Dear BH Family,
I extend well wishes to each and every one of you during this uncertain time. As the information on COVID-19 changes on a daily basis, I encourage you to remain calm, stay informed, and follow recommendations made by Canada Public Health
and Manitoba Public Health
(or the advice of your federal and regional governments, wherever you may be reading this).
The current education environment in Canada is ever-evolving, and it is my commitment that we continue to provide timely information as we navigate this situation. The health and safety of our community is my top priority. As you may know, the Province of Manitoba has mandated all schools close from Monday, March 23 to Friday, April 10. In light of recent developments, I have made the decision to safeguard employees and students and close the campus to all day students effective Tuesday, March 17. Boarding students will continue to be supported in the boarding house until they are able to return home.
Our top priority is ensuring our students’ educational needs are met throughout this pandemic. Our teachers have been developing educational delivery plans since January, addressing a variety of possible scenarios that our BH Online Academy may face. Their focus was to ensure that the students would be comfortable and familiar with the platforms we would implement. We are confident the delivery methods will meet the educational needs of every student.
All travel plans and school events are cancelled until the end of April. However, we will continue to build community remotely. Routines will resume once safe and sensible to do so.
During this time when many of us are working from home, caring for children, and spending an extended period of time at home with family, I want to reinforce the importance of making this time together as enjoyable as possible during these uncertain days. It is important to pay attention to both physical and emotional wellness. Feelings of fear, anxiety, and worry are inevitable, but what is more frightening is panic, which puts us in a disadvantaged position, fighting a virus with vulnerable bodies, fragile minds, and flawed strategies.
Please continue to support each other, stay connected, and keep positive while taking wise action and being cautious through social distancing, hand washing, and other recommendations. Most importantly, I hope you are all taking care of yourselves and each other. I have every confidence that by working together our community will face and overcome any obstacles that may come our way.
All my very best to you and your families.
Head of School
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