School Re-opening 2020

Important Information

  • The TCS campus is closed to members of the public as a preventative measure. Families interested in reaching our admissions office are welcome to visit:
  • TCS teaching and learning is currently being conducted online as a result of provincial government health mandates for all schools in Ontario.
  • The School re-opened for the 2020-2021 academic year under a plan which prioritizes the health and safety of students, staff and the greater community, based on guidance and directives of government and public health authorities. (See below for more details for our plan to safely re-open school.)
  • All international students (and their travelling companions) must complete the government mandated two-week quarantine period off-campus prior to a return to school.
  • TCS’s re-opening plans include education around behaviours to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (hand hygiene, mask wearing, physical distancing, etc.) as well as actions undertaken by the School to promote and maintain a healthy environment, including investments in air quality and outdoor learning, re-imagining of physical spaces, enhanced cleaning protocols, required daily health assessments for students and staff, and the closure of campus to the general public.
  • The School continues to receive and respond to inquiries. Call 905-885-3217 or email
  • Click here to view the School's COVID-19 Advisory page.
  • Visit our "Frequently Asked Questions" below for more details.

Re-opening of the TCS campus with a focus on health & safety

Trinity College School (TCS) staff worked diligently over the summer months to develop a comprehensive plan for the re-opening of on-campus classes in September, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. Following the Province of Ontario’s June 19th announcement regarding the safe re-opening of all schools in the province this fall, TCS created a plan that puts student, staff and community health at the forefront and builds on guidance contained in the July 2020 report by Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, as well as current directives from government and public health authorities.

The School warmly welcomed back most students the week of September 8th to 11th, including international students who have completed the government mandated two-week quarantine period off-campus.

The School’s re-opening plans prioritize the health and safety of TCS students, staff and the local community. TCS’s plan includes education around behaviours to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (hand hygiene, mask wearing, physical distancing, etc.) as well as actions undertaken by the School to promote and maintain a healthy environment, including investments in air quality and outdoor learning, re-imagining of physical spaces, enhanced cleaning protocols, required daily health assessments for students and staff, and the closure of campus to the general public. This plan was developed to respond to various contingencies which may occur over the course of the school year, including protocols to address any suspected case of COVID-19 within our community of students and staff.

“We are very much looking forward to welcoming our students back to school this fall, whether for in-person or online learning,” said TCS Headmaster Stuart Grainger. “As educators, we understand the importance of learning within a community of peers and know our students are excited to return.” Grainger continued, “Guided by the prioritization of the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff, our preparations over the summer months have focused on the creation and implementation of enhanced plans and protocols that meet or exceed provincial and public health guidelines so, while recognizing all the global uncertainty, we feel well-positioned to re-open for learning.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the re-opening of campus this fall. If you do not find the answer to your question below, please contact us at so that we can respond to you directly. Current families should visit the previously promoted webpage that offers details pertinent to TCS families.

The Trinity College School campus re-opened to students and staff in September 2020. Staff returned to campus in advance of the return of students. Student arrivals commenced September 8th and were spread over four days, rather than the usual two days, to accommodate new health & safety measures. Of note, each boarding student returns to campus during a pre-scheduled window of time, with the assistance of only one parent to help with the move-in process, in order to limit the number of people on campus during opening days. Anyone coming on campus needs to successfully complete a health screening form (indicating no symptoms of illness and, for international travellers, confirming the government-mandated 14-day quarantine has been completed) and all campus traffic will be tracked.

While the campus closed to all but essential workers in December due to a province-wide lockdown, and subsequent mandated move to remote learning for all schools in the province, online teaching and learning continued following the December Break. The campus re-opened to in-person instruction on the week of January 25, 2021 upon permission from the Ontario government, due to the School being located within the HKPRD health unit.

In the fall of 2020, the School welcomed the majority of students back to campus to learn in person.

All of our international students (and travelling companions) are required to undertake the government mandated two-week quarantine period before coming to campus. No students will be quarantining on campus. Many students will complete their quarantine with a guardian or host family, and the School has also arranged a quarantine option for students at a hotel located outside of Port Hope. Every international student has a personalized orientation plan, which allows the School to track and assist in their travel, quarantine and return-to-school plans.

The School is undertaking a host of measures to modify behaviours and maintain a healthy environment in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic. These measures have arisen from guidance provided by government and public health authorities, including the Hospital for Sick Children’s report on the safe re-opening of schools and meet or exceed recommended provincial school re-opening guidelines.

Measures include, but are not limited to:

  • Education and orientation of all students and staff with respect to hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, physical distancing and cloth mask use
  • Daily health screening for all students and staff via an online form/mobile app; tracking of student and staff points of contact during the day
  • Enhanced and frequent school-wide cleaning and sanitizing protocols that include the cleaning of classrooms and other learning spaces between each period
  • Enforcement of cloth mask use on campus for students and staff, including in classrooms, on school buses and outside when physical distance cannot be maintained
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the campus and physical barriers employed in areas experiencing frequent contact (e.g. reception)
  • De-densification, including re-imagining physical spaces so that classes and other activities, such as meal service, can be spread out to allow physical distancing
  • Class size will be dictated by adhering to 2-metre distancing protocols and a limit of 15 students per classroom space
  • Removal of furniture and other shared items to promote physical distancing and limit additional cleaning/sanitization required
  • Installation of signage and floor decals to direct pedestrian traffic and reinforce health and safety expectations
  • Re-routing pedestrian traffic to allow for physical distancing (e.g. designating some stairwells and passages as one-way only)
  • Investment in air quality systems
  • Maximizing use of outdoor spaces, including the use of large tents this fall
  • Modifying the academic schedule and other daily routines to allow time for hygiene, distanced and directional movement and additional time for cleaning/sanitizing
  • Creating student “cohorts” (e.g. by grade or boarding house) to manage traffic around campus and other interactions (for example, in the Junior School grade cohorts will each use specific entrances to the building)
  • Changes to bussing, such as assigned seating, in compliance with government guidelines
  • Campus closed to the general public; campus access by appointment only
  • Formalized plans to respond to student illness or a suspected case of COVID-19 (see below for further information)

