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Fall Opening 2020

Coping With COVID-19

Our priority as we look ahead to September and the start of our 2020-2021 academic year will continue to be the health and safety of our students. Our program directors, management team and board of directors are all working behind the scenes to prepare for the smoothest return possible. As the pandemic evolves, so too do the reactions and recommendations of our governments and public health authorities. We will all need to be flexible, understanding that our plans may shift as new information and strategies come to light.

In May, we announced the broad outlines of our return to school in the fall. This page provides a detailed breakdown by category of how we propose to resume operations during the first term of study.

Scroll down to find the following categories
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Arrival of International Students / Health Centre /
Residence Life
Academics / Athletics (Non-Hockey) / Hockey
Food Services / Student Activities / IT / Communications

Click "Read More" to find full details. Under FAQ, click the + symbol to find answers to frequently asked questions. If you have further questions, please use the Feedback Form. Any updates to the plan will be added by category and indicated by date. We will also indicate any recent changes in this introductory section.

Our priority will continue to be the safety of our students and community while providing the best Stanstead College experience possible. Thank you for taking the time to learn more.
- June 26, 2020 

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  • Arrival of International Students

    Stanstead College takes pride in being home to students from around the world. Despite the constraints of COVID-19, we are implementing measures to ensure that we can continue to do so in a manner that is safe for the school and community alike. Specifically, international boarding students arriving in Canada will follow a 14-day quarantine on campus upon arrival at Stanstead College. For those students who can arrive for the start of the school year, this 14-day period will begin between August 24 and 26.

    In accordance with federal guidelines, quarantine applies to all travellers entering the country, whether they have COVID‑19 symptoms or not. Such isolation covers both travellers who are sick or display symptoms and those who do not have symptoms and are in perfect health.
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  • Health Centre

    The Health Centre team is dedicated to meeting the daily health needs of our students, and this will continue in the fall of 2020. Students will continue to have access to Health Centre services, albeit under new guidelines. In addition, the Health Centre will vigilantly monitor symptoms of COVID-19 among the school population and has protocols in place should such an event occur.

    Specifically, students will be required to enter the Health Centre by the main entrance and immediately sanitize their hands before proceeding. Any member of the school community displaying COVID-19 symptoms will use a designated rear entrance and will remain in a designated COVID space.
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  • What is the procedure if my child suspects they have COVID-19 symptoms?

    Following Quebec guidelines, if you have a fever OR any of these COVID symptoms:
    • Onset or worsening of cough
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Extreme fatigue
    • Sudden loss of sense of smell without nasal congestion, with or without loss of taste
    • Muscular pain
    • Headache
    • Major loss of appetite
    • Sore throat
    • Diarrhea

    the procedure is as follows:
    • Day students
      • Do not come to school. Call 811.
      • Vermont students/families can call Vermont Department of Health at 802-863-7240.
      • If already at school, notify the Health Centre and then go to the rear entrance to be assessed. We will call 811 and parents will be called to come pick up the student.
    • Boarders
      • Notify the Health Centre team and come to the rear entrance to be assessed.
      • If it is deemed that testing is necessary, the student will be isolated on the third floor of Colby until arrangements have been made to take student to be tested (following guidelines of Quebec Public Health)
    • Faculty/Staff
      • Do not come to school. Call 811.
      • If on campus – inform the Health Centre and department heads, go home and call 811.
    If any student/faculty/staff tests positive, we will
  • Will students and faculty be required to wear protective gear?

    Public Health recommends, but does not at this time require, individuals to wear a mask. Students and faculty will be required to wear masks in any common spaces where physical distancing is not possible.
  • If my child has symptoms, how long until they can return to school?

    They must isolate for 14 days after the onset of symptoms AND until they are free of fever for at least 48 hours AND have no acute symptoms for at least 24 hours. (This does not include cough and loss of smell, which can take a longer time to go away.)
  • What happens if a boarder tests positive for COVID-19?

    The student will be required to isolate in a designated space on the third floor of Colby and follow guidelines set out by Quebec Public Health.

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  • Residence Life

    Living in residence is a key component of the overall Stanstead College boarding experience. While a number of modifications will be in place to ensure COVID-19 prevention, we will strive to ensure that boarding and day students continue to have a rich residential life.

