No. Any children in the household must stay home from school until the person who is a close contact completes their 14-day isolation. Adults in the home can go to work or school as long as they do not have symptoms.
If a student becomes symptomatic or ill at school, teachers are instructed to discreetly speak with the student and call the Health Centre team at the Prep or Upper School. The student will be asked to move to one of the isolation spaces where they will be assessed and monitored by the Health Centre Registered Nurse. Parents/caregivers will be contacted to pick up their child (and any siblings attending UCC) as quickly as possible. Parents/caregivers will be provided with written guidance on the steps to follow based on public health and Ministry of Education guidelines including contact information for UCC’s Health Centre and Telehealth Ontario.
Yes. Please obtain a doctor’s note explaining that your child has allergies unrelated to COVID-19, and then share that note with UCC’s Health Centre. Once the note is received by the school, your child may attend school unless new or worsening symptoms emerge.
No. If a household member has symptoms of COVID-19 and is a close contact of someone with COVID-19, all children and adults in the household must stay home and self-isolate. Even if the household member tests negative for COVID-19, children in the household will need to stay home from school until the household member completes their 14-day self-isolation.
If a student has symptoms and has been given an alternative diagnosis by a healthcare provider (NOT related to COVID-19), the student may return to school if their symptoms have been improving for 24 hours. A cold or respiratory infection is not considered an alternative diagnosis and the individual should be tested for COVID-19. Household members can return to school right away as long as they don't have symptoms.
Any other children and adults in the household who attend a school will also need to stay home and self-isolate and follow public health advice. If the child tests positive for COVID-19, children and adults in the household must stay home, self-isolate for 14 days, and follow public health advice
Yes, your child may return to school if their symptoms have been improving for 24 hours, and if they are not a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or have travelled outside of Canada. The child must clear the daily screening app and feel well enough to attend school. Household members can return to school or work right away as long as they don't have symptoms.
COVID-19 test results can be forwarded by email to theHealth Centre as a PDF or a screenshot for our health records.
Students in Year 1 - 12 are required to wear masks inside all school buildings and while outside on school grounds. We continue to maintain our standard of at least three-ply quality, well-fitting masks for all students, with a strong recommendation that disposable procedural/surgical masks, like the one pictured below, be used instead of three-ply cloth masks.
It is strongly recommended that SK students also wear a mask while in school and on campus. Please ensure your students have extra masks in case they need them during the school day.
Please note that masks with exhalation valves are no longer permitted for use in school buildings or on school grounds.
If a positive case of COVID-19 among a student, faculty or staff member is identified to UCC, the school is obligated to report it to public health as well as the Ministry of Education. Once UCC receives instructions from public health, it will communicate the relevant information while maintaining strict confidentiality as per the Privacy of Personal Health Information Act. Information will also be posted on the COVID-19 section of UCC’s website.
We expect all staff and students to be respectful of those who wear masks and those who cannot wear a mask for medical and other reasons for which an exemption applies. Students, parents and staff can expect that there may be individuals in the school who will not be wearing masks because they qualify for an exemption. In such cases, accommodation measures such as face shields, greater physical distancing, clear barriers, enhanced cleaning and other infection prevention and control measures are considered. In situations where a student or staff is not wearing a mask due to an approved medical exemption, a face shield may be adequate as an alternative measure of protection.
Accommodations require consideration of the human rights needs of the person requesting an exemption, as well as medical and health and safety needs of others, being mindful to avoid stigmatizing the individual. Protecting students, families and staff who are at high risk for COVID-19 should be considered in relation to assessing the appropriateness and nature of a mask exemption. It is expected that all reasonable steps and considerations will be taken before a student is not permitted to attend school in person, or an employee is not permitted to attend work in person.
Names of students are confidential as per Privacy of Personal Health Information Act. The school will communicate all pertinent information about each positive case, usually including year and cohort on the COVID-19 section of UCC’s website. All families directly affected will be contacted by the local public health authority and will be instructed to isolate if necessary.
Outbreaks are determined by the local public health authority and depend on a thorough risk assessment and contact tracing procedures. The school will inform community members of an outbreak or closure as soon as that information is available.
Students who are COVID-19 positive cannot return to school until they are cleared by public health (typically 10 days after symptoms started).
Students who are being managed by TPH (e.g. confirmed cases of COVID-19, close contacts of cases) must follow TPH instructions to determine when to return to the school:
Clearance tests are not required for staff or students to return to the school.
Students who test negative can return to school as long as their symptoms are improving for 24 hours, and they are not a close contact of a positive case.
If any other household member has symptoms, they are to self-isolate until the household member tests negative. Children will need to stay home from school if any household member is a close contact of a positive case.
For students who do not go for testing and receive an alternative diagnosis not related to COVID-19 from a health care provider, they can return to school once their symptoms are improving for 24 hours; siblings and adults who attend the school setting can return at that time as well.
Students/staff who do not go for testing and who do not have an alternative diagnosis (i.e. a new or worsening symptom not related to an existing medical condition), must self-isolate for 10 days from the date their symptom(s) started. They may return to school after 10 days if they do not have a fever (without taking medication) and their symptoms are improving for 24 hours as long as they pass the screening tool questions.
New colds or respiratory illnesses (flu, bronchitis or pneumonia) present with similar symptoms to COVID-19. An alternative diagnosis cannot be made for an infectious respiratory condition or a cold without a COVID-19 negative test. A cold is not an alternative diagnosis, as a cold can be COVID-19. It is advised that these individuals are tested.
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