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706 Squadron - COVID-19 Update

To the cadets and families of 706 Squadron,

As you are well aware, we find ourselves in a fluid situation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, all cadet activities nation-wide have been ceased until further notice. This is for the safety of all cadets, staff members, and families, which is a priority for us. The decision to stand-down is in line with the directives recommended by health authorities, and will be reviewed in the first week of April, at which point I will communicate any updates that I can.

Over the coming weeks, I recommend that all cadets and families observe directives announced by the local public health authorities in order to protect yourselves and those you may come in contact with. Specific to the cadet program, the following policy is now in place until further notice: all cadets, staff and volunteers will be prohibited from participating in cadet activities for 14 days following their return from any international travel. We require that all cadets submit a notice of absence including your date of arrival in Canada at www.706aircadets.ca even though the program is not currently active, so that we may anticipate that you may not be present once we get going again, and that you can be marked as excused.

In the meantime, my team is currently assessing how this closure of cadet activities will impact local cadet training and in close collaboration with the Squadron Sponsoring Comittee, we are actively working on plans to complete scheduled training and activities once we resume. I can assure you that cadets will not be impacted negatively by this situation when it comes to their training progression. I will make sure that cadets learn the skills they need to advance once our activities resume.

Many of you have questions about summer camps. I do not yet know we will find out which cadets are selected to attend camps, and when those camps will occur. I expect that I will recieve more information about summer camp plans in April.

No doubt this is a difficult time for all, and I know that many cadets and their families are learning to cope with new realities. No doubt, as long as we support each other, we will all get through this. I know one thing for sure, it's that the 706 Squadron family is strong and resilient.

I ask that cadets continue to be good leaders in their community. Have you checked in on your friends lately? Leadership doesn't stop at parade nights. Step up to be a leader, and check in with your squadron friends virtually.

Should you have any questions or concerns related to the current situation around COVID-19 as it relates to the cadet program, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at CO@706aircadets.ca. My door is open.

Thank you,

Major Scott Southern
Commanding Officer