School Re-opening 2020

Important Information

  • The TCS campus is closed to members of the public.
  • 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 info@tcs.on.ca.
  • 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 has created a plan that puts student, staff and community health at the forefront and builds on guidance contained in the most recent 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 info@tcs.on.ca 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.

The School expects the majority of students will be coming to campus to learn in person, including both our boarding and local day student population.

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 will remain exclusively on campus. After that time and based on situational assessments up until Thanksgiving, the School may permit small groups of students, under the supervision of a staff member, to take short trips to visit local businesses. Any such outings would 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 fall.

The School will be undertaking daily health care screening of all students and staff. Students and staff must not attend school if they are experiencing any symptoms of ill health.

We are awaiting information from the province regarding it’s Outbreak Management Protocol, expected soon, and will continue to work with public health to ensure prudent response to any suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 within our community. To date, the School’s protocols ensure that any student experiencing illness while at school is separated from others, triaged by the School’s health centre, and referred to a COVID-19 assessment centre as appropriate. Public health will be contacted for assistance and direction. Should it be advised by health officials, quarantine in the care of a parent or guardian would be required.

In the case of 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.

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 www.tcs.on.ca/virtual. 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 admissions@tcs.on.ca.

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 alumni@tcs.on.ca. You may also visit the alumni webpage: www.tcs.on.ca/alumni.

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 postponed Reunion Weekend 2020 (including the TCS Golf Tournament) until spring 2021, when we will combine reunions for classes ending in 0 and 5, with those for classes ending in 1 and 6, spread out over two weekends in May. Visit www.tcs.on.ca/reunion to learn more about the revised format for Reunion Weekend(s) in May 2021.

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