Fall 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Whole-school

List of 14 frequently asked questions.

Upper School

List of 18 frequently asked questions.

  • How has the College determined that it is safe for my son to return to campus?
     

    Our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our community. The College has undertaken an extensive review of its practices and protocols and follows the advice and guidelines of health authorities and the Ministry of Education (MOE) to guide our policies and practices and create a safe and healthy learning and work space. Our extensive return to campus health and safety review has included the measurement and analysis of all learning spaces, mapping out the flow of student and employee movement within the Upper School, and determining entry and exit doors for specific cohorts and year levels. 
     
     
  • What impact will the modified academic schedule have on the 2021 Leaving Class? 
     

    The Diploma Programme (DP) will be covered in its entirety and students will be well prepared for final exams in May. The most significant impact of the hybrid schedule will be that students will cover 50% of the syllabus in-person synchronously and 50% asynchronously. The CfL will be available to support all students on their asynchronous days. The University Counselling Office is available through the summer to support members of the 2021 Leaving Class with questions regarding transition to university. The synchronous-asynchronous learning platform provides the opportunity to develop the self-advocacy skills that are required for success in university.
     
     
  • I have boys in both the Prep and Upper School. Will they be able to attend classes on campus on the same day?
     

    Prep Students are scheduled to participate in on-campus learning daily.  Upper School students will be attending on-campus learning in cohorts according to the schedule provided to them. 
     
     
  • Will food services be offered during the school day?
     

    The College is currently discussing with Aramark, our food services provider, options for the safe provision of food services.  At the outset, the provision of daily meals for our boarders will be our primary focus.  We are also exploring the delivery of a bagged lunch to boys in their classrooms - optional for those families who wish to participate.
     
     
  • What is my son permitted to bring to campus?
     

    • Boys should bring with them each day:
      • Backpack to carry minimal school supplies and his snacks/lunch. 
      • Labeled water bottle as students will not be allowed to drink from campus water fountains. 
    • We expect that students will spend additional time outdoors. 
    • Please note that students will not have access to their lockers. 
  • Can I access the school building to retrieve my son’s belongings that have been at school since March Break?
     

    The College will communicate with families when the campus will be accessible and they can retrieve personal items left at the school.
     
  • Will UCC be offering a physical education program as well as athletics and arts for students in the fall?
     

    A modified phys-ed program will be available. Teachers will use activities that make physical distancing measures possible and are recommended by health authorities. These activities will take place outside where possible.  
  • What can my son expect when he returns to campus in the fall?
     

    This fall your son will experience a more personalized in-class learning experience with a maximum of 15 students per class. Students will rotate between in-person synchronous learning and asynchronous learning from home each day to allow for physical distancing and classroom occupancy guidelines from the Ministry of Education. Students will only study four courses at a time in 20-day terms for the course of the year, rotating between two terms to cover all 8 courses for MYP and 7 courses for DP (3 Standard Level courses, 3 Higher Level courses and Theory of Knowledge). In order to best care for the wellbeing of students, advising, Houses meetings, the Health Centre, the CfL and the University Counselling Office will all be accessible and taking place  In addition we strive to have as complete a co-curricular offering as possible.
     
     
  • When will students know what day they’ll be attending school on campus?
     

    The Upper School’s main office will email to families their son’s designated Cohort and corresponding days at school by Friday, August 28.
     
     
  • Will my son be required to bring a personal water bottle? 
     

    Your son is required to bring a clearly labeled water bottle since boys will not be allowed to drink from water fountains. Water filling stations will be available. 
     
  • How will I know if school events throughout the year are taking place on campus?
     

    The Upper School Parent Calendar will be updated to reflect school events this year. Every effort will be made to modify events to comply with Toronto Public Health guidelines related to public gatherings. 
     
     
  • What Learning Management Systems (LMS) will students use?
     

    Upper School students will be using Brightspace as their primary point of reference for learning activities. Students will also use ManageBAC where necessary. The school will offer virtual information sessions on how to use these platforms.
     
     
  • My son is new to UCC. When will he receive his laptop and how will he become familiar with school routines?
     

    New boys will receive their laptop on Tuesday, September 8 during their orientation session on campus. During the orientation session, students will learn the many of the school routines from other students and faculty. 
     
     
  • Will my son have access to a locker?

    No, students will not have access to lockers due to physical distancing requirements and the added risk of being in a confined space. 
     
  • Why is Upper boys’ attendance divided by House vs Year? 
     

    These guidelines are in place to help minimize the risk of the spread of the virus, especially in the event of an outbreak. As a result, we have to split the school in a way that allows us to achieve class sizes of a maximum of 15, and splitting by Year group would not achieve the reduced numbers required for cohorting. As such, splitting by House allows us to get class sizes of under 15 and cohort sizes down to half a Year group.
     
  • Has the school considered alternating weeks rather than alternating days? 
     

