2021-22 Self-Isolation Plan

 

Information last updated: July 27th, 2021.
 

Dear Boarding Families,
 
 
We are confidently planning to reopen campus for the 2021-22 academic year and are wholeheartedly committed to assisting our boarding families arrive to Canada and Ridley. We want to ensure your arrival is as easy and safe as possible. This information page contains a variety of resources to help your family plan for travel, arrivals, overcoming government regulations, and off-campus self-isolation. 
 
Between now and September, we are working to provide you the peace of mind and the services to make your entry to Canada as smooth as possible. With the changing government requirements and travel restrictions, information is fluid. We will do our best to keep you updated as we progress through the summer and ask you keep an eye on your inboxesIn addition to the information below, we recommend our families frequently reference the Canadian Border Services Agency website for the most up-to-date travel requirements for those entering Canada. 
 
It is anticipated that our students arriving from outside of Canada will continue to be required to follow the Government of Canada's Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act, which mandates anyone entering Canada by air, sea or land to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrivalRest assured that we are making provisions for our students and their accompanying family member(s) to meet all regulationsAs you will read, Ridley has made arrangements with local hotels and transportation services that will enable students and family members to meet regulations. 
 
Your child’s health and wellbeing are of paramount importance, especially during the ongoing pandemicWe care deeply about our families and want to do everything possible to ensure students can learn in person, surrounded by friends, come SeptemberWe can’t wait for your arrival and for your child to enjoy a transformative Ridley experience. 
 
With gratitude and well wishes, 
 
J. Edward Kidd, 
Headmaster 

 
 
 
 

Vaccines

Ridley College encourages all eligible students aged 12 to 17 to receive both doses of the approved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as soon as it becomes available to them. 

If you wish for your child to be vaccinated, but the vaccine is not available to them in your location, the school will assist your child in making vaccine arrangements once they arrive to Ontario and their quarantine period is over. Ridley will fully support your child with all aspects of the vaccination appointment. Please notify the Schmon Health and Wellness Centre at health_centre@ridleycollege.com if you require assistance with vaccination when your child arrives to Ontario. 

Additionally, if your child has received one dose of the COVID vaccine before leaving Ontario and will not be able to receive their second dose until they return to Ontario, please inform the Schmon Health and Wellness that you require assistance with dose #2 of the COVID vaccine. 

The school recognizes that certain students may be unable to be vaccinated due to a protected ground under the Ontario Human Rights Code, such as a medical condition or their religion/creed. Ridley requests that parents of students who will not be vaccinated disclose this to the Schmon Health and Wellness Centre by emailing health_centre@ridleycollege.com

A simple message stating your child will not be vaccinated is sufficient. We do not require any medical note or statement of conscious belief. 



Vaccinated Travellers

Travel to Canada 

Students who do not hold Canadian citizenship or Permanent Residency
 (PR) status must have a valid Study Permit as well as Temporary Visitor Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to travel to and study in Canada. 


  • Beginning July 5th, 2021 at 11:59p.m. EDT, travellers who are fully vaccinated (received two doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine) 14 days prior their departure will be exempt from a full 14-day self-isolation.
  • Ridley College strongly recommends that all eligible students (12 to 18 years of age) who have access to Health Canada approved vaccines receive doses this summer. These vaccines include:    
  • Ridley College advises parents not to change their child’s current travel itinerary. Travellers must be prepared to quarantine; in case it is determined at the port of entry that they do not meet all the conditions required to be exempt from quarantine.  
  • This quarantine plan must be entered into the ArriveCAN app. 
  • Any student who becomes symptomatic under our care will be assessed and transferred to the Ridley College Health Centre to receive 24-hour monitoring and care by a health team member.    

Ridley College will provide differentiated programming for students during and after their self-isolation at the Best Western. Please use the 
Ridley College Arrivals app to submit your most current travel plans and update as necessary. 


COVID-19 Testing 
  • Proof of negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 72 hours prior to departure (see test requirements here). 
  • Travellers may be asked to participate in testing as required upon arrival. 

