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December 29, 2021

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January 7, 2022

Dear Stratford Hall Community,

You will have already received messages from our Principals this morning in advance of the announcement from Provincial Health Officer (PHO), Dr. Bonnie Henry.

Dr. Henry continues to advise schools to activate the layers of protection that we know are effective. We are confident that our students, families and staff will work together to keep our community as safe as possible and ensure continuity of learning for all our students. As Dr. Henry mentioned, and I fully endorse, school is the best place for children to be for learning and for their wellbeing. 

Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect everyone against COVID-19. Safety measures are in place to protect all students and staff and reduce the spread of COVID-19. These include effective personal practices like wearing masks, daily health checks, staying home when sick and regular hand washing. 

Wearing masks at school is required under a public health order. Proper fit is a key factor in mask effectiveness. As mandated by the PHO, 3-layer disposable masks will be available to all students at every reception desk. 

Dr Henry announced today that early batches of the much-sought-after rapid tests will be designated for B.C.'s schools. The COVID-19 tests will be used for symptomatic teachers and staff at K-12 schools. Protocols are still being developed for self-testing, and the plan is to expand the testing program into the school communities, for symptomatic children.

COVID Positive Notification
The school will respond to cases as notified of them by parents/guardians and staff. It is therefore critical that the school knows as soon as possible if a student/staff member will not attend school and the reason for the absence.
 
Individuals with symptoms: Symptomatic students and staff will be required to self-isolate for 5 days or until they feel better if they are double vaccinated. Unvaccinated individuals with symptoms need to self-isolate for 10 days. 
 
Individuals who are exposed: Students or staff who come into close contact with an infected person are required to self-monitor for 14 days if double vaccinated and isolate for 10 days if unvaccinated. 

Please remember that if you are returning from international travel, unvaccinated youth 12 to 17 years of age are subject to the 14-day quarantine, and must adhere to all testing requirements for pre-entry, arrival and Day-8 tests, whether or not they are accompanied by travellers who qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.
 
Furthermore, unvaccinated children less than 12 years of age who enter Canada with their fully vaccinated parents cannot attend school for the next 14 days. 

This is a new phase but the basic strategies for reducing the spread must be observed by all of us to maximize the benefit to the community. Please be mindful, and protect yourself to protect others so we can keep the school open. We will continue to adapt to situations as they arise as we have done so well all along.

I look forward to seeing all students back on Monday, January 10. We will continue to operate as outlined by the Public Health Guidelines which have been reiterated in the messages from Principals today.

Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

Yours truly,

Dean Croy
Head of School