School Life

COVID FAQs

Our Campus is Open ... and we are following Public Health Guidelines

We are excited to welcome our students to campus in the fall and grateful to be able to offer the unique and exceptional experience that our families expect throughout the school year.
 
To ensure the safety of our community, we continue to follow guidelines from the New Brunswick Department of Public Health, consult with the New Brunswick’s Department of Education and Early Childhood, and dialogue with numerous other national and local organizations.
 
We are committed to providing a safe and dynamic learning experience for our students and keeping our families informed.
 
We continue to compile answers to a number of frequently asked questions. If you don't find the answer you're looking for, don't hesitate to reach out to us at admission@rns.cc

Please note that RNS follows New Brunswick Public Health COVID-19 safety protocols, including physical distancing and the use of non-medical face masks while on campus. All visitors to the Hill are asked to check in at Collegiate Hall. 



Admission

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Can I still schedule a Campus Tour?

    We are offering in-person and virtual tours. Please contact our Admission Team at admission@rns.cc, call 506-847-8224, or click here to book a tour online.

    We also invite you to visit our 3D Virtual Tour page for an inside look at our campus.

    RNS has several videos that showcase our campus, learning opportunities, and co-curricular activities. Please look to the right of the page for links to these videos and additional helpful information. You can also schedule a Virtual Tour.
     
    We ask that you consult our Visit RNS page for more information. As always, our team will be actively responding to questions via email for prospective and newly enrolled students.
     
  • Q. Can I still apply?

    Yes, we accept applications throughout the year.

Travel

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. I’m a fully vaccinated international student. Can I arrive at RNS at any time?

    No. Quarantine requirements may still apply. Please plan to participate in our August 2021 RNS Quarantine Program and arrive between August 20 and 22. If you arrive after these dates you will be unable to quarantine on campus.
  • Q. I have two vaccines already – am I exempt from quarantine?

    It depends on the vaccine, where you are coming from, and whether you need to quarantine after arrival until you receive a negative test result. Please review the federal and provincial restrictions for international travellers often. The Canadian government legislates entry into Canada and quarantine requirements. Please register using the ArriveCAN application to ensure you meet all federal requirements. Each province sets their own additional restrictions and quarantine requirements. Please register with the Province of New Brunswick.
  • Q. What happens if I’m no longer required to quarantine?

    Should quarantine requirements be lifted after you arrive in Canada, we will follow public health guidelines. If you are no longer required to quarantine, you will be able to join our Post-Quarantine Program.
     
    RNS will be sending supporting travel documents to all international students before they are scheduled to travel. This will include letters to present to airline and border officials regarding the non-discretionary nature of the student’s travel. Please note all pre-boarding testing requirements will be the responsibility of each family. Go to travel.gc.ca for more information on travelling to Canada. 
  • Q. What are Canada’s current international travel requirements for minors?

    As per recently announced border measures for international travel by the Government of Canada, there are new exemptions for unaccompanied minors (i.e. individuals under the age of 18) traveling to Canada. Unaccompanied minors are exempt from quarantining for three-nights in a Government-Approved Accommodation. They are allowed to proceed to their suitable quarantine destination from their country of origin.
     
    RNS will be sending supporting travel documents to all out-of-province students before they are scheduled to travel. This will include letters to present to airline and boarder officials regarding the non-discretionary nature of the students' travel. Please note all pre-boarding testing requirements will be the responsibility of each family.
     
    International students travelling to RNS will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test result within 72 hours of departure.

    Go to travel.gc.ca for more information on travelling to Canada. 
     
  • Q. When should my child arrive at RNS from our home abroad?

    We encourage out-of-province boarding students to arrive in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada between Friday, August 20 and Sunday, August 22, 2021. This will enable them to join our school community by September 6, 2021. The August 2021 14-day RNS Self-Isolation Program fees, if mandated by Public Health, are included in the student’s tuition and fees.
     
    RNS will help coordinate transport from New Brunswick airports.
  • Q. Should we have trip cancellation or interruption insurance?

    The self-isolation/quarantine requirements are subject to change for August 2021. For that reason, we strongly encourage RNS families to purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance. RNS is not responsible for any changes imposed by Public Health Agency of Canada or Public Health New Brunswick. All travel fees, including change fees, are the responsibility of the traveler.
  • Q. I still have questions about my child traveling to RNS from an international place of origin. What should I do?

    We are here to help. If you have additional questions or concerns, please reach out to Marie Jo Thibault, Senior Director of Strategic Operations, at mariejo.thibault@rns.cc

Health

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Are there any protocols I need to follow when I visit the RNS campus?

    We are limiting the number of visitors to the RNS campus at this time. We follow NBPH protocols, which include physical distancing and the proper wearing of masks indoors and out. Hand washing or sanitizing upon entering buildings is required.
     
  • Q. Will students and faculty be required to wear face masks?

    Students and faculty are required to wear masks indoors and out.
  • Q. What is the procedure if my child suspects they have COVID-19 symptoms?

    Following NBHP guidelines, if you have a fever OR any of these COVID symptoms:

    - Onset or worsening of cough
    - Difficulty breathing
    - Extreme fatigue
    - Sudden loss of sense of smell without nasal congestion, with or without loss of taste
    - Muscular pain
    - Headache
    - Major loss of appetite
    - Sore throat
    - Diarrhea

    The procedure is as follows:

    Day students

    - Do not come to school. Call 811.
    - If already at school, notify the Health Centre and then go to the rear entrance to be assessed. We will call 811 and parents will be called to come pick up the student.

    Boarding students


    - Notify the Health Centre team and come to the rear entrance to be assessed.
    - If it is deemed that testing is necessary, the student will be isolated until arrangements have been made to take student to be tested.

    Faculty/Staff

    - Strictly follow Public Health guidelines
    - Assist the Public Health team doing the contact tracing
    - Notify cleaning staff

    If any student/faculty/staff tests positive, we will:

    - Strictly follow Public Health guidelines
    - Undertake contact tracing
    - Notify cleaning staff
  • Q. If my child has symptoms, how long until they can return to school?

    Please follow public health guidelines.
  • Q. What happens if a boarder tests positive for COVID-19?

    The student will be required to isolate in a designated space and follow guidelines set out by NBPH.
  • Q. This situation has caused anxiety or stress. What can I do?

    Contact your Student Advisor for advice on academic matters. If you are feeling anxious or stressed, please use the resources available to you, including RNS counselling services, by contacting RNS Health Centre (health@rns.cc) or or the School Counselor (Dolores Young). In an emergency, please call 911.

Food Services

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

Residence Life

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

Student IT Support

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

Co-Curricular Activities

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

Communication

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. How often should I hear from the school?

    The school issues a weekly bulletin, This Week @ RNS, delivered by email to parents and other constituents. Other updates during the week can be found on our social media pages, often with links to content on the website and elsewhere. If there is an urgent matter, we will contact parents as quickly as possible via email. Parents will also continue to receive less urgent emails from the school from time to time regarding report cards, staffing announcements, etc.

    If you would like to receive This Week @ RNS, please contact Jennifer Roos.
  • Q. How can I contact the school?

    For general questions, your child’s advisor remains the best person to contact. If you have a question for a specific teacher or administrator, you can find their contact information using our School Directory page or at the back of the RNS printed calendar. When in doubt, you can always call 506-847-8224 and you will be directed to the best person to offer assistance.