Travel Documents
 
  • Use ArriveCAN to enter your information. 
  • Proof of negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 72 hours prior to departure (see test requirements here).  
  • Original proof of vaccination 
  • Valid study permit or IRCC Letter of Introduction;  
  • Valid Temporary Visitor Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) *Please note, some countries are visa-exempt and will not require this;  
  • Custodian Declaration (Page 1 & 2, with a current date);  
  • Guardian/Custodian contact information;  
  • Report cards (if available);  
  • Ridley College Tuition receipts;  
  • Ridley College Letter of Acceptance;  
  • Ridley College Enrollment letter (Offer of Admission letter); 
    Vaccinated Student Letter *To be sent to vaccinated students individually prior to departure.
Note: Anyone travelling to Canada must download the ArriveCAN app prior to arrival and complete the necessary information: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/arrivecan.html   


Expiring Documents 

If a student holds a Study Permit or Visitor Visa that is set to expire 
in September 2021, students may return to campus, so long as they show intention to renew. Students should travel with the above documentation, citing that they are going to renew their documents while in Canada. Families are more than welcome to renew their documents while in their home country. 
 

Personal Assistance 

International Student Guardianship Canada can provide assistance with Study Permit and Visa renewals, as well as initial applications. Ridley College highly recommends that families use their services, particularly if they are not familiar with the Canadian immigration process.
 

Updates
 

Ridley will 
update this information frequently. Please refer to the date stamp at the top of this pageFamilies are encouraged to monitor travel.gc.ca for updates as they relate to travel and documentation. We are encouraged by the decreasing processing times noted on the IRCC website. Furthermore, IRCC has communicated their commitment to processing all Study Permit applications submitted before May 15th2021 and providing a decision by August 6th, 2021, in time to attend the fall semester.

Please note Ridley College cannot give legal immigration advice. Families are encouraged to contact a Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant, or ISGC. 



Accompanying Your Child

Currently one parent can travel to Canada with their child. Most immediate family of international students don’t need a written authorization from IRCC to travel with them. However, you must show that your reasons for travel are non-discretionary (non-optional). For example, you’ll help them get established and support them in Canada. (Please note that as of July 5th, 2021 vaccinated Americans can travel to Canada for discretionary purposes.)

You may wish to request written authorization from IRCC to travel to Canada as an extra precaution. This request can be made here.
Final determination regarding entry and quarantine is made by a government representative at the port of entry based on the information presented to them at the time of entry into Canada.

You must meet the entry requirements under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and provide appropriate travel and immigration documentation; find out if you need a visitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
 
You won’t be allowed to board a flight to Canada if you don’t meet the flight requirements.
 
Failure to comply with the COVID-19 Emergency order is an offence under the Quarantine Act and could lead to imprisonment and/or fines.




Unvaccinated Travellers

Travel to Canada 

Students who do not hold Canadian citizenship or Permanent Residency
 (PR) status must have a valid Study Permit as well as Temporary Visitor Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to travel to and study in Canada. 


COVID-19 Testing 
  • Proof of negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 72 hours prior to departure (see test requirements here).  
  • Before travelling to Canada, you should book a mandatory COVID-19 test for all travellers, which will be administered upon arrival at the port of entry (airport) and on day 10 of your self-isolation. Please book your tests via the Switch Health Portal 

Travel Documents
 
  • Use ArriveCAN to enter your information. 
  • Proof of negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 72-hours prior to departure (see test requirements here).  
  • Register for your Covid-19 tests upon arrival via SwitchHealth.;   
  • Valid study permit or IRCC Letter of Introduction;  
  • Valid Temporary Visitor Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) *Please note, some countries are visa-exempt and will not require this;  
  • Custodian Declaration (Page 1 & 2, with a current date);  
  • Guardian/Custodian contact information;  
  • Report cards (if available);  
  • Ridley College Tuition receipts;  
  • Ridley College Letter of Acceptance;  
  • Ridley College Enrollment letter (Offer of Admission letter);  
Note: Anyone travelling to Canada must download the ArriveCAN app prior to arrival and complete the necessary information: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/arrivecan.html   


Expiring Documents
 

If a student holds a Study Permit or Visitor Visa that is set to expire 
in September 2021, students may return to campus, so long as they show intention to renew. Students should travel with the above documentation, citing that they are going to renew their documents while in Canada. Families are more than welcome to renew their documents while in their home country. 
 

