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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 FAQs

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 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What defines a COVID-19 exposure?

    An exposure occurs when a person was at school when they were able to spread COVID-19. When a potential exposure at a school is identified, public health will work with the school to understand who may have been exposed and determine what actions should be taken, including identifying if other students or staff are close contacts and need to self-monitor or self-isolate. If it is determined that a person was at high risk of contracting COVID-19, they will receive a letter from Island Health asking them to self isolate or be tested.
  • Q: When would the school decide to have an entire class or grade self-isolate due to a potential exposure?

    As COVID-19 continues to be present in the community, it is expected that there may continue to be cases in school settings. When there are exposures in schools, public health will directly notify any individuals deemed to be at higher risk and will provide them with further instructions, which can include monitoring for symptoms of illness or self-isolation. Close contacts that are not deemed to be high risk by VIHA and thus are not been contacted, can continue to attend school. If COVID-19 symptoms develop, they should stay home and seek the advice of their health care professionals about getting tested.
     
    VIHA school medical officers will consider various control measures depending on each exposure scenario and will advise schools if they should take additional measures such as functional school closures or self-isolation of classes or grades. The school can only employ these measures if directed to do so.
  • Q: What happens if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school community?

    In the event a student or staff member is confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 where exposure to others on GNS premises has occurred, the school will follow the guidance of Island Health regarding all recommendations to contain possible COVID-19 exposure. Further actions for the school and especially for those in the classroom or otherwise in close contact with the suspected COVID-19 positive person will be dictated by these authorities and will likely include initiatives such as contact tracing, quarantine and/or isolation procedures. It is important to note that vaccination status and whether individuals live together in a household unit play major factors in the determination of self-isolation or quarantine requirements.
     
    Public statements and communications to parents/caregivers, staff and board members containing public health messaging, including references to confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 within the school community, must be reviewed and approved by the Island Health prior to release, and we will follow their guidance when preparing an appropriate communication to our community. GNS will ensure that staff, students and families who are impacted directly are treated with respect, fairness and compassion with a focus on dignity and the protection of their privacy.
  • Q: Should my child attend school if they have mild symptoms of illness?

    Maintaining a healthy, safe and caring environment for our entire community continues to be our priority. To that end we want to remind parents and guardians to perform a Daily Health Assessment (the K-12 Health Check is a useful tool) prior to making the decision of whether or not to send your child(ren) to school. Students, staff or other adults should stay at home when sick, as this is one of the most important ways to reduce the introduction to and the spread of communicable diseases in schools. The following resources provide guidance regarding specific symptoms of illness:
  • Q: What happens if my child gets sick at school?

    We are now back into school full swing in BC, and with that comes regular cold/flus that are common in school populations. Given that the symptoms can be similar to those linked to COVID-19, but also that there is COVID-19 continuing to be present in the general population, it is very important that students and staff stay home when ill. For a more detailed explanation of GNS’ protocols relating to a child experiencing symptoms of illness at school, please refer to the Sick Policy, Staying Home, Self-isolation section in our Communicable Disease Plan.
  • Q: What if our family is required to travel over a break from school?

    The school's position on this topic is to request that our families follow all of the guidelines and protocols for travel as posted by the federal government. In many cases, travel is restricted to being for essential reasons only. If you must travel, please check the risk levels specific to your destination and plan your travel accordingly (pay close attention to details of vaccination and/or testing requirements for entry/exit and associated timelines as these can impact school attendance).
  • Q: Are schools allowed to hold in-person gatherings and events?

    Yes, schools can continue to hold in-person gatherings and events in line with those permitted by the relevant local, regional, provincial and federal public health guidelines and Orders. In addition, organisers will work closely with our contacts in the Health Authority to ensure that when we do hold events at the school, it is done in the safest way possible in alignment with guidelines provided. GNS has been keeping a trauma-informed lens when planning the gradual transition to the return to any such events and will continue to adjust the format of activities as needed to ensure they run in safe ways and that they accomplish educational objectives. This may include making use of virtual alternatives, live-streaming, breaking into smaller group sizes, holding events outdoors, or restricting the duration of the activity.
  • Q: What can families do to protect themselves?

    As per the advice of the PHO and the Ministry of Education, everyone eligible is strongly encouraged to become fully vaccinated (i.e., receive 2 doses) against COVID-19 to protect themselves and those around them. Please review this flyer from Island Health on how to access vaccination.
     
    The following measures should also be followed:
    • 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 BC Centre for Disease Control.
  • Q: Who needs to self-isolate prior to a return to campus?

    All international travellers to Canada must follow the Travel, Testing, Quarantine and Border guidelines as directed by Health Canada.

Facilities FAQs

List of 1 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: How is GNS keeping school facilities clean?

    All facilities at both of our campuses are 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 3 frequently asked questions.

  • 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.

Admissions FAQs

List of 2 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 covid19support@mygns.ca 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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