UCC 2021–22

Upper School

Upper School | 2021–22 Academic Year

We’re dedicated to ensuring that students are engaged in meaningful learning experiences that are essential to their continued growth and development. Caring for our students’ wellbeing, health and safety is our utmost priority. 

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  • Learning Models

    For the 2021–22 academic year, we plan to return to in-person, on-campus every day. Students will remain in Year-level cohorts. 
    The Upper School learning approach represents a four-course model over a 20-day cycle; students will then shift to their remaining four courses in a subsequent 20-day cycle. This is the model with which our students will be familiar from last year, the difference being that they will be on campus every day attending classes and engaged in co-curriculars. 

    The rationale for this model is based on Ministry of Education health and safety guidelines, the wellbeing of our students, and an ability to shift to alternate learning models if needed. The College is committed to a high standard of health and safety in all areas of programming and community interactions.

    Families will be notified if it becomes necessary to alter our learning model, based on changing recommendations from public health and the Ontario Ministry of Education.
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  • Routines

    To allow for physical distancing, there will be restrictions regarding where students can be in the school, and when they can arrive and leave the building. Students will enter and exit through specified Year-level doors and remain in particular areas of the building during the day. 
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  • Co-curricular Program

    UCC’s co-curricular programming complements classroom learning by providing students with opportunities to discover their passions and by instilling a sense of purpose, through arts, athletics and a wide range of other activities. 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.
The Physical Environment
The College is committed to ensuring a safe learning and working environment. We will arrange classroom furniture to leave as much space as possible between students. The College will create specific routes for students to get to and from classrooms, including designated entry and exit points. 

Assessment and Requirements for Graduation
To the greatest extent possible, assessment, evaluation and reporting activities will proceed as usual. Report cards will be provided for all students, including those who may plan to participate only through remote learning. Where assessment approaches have relied on exams, culminating activities, such as performance tasks, demonstrations, projects, and essays can be used instead to determine students’ grades or marks. We will ensure that our Upper School program of study allows students to fulfill the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and supports their postsecondary pathway destinations. The College will follow ongoing guidance provided by the Ministry of Education and the International Baccalaureate, and will ensure adapted program delivery supports student completion of both diplomas.

Uniforms
For the fall return to campus, the Upper School uniform will be modified to accommodate a lack of changing facilities, as during this period there will be no access to lockers or changing areas in the Upper School. The uniform will be a modified Warm Weather Dress with options on the top and athletic pants or other pants on the bottom.

Families will be advised of any uniform changes and updates as soon as that information is available. We will NOT, however, be returning to First Dress for the winter, so there is no need to purchase a blazer for the start of the 2021–22 academic year.

Please note that 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 with two clean masks each day. Students must not share their masks. Students are asked to bring two well-fitting three-ply cloth masks with them to school. Students must not share their masks with others.

UCC branded items will be available at the Blues Shop. The Blues Shop catalogue, order form and curbside pick-up details are available here.
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