I would like to communicate our expectations on international student travel over the winter break. The Abbotsford School District’s winter break is from Monday, December 23, 2020 to Friday, January 1, 2021. As per Government of Canada’s Travel Health Notices, we are to avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada to all countries. According to current BC Provincial Health Order, which we anticipate the extension of restrictions after December 7, 2020, B.C. residents are not to travel out of B.C. and between regions of the province for vacation or to visit family and/or friends.
Hence, our expectations for Winter Break travel are as follows:
- International students are NOT to travel outside B.C. or Canada. Those who have a valid reason to travel against the federal and provincial government’s orders must contact the international staff first prior to making any travel arrangements.
District homestay may not be provided to those students who travel against the Government’s orders during the 14-day self-quarantine period upon their return to Abbotsford. It will be the responsibility of the student and natural parents to find a safe and appropriate placement for this two-week period. Please be reminded that, as per our International Program Agreement, international students must reside with a responsible adult age 25 or older. International students are not permitted to stay by themselves or stay at a commercial accommodation such as a hotel or Air B&B. This applies to all international students in district homestay or in a private homestay arrangement. Also, it will be the responsibility of the student to connect with their teachers to continue with their education during their quarantine period.