It is my hope that this message finds our cadets and their families healthy, well and safe. These are certainly very different times for us all as we learn to adapt to a very different reality and do all we can to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and healthy.
As an organisation, the Canadian Cadet Organisation has taken the current health situation very seriously and such so has the leadership team at 121 Red Arrows.
We are preparing to return to training this fall and will be scheduling our return to training meeting on Tuesday 8 Sept 2020 on MS Teams. All training until at least 1 Oct 2020 will be virtual. The squadron will be using MS Teams this year as our video conferencing, communication and file sharing platform. There will be transition away from Zoom and Slack as MS Teams.
Cadet Level Officers will be reaching out to the squadron via email with their MS Teams usernames and passwords so please ensure email accounts are being monitored. If you have not heard from them by the end of the weekend, please email me at email@example.com
As a result of our need to have a virtual/online start to the year, we are asking cadets to complete the following by clicking on the links below. As always, if cadets have any questions, they are to ask them through their chain of command. If parents/families have questions/concerns, they are welcome to email me at the address above.
Well, it has been a while since you had to wear your entire uniform but the time may soon come when you will need it. Take a few momnets to try your uniform on then complete this document should you need to exchange any parts.
Dear, Cadets, Families, and Staff Members of 121 Red Arrows.
We trust that you are all taking precautions during this unprecedented time in our lives and that you remain well. Due to your timely reporting and precautions, we can safely say that no 121 Cadets, families or Staff have contracted the virus. Let’s do our part in keeping it that way. We are keeping our eyes and ears open to new developments in the Cadet Program.
If you or your family have any questions or concerns, or just want to tell us how you are doing, I would really enjoy hearing from you. I remain in isolation to do my part and working from home. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to check regularly for messages from your officers and flight staff on Slack.
Please visit these links for further direction and information should you need.
Come and learn the basics of Flying! Junior ground school is for cadets aged 12-14 who are eager to learn about aviation. The focus will be on preparing younger cadets for Senior Ground School’s more intense curriculum.
The program will run Wednesday from 1830 hrs to 2000 hrs and will be instructed by 3 qualified pilots.
Lessons will be taught on MS Teams so registration is required.
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.
In the month of September, you can expect that we will reach out to you with information about the fall. We are expecting virtual activities to resume in September until such time that limited in-person training can be authorized. For your information, we have enclosed some key highlights with information for 2020-2021 training year.
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.
On Monday evening we had a Webinar for Parents and Guardians with Dr. Kristen McLeod, a youth psychologist in Guelph.
Dr. McLeod explained some of the mental health issues that are happening due to the COVID pandemic and ways we could help both ourselves and our Cadets through these. She also ran a Question and Answer session for topics that people wanted to talk about.
At the end of the Webinar, Dr. McLeod provided some documents and links to various resource that she has been providing to parents and her teen clients during this period. They are American resources, but straightforward and from a very trusted site. She felt that they may be helpful to Parents/Guardians and their Cadets.
These documents are attached below as well as a link to Dr. McLeod’s clinical practice if you would like to seek further information.
There are also are two websites to which Dr. McLeod frequently refer folks who are seeking more information.
One is www.anxietycanada.com. They have a video series of Zoom chats focused on anxiety related to Covid which are quite good as well as articles related to managing the uncertainty of Covid. She also recommends www.childmind.org which is a great website for resources.
Recently we have had some concerns raised both from the leadership at the 11th Field Regiment, as well as our own Officers in relation to the safety and security of cadets. These concerns will be explained below along with subsequent changes, which will be implemented immediately, hopefully correcting these issues.
Issue #1- Building access
The 11th Field Regiment is more than gracious in allowing us to use parts of their building. There has been documented times where cadet parents, and non-cadet civilians let in by a propped open door, were found in areas of the building they should not have been. Being a Federal Military establishment the armoury is a restricted access property. We do not have permission to wonder throughout the building and persons caught doing so maybe subject to search and detainment as per Federal law.
Effectively immediately, all access to and from the armoury will be through the front door (faces Wyndham). This streamlines access as it is a straight line to the drill hall and stairwells. An Duty Officer will be present, from 1815-2200 hrs, or for the duration of the event, at the front door to control access to the building.
Attendance is taken each night of all cadets, officers and civilian staff so that in the event of an emergency a head count can be done once the squadron has exited the structure. For this same reason, along with the need to maintain building security, a visitors’ log may be added to the front door control officers desk. If this occurs all visitors will be required to sign in and sign out of the building.
Do not stop on Wyndham Street in front of the armoury to drop off your cadet. This is extremely dangerous and illegal.
Issue #2- Parking
The armoury is the place of business for the 11th Field Regiment and does not include any public parking places. Parking along the cement wall is reserved for 11th Field staff and the main parking lot for Officers and civilian volunteers. Effective immediately there is no parking for parents in the main parking lot. Those in violation will be asked to move and/ or face fines. The only exception to this is persons requiring the use of the disabled parking spots. Anyone with a valid permit may continue to use these spots.
As a compromise, 11th Field has granted us access to the locked compound to use for parking during our events. The compound will be opened from 1815 to 2200 for parental parking but the gates will be closed and locked at 2200. If you anticipate not returning to your vehicle before 2200 you may use the municipal parking area between Surrey St E and Fountain St E. Please do not park in areas used by local business such as the fast food restaurants between Wellington and Surrey. Also note there is no parking on Farquhar or Wellington Streets.
Issue # 3- Parking lot safety
Issue #3A- Drop off
With over 100 cars coming and going each night safety is a huge concern. Recently there have been numerous close calls in the parking lot attributed to parents performing illegal maneuvers, parking in restricted areas, turning into traffic, passing vehicles etc.
Effective immediately parents parking in marked fire routes
will be ticketed with zero tolerance. This includes during all cadet activities
and locations such as drill and band at William C. Winegard Public School.
As shown in the picture below, the route through the parking lot will be maintained for one way vehicle traffic. This means a single file loop with a marked drop off point where cadets may exit the vehicles. Cadets with excessive equipment, such as having to obtain instruments from car trunks, are encouraged to park in the compound so as to not slow down the flow of traffic. The drop off area will be staffed by adult volunteers to ensure flow is maintained and cadets access building safely. We ask this drop off line be kept as single file to ensure there is an open lane for emergency vehicles to access the building if so needed.
This drop off line is a courtesy. If cars continue to park in fire routes, reserved parking spaces, texting/driving around cadets or if Officers feel cadet safety cannot be maintained, the parking lot will be blocked off with the only parent access being the compound area.
Issue #3B- Pick up
Parents are asked to park in the compound area and wait in
their vehicles when they pick up their cadets at the end of the evening. This
is a change for many who come in to the armoury to hear announcements. Please ensure your cadet
has a small notepad and a pen/pencil or cell phone so they can take notes. (Suggestion
– synchronize your phone calendars so when they enter announcements they go to
your phone also!)
No vehicle traffic
is permitted in the main parking lot from 2045- 2200 to ensure the safety of
In the event that the gate tot he compound is locked and no parking is available, parents are asked to use the municipal parking area between Surrey St E and Fountain St E. Please do not park in areas used by local businesses such as fast food restaurants between Wellington and Surrey. You are free to leave your vehicles there and walk up to the armoury if you wish to escort your child back to your vehicle.
Please note that all announcements are posted on the squadron website and officers can be reached via email throughout the week. All cadets are expected to be using Slack to communicate with their chain of command. They are also expected to check the website for information on a regular basis.