    Alternating days provides the best opportunity for support with our students by allowing regular contact with their teachers. Based on the Board of Stewards survey, 46% of students preferred alternating days while 27% preferred alternating weeks. We also considered the TDSB survey of 70,000 families where both students and families preferred alternating days. 
     
  • What should my son wear to school?

    With hygiene being of paramount importance for reducing disease spread and because students will not have access to lockers or changing areas at the school during COVID-19, we are suspending the requirement for the full UCC uniform for the period of hybrid learning. Should resumption of full in person classes resume, the school may opt to, over time, return to a regular school uniform. Please see the uniform requirements here
  • How will you manage students who do not abide by restrictions related to COVID-19?
     

    The safety of our students is of paramount importance. All Upper School students will have an opportunity to learn more about the day-to-day requirements of returning to campus prior to the start of school. The consequences of not adhering to any of the requirements will also be shared. As with all of the Upper School’s discipline policies, the current thinking describes a graduated discipline system, and we have a commitment from all faculty to enforce the COVID-19 restrictions. If any student persistently falls short of expectations and is deemed a risk to the safety of other students, that student will not be permitted on campus.
     

Prep School

List of 19 frequently asked questions.

  • How will the Prep's younger students be reminded to practice physical distancing?
     

    As part of the school’s health and safety measures, students will be required and encouraged to remain physically distant from each other and from their teachers. The College is employing a number of strategies to assist with this including one-way corridors, and setting up classrooms and learning spaces to reduce the number of people in the space. 

    As transmission rates remain low between children, we do expect that there may be instances where physical distancing is not maintained. Signage will be posted throughout campus to serve as reminders and to help ensure physical distancing as well.


  • Will the Health Centre be available to my son when he returns to campus?
     

    Yes, the Health Centre team will be available to students for support and will also work with students to communicate the importance of our health and safety protocols. Isolation areas will be identified and used in the event that a student becomes ill or is symptomatic during the school day. In the case that a student becomes ill while on campus, parents will be required to pick up students promptly.
     
     
  • Where and when can I pick-up/drop-off my son(s)? 

    A campus map which illustrates the designated drop-off and pick-up areas will be available before the return to school. Boys will be required to enter and exit the Prep on their own and will not be accompanied by parents or guardians. Prep faculty and staff will be available during drop off and pick up times to ensure boys make it safely inside. Drop-off will start at 7:30 a.m., although Before School Program activities will be restricted. Staggered after-school pick-up times are being finalized and will be communicated on August 13. We anticipate longer than normal wait times during drop-off and pick-up while everyone adjusts to the new restrictions. 

    The College will be offering the After School Program to SK - Year 7 students, hosted in the Wilder Arena lounge. Please watch for further information and an opportunity to sign up. Please note that only pre-registered students will be received in ASP, and clubs will not run in the fall of this year until further notice. 
  • Will food services be offered?
     

    The College is currently discussing with Aramark, our food services provider, options for the safe provision of food services. At this time, the Prep School dining hall will be used as a classroom and we will not be able to deliver a hot meal program. For students on the meal plan, a bagged lunch will be delivered to students in their classrooms and those students will remain in the classroom to eat lunch.
     
  • What is my son permitted to bring to school?
     

    Boys should bring with them each day:
    • Backpack to carry minimal school supplies and his lunch. 
    • Labeled water bottle as students will not be allowed to drink from campus water fountains. Water bottle refilling stations will be available. 
    • A pair of indoor athletic running shoes to change into after arriving at school or reentering the building after phys-ed class and recess.
    • We expect that students will spend additional time outdoors. Please assure your son is prepared to enjoy outdoor time. 
     
  • Will my son have access to a locker?
     

    Boys will not be assigned lockers due to physical distancing measures. They will need to carry their supplies in their backpacks and can leave their backpacks next to their desks during class time. They will also store jackets and other outdoor clothing required at their desks. Boys will leave their outdoor shoes and boots outside their classroom.
     
     
  • Can I access the Prep to retrieve my son’s belongings that have been at school since March Break?
     

    The College will communicate with families when the campus will be accessible and they can retrieve personal items left at the school.
     
  • Will the Prep be offering a physical education program as well as athletics and arts for students in the fall?
     

    A modified phys-ed program will be available. Teachers are working to provide a robust co-curricular experience to boys in ways that  make physical distancing measures possible and align with advice provided by health authorities. These activities will take place outside where possible.

    Our Middle Years music program will be delivered through percussion instruments, rather than wind instruments. 
    Plans are well underway for the renting or purchasing of additional equipment to ensure students are not sharing instruments or other equipment. 

    The safety and wellbeing of our students and employees is our top priority, and as such, Choirs, Concert Bands and Jazz Band will be paused for the time being.
     
  • Will there be a Norval program this year?
     

    Yes, there will be a modified Norval program at the Deer Park campus this year, delivered by our Norval faculty. 
     
     
  • Will French classes still be streamed?
     

    Yes. French classes may be delivered online. Whether a boy is at home participating in remote learning or on campus attending classes, they will engage in online lessons. This will allow us to maintain “classroom bubbles” and our physical distancing. 
     
