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  • 15 Jun 2020 12:36 PM | Anonymous

    The students who returned to Queen Margaret’s School (QMS) in Duncan on Monday walked through an entrance that has seen a significant addition since the COVID-19 outbreak.The private school has invested in a thermal imaging system and incorporated it into its reopening safety plan. The system monitors the heat levels of anyone entering the facility.“Anything that could help us ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and students, for me, was worthy of very close consideration,” explains David Robertson, QMS Head of School. “I quickly realized that this system is not absolutely foolproof, but it’s a very big step in the right direction of attaining our goal.”According to a Queen Margaret’s School press release, the school is the first educational institute in the province to use a thermal imaging system. QMS suggests that, as part of the school’s reopening plan, they will require children, staff and campus guests to access the facility by a single entry point. Every person entering campus will be scanned by the technology before being permitted to continue to classrooms.

    The thermal imaging equipment is promoted as being able to provide the additional health security of a contact-free, speedy temperature checks and a video tweeted by CHEK’s Joe Perkins shows the arrival of children breezing through the single entry point while their thermal images appear on a monitor.“Throughout this pandemic, with the team here at QMS, I’ve been talking about the need to be nimble and flexible in all of our planning because of the ever-changing nature of our situation,” Robertson adds. “This was a perfect opportunity for us to act nimbly, decisively and secure the system in time for our anticipated return.”According to the school, once children are through the entrance, they will be chaperoned by teachers and a small number of classmates at a safe distance apart.“As this system will be used to monitor the body temperature of all guests to campus, it won’t make the children feel nervous about being singled out. Also, as there will probably be a second wave of COVID-19 in the future, there will be an ongoing need to monitor children’s health. The thermal imaging system sounds great, and I trust the leadership of the school to make the right decision to keep our kids safe,” said QMS parent, Tyler Vanderputten.David Robertson suggests that the decision to purchase the technology was based on long-term plans with the anticipation of a potential virus resurgence.“Most of us are expecting some form of a second wave of COVID-19 in the next six months. This expectancy only made further sense of our investment in this system early so that we would be even better prepared for September and beyond.”As of June 1, students across British Columbia are allowed to return to classrooms part-time, however, B.C. Premier John Horgan has said he understands the anxiety of parents and attending class in-person is optional.

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  • 15 Jun 2020 11:53 AM | Anonymous

    GUS has a strong presence in Canada and its institutions include University Canada West, Toronto School of Management and The Language Gallery Canada.

    “With Trebas Institute…we will also establish a presence in Montreal for the first time”

    “Our institutions provide a variety of study paths and qualifications and we are always looking to expand to new sectors and locations,” said Cyndi McLeod, GUS Canada CEO.

    “With Trebas Institute, not only will we expand our education offer by adding creative disciplines, but we will also establish a presence in Montreal for the first time.”

     Luisa Tanzi, vice president of Trebas Institute, said: “Our staff and faculty are excited to join GUS Canada. In collaboration with the GUS team, I am confident that we will continue to provide exceptional service at a higher level to our student population and future employers.”

    “Our organisation is brought together by a shared passion for accessible and relevant learning opportunities,” added Yuliya Etingen, VP Strategic Development at GUS Canada.

    “We are confident that Trebas Institute will contribute to our mission with its unique combination of versatile programs, a human relations approach to services and an exceptional quality of facilities, faculty and staff.”

    Trebas Institute has campuses in both Toronto and Montreal.

  • 15 Jun 2020 11:49 AM | Anonymous

    A longstanding B.C. language school has been forced to shut down permanently because it simply doesn't have any students to teach.

    International travel restrictions due to COVID-19 means Inlingua Vancouver, which usually enrolls about 200 foreign students, no longer has enough paying pupils to stay afloat. The last day of classes was May 29 and the school, which is located in downtown Vancouver and opened in 2001, will not be opening again.

    "It's heartbreaking," said director of studies Lester Bergquist, who has worked at the school for 10 years.

    He said as soon as travel restrictions were introduced in March, the usual stream of students to the school stopped. Almost all of the students at Inlingua Vancouver were foreign nationals learning English as a second language (ESL), many of whom wished to return to their home countries while they still could.

    According to Bergquist, attendance soon dwindled to 60 students and the writing was on the wall that no more would be coming anytime soon for future sessions.

    Bergquist said instructors initially tried in March to move courses online but the method was not that effective for language learners who need ample time with teachers to practice speaking.

    He estimates students spend 80 per cent of in-class time speaking aloud, whereas that drops to about 5 per cent during an online lesson.

    The struggle to stay in business was not unique to Inlingua. Many international schools are feeling the brunt of travel bans.

    Global Village Vancouver, another ESL school in the city's downtown core, is also closing in June. A letter posted on the school's social media platforms from president and CEO Paul Maher laid the blame on the pandemic's impact on travel.

    Paula Jamieson, president and CEO of Global Village Victoria, which remains open, told CBC's On The Island she estimates up to 90 per cent of language schools could close because they can't make rent.

    According to Languages Canada, which represents more than 210 language education programs across the country, the ESL industry in B.C. accounted for about $500 million a year in 2018, attracted almost half a million students, and employed more than 1,800 people.

    Bergquist said school owners did what they could using the government wage subsidy program to try to employ its teachers — who have at least five years of experience — for as long as possible. 

    "These are good teachers that I think are all being forced to consider a change of industry right now," said Bergquist.

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