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School Newsletter

New Parent & Student Welcome Newsletter

Dear parents and students,

Welcome to Bodwell High School!

We are looking forward to meeting each one of our new students this fall, and getting to know all of you as parents and guardians. Your child’s growth and learning is very important to us, so we will work closely together over the coming months.

This is a very special year at Bodwell. Our school is turning 30 years old! Later in the semester, we will hold a memorable celebration with all students, to look back on 30 years of providing students from all over the world with support in academic and personal development. Stay tuned for updates on our 30th year!

30 Years

In this second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries and peoples around the world have struggled and needed to persevere. At Bodwell, we have played our part by maintaining a careful and safe environment for our students and staff while continuing learning and living together. You may like to watch last year’s school reflection video, as well as a video recap of last month’s July courses. We are looking forward to welcoming our new students to an engaging and fulfilling program this fall, with essential safety precautions in place and many restrictions lifted due to increasingly high vaccination levels around British Columbia.

We are fortunate that Canada is also now a world leader in proportion of the population vaccinated.

After active case numbers in our community reached a very low level this summer, it appears that a fourth wave of COVID-19 may be beginning due to transmission of the faster-spreading delta variant circulating the globe. However, it is hoped that hospitalizations will remain low due to ongoing vaccinations, and community-targeted restrictions will be used as needed. As we have during the past 1.5 years, we will continue to closely monitor virus transmission in the province and update our safety plans accordingly.

Arrival Updates

While the international arrival process for some students may be more challenging once again this September, we are anticipating a near-normal return-to-school for Fall 2021, and are awaiting updated guidance from the British Columbia Ministry of Education as well as from our public health authorities. Some students are beginning to arrive on campus for mandatory quarantine throughout the summer. Please continue to check updated arrival and immigration information from the Government of Canada. This includes details on current quarantine exemption for fully vaccinated international students (with Canada-approved vaccines), as well as a broader quarantine exemption for all fully vaccinated foreign nationals starting September 7. Make sure you check if you qualify as fully vaccinated. Please continue to email through arrivals@bodwell.edu on all arrival information and any changes.

Important information from the Government of Canada:

You must have a suitable quarantine plan where you can stay for at least 14 days. This is required even if you are seeking the fully vaccinated exemption. Final determination is made by a government representative at the border based on the information presented at the time of entry into Canada. You must therefore be prepared to quarantine for 14 days, in case you:

  • are symptomatic
  • don’t meet the requirements

If your arrival test is negative:

  • follow local public health measures
  • maintain a list of all close contacts for your first 14 days in Canada
  • keep copies of your proof of vaccination for 14 days

If you don’t provide the required information in ArriveCAN before arriving at the border you won’t be considered for the exemption, even if you meet all the other requirements. For these reason, students should still secure a 14-days quarantine space at Bodwell even if they are fully vaccinated. Students receiving quarantine exemption from a government representative must present proof of their quarantine exemption (using the ArriveCAN app) to Bodwell in order to be released from any school quarantine arrangements and resulting quarantine fees.

If a student arrives on or before August 30, but is granted for exemption from the 2-week quarantine at arrival, Bodwell will charge the airport pick-up fee ($150) and daily boarding fee ($65/day).

If a student still chooses to arrive on or after August 31 assuming that they will be exempted from the 2-week quarantine, but asked to do the 2-week quarantine due to their symptoms or wrong documentations etc. at the airport, Bodwell WILL NOT be able to guarantee their quarantine space at school. They will quarantine at school if we have a spot available, but if we don’t have a spot available, we’ll need to place the student in a hotel accommodation (at a cost of approximately $3,500 for 2 weeks).

We understand that all arriving students need to quarantine until they receive their arrival PCR test results (typically one day).

Thank you for your patience with this complex process and do reach out with any questions. All arrival date updates should be sent to arrivals@bodwell.edu.

All students for the Fall 2021 Semester must have arrived by October 25 at the latest.

