COVID-19 Update #10
We wish to provide an update to our GNS community regarding restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and impacts on our school programs.
As we respond to the continuously changing nature of the pandemic, and acknowledge the desire for our extended community to be involved in the educational experiences of our students in a safe manner, we are moving forward with some continued steps toward a return to school programming.
As of Monday, December 6, 2021 we will be allowing a limited number of spectators for school concerts, athletic competitions, performances, and other activities where audience involvement has been encouraged and invited.
Restrictions for specific events may vary slightly depending on the scope, location and nature of the activity; however we will continue to operate in alignment with all local, regional, provincial Public Health and Ministerial Orders and guidelines relating to school settings. Though requirements for proof of vaccination are not included as per directives from the Ministry, examples of restrictions and protocols in place include capacity limits, performing wellness checks, wearing masks indoors, limits on food/drinks during an event, and providing information for contact tracing purposes. Specific restrictions relating to each activity will be outlined as part of regular invitations and communications and we encourage families to take special note of these when choosing to attend school activities.
In the coming weeks, we are excited to offer opportunities for live audiences at choral and band programs. Due to the number of individuals involved and the capacity restrictions set for health and safety reasons, it may not be possible for everyone interested to attend. Sign-up or ticketing procedures may be used to support an equitable opportunity for performers to have guests present. In some cases, we have chosen to divide larger shows into smaller programs to support audience involvement. In other cases, we may also be making recordings and/or live streaming available for those who cannot attend in person and to support the opportunity for others to view from the comfort of their homes both near and far.
We now also have the ability to welcome back our families to watch athletic events in the gymnasium at half capacity. We are setting this number at 100 spectators for games only (there will be no spectators for practices). This number also takes into account that some spectators may be attending with visiting teams and are grateful to all fans for honouring the capacity limits. There will be specific entrance and exit requirements, hand sanitizing stations, and means of providing contact information.
We are grateful for your patience and support of our Gryphons and are looking forward to seeing you on campus.
We wish to acknowledge and respect the Lekwungen-Speaking Peoples on whose traditional territory we stand, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and Wsáneć Peoples whose historical relationships with the land, where we live, work, play and learn, continue to this day.