     
  • Will my son be required to bring a personal water bottle?

    Your son is required to bring a clearly labeled water bottle since boys will not be allowed to drink from water fountains. 
     
     
  • How will I know if school events throughout the year are taking place on campus?
     

    The Prep Parent Calendar will be updated to reflect school events this year. Please check back often, and stay tuned to Heads Up for information about event plans. Every effort will be made to modify events to comply with Toronto Public Health guidelines related to public gatherings. 
     
     
     
  • My son is new to UCC. When will he receive his laptop and how will he become familiar with school routines?
     

    New boys will receive their laptops on Tuesday, September 8 during their orientation session on campus. Their Form Adviser will familiarize them with the physical layout of the school, Prep routines, and allow time for students in their “classroom bubbles” to get to know one another. Your son will be welcomed outside at drop off by the Prep Administration. 
     
  • I’m a new Prep parent. How can I familiarize myself with UCC?
     

    There are various ways to learn about the College including reviewing the SK to Year 5 student agenda, our CLP Family Guide (available in late August), and the school's website. The Prep Leadership Team will host several virtual “parent coffee sessions” to help clarify information and answer questions. These dates will be updated in the Prep Parent Calendar.
     
  • What is the best way to contact my son’s teachers?
     

    Email is the best way to connect with your son’s teachers. All faculty emails can be by logging into Bluenet and navigating to the Faculty and Staff directory. Please allow faculty 48 hours to respond to your inquiry.  
  • What Learning Management Systems (LMS) will students use?
     

    Primary students (SK to Year 5) will use SeeSaw and Middle students (Year 6 and 7) will use Brightspace, our new LMS. The school will offer virtual information sessions for parents on how to use these platforms.
  • My son is new to UCC. When will he receive his laptop and how will he become familiar with school routines?
     

    New boys will receive their laptops on Tuesday, September 8 during their orientation session on campus. Their Form Adviser will familiarize them with the physical layout of the school, Prep routines, and allow time for students in their “classroom bubbles” to get to know one another. Your son will be welcomed outside at drop off by the Prep Administration. 
     
  • How has the College determined that it is safe for my son to return to the Prep?
     

     

    Our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our community. The College has undertaken an extensive review of its practices and protocols and follows the advice and guidelines of local and Provincial health authorities and the Ministry of Education. Our extensive return to campus health and safety review has included the measurement and analysis of all learning spaces, mapping out one-directional flow of student and employee movement within the Prep’s buildings, determining entry and exit doors for specific cohorts and year levels. We are maintaining our plan to return primary students SK to Year 5 in cohorts. Students in Years 6 and 7 will return to school full time and learn in larger spaces that are appropriate for class size and in accordance with physical distancing guidelines. 

Boarding

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • What is my son permitted to bring to boarding with him this fall?
     

    Students are permitted to bring whatever they believe will make them comfortable in their home away from home. The only provision is that anything in the room can be wiped clean (chair must be leather or similar versus cloth).
     
     
  • Will there be weekend programming this year for boarders?
     

    Yes,there will be weekend programming. UCC will be guided by Toronto Public Health and Public Health Ontario in our quest to continue to introduce UCC boarders to the opportunities for enrichment that exist outside and inside the gates of the College.
     
  • I’m a new boarding parent. How can I familiarize myself with UCC?
     

    New boarding families were invited to attend bi-weekly Zoom calls starting on Friday, May 22, culminating in a final call on Friday, July 31. New boarding families can continue to find relevant information in the“New to Blue” resources in Bluenet on the Parent Resource Boards through to the beginning of school. Families interested in UCC boarding beyond the 2020-21 academic year are encouraged to learn more about our program here 
  • Will food services be offered to boarding students?
     

    The provision of daily meals to our boarding students is the top priority of our food service provider. The boarding community will have sole access to the Upper Dining Hall and will be served breakfast, lunch and dinner in that facility while observing physical distancing. In addition, an evening snack will be provided. 
     
     
  • What can my son expect when he returns to UCC and his boarding house this fall?
     

    The boarding team is reviewing responses from family surveys regarding housing, student visas and travel to help plan for the 2020-21 academic year. The results will be shared with boarding families via a Zoom meeting on Friday, July 31 at 8:15 a.m. Meeting details are available to families in Bluenet on the Parent Resource board.
     
  • Will UCC’s Health Centre be available to my son when he returns to boarding?
     

    Yes, the Health Centre team will be available to students for support and will also work with students to communicate the importance of our health and safety protocols. Isolation areas will be identified and used in the event that a student becomes ill or is symptomatic during the school day. 
     
     
  • What is the best way to contact my son’s boarding house advisors?
     

    Families should contact their son’s Senior House Adviser by email.
     
     

Contacts

List of 5 items.

  • Campus Security

    416-786-3531
  • Prep Main Reception

    416-488-1125 ext. 4411
  • Upper School Reception

    416-488-1125 ext. 0
  • Boarding Program

    Andrew Turner
    Director of Residential Life
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