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COVID Response Plan

Preparation and Vigilance

August 29, 2021; updated September 9, 2021

For the 2021-22 school year, Stanstead College expects to operate as close to “normal” as possible, including in-person classes and full extracurricular and athletic programming. However, we will continue to exercise caution and diligence. While most of our school community is vaccinated against COVID-19, we must continue to account for the ongoing prevalence of the virus and its highly contagious variants. 

Please note that, as of August 29, 2021, 99% of our faculty and staff are fully vaccinated.
The following will provide specific information on policies to keep our students, staff and community safe while enjoying a positive, productive Stanstead College experience. Please note that these guidelines are subject to change.

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  • Vaccinations

    Updated September 9, 2021

    At this time, Stanstead College is not mandating vaccination against COVID-19. However, we strongly encourage all students, faculty and staff to receive two doses of a vaccine recognized by the Canadian government.

    In accordance with the Quebec government and the school’s own policies, students who are not adequately vaccinated against COVID-19 will face restrictions in certain areas, including the inability to participate in indoor sports, outdoor team sports or group sports or use weight and fitness rooms. Limited non-competitive athletic options will be available for unvaccinated students. Unvaccinated students will be required to stay on campus with the exception of school breaks.

    Students not fully vaccinated must wear a mask at all times indoors (including residence) except when in their own rooms.
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  • Masks & Hygiene

    Updated September 9, 2021

    Stanstead College will adhere to Quebec guidelines, namely students must wear masks in indoor areas and in the classroom.

    Masks may be removed indoors while eating, but must be on once the meal is complete and when circulating in the dining area.

    Masks are not required during athletic practices or competition.* Masks will not be required while using equipment in the weight rooms but must be on when moving from place to place in the building and the gym.
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  • Classrooms & Campus

    All classes will be in person. There are no distancing mandates for students nor are there class “bubbles.” Students will move from class to class according to their schedule.

    Masks are to be worn by students in classrooms and all indoor areas.

    In the classroom, teachers are not required to wear masks unless they come within 2 metres of a student.
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  • Athletics

    All athletes involved in interscholastic sports (practice and competition) must be fully vaccinated as per government mandate. Limited non-competitive athletic options will be available for unvaccinated students.

    When playing games against other schools either on campus or away, proof of vaccination will be required for all players (home and visitors). Visiting teams for all sports will have access to changing rooms/bathrooms in the Pat Burns Arena only.

    Masks are not required for athletic practices or competition, indoors or outdoors.

    No spectators for games and events on campus are permitted at this time.

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  • Moving In

    Masks will be required for all parents and students in all indoor spaces during move in. For the safest return to school possible, we ask that only parents who are fully vaccinated enter residence and help set up their child’s room on opening day. Parents will be strictly limited to accessing their own child’s room. One family at a time will be allowed in the residence room, and multiple entrances will be available during move-in.

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  • Off-Campus

    All boarders will spend their first two full weeks of school on campus. As of September 27*, students will be permitted to have town leave and participate in off-campus activities (Quebec COVID-19 passport required) in line with all public health protocols. Unvaccinated boarding students will neither have town leave nor be able to participate in school sponsored off-campus activities.

    *Dependent on regional epidemiological situation and subject to change

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  • Visiting Campus

    Some visits to campus will be allowed starting September 27*. All visitors to campus, including parents, must be fully vaccinated AND will be required to complete a COVID Visitor Declaration form. Visitors will be provided a new procedural mask on arrival. Visits will take place primarily outdoors, and all hygiene protocols will be followed when entering buildings and when indoors.

    *Dependent on regional epidemiological situation and subject to change