Personal Assistance 

International Student Guardianship Canada can provide assistance with Study Permit and Visa renewals, as well as initial applications. Ridley College highly recommends that families use their services, particularly if they are not familiar with the Canadian immigration process.
 

Updates
 

Ridley will 
update this information frequently. Please refer to the date stamp at the top of this pageFamilies are encouraged to monitor travel.gc.ca for updates as they relate to travel and documentation. We are encouraged by the decreasing processing times noted on the IRCC website. Furthermore, IRCC has communicated their commitment to processing all Study Permit applications submitted before May 15th2021 and providing a decision by August 6th, 2021, in time to attend the fall semester.

Please note Ridley College cannot give legal immigration advice. Families are encouraged to contact a Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant, or ISGC. 



Transportation

AIRPORT TRANSFER OPTION

We have worked with our trusted partner, Niagara Airbus to provide transportation of Ridley students from Toronto Pearson International Airport to campus, homestays or local hotels.
 
 
For students who will be self-isolating with Ridley College, we will be providing transportation for those students (cost will be covered by Ridley) to our self-isolation location (Best Western). This will be arranged by the school based on the student flight details and provided phone numbers. 
 
If your child is travelling alone and self-isolating at a location other than the Best Western, please contact Michael Grant, Transportation Coordinator at Ridley College to book with Niagara Airbus. In case of changes to your travel plans, please notify Michael Grant directly. 
 
If you are travelling with your child, please book your transportation via the Niagara Airbus website. Use the discount code 671.
 
Car/SUV 1-3 passenger (private car) $205 CAD (incl. tax) 
Unaccompanied Minor Meet and Greet  $30/hr CAD (min. 3 hours) 
 

Niagara Airbus COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures
 

  • All vehicles are fully sanitized and thoroughly cleaned with products containing no less than 75 per cent alcohol base as recommended by Health and Government Officials; 
  • All passengers and drivers are required to wear a face covering; 
  • Buses have plexiglass divider between drivers and guests; 
  • Drivers are provided with gloves, masks and hand sanitizers; 
  • Preassigned spaced seating for each guest; 
  • Safe boarding and luggage handling; 
  • Drivers are trained in protocols taken to ensure any ill guests are not boarded; 
  • Drivers and staff will undergo daily temperature checks; and 
  • Staff who are ill are not to report to work. 

Currently, the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) only allows airport employees and passengers to enter the departure and arrivals hall. With this current restriction (we are monitoring the situation closely) our transportation partners, Niagara Airbus, are available to facilitate your child’s transfer within the airport and to their pre-booked vehicle. 
 
For arrival at Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminal 1, please click here to view instructions on how to locate the Niagara Airbus counter.  
 
For arrival at Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminal 3, please click here to view instructions on how to locate the Niagara Airbus counter. 


 

Accommodations

 

Arrival Dates*

Earliest Arrival to Canada Latest Arrival to Canada Arrival to Campus

Tiger Ambassadors/Prefects

August 18th August 22nd September 5th to 7th

New Students

August 18th August 23rd September 5th to 7th

Returning Students

August 18th August 24th September 6th to 7th


* Students arriving after August 24th are required to arrange their own self-isolation accommodations or book a homestay (Option 3). 

SELF-ISOLATION OPTIONS  

Option 1: Local Hotel for Students 
Best Western Hotel: 2 N. Service Road, St. Catharines, ON L2N 4G9 - fully reserved by Ridley College
  • Option #1 is available to students travelling alone who will self-isolate for 4-14 days depending on their vaccination status.
  • The deadline to book at a preferred rate has passed, but reservations can still be made at the regular rate using the online portal.
  • 24-hour supervision by Ridley College faculty/staff to ensure 14-day compliance of self-isolation.   
  • All meals delivered directly to student’s room in contactless manner at specified times.
  • Transportation from Toronto Airport to hotel via Niagara Airbus (pre-arranged and paid by Ridley).
  • If your child has received both doses of an approved vaccine they may book a shorter stay at the standard hotel rate. The minimum stay for a Ridley student at the Best Western hotel a stay of four nights.
  • Reduced rate cost for families including meals:
    • $126.50 per night plus applicable taxes and fees for bookings placed before July 15th
    • $151.50 per night plus applicable taxes and fees for bookings placed after July 15th
  • Programming and support for students included during self-isolation at no charge.
  • Ridley Schmon Health Centre team will be overseeing the daily health screening and testing of students on site.
  • Medical assessment performed upon arrival by our Health professionals and monitored daily.
  • Upon completion of self-isolation, students will be transferred to the Ridley campus. 
In the event of cancellation, changes or other issues while booking online with the Best Western or Holiday Inn, please contact Christina Marcotte at christina.marcotte@honhotels.com.



