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COVID-19 Updates


Glenlyon Norfolk School will continue to add to these FAQs as more questions are asked and as more decisions are made as to how we will move forward to ensure teaching and learning continues in a highly effective and safe manner.

Health FAQs

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What is COVID-19?

    From the World Health Organization: “COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.” Read more
  • Q: What can families do to protect themselves?

    At this time, there is no vaccine available yet to protect against this new disease so all family members should continue to practice good hand washing techniques and hygiene practices. To help reduce your risk of infection HealthLinkBC advises people should:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub to clean your hands.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve.
    • Dispose of tissues appropriately.
    • Avoid contact with sick people.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    For further information on how to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19, visit HealthLinkBC or BC Centre for Disease Control.
  • Q: Who needs to self-isolate prior to a return to campus?

    In line with the travel recommendations put out by Health Canada, all international travellers to Canada (including the United States) are being asked to self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the presence of symptoms or contact history.
  • Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

    Information on the prevention, transmission, symptoms, and treatment of COVID-19 can be found at the Government of Canada website Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Financial Matters

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

Facilities FAQs

List of 1 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: How is GNS keeping school facilities clean?

    Since the school closure on March 10, all facilities at both of our campuses were cleaned according to BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) guidelines. Our maintenance team continues to wipe down door handles and other high-touch points daily. Hand sanitizers are available throughout our campuses, including all entrances.

Academics and Programs FAQs

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: How will final transcripts be sent to universities?

    These are sent electronically in the summer and the Ministry of Education sends the final transcript showing proof of graduation to universities around the world. Students need to log back into, or create a new account on the site: Please contact either of our University Guidance Advisors, Ms. Colibaba ( or Ms. MacMillan ( if you have any questions.
  • Q: How will Grade 12 students receive “proof of graduation”?

    When students complete their coursework and any exams and the final marks are transferred to the Ministry of Education, normally at the end of June, the Ministry of Education will produce a final transcript showing proof of graduation and send a graduation certificate (the “Dogwood Diploma”) to the school. We mail the certificate and final transcript to students in August.
  • Q: What is GNS doing to ensure it is prepared, as the situation evolves?

    School leadership and staff are meeting and working to collaborate in consultation with regional, provincial and national colleagues and experts to ensure the school is ready to adjust based on changing circumstances.
  • Q: Will GNS offer distance learning in the event of a prolonged school closure?

    If the COVID-19 pandemic worsens to a point where online instruction becomes necessary, GNS is prepared to offer distance learning via GNS GO! (Gryphons Online).
  • Q: What are the current plans for co-curricular programs?

    Co-curricular activities are up and running on both our campuses. Some adjustments have been made to accommodate COVID-19 protocols, nearly everything that was offered in the past is on the table again, plus some new clubs. The biggest difference under the current health restrictions is with athletics. With no inter-school competition allowed, coaches and students are focussing on skill development.

Family Boarding & International Students

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

Admissions FAQs

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

Q: What do I do if I have a question not covered in the FAQ?
If you have a question that is not answered here, please fill in the form below or email and we will direct your inquiry to the member of our team most able to offer assistance. An answer will be provided as soon as possible.

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