Coronavirus Response

Branksome Hall and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Branksome Hall and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Important School Updates

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  • May 22, 2020

    Branksome Hall has been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. Given the uncertain trajectory of the virus and our desire to support public health efforts to contain its spread, Branksome Hall’s campus will remain closed through to the final day of classes, Wednesday, June 10, and we will continue to offer our distance learning program through Virtual Branksome until that time.

    Important school updates:
    • The rollout of distance learning for students began the week of March 23. Classes are being offered online through to the final day of classes, Wednesday, July 15.
    • All Branksome Hall events, including external programs offered on our campus, are cancelled until June 30.
    • Federal, Provincial and City Public Health Authorities require all those who have travelled internationally—including to the U.S.—to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.
    • Further resources and updates are below. Should you have any questions, please contact yourquestions@branksome.on.ca.

Frequently Asked Questions

Branksome Community

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Academics

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  • How exactly will the school support distance learning? What online platforms are being used?

    Branksome Hall has begun offering online instruction through a blend of synchronous (real time) and asynchronous approaches through our Portal and leveraging other resources including Zoom video conferencing, Google Classroom and OneNote, and Seesaw in the Junior School, along with a variety of tools to enhance online learning.
  • What equipment will I need / is available to students to support online learning?

    Senior and Middle School students will need access to their laptop and to the internet to participate in the online program. Teachers will provide materials online to support student learning. Some of this will be synchronous (real time) and other elements will be asynchronous.
     
    Junior School students will need access to a device and to the internet. Parents will need to be more involved, depending on the age of their child(ren). The school will use a number of platforms to communicate including Zoom, email, SeeSaw and supplementary practice apps like IXL and RazKids. It will be important to have a daily routine, but we do not expect or want to have students sitting in front of a screen all day.

    Some helpful guidance for parents about distance learning:
    • It will look different for our different aged children.
    • It will take some time to get used to; we will be guided by our Social Emotional Learning priority to ensure that students are connected with their teachers and other students during this challenging time.
    • Provide a home environment conducive to learning.
    • Grades JK-6: Create a schedule and a family routine while considering variables like preferred learning time (morning, afternoon, evening).
    • Grades 7-12: Support time management skills as your child follows her synchronous class timetable
    • Support emotional balance by providing a balance of room and time for reflection, laughter, physical activity, conversation and play!
  • What if, for some reason, a student is unable to participate in online learning?

    We are planning to ensure that the content delivery is available to students, regardless of time zone. This will mean that if they cannot join live, they can engage in the learning independently. 
     
    In the Junior School, parents should be in touch with their daughter’s classroom teacher or Learning Strategies teacher. In the Middle and Senior School, if a student is unable to attend classes for an extended period of time, their guidance counsellor will support them on a case-by-case basis.
     
    If a student is not keeping up with online learning and course expectations, their teacher will liaise with the student and parents to provide further support. 
  • What accommodations is the IB making?

    To learn more about developing news and actions that the IB is taking, please visit this page.
  • What is the status of DP2 exams?

    For DP2 exams, the International Baccalaureate Organization has announced that the May examinations will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Exams scheduled between 30 April and 22 May for DP candidates will no longer be held. Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes. To learn more, please visit the IB website.
  • Will students still be able to graduate this year or move to the next year?

    In our online learning environment, students will acquire the skills and expectations in their current courses to be prepared to progress from one grade to the next. Grade 12 students will graduate at the completion of their course work, as per above.

Event/Travel Cancellations

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  • Are any international trips going ahead?

    All non-essential travel is cancelled or postponed at this time. Please review additional travel advisories here.
  • If the school closure continues, how will Middle and Senior School students write exams?

    Grade 7 students do not have exams. Grade 8 students currently have Math and French only, the week of June 8.
     
    Grades 9-11 currently have exams from June 2-11. We will review the timeline and decision on culminating tasks based on how long we maintain an online environment.
     
    For DP2 exams, the International Baccalaureate Organization has announced that the May examinations will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Exams scheduled between 30 April and 22 May for DP candidates will no longer be held. Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes. To learn more, please visit the IB website.

COVID-19 Prevention/Precautions

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  • How can I help to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

    The Canadian government recommends social distancing by avoiding public spaces and gatherings of more than 5 people, and staying home as much as possible. As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Canada, our focus is on protecting the health of your children as well as the broader community.
    In addition to social distancing, Public Health of Canada recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Discard tissue immediately into a closed bin.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • What should community members do if they are diagnosed with COVID-19?

    We know that many of our families are returning from their travels at this time. Please be advised that Federal, Provincial, and City Public Health Authorities require all who have travelled internationally – including to the United States – to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return, as per the guidelines issued by the Public Health Agency of Canada: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/travel-health-notices/221  

    If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has, we encourage you to complete the online self-assessment tool found here on the Ontario government website :
     
    Other important resources for up-to-date information include: 
  • When campus reopens, what is the school’s plan for students returning from abroad and rejoining our community?

    At this time, all Canadians returning to Canada from abroad must self-isolate for a 14-day period and monitor themselves for symptoms. For boarding students, each family is responsible for arranging this self-isolation off-campus before returning to boarding. 
     
    Travellers who are not Canadian citizens, Canadian Permanent Residents, or American citizens are not permitted to enter Canada at this time. Exceptions will be made for air crew, diplomats, immediate family members of citizens. All students, local and abroad, will be engaged through our online learning platform until school reopens.
  • What is the plan for keeping our campus clean once students return?

    When campus reopens, we will continue with the protocols put in place before March Break. These include increased cleaning/housekeeping across campus, students trained on proper handwashing and cough/sneeze hygiene, monitoring for symptoms and encouraging staff and students to stay home if unwell.

Boarding Community

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