Option 2: Other Local Hotel Options for Families
This option is a self-serve option for families who choose to arrange their own accommodations, self-isolation and transportation. 
Holiday Inn: 327 Ontario St, St. Catharines, ON L2R 5L3 
  • Preferred rate for Ridley families:
    • 10+ nights - $161.50 per night plus applicable taxes and fees 
    • 9 nights or less - $186.50 per night plus applicable taxes and fees
    • Meal plan is $51.50 per additional hotel guest
  • Book your stay using the online booking system.
  • Students will have access to Ridley's remote programming for the duration of their Self-Isolation.
  • To book your transportation please contact Michael Grant, Transportation Coordinator at Ridley.
In the event of cancellation, changes or other issues while booking online with the Best Western or Holiday Inn, please contact Christina Marcotte at christina.marcotte@honhotels.com.

·         Hotels in St.Catharines 
·         Hotels in Niagara Falls 
·         Airbnb 


Option 3: Homestay 
Non-vaccinated students arriving to Canada after August 24th can book a homestay for their 14-day self-isolation. 

Hospitalité Canada has been working with Ridley College for the past 15 years to provide care to international students needing a safe place to live during school breaks. 
  • Self-isolation will include care from the host family in a private room, with three meals and snacks, as well as unlimited internet.
  • The cost for 14 days self-isolation homestay is $1,465 CAD plus HST.
  • Transportation to campus upon completion of self-isolation is included.
  • All homestays are located in the Niagara Region and close to Ridley College campus.
  • Book here or contact Marina Wilson for more information.
  • To book your transportation to a homestay location, please contact Michael Grant, Transportation Coordinator at Ridley.


 

Screening & Monitoring

TRAVEL TO CANADA 

Pre-entry test requirements 
All travellers 5 years of age or older, regardless of citizenship, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result.   

There are 
no exceptions for vaccinated travellers, at this time.  

You must:
  
  • take the test within 72-hours of the scheduled departure time of your flight to Canada  
    • if you have a connecting flight:  
      • the test must be conducted within 72-hours of the scheduled departure time of your last direct flight to Canada  
      • you may need to schedule the test in your transit city  
  • provide one of the accepted types of tests, not an antigen test 
  • keep proof of your test results for the 14-day period that begins on the day you enter Canada   

Persons who have recovered from COVID-19 can continue to test positive long after they have recovered and are no longer infectious. Travellers who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 must provide proof of a positive COVID-19 molecular test conducted between 14 and 90 days prior to your entry into Canada. 
 
Airlines will refuse boarding to travellers who are unable to provide a valid molecular test result.  
 

Arrival testing at the airport
  
 
If you are not vaccinated, you must take a test before leaving the airport. At that time, you will get a COVID-19 At Home Specimen Collection Kit to use for your test on day 10 of your mandatory quarantine.  
 
To save time, you can book both of these tests before you travel. Register for your tests via SwitchHealth. 


Screening and Monitoring of Boarders at Best Western
 
  
The Best Western hotel offers single rooms for all students with a separate washroom, meal service to the room and 24/7 staff supervision. The Ridley Health team will be on site daily to perform health screening.  
 
Students self-isolating under Ridley’s care will complete COVID-19 testing on day 10 using the at home COVID-19 Specimen Collection Kit tested provided at the airport on arrival. A Ridley Health team member will assist the student with completing the process involved to register the kit, complete the sample and send the specimen for processing.   
 
Any student who becomes symptomatic under our care will be assessed and transferred to the Ridley College Health Centre to receive 24-hour monitoring and care by a health team member.  
 
