Confirmed COVID-19 cases at UCC are posted below along with Toronto Public Health (TPH) information. UCC will continue to work with TPH and follow all recommendations and required actions, including determining which cohorts and classes may need to isolate.
First, complete the REACH screening app. If your child has new or worsening symptoms, what you do depends on the symptom and how usual they are for the child, as follows:
Scenario One: If your child has new or worsening fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath, decreased or loss of taste or smell, they should isolate immediately and parents should contact their child’s health care provider for advice or assessment. The health care provider can determine whether the symptoms are related to a non-COVID-19 condition or if your child should get tested for COVID-19.
Scenario Two: If your child has ONE new or worsening symptom (that is not related to a known cause or condition) including sore throat, stuffy nose/runny nose, headache, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, fatigue/lethargy/muscle aches/malaise, they should stay home 24 hours to be monitored to see whether symptoms get better or worse. If they feel better, they may return to school when well enough to do so and no COVID-19 testing is required. If symptoms get worse, contact your child’s health provider to determine if symptoms are related to a non-COVID-19 condition or if they should get tested for COVID-19.
Scenario Three: If your child has TWO or MORE new or worsening symptoms (that are not related to a known cause or condition) that include sore throat, stuffy nose/runny nose, headache, nausea and/or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue/lethargy/muscle aches/malaise, you should isolate your child immediately and contact their health care provider for further advice or assessment. The health provider can determine if symptoms are related to a non-COVID-19 condition or if they should get tested for COVID-19.
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’s Registered Nurse. Parents/caregivers will be contacted to pick up their child 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.
For students 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), if they have: ONE of the following symptoms: fever, cough, difficulty breathing or loss of taste/smell. or ONE of the following symptoms that does not improve in 24 hours: sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, headache, nausea/ vomiting/diarrhea, muscle ache/fatigue. or TWO of the following symptoms: sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, headache, nausea/ vomiting/diarrhea, muscle ache/fatigue
THEN, the student must isolate for 10 days from the date their symptom(s) started. They may return to school after the 10-day period if they do not have a fever (without taking medication) and their symptoms are improving for 24 hours.
If your child has been identified as needing a COVID-19 test and all other family members are feeling well, testing of other family members is not required (although you may choose to do so voluntarily). If your child tests positive for COVID-19, the local public health unit will contact you/your child and make a plan for additional testing of close contacts.
Children may have ongoing mild symptoms, such as a runny nose. If it is not new or worse, and they have tested negative for COVID-19, they may return to school when they feel well enough to do so. If symptoms persist or worsen, contact your child’s health care provider for further advice, assessment or treatment.
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 the UCC receives instructions from public health, it will email the community with 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 emergency closure as directed by the local public health authority and in compliance with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.
1. Student exposed to COVID-19 If a student is advised by public health that they have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 (i.e. they are a close contact), when can they return to school?
Public health will complete a risk assessment and determine who had high-risk exposure and then advise students who are impacted on their isolation period and required next steps.
If the student had close contact, they are required to:
Self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for the next 14 days — they are not permitted to attend school on campus during this period.
Get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible if any symptoms develop.
If asymptomatic, individuals are still encouraged to get tested any time within 14 days of the potential exposure. They will need to continue to self-isolate for 14 days even if the test is negative.
Contacts of a contact (e.g. a household member of a student who was exposed at school) do not need to self-isolate.
2. Student confirmed with COVID-19 Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 must follow public health instructions on when it is safe for them to return to school. Families do not need a note from their doctor or proof of a negative COVID-19 test before their child returns to school.
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