    Specific measures are as follows:
    • Based on current guidelines, all international students will be quarantined on campus as of the week of August 24 (See “Arrival of International Students”). Other domestic boarding and day students will be required to self-quarantine at home for 14 days prior to arriving at school.
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  • Academics

    At Stanstead College, we are committed to providing students with a structured and enriching educational experience. In preparation for opening in September, the Academic Program is planning, based on a number of scenarios, to do exactly this, while at the same time addressing restrictions necessitated by COVID-19 and to prepare for them as they evolve.

    At this time, we anticipate there will be need for a hybrid learning model based on two scenarios:
    1. International students unable to begin their year onsite, together with students on campus who will need to observe significant distancing in class
    2. All students on campus but with significant distancing required in class
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  • Athletics (non-hockey)

    The current athletics climate in Quebec is restricted due to social distancing. Some individual sports are allowed to proceed by and large in their regular forms (e.g. golf, singles tennis), while team sports (excluding contact sports) are allowed to practice but not compete while observing physical distancing. If and when competition becomes permitted in team sports, the rules of play will be modified to respect physical distancing. You may find up-to-date information on government guidelines for sport here.
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  • Hockey

    The rules surrounding “return to play” for hockey are changing and trending positively. We expect the landscape will look very different in September than it does now, and the current six-phase plan for implementation by Hockey Quebec will have to be followed. That said, rest assured there will be hockey at Stanstead College and we will continue to set the bar for prep school hockey for girls and boys in North America.
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  • Food Services

    Working with our food supplier, Dana Hospitality, Stanstead College will adapt its meal service to comply with all safety regulations. LeBaron Dining Hall will be reconfigured to ensure students and faculty can safely physical distance during meals. Signs will be posted throughout LeBaron and the meal area where the lines are formed to ensure all rules are understood and followed. Mealtimes will be expanded and staggered to comply with the number of students/faculty permitted at one time.

    The following details outline the steps we are taking and the protocol to follow to ensure safety for all regarding meals at Stanstead College.
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  • Student Activities (Animation)

    Stanstead College is committed to offering a safe and well thought out animation program that is fun yet complies with all safety regulations put forth by Stanstead College and the Quebec government. While we are planning the same level of diverse weekend activities as in previous years, the focus will be on smaller groups, activities taking place simultaneously in multiple locations and activities that by their very nature incorporate social distance.
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  • IT

    Stanstead College, like all schools, was forced to respond quickly and adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19. To this end, all teachers were given professional development this spring to facilitate a change to online teaching and learning. Although far from ideal, the transition was by and large a success, with the vast majority of students and parents providing positive feedback.

    In anticipation of a continued need for flexibility and adaptability, the College is continuing to invest in its IT infrastructure as well as in further training for teachers. Stanstead College has positioned itself as a leader in distance learning and will continue to be so.
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  • Communication

    Stanstead College is committed to communicating quickly, clearly and efficiently to all members of our school community regarding changes in policy related to COVID-19 and other information affecting school life. A number of tools are available to deliver these messages, often used in combination, including email, a weekly bulletin (delivered by email), social media (Facebook, Twitter) and website.
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  • How can I contact the school?

    For general questions, your child’s advisor remains the best person to contact. If you have a question for a specific teacher or administrator, you can find their contact information on our Contact Us page. If you don’t know who to address your question to or if you simply have general comments, you can simply use the Feedback Form located on our website.
  • How often should I hear from the school?

    The school issues a bulletin every Sunday evening local time, delivered by email to parents and other constituents. Other updates during the week can be found on our social media pages, often with links to content on the website and elsewhere. If there is an urgent matter, we will contact parents as quickly as possible via email. Parents will also continue to receive less urgent emails from the school from time to time regarding report cards, staffing announcements, etc.
  • Where can I find information about COVID-19 in Stanstead and area?

    The regional health authority, Santé Estrie, updates the number of cases in the Estrie (Eastern Townships) region Monday through Friday. Please note that this information is in French only. This site also links to a PDF providing a breakdown of cases by regional municipal county (MRC) and by municipality.