COVID-19 Updates

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Current Guidance

With the collective health and safety of our community our continued top priority, we remind everyone that individuals (an adult parent/guardian of younger children) must complete a self-assessment for themselves or their child before coming on to campus.

Please use the K-12 Health Check and BC Self-Assessment Tool for guidance. If an individual displays any new or changing COVID-19 symptoms that are not related to pre-existing conditions then they should not come to school.

On campus, it is expected that all students, staff and visitors wear a mask in indoor settings.

We ask that all families keep an eye on these webpages and the SMUS Weekly for any additional updates.

Previous Updates

December 14, 2021

Deputy Head of School, Andy Rodford, wrote an email to current parents as well as faculty and staff.

November 30, 2021

Families travelling outside Canada during the Winter Holiday

This is an important note to all families travelling during the upcoming Winter Holiday to familiarize themselves with quarantining requirements. Currently, as per federal requirements, anyone, including children under 12, who is not fully vaccinated and has travelled outside of Canada cannot attend school until 14 days after their return into Canada. We ask that parents plan accordingly so students do not miss the first day of school on January 10. Please visit the Government of Canada website for more information and to stay up-to-date with requirements. The BCCDC also provides a helpful PDF with additional information about vaccinations for children ages 5-11.

October 1, 2021

The BC government has mandated that all K to 12 students need to wear masks while indoors.

August 31, 2021

The Junior School families were sent a letter with a link to published COVID-19 protocols online.

Middle School families were sent a letter from the Director of Middle School, which included information about COVID-19 protocols.

Senior School families were also sent a letter from the Director of Senior School, outlining COVID-19 protocols.

August 30, 2021

Head of School, Mark Turner, sent a welcome back letter to parents and staff. The points relevant to COVID-19 are summarized below.

  • In line with the directive from the province of British Columbia, masks will remain mandatory for all Grade 4 to 12 students, faculty and staff in classrooms, common areas and all indoor spaces. The Junior School will publish expectations about Kindergarten to Grade 3.
  • Mandatory cohort restrictions have been lifted. This will create many more flexible opportunities for students.
  • In line with our plan to ensure the safety of our students and staff, we will be starting with a cautious approach and aiming to gradually ease restrictions as we move toward Thanksgiving. We will also be pursuing the same tactic that served us so well last year, and plan to maximize the opportunities and learning experiences of our students, while fully complying with regulations and guidelines.
  • We strongly recommend and encourage all eligible students, staff and faculty to be vaccinated, so we can all return as confident as possible in how the next few months may unfold. We wait for more information on the BC vaccine card and what impact it may have on school activities.

July 1, 2021

With the easing of restrictions in British Columbia, Admissions welcomes families back to campus to visit the school. To visit the school, families must make an appointment with the Admissions team.

Updates from the 2020-21 school year have now been archived. For more information, please contact us at [email protected].

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COVID-19 Considerations

We encourage all of our community to read the following page regarding COVID-19 considerations.

COVID-19 Considerations