home, stay in their dorms, hopefully riding out a couple weeks of quarantine and being able to get back to face to face classes.

Why will days students be using the Foote ?

We have been advised to limit density in enclosed spaces wherever possible on campus. The small spaces in the boarding Houses combined with the day students arriving from off campus has led to this decision. Our hope is to return to normal as soon as we can ascertain that we are not compromising the safety of our students and staff.

What Engineering Controls is the School Implementing?

One of the main engineering controls we will be implementing is Air circulation and UV light filtering:

    • As part of our campus readiness planning, in all of our buildings, we updated our HVAC units with an Ultraviolet light filter system and increased natural fresh air flow.

    • Air Quality - We will be implementing precautions to mitigate the risk of community spread of COVID19 based on the recommendations from ASHRAE epidemic task force latest information dated 7-17-2020. Where possible and based on occupants’ comfort and building safety, there will be 100% outside air. When the outside air temperature prohibits maintaining user comfort levels or there is a risk of building freeze up, the air will be purged when the buildings are empty at night allowing enough time to reheat before occupancy. The air handling units in public buildings will have UV lights installed on the supply air providing protection against bacteria, mould and viruses. All buildings on campus will have MERV 13 filters installed in the return of supply air.

    • The REME HALO UV Light is designed to help eliminate sick building syndrome risks by reducing odors, air pollutants, VOCs (chemical odors), smoke, mold, bacteria, and viruses. These units will be mounted into our HVAC (Heating, Venting, Air Conditioning) systems and air ducts, which is where most sick building problems start. When the HVAC unit is in operation, the REME HALO Cell creates an Advanced Oxidation process consisting of ionized hydro-peroxides, superoxide ions and hydroxide ions. All are friendly oxidizers. They are friendly oxidizers in that they are oxidizers that revert back to oxygen and hydrogen after the oxidation of the pollutant.

FInance/Fees

Are there any anicipated changes to fees for 2020-21?

For financial questions please contact our CFO David Burton at david.burton@brentwood.ca

Academics

PROGRAMMING

How does this situation affect my university applications?

The marks provided for the winter report will be used by universities to decide on offers of admission. Students who receive conditional offers will need to continue to work with their teachers to maintain their standing in the course.

Will this affect my graduation this year?

The usual requirements for graduation apply. Grade 12s must have entered a minimum of 30 hours of work experience/service into x2vol.com, and successfully complete their courses, including Career Life Connections, to graduate.

COVID-19

DAILY HEALTH CHECKLIST

The following checklist is to be completed by parents and caregivers of day students and by staff prior to coming to school. Boarders should follow the Brentwood Daily Health Routine protocols posted in the houses.

Brentwood COVID-19 Daily Health Checklist - Updated Sept. 21, 2020

I have been asked to self-isolate. What does that mean?

It means for a 14 day period, it is better if those you live with can stay somewhere else, especially if they have a weak immune system or chronic health conditions. If you need to share a home, stay and sleep in a room with good airflow that is away from others. Use a separate bathroom if you can. Wear a face mask (surgical/procedure mask) if you are in the same room with anyone. Avoid face to face contact; friends or family can drop off food outside your room or home.

What is social distancing?

Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least two meters/six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.

Other examples of social distancing that allow you to avoid larger crowds or crowded spaces are:

  • Working from home instead of at the office

  • Closing schools or switching to online classes

  • Visiting loved ones by electronic devices instead of in person

  • Cancelling or postponing conferences and large meetings

What sort of support do we have for students who are feeling anxious at this time?

There is no doubt that this is an unsettling time for all of us. Our nurses and our Nurse Practitioner will be working to continue our support of all our students and can be contacted at any time for discussion and direction (health@brentwood.bc.ca) In addition to this support, all of the private counselors currently working with students will continue to support them through virtual connections.

Here are some useful resources - Mental Health References

Question not covered here?

If you have a question not covered here please contact info@brentwood.ca and we will get back to you.