 
Screening and Monitoring of Boarders After Self-Isolation 
 
We are fortunate to have a team of medical health professionals working right on Ridley’s campus, and our students will continue to have immediate access to medical attention around the clock. If a boarding student presents with COVID-19 symptoms they will remain in the Health Centre under 24-hour supervision and medical care. Care and evaluation will be done in conjunction with local Public Health authorities related to COVID assessment and evaluation. 
 
 
Local Hospital Only 2kms Away 
 
As always, we are grateful to be a five-minute drive to St. Catharines General Hospital. Should any student require additional medical attention beyond that of our on-campus Health Centre, Ridley will ensure they are accompanied to our local hospital for assessment or treatment.  
 
 
 
 

Important Contact Information

 
ADMINISTRATION
 
 
Headmaster 
C +1 (905) 933-3559 


 
 
Head of Upper School C +1 (289) 219-1911 


 
 
Head of Lower School  
C +1 (289) 213-1493 


 
 
Dean of Boarding 
C +1 (905) 687-2386 


Dean of Student Life
C +1 (905) 328-0970
 


HEADS OF HOUSES

 
 


Andrew McNiven 
Arthur Bishop East  
H +1 (905) 687-7909 
C +1 (905) 321-7229 




Arthur Bishop West  
H +1 (905) 246-1525 
Burgoyne 
H +1 (905) 912-1286 
Dean’s 
H +1 (905) 687-7912 
C +1 (289) 969-5773

Heather Cousins
Gooderham East  
H +1 (905) 687-7916 
C +1 (905) 328-1318



 
Kristy Onclin 
Gooderham West
 
H 1+ (905) 687-7920 
C +1 (289) 407-6951 




Leonard 
H +1 (905) 687-7918 
C +1 (905) 932-4168



Sarah Thompson 
Mandeville
 
H +1 (905) 687-7910 
C +1 (905) 708-7095 


Merritt North 
H +1 (905) 687-7908 
C +1 (905) 687-2381 
Merritt South 
H +1 (905) 687-7927 
C +1 (905) 321-6543 


SECURITY HEALTH CENTRE



Manager: 
Scott McLean  
Officers: Jeff Lanteigne/On-Duty Officer 
Emergencies 24/7: (905) 932-3188



Nurse Manager: Teresa Stevens
Phone: (905) 687-7922


MAIN RECEPTION BEST WESTERN HOTEL INFORMATION



Receptionist: 
Vinitha Kahandaliyanage 
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. 
Phone: (905) 685-1889




Ridley College Contact: Adam Arkell 
Address: 2 N Service Rd., St. Catharines, ON L2N 5L3 
For emergency assistance during travel ONLY 
(August 18 – August 24) 
Phone: (905) 684-1889 x2548 

ADMINISTRATIONADMINISTRATION
 
 

Programming

Remote programming will be provided to students self-isolating under Ridley’s care at the Best Western. This programming is mandatory for all students who choose to self-isolate with Ridley College.  

Programming highlights include: webinars with Ridley faculty and staff, physical activity time, wellness check-ins, and evening socials.  

For students who have completed their self-isolation, the same opportunities will be afforded to them. On August 30th and 31st, students will be bussed to campus to attend our Summer Day Camp programming.  

On September 1st, all students who have completed their self-isolation will be moved to campus. Students will continue to attend Summer Day Camp programming until September 3rd. Please note that this programming is mandatory and not optional. Students who join us at the Best Western and who are not in self-isolation are expected to attend Summer Day Camp at Ridley.

On the evening of the 3rd, as well as the afternoons of the 4th and 5th, students who have completed their self-isolation will have the opportunity to attend local excursions directed by our staff.  

One June 6th, students will engage with programming related to residence life and School Start-Up. 

FAQs

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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With more than 700 students from 60 countries, the largest boarding programme in Ontario and the third largest in Canada, Ridley College is a truly international, co-educational, day and boarding school of the world that prepares students for the world. It has provided enriching learning and life-shaping experiences focused on the arts, academics, and athletics since 1889. Ridley’s Lower School offers JK-Grade 8, its Upper School consists of Grade 9-PG, and Ridley graduates attend some of the top universities and colleges around the world. Ridley is the only   co-ed independent boarding school in Canada and one of only three in North America authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programme.