Posted on March 30, 2020, by , in COVID-19, Featured, with No Comments

UPDATE: Activities in Quarantine

What are students doing in isolation – 3/30/20

As each day goes by, both here at Bodwell and around the world, we know it is a time of increasing stress. Almost no country has been untouched by COVID-19, and in a number of regions worldwide, scenes of tragedy are unfolding. The crisis we are seeing is complex and unpredictable. Travel to some regions has become increasingly difficult, with restrictions changing by the day and lengthy screening delays likely to occur.

We know that this is also a stressful time for students and parents, separated by long distances. Many parents have faced difficult decisions of weighing risks and facing unknown timelines. We certainly understand how scary this situation is for you and your families, and are impressed at how much courage and patience you are showing in spite of the challenges.

Students, you have been brave as well, having been restricted to campus for more than two weeks or having made the long trip home at an uncertain time. These are circumstances that none of us have faced before in our lifetimes. All of us are having our ability to adapt tested.But I am amazed by the maturity of many of our young students during such an alarming moment in history.

Yesterday, to maintain social distancing, we held our first-ever “online assembly”(in two parts) for all 150+ students remaining on campus, unable to travel back home in the current situation. During this assembly, I reviewed a number of reminders and updates covered in previous newsletters and video updates, and answered many insightful questions from the students. In addition, our Assistant Directors of the Boarding Program, Ms. Natalie Robinson and Mr. Graeme Davies, joined to share some updates for the boarding students, including:

•For additional wellness options, we have added a variety of exercise equipment to our East Gym for daily student use. Additional boarding activities will also be coming up. Students are encouraged to submit ideas and feedback.

•To increase social distancing to reduce the risk of virus transmission, all boarding students have been temporarily spread out in the available rooms in the dormitory. Most girls will now be able stay in their own room, while boys will live 1-2 people in the same room, depending on room size.

In the coming week, we will be putting into place additional measures to increase the separation between students and the local community, to further reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. More school staff will work from home or from special areas of the building where they will no longer come into contact with students. A special live-in boarding staff team, including our school and boarding administrators (Vice Principals, etc.), will take up more week round responsibilities, and will also join with students to self-isolate from the community and outside staff. Our nursing team will continue to be helping on site, and students will continue to have access to meals, the snack bar,wellness activities, online learning blocks, and so on. For additional support, students may need to use methods such as email, phone and Microsoft Teams to talk to their counsellors as well as to their teachers for online learning.

Personally, I also live on campus, so in the weeks and months ahead of isolation here at Bodwell, I’m sure students will be a close part of my greater school family. We will certainly get to know each other even better!

Until our next update,

Stephen Goobie

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