Members of the public are not currently allowed access to the TCS campus and the School will not be hosting large events (for example, the cross-country running meets generally held each fall) for the time being, in order to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. Those requiring access to the campus (e.g. suppliers or contractors) must follow strict health and safety protocols, including completing a health screening form. The campus perimeter and buildings will be clearly marked to indicate no public access in order to help ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Both TCS and the local business community benefit from the School’s presence in Port Hope. TCS students enjoy transactions at nearby businesses which, in turn, directly benefit the local service economy. The preservation of community health is also fundamental to this ongoing relationship.

All of the School’s international students (and travelling companions) are required to undertake the government mandated two-week quarantine period before arriving at school. With the re-opening of school, every student and staff member will be required to complete a daily health assessment.

TCS will be taking a graduated approach to student movement beyond our campus. For the first two weeks of school, boarding students remained exclusively on campus. After that time and based on situational assessments and current government mandates, the School permitted small groups of students, under the supervision of a staff member, to take short trips to visit local businesses. Any such outings require students to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from others, use of hand sanitizer and wearing of a non-medical mask while in places of business in accordance with public health authorities.

TCS has cancelled and/or postponed all school-related international travel for both students and staff for this academic year.

The School will be undertaking daily health care screening of all students and staff. The School's screening form aligns with the province of Ontario’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool. Students and staff must not attend school if they are experiencing any symptoms of ill health.

It is important to note, in the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 within our school, public health is responsible for contacting every individual (or parent/guardian) who has tested positive for COVID-19 for follow-up and notifies the School of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis within our school population. Where public health determines that there was a transmission risk to others in the school, public health will advise of the next steps required (14-day isolation off-campus or monitoring). Testing may be recommended by public health to those required to isolate; however, testing is voluntary. It is important to note that a negative test result does not change the requirement for isolation nor shorten the isolation period for those public health has identified as close contacts. TCS is committed to fully supporting public health in their contact tracing efforts by providing records related to attendance, class lists, busing, contact information for parents/guardians and staff, and other appropriate records.

Public health is responsible for determining if an outbreak exists, declaring an outbreak, and providing direction on outbreak control measures to be implemented. The situation will be assessed by local public health authorities, and public health will assist in determining which students and staff (individuals and/or cohorts) may be required to isolate off-campus for 14 days.

The School is committed to partnering with public health, and are responsible for reporting probable or confirmed COVID-19 cases associated with the School. In the case of a confirmed case of COVID-19, TCS will support public health as they are responsible for case and contact management. The School has a layered strategy for the tracking of student movement to support contact tracing.

Parents, students and staff have an understandable interest in knowing when a COVID-19 positive case has been identified in the School. The School will use email to promptly notify families in such a case. In addition, schools are required to create a COVID-19 advisory section on their website and to post information if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 that involves a student or staff member. The COVID-19 Advisory page can be found here.

The role of public health in managing suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 has been articulated by the Province of Ontario through its Operational guidance: COVID-19 management in schools. While this document uses language that is specific to public education, it is also applicable to independent schools. TCS has been in frequent discussions with our local public health unit with regard to our health and safety protocols, re-opening plans, and to further establish clarity regarding our roles in the case of a confirmed case of COVID-19 within our community.

While our campus is currently closed to the public, our admissions team continues to assist prospective students and their families! Visit our virtual admissions office at This site features a video welcome message from Headmaster Grainger, as well as easy access to our viewbooks, our online inquiry form and a virtual tour of campus.

The admissions team is keen to connect with you! You may reach us by calling 905-885-3209 or emailing

Please note the TCS campus is currently closed to the public, however, you may reach the philanthropy and alumni office by calling 905-885-1295 or emailing You may also visit the alumni webpage:

If you are looking to make a donation, please click here to visit our online donation page. Thank you for your continued support of TCS.

Future alumni events will only take place if it is safe to do so, and keeping in mind the directives of government and health officials. The School has made the difficult decision to postpone Reunion Weekend scheduled for May 2021, as well as the planned Class of 2020 event.

Preventative Measures

To help limit the spread of illness, Health Canada recommends the following measures be taken:

  • proper handwashing / hand cleaning – thoroughly washing hands with soap and water; in instances where handwashing is not possible, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers
  • proper sneeze/cough etiquette – covering the mouth and nose during coughing or sneezing with a tissue or a flexed elbow, and disposing of used tissues in a waste container, followed by handwashing
  • keeping hands away from eyes, nose and mouth; avoid shaking hands with others
  • practicing social distancing by leaving a 2 metre/6 foot physical distance between you and others whenever possible
  • avoiding sharing food/beverages or personal items (utensils, water bottles, etc.)
  • regular and thorough cleaning of high-touch surfaces (counters, toilets, electronics, door handles, etc.) using household cleaner or diluted bleach
  • follow the latest federal and provincial guidance on self-monitoring, self-isolation and isolation
  • learn more at the Government of Canada Public Health’s website: click here


Handwashing Infographic