Return to the Academy
Pre-existing Factors That Mitigate Risk
We do not have day students. 100% of our students live on campus.
RLA is situated in a rural community on a spacious 168 acre site.
Classes sizes remain less than 15 students, typically less than 10.
Balanced, healthy meals; 8 hours of sleep; 90 mins of physical activity daily.
RLA Nurses Planning a Safe Return to the Academy
With the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic Robert Land Academy’s first priority remains the safety of our students, families, staff and wider community. We continue to follow or exceed the guidance of Public Health Canada and the advice of our two registered nurses and our consulting physician.
With such a fluid situation it is vital that we plan for all eventualities, and are ready to modify protocols as the situation evolves. While it is impossible to eliminate all risks, the risk of exposure to Covid-19 can be greatly reduced by non pharmaceutical interventions (NPI) based on up-to-date, evidence-based research. With this in mind, we have made numerous changes to the admissions process and the implementation of the program. It is likely that there will continue to be changes in the coming months. In line with provincial guidance Robert Land Academy is planning for different scenarios.
March 17th a state of Emergency is declared in Ontario and some businesses are ordered to be closed, including private schools.
March 31st the province announced that schools will remain closed.
As a residential program we were considered an essential service. Some boys remained on campus during the March Break while others were unable to return. Google classroom was quickly set up. On-site staffing was immediately reduced to operational staff only. Teaching staff were instructed to teach from their homes. Students off-site, and those that remained at the academy were taught via video lessons following a structured schedule, and offered tutorial assistance.
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Personal Protective equipment
- All staff will be issued with face masks and face shields.
- Teachers will wear face shields while teaching.
- All staff will wear face masks when social distancing from students is not possible.
- Good hand & respiratory hygiene practices will continue to be promoted throughout the academy.
- Virus grade hand sanitizers will be located in all classrooms.
- Campus buildings will continue to be cleaned on an increased schedule and will be sanitized regularly with an electrostatic sprayer to ensure all student areas and high-touch surfaces are clean and sanitized.
- Industrial grade misting sanitizers will be used to deal with classrooms, bathrooms and barracks.
- Everyone who comes on campus, including staff, will be screened on a daily basis for COVID-19 symptoms using an electronic screening questionnaire.
- All students will be required to provide a negative test result for COVID-19 within the 14 day period prior to admission, and will receive a further two COVID-19 tests within the first 14 days of their arrival.
- All staff will receive two COVID-19 tests within the first 14 days of the start of the school year.
- Students arriving from outside Canada less than 14 days prior to enrolment, will be required to complete a 14 day quarantine period at the academy.
- Staff will have their temperature taken upon arrival for every shift.
Modifications to the campus
- Senior barracks have been renovated to allow for greater spacing of living and sleeping quarters.
- Barracks spaces have been reconfigured to create barriers to airflow and create greater separation between students.
- Junior barracks will be reduced to 4 students per room.
- One building has been designated for any boys exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
- One building has been renovated with the creation of additional showers and washrooms, and designated for any boys should they test positive.
- Plexiglass barriers are being installed as necessary throughout the academy.
- Social distancing floor markers have been installed to control foot traffic in areas where .
- All students entering from other countries will require 14 days of isolation upon arrival or be tested upon arrival and released into regular programming only after testing negative.
- All meals will be scheduled in two cohorts to allow for increased social distancing.
- All classrooms will be limited to less than 15 students and social distancing will be observed.
- Wherever possible teachers will rotate to classrooms rather than having students rotate to classrooms to reduce hallway traffic.
- The junior program will be limited to a total of 24 students.
- All published dates on the schedule of events are subject to change pending responses necessitated by the fluid nature of circumstances.
Leaves and Stand Downs
- All leaves and stand downs will be subject to circumstances prevalent at the time.
- Boys who stay at the Academy during leaves and stand downs may be permitted to substitute Skype calls for phone calls.
- The Academy continues to offer remediation in numeracy and literacy, designed this year to specifically address students who have not completed the school year.
- Academic programming in the junior division will address, where needed, work missed or not completed in order to support grade level performance.
- Standardized academic testing will be used to establish grade level functioning in numeracy and literacy.
- Google Classroom live video lessons will be implemented again, in the event that we enter a second lockdown scenario.
Mental Health Services
- Section Officers will continue to discuss worries and concerns of students in and around the COVID-19 pandemic.,
- We continue to provide the guidance and counselling of our visiting psychotherapist.
The Robert Land Academy residential program offers provisions for the safety of you and your family in these changing and challenging times. Located on 168 acres in Niagara Region, RLA’s isolated rural setting, paired with the structured and supervised environment, provides a unique advantage for the school to minimize exposure to the virus on campus.