UCC 2021–22

Frequently Asked Questions


List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • What happens if my student becomes sick or has COVID-19 symptoms while at school?

    Students* experiencing one or more (new or worsening) symptoms of COVID-19 will be supported by faculty and Health Centre staff. If required, they will be accompanied to an isolation area at the school, and the school will contact parents and emergency contacts to arrange immediate pick-up of the student and any siblings attending UCC. Students will be asked to get tested for COVID-19 at a local assessment centre or contact their health provider.
  • If my student or someone in our family is immunocompromised can they continue with the CLP at home?

    Yes, UCC will offer a remote learning accommodation for students with a vulnerable health condition or who live with someone with a vulnerable health condition that is supported by appropriate documentation. Families wanting to apply for a remote learning accommodation should complete this online form by August 20, 2021 and provide appropriate supporting documentation for review. 

    In circumstances where a student’s health or the health of someone they live with suddenly changes during the year and a remote learning accommodation is needed, families should reach out to the Wernham West Centre for Learning. Likewise, if circumstances change for a student engaged in remote learning, they may return to in-person learning by providing the school with 48 hours’ or two business days’ notice ahead of the return.
  • Are masks mandatory for students? 

    Yes. Students in Years 1 to 12 are required to wear a well-fitting medical (surgical/procedural) or three-ply cloth mask while indoors in school buildings.
    • Families are asked to send students to school with two clean masks each day. Students must not share their masks.
    • It is strongly recommended that students in SK wear a medical (surgical/procedural) or three-ply cloth mask while indoors in school buildings.
    • While students are not required to wear masks outdoors, they may choose to do so.
  • How have the heating and cooling systems been optimized to reduce risks associated with COVID-19?

    The College has conducted an analysis of all its ventilation and air circulation systems to ensure they are appropriate for the safe return to school. The highest efficiency level of filters compatible with our system are in place, and filtration will be monitored and replaced frequently. The filtration provided is consistent with the manufacturer's recommendations for hospital laboratory environments.

    Fresh air will be brought into buildings regularly throughout the day, and a complete exhaust and refresh of air will take place daily during off-hours.

    All windows inside classrooms will be operable and open at all times, appropriate to weather conditions.
  • What does my child need to do before going to school on campus each day?

    Students and employees are required to complete daily screening prior to arriving on campus and entering school buildings. The College will be using the REACH app to support daily screening. We also encourage families and students to install the COVID-19 alert app created by the Government of Canada.
  • How is UCC promoting the safety and health of our community as students and faculty are back on campus?

    The College’s health and safety protocols follow guidance from local and provincial public health authorities and the Ministry of Education. We continue to follow the direction and guidance of all relevant governing bodies and implement measures accordingly.
  • Is there co-curricular programming available? 

     The most recent guidance from the Ministry of Education speaks to a fulsome return to co-curricular programming for arts, athletics and clubs. Some programming may be subject to modifications or restrictions where required. 
  • Can I purchase UCC-branded clothing and other items from the Blues Shop?

    Yes, while the store will not be physically open this year until further notice, you can place an order for curbside pick-up.

    Please review the online Blues Shop catalogue and place your order using the order form provided on page 2 of the catalogue. If you have any questions, please contact Patti Cawker-Chiang (bluesshop@ucc.on.ca), Store Manager, at 416-488-1125, ext. 4500.

    Orders will be available for curbside pick-up starting August 30 and open Monday to Friday from 2:45–3:45 p.m. Students can collect purchases after school and parents waiting for a purchase may park in the North Lot. Tables will be set up outside the Groundskeeping Building for physical distancing purposes; a map of pick-up location is available here.
  • What is the best way to contact my child’s teachers?

    Email is the best way to connect with faculty. Faculty emails are available by logging into Bluenet and navigating to the Faculty and Staff directory. Please allow 48 hours for a response to your inquiry.
  • Is the Health Centre open and available to students?

    Yes, the Health Centre is open and the Health Centre team is available to students for treatment, guidance and support. In addition, isolation rooms have been identified for use in the event that a student becomes ill or has symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day. In the case that a student becomes ill or symptomatic while on campus, parents or guardians will be required to pick up students promptly. Parents or guardians will be directed to follow public health guidance on the appropriate next steps. 
  • Under what circumstances could the CLP learning models change?

    The College follows guidelines from health authorities and the Ministry of Education. We are planning on a return to on-campus learning for the 2021–22 school year. If we are required to restrict campus activity and need to transition to a remote or hybrid model, we will be ready to make that switch. Our Continuous Learning Plan has been updated for 2021–22 and can be employed to support toggling between different learning models as circumstances may require. 

Upper School

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • 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 students in the Prep and Upper schools. Will they be able to attend classes on campus on the same day?

