At Branksome Hall, we have been working collaboratively to respond to the progression of COVID-19 and to limit its impact on our students and employees. The health and safety of our community remain our primary focus, aligned with our guiding principles, and following public health guidelines.
It was our highest hope to see the school year through with a combination of in-person and virtual learning. However, a proactive response plan, to be able to transition swiftly and seamlessly to a full virtual learning model, has been a priority since planning for 2020-21 began.
Following the Ontario government’s announcement on January 12, Branksome Hall will continue with virtual learning for all students until Thursday, February 11. Junior School students will return to campus on Tuesday, February 16. Middle and Senior School students return to a hybrid model of on-campus and virtual learning Tuesday, February 16. See our FAQs for more information.
Our virtual learning model incorporates community feedback from virtual forums and consultations. It also reflects insights gained from the previous school closure about what constitutes a well-balanced offering of virtual instruction, small-group work with supervision and opportunities for informal inquiry, along with asynchronous learning, down-time, family time and plenty of fresh air.
We invite your collaboration as you review schedules, assessment expectations, routines and guidelines as we shift to virtual learning and working together.
While these plans are subject to change, I have every confidence that our virtual learning plan will fully support learning and well-being, and maximize connection as much as possible with students and each other.
The potential to accelerate our students’ agency, independence and resilience is one of the great opportunities the pandemic has provided. Honed now, these skills will serve a lifetime of success.
Our community continues to show great resilience, and I wish you and your family optimism, strength and equanimity as we weather these extraordinary times together.