Covid-19 Update: Students return back to the classroom



We've really missed our students and are super excited to be welcoming them back for in-person teaching at Seven Summits Centre for Learning as we enter BC’s COVID Stage 3 (June 1, 2020).  Our new temporary schedule is outlined below:

  • Grade 8 to 12 students will meet a half-day per week from June 1 to June 18
  • Mondays: Meet teachers/tutors by appointment only.  Priority will be given to immune compromised students that require a one-on-one meeting. 
  • Grade meeting times from 12:30 to 3:00
  • Tuesdays: Grade 8 and 9 students
  • Wednesday – Grade 11 and 12 students
  • Thursday – Grade 10 students
  • Staff will be on site from 10:00 to 12:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for students who find it more productive to work at the Centre.  (PLEASE contact Joyce before coming to ensure physically distanced workstations can be set up)
  • Student attendance is optional.  Teachers will continue to work with all students remotely and learning will not be compromised.
  • Parents:  Please do not come into the Centre while students are present.  Drop your son/daughter off at the bottom of the stairs.  Staff are happy to meet by phone or appointment, outside of the regular student meeting times. 
  • It is critical that your child stays home if they are sick or if they have recently been in contact with someone that has been sick.  Do a quick assessment before they leave the house.

Our Covid Safety Policy:  


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Staff and teachers will be bringing the classroom into the homes of its students to ensure academic resilience is maintained as social distancing measures come into force and B.C. schools are shut down indefinitely.  

We will keep our learning family safe

“Our primary focus is to keep our staff and learning family safe during these unprecedented times but to also ensure there is minimal disruption to our students’ education, particularly those who are planning to graduate this year,” says Ann Quarterman, operations manager at Seven Summits Centre for Learning which will remain closed after Spring Break for face-to-face teaching. “We’re really experiencing first-hand the strength of our blended learning model during this crisis and it’s with incredible ease that we can just switch our courses to 100% online,” she adds.

Strength in our blended learning model:

“Our students are in an incredibly strong position. They already have everything they need online, benefit from the support of our teaching staff, can complete assignments at home instead of coming into the learning centre each day and won’t have to play catch up when normality returns. Interactive flipped classrooms are just one of the curriculum enhancements we will be implementing in small online groups  – effectively beaming the traditional way of learning into their home,” says 7S Science teacher Jennifer Boutilier. This should bring a huge relief to local families affected by the sweeping changes. “It will be very much business as usual at 7S with no delays in learning or a lowering of expectations,” she adds.

Cutting edge high school education:

“Imagination, flexibility and togetherness is what our community needs; we’re confident that we can adapt swiftly to the changes required and can continue to provide a cutting-edge high-school education, whatever the crisis,” explains Joyce Oostindie, administrator, Seven Summits Centre for Learning.

A forward thinking approach:

Seven Summits Centre for Learning was established by the community, for the community, seven years ago to provide greater educational choice in Rossland and throughout British Columbia to the benefit of athletes and non-athletes alike.  Following the B.C. Ministry of Education’s 21st Century Learning Model and supported by fully certified B.C. teachers, its alumni continue to extend their education at top universities across the world, including Harvard and UBC. Its forward thinking approach, which includes ‘Free Fridays’, ensures students in grades 8 to 12 can pursue a range of courses facilitated by SD71 Navigate Nides’ award-winning learning program. These are usually delivered by blending traditional face-to-face teaching with virtual pioneering online classrooms, in 7S’ iconic red-roofed heritage building located within the heart of Rossland.

Find out more:

Those interested in registering their child with Seven Summits Centre for Learning or to find out more on how their child could benefit from SD71 Navigate NIDES and its online educational resources should e-mail or leave a message with 7S on 250-362-7772. Follow 7S on social media too:  @sevensummitslearning (Facebook and Instagram) and @7Summitslearn (Twitter)

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Youth Recruitment and Marketing Coordinator at Seven Summits Centre for Learning