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

    Students may bring lunch from home or participate in the Aramark classroom-delivered bagged lunch service. Families may opt-in on a term-by-term basis and will be billed accordingly. The menu is a six-week rotation in the Upper School, with service commencing on September 9. To review the Upper School rotating menus, as well as the Aramark form indicating lunch service participation, please log into Bluenet. Please note snacks will not be available for purchase; students may bring their own. 
  • What should my student bring to school with him each day?

    Upper School students should bring the following each day:
    - School supplies (including 4 whiteboard markers)
    - Charged laptop
    - Headphones
    - Personal supply of hand sanitizer (hand sanitizer will also be available throughout school buildings)
    - two clean medical (surgical/procedural) masks or three-ply cloth masks
    - Lunch, water bottle and snacks (Note: students not signed up for the lunch program will not be able to purchase food at school.)
  • Is UCC offering a physical education program as well as athletics and arts for students?

    Daily physical activity is essential to wellbeing. The most recent guidance from the Ministry of Education allows for a full return to physical education and co-curricular programming. Restrictions such as distancing and masking may apply to certain activities, depending on factors such as location (outside or indoor) and the level of physical contact involved.

    Our physical education faculty and coaches will follow guidance specific to certain sports and activities and will clearly communicate expectations to students.
  • 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. Every effort will be made to modify events to comply with public health guidelines related to public gatherings. 
  • Will Upper School cohorts be mixed during a term?

    Cohorts will be Year-level based and limited to 19–20 students.
  • Why are Upper School students divided into cohorts?

    Cohorting guidelines are in place to help minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19, especially in the event of an outbreak.  
  • What should my student wear to school?

    With hygiene being of paramount importance for reducing the spread of COVD-19 and because students will not have access to lockers or changing areas this fall, 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 modified Upper School 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 10 frequently asked questions.

  • How will Prep students be reminded to practice physical distancing?

    As part of the school’s health and safety measures, students are required to remain physically distant from each other and from their teachers. The College is employing a number of strategies to assist with this including designated Year-level entry and exit doors as well as bathrooms.  

    Signs are posted throughout the Prep to remind students to remain physically distant from classmates and teachers.

    Students will spend an increased amount of time outdoors as weather permits which will allow them opportunities to interact more freely with classmates in their cohort. 

  • What should my student wear to school?

    Information on the modified Prep uniform is available here.

    UCC branded clothing is available through the Blues Shop on campus. You can view the Blues Shop catalogue, along with the ordering details, here. To order, please contact Patti Cawker-Chiang, bluesshop@ucc.on.ca, 416-488-1125, ext. 4500.
  • Will the After School Program (ASP) be offered this year?

    The ASP will be available this year to students in SK to Year 7. Please note that only pre-registered students will be allowed in the ASP and that clubs will not be available this year at the start of the year. More information about the ASP and registration is available on Bluenet

    To maintain cohorting and allow for sufficient time for deep cleaning of all learning spaces, Homework Club or the after-school library options for Year 5 to 7 students will note be available at the start of the school year. Updates on programming will be provided to families by email as they are available. Child(ren) need to be picked up at their designated dismissal time or must be pre-enrolled in the ASP, as the Prep buildings will be closed to students at 4 p.m. each day.

    Students not registered for ASP whose parents are late in collecting them at dismissal will be supervised by an ASP staff member, outdoors, by the ASP gathering point in front of the Parkin building.
    Parents who are more than 15 minutes late will find their child's account charged $25.00 for this supervision service beginning Monday, September 21, 2020.

    For more information, please contact Emma Kanga, Summer Programs Manager,
    416-488-1125, ext. 2253. 
  • Will the Prep's lunch program be offered this year?

    Students may bring lunch from home or participate in the Aramark classroom-delivered bagged lunch service. Families may opt-in on a term-by-term basis and will be billed accordingly. Service will begin on September 13. To view the Prep menus and the Aramark lunch service participation form, please log into Bluenet.

    Students will eat lunch in their form rooms. Microwaves and hot water will not be available. 
    For further information about the meal plan please visit uccca.campusdish.com/menus, or reach out to Aramark at UCC_eats@ucc.on.ca 

  • What is my student permitted to bring to school?

    Students should bring with them each day:
    • Backpack to carry minimal school supplies and 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 re-entering the building after phys-ed class and recess.
    • We expect that students will spend additional time outdoors. Please assure your student is prepared to enjoy outdoor time. 
  • Will there be a Norval program this year?

    Norval faculty will deliver programming at UCC's Deer Park campus. Activities will take place outdoors during the school day. We hope to reopen the Norval campus for some programming later this school year. 
  • Will my student be required to bring a personal water bottle?

    Students should bring a clearly labeled water bottle since water fountains will be closed for drinking. 
  • 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 public health guidelines. 
  • What is the best way to contact Prep teachers?

    Email is the best way to connect with your student's teachers. Faculty emails are available 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.


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