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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arriving at school
We are not sure if we understood correctly that Covid 19 vaccinations will be mandatory for attending Brentwood?
Students are required to comply with published BC Provincial Health Officer orders and guidance as a condition of enrolment. When readily available, and if guidance provided by the Provincial Health Officer or BC Centre for Disease Control so recommends, students will be expected to receive a COVID-19 vaccination unless medically excluded. If for medical reasons, a student is unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, families will be required to submit a medical note for exemption. If an exemption is granted by the School, the student may be required to wear a face mask and take other precautionary measures in all public spaces and where social distancing is not possible until the pandemic is deemed over by the BC CDC.
If I can’t get my vaccine before travel to Brentwood, can I get one once in Canada?
Students will be able to receive their vaccination in Canada, however, we strongly recommend receiving the vaccination prior to traveling to Brentwood as we are currently unaware of the logistics of the vaccine roll out in August or September and the subsequent mitigations that would occur for a student who has not received vaccination prior to arrival.
We would also strongly suggest students receive one of the Canadian Government approved vaccines. More information can be found here - HEALTH CANADA VACCINES
What is the School's policy around face coverings for 2021-22?
The School will follow the Provincial Health guidelines as it pertains to mitigation strategies for the start of school. More information will be forthcoming through the summer and will be shared with families.
For international students arriving alone for the start of the 2021-22 school year (with or without quarantine regulation as this is TBD) we have the following in place.
We are currently planning on the same quarantine hotel stay as last summer. 14 days in a hotel in Victoria BC, 40 minutes' drive from the school. Cost of the Hotel would be $2000 room and board. If the quarantine requirements change, we will alert our parents immediately, but understand if bookings cannot be changed, we will have school staff in place to care for children before the start of the school year at the Hotel.
We are concerned about Canada being closed for international travel and mandatory quarantines at appointed facilities?
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.
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.
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 (email@example.com) 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