Active Learning in August

Required for all boarding students staying in August or arriving in August after quarantine, active learning programming will be offered in 5 modules throughout August.

Monday to Friday: 12:30 – 3:30

  • Week 1: August 3-6
  • Week 2: August 9-13
  • Week 3: August 16-20
  • Week 4: August 23-27

Vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccinations for staff, followed by students, began earlier in 2021. Many of our students staying at Bodwell throughout the summer are now fully vaccinated with Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine, currently available to any youth 12 years old or older. For new or returning students not yet fully vaccinated, we will continue assisting students to visit our nearby vaccination centre (a short walk away) and ensure they have received both doses. Our public health partners are also considering on-campus education sessions and possible vaccinations. For students receiving other vaccine types overseas, medical advice will be sought regarding further boosters here in Canada. We do need to stress that a fully-vaccinated school population is very important to offer the best protection possible to one another and to our community.

Regular annual vaccinations (for other non- COVID-19 illnesses) will resume in late- September on campus for those students who may be missing any routine shots, with the help of Vancouver Coastal Health.

September Events

Updated information on New Student Orientation will be coming soon. For those students arrived and out of quarantine, New Student Orientation will be held in-person on September 1 to 3 prior to the start of classes on September 7. For those new students who cannot attend orientation in-person, a follow-up orientation summary will be held later in September. Any students who are still in quarantine on September 7, they are expected to join their classes online. Please note that online learning overseas (i.e. prior to arrival in BC) is not permitted by the BC Ministry of Eudcation.

As classroom learning recommences, September will be an important month to allow all students to settle into Bodwell and to ensure all arrival quarantines and health checks have been completed. Boarding students should anticipate moving rooms one or more times throughout the month, as we adjust to numbers of students entering or leaving quarantine spaces. Permanent boarding rooms will be assigned for October. Saturday Enrichment classes (S-Block) and afterschool academic support and active learning (G-Block) begin in the last week of September.

On September 30, along with schools across British Columbia, Bodwell will mark the first-ever Truth & Reconciliation Day (also called Orange Shirt Day), to help students understand Canada’s colonial past, including the legacy of residential schools, and the long-lasting impacts on indigenous peoples. Following morning programming, students will be dismissed for the afternoon.

In September, we are also excited to welcome new grade 8 and 9 students who will be a part of our first class of the International Bacchalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP) here at Bodwell. These junior students can look forward to engaging and thought-provoking exploration in their interconnected subject areas.

On behalf of everyone here, welcome to the Bodwell community! We wish you a safe arrival and a successful start to your learning journey in Vancouver.

On September 30, along with schools across British Columbia, Bodwell will mark the first-ever Truth & Reconciliation Day (also called Orange Shirt Day), to help students understand Canada’s colonial past, including the legacy of residential schools, and the long-lasting impacts on indigenous peoples. Following morning programming, students will be dismissed for the afternoon.

In September, we are also excited to welcome new grade 8 and 9 students who will be a part of our first class of the International Bacchalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP) here at Bodwell. These junior students can look forward to engaging and thought-provoking exploration in their interconnected subject areas.

On behalf of everyone here, welcome to the Bodwell community! We wish you a safe arrival and a successful start to your learning journey in Vancouver.

Important Dates

Please see Bodwell Calendar on the website for further updates
September 1-3  New Student Orientation
September 7  Fall Semester classes begin
October 11  Thanksgiving Day (no classes)
October 22  Professional Development Day (no classes)
November 2-4  Midterm Exams
November 11  Remembrance Day (no classes)
December 17  Bodwell’s 30th Anniversary Assembly
Last day of classes before Winter Break
 (no departures before this without Principal’s approval)
December 18 to January 3  WINTER BREAK
January 4  Classes resume
February 1-3  Final Exams
February 4-8  Semester Break
February 9  Spring 2022 Semester begins

Please refer to Bodwell Website for further updates and news about Bodwell’s 30th Anniversary Year!

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