UCC 2021–22

Health and Safety Information

COVID-19 Advisory

To report a COVID-19 case, families are asked to contact  their respective head of school: 
Tanya Sweeney, Head, Preparatory School, 416-488-1125, ext. 4030
Jeff Aitken, Head, Upper School, 416-488-1125, ext. 3371

Mandatory Health Protocols

The Ministry of Education has introduced a vaccination disclosure policy for all publicly funded school board employees, as well as staff in private schools for the 2021–22 school year. Enhanced protective strategies are required to protect our most vulnerable members of the community, notably younger students, who are ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccination at this time. Given the nature of the highly transmissible Delta variant and the evidence of the effectiveness of vaccines in keeping communities safe, UCC has updated its mandatory health protocols to include the following:

Mandatory Declaration of Vaccine Status 
Families are required to declare the vaccine status and provide proof of vaccination for eligible students (those born in 2009 or earlier) to the Health Centre through completion of a supplementary medical form via Bluenet.

Mandatory Vaccination Policy 
The College requires full vaccination for all eligible students and employees who will be accessing the campus for in-person learning and activities. If eligible children have not already been vaccinated, the school is requiring that they receive full vaccination by no later than October 18, 2021. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, exemptions will only be considered for defined medical conditions as determined by a clinician and/or for reasons of religion or creed. UCC families are directed to contact the Health Centre for more information about policy-accepted exemptions for students.

Rapid Antigen Screening (Rapid Testing)
To further support providing a safe learning environment the school will implement free, routine rapid antigen screening for all students who are ineligible to receive vaccinations at this time (those born prior to 2009) and for students and employees who have been granted a policy-accepted vaccine exemption.

Daily Symptom Screening
Parents are required to complete a daily screening process through the REACH app for their student(s).

Contacts

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  • UCC Health Centre

    Hours: Monday to Friday | 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  
    General email: healthcentre@ucc.on.ca

    Wynne de Jong, Director
    416-488-1125, ext. 2027

    Prep School
    Sarah Pang, RN  
    416-488-1125, ext. 4911

    Upper School
    Anna Gryszkiewicz, RN
    416-488-1125, ext. 2270

    More information on the Health Centre is available in the UCC Student Health Services brochure.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Who do I contact if my child or someone in our household tests positive for COVID-19?

    If your child or anyone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, please contact your respective head of school as follows:
    Prep School: Tanya Sweeney tsweeney@ucc.on.ca
    Upper School: Dr. Jeff Aitken jaitken@ucc.on.ca
  • What will health and safety measures at UCC look like for the 2021–22 school year? 

    For students attending UCC for in-person learning, the College continues to follow direction from the Ministry of Education and Toronto Public Health. The College will employ multiple protective strategies and a layering of controls to support a safe and healthy environment for students and employees. Below is a condensed list of key health and safety measures; these are subject to change depending on the COVID-19 situation at that time.

    • Students in Grades 1 to 12 must wear properly fitted surgical/procedural or three-ply cloth masks inside school buildings, but not outside. 
    • SK students are encouraged but not required to wear surgical/procedural or cloth masks. 
    • Surgical/procedural masks must be worn by UCC employees and visitors inside school buildings, including in hallways and during classes. Employees are not required to wear masks outdoors.
    • When different cohorts interact in shared indoor spaces, masking and as much distancing as possible should be maintained between cohorts.
    • All staff and students must conduct a self-screening at home before coming to school. On-site confirmation of that screening may be required at highly transmissible times, such as following a holiday.
    • Enhanced ventilation and facility cleaning and disinfecting practices are in place.
  • My child woke up feeling sick. What should I do?

    Students and parents should complete the REACH screening app and if you answer "yes" to any of the screening questions, you are directed to follow the directions on the REACH screening app and Toronto Public Health.

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  • What type of masks are students required to wear to school?

    • Students in Years 1–12 are required to wear a well-fitting, medical procedural/surgical mask or a three-ply cloth mask inside all school buildings.
    • Students are not required to wear masks outdoors. 
    • SK students are encouraged but not required to wear a medical (procedural/surgical) mask or a three-ply cloth mask while indoors. 
    • Students are asked to bring two extra well-fitting three-ply 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.
    • A supply of masks is available at the Prep and Upper schools if students need them while at school
     
    Well-fitting three-ply cloth mask:
    Well-fitting medical (surgical/procedural) 
    mask:
  • What is the school protocol when someone has a medical reason for not wearing a mask?

    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 employees 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 employee 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 employees 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.
  • If a COVID-19 positive student is identified at UCC, will their name be shared?

    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
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