TRAINING IN A COVID ENVIRONMENT

What to expect for the 2020-2021 Training Year

Latest Updates:
30 Sep 20 - All in-person activities are currently on hold until further notice. Once we are able to conduct in-person training you will be notified.

 
To Cadets, Parents and Guardians,

    The safety and security of all who participate in the Cadet Program is always one of our top priorities. It is assumed that the COVID-19 pandemic could last 18 months or longer. This virus will likely return in multiple waves and continue to pose a threat to the Canadian Public. A return to normalcy is not forecasted any time soon, and we need to prepare for a new normal.

    Therefore, that is why, the Commander of the National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group has made the decision to delay the start-up of limited in-person cadet activities until at least 1 October, 2020. This was not an easy decision, nor was it made in isolation. It ensures that we have proper measures in place for the safety and security of everyone who participates in our programs and will ensure that the Cadet and JCR programs do not become a vector to spread the COVID-19 virus.

    Although the fall of 2020 will not roll out the same way it has in years before, we remain committed to ensuring that the Cadet Program continues to provide unique experiences for youth within our community. Should you have any questions or concerns, you are encouraged to reach out to me.


Major M. Royal, CD
Commanding Officer
co@800squadron.com


Overview

Directives on conduct of the cadet program in a Covid environment have been provided by the National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group (NCJCR Sp Gp). These include direction on nation-wide safety protocols, as well as parameters for adapting regular training to prioritize the safety of all members. The outline of the 2020-2021 training year will differ significantly from previous years as we strive to deliver a program which is safe, fun, and engaging.

Cadets and parents are encouraged to follow the squadron website and online calendar closely, as details for upcoming training sessions and events will be conveyed primarily by these means.

Virtual Training

The majority of training will, until further notice, be held online through videoconferencing. Cadets will be invited to a Google Classroom applicable to their proficiency training level, using the e-mail address provided in their registration papers. 

Cadets are required to ensure that the display name registered to their e-mail address is their real name, so they can be verified by classroom moderators when joining a video conference. 

If you are a registered member of the squadron and have not received a Google Classroom invitation by 4 October, please contact the Training Officer at TrgO@800Squadron.com .  

A link to a Google Meet session will be posted in each Training Level's Google Classroom on Tuesday evenings, shortly before training commences. Cadets are expected to join the call between 18.55-19.05 (6:55-7:05pm). Lessons are expected to last until 8:00-8:20pm.

Every few weeks, cadets will participate in online Section Meetings, which will give cadets an opportunity to meet other members of the squadron, share what they have been learning, and receive routine announcements.

Limited In-Person Activities

Some training simply cannot be conducted effectively online. Directives by the NCJCR Sp Gp outline national safety practices for all in-person training. Due to COVID-19 no in-person training will be mandatory, but attendance will require a face mask worn in the proper manner, along with your health card. If you do not have a non-medical mask (NMM) we may provide you with one.

Parents are responsible for deciding if their cadet is able to attend any in person event. Some of our safety measures will include registry signing, screening, hand sanitizer, and staff will use a bleach solution or other approved cleaning product to ensure high touch surfaces are regularly sanitized. To minimize risk, the Training Department has kept in-person training to a minimum, with only two in-person activities in the fall season, to be conducted outdoors, socially-distanced, and wearing non-medical masks (NMMs), and in adherence to all prescribed.

Training Requirement

All cadets are required to attend a minimum of 60% of all scheduled training in order to pass their training level.

Cadets will not be held back in their training progression for being unable to attend a given event due to health & safety concerns. Some promotions (namely Sergeant and up) may, out of necessity, be delayed until a safe opportunity to complete required evaluations, if an online equivalent cannot be found.