COVID-19 – TCS’s response

This page provides up-to-date general information related to the School’s response to the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. 

Since January 2020, Trinity College School has been communicating extensively, providing targeted information for its various constituents. The health and safety of our community members are our top priority. 

Current TCS students and parents: This page offers general information. Please watch your email and visit the previously promoted webpage that offers details pertinent to TCS families. Questions can be directed to info@tcs.on.ca.

Important Information

  • The TCS campus is currently closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. This is a result of the provincial government's mandated closure of all publicly-funded and private schools, in response to the the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Students are currently off campus and all but essential service staff are working remotely. The School moved to an online learning program as of Thursday, March 26th. The TCS Summer Academy has also moved exclusively online.
  • The School continues to receive and respond to inquiries. Call 905-885-3217 or email info@tcs.on.ca.
  • No events will be held on campus and no student trips will take place for the remainder of this school year. Summer Discovery Camp has been cancelled. Many events have moved online, some have been cancelled, while others have been postponed. Visit our "Frequently Asked Questions" below for more details.

Health and Safety on Campus

The TCS Campus is currently closed with only staff members who reside on campus or those identified as providing an essential service being permitted. 

Campus Screening Protocols are in effect. This means that no one may attend the TCS campus without the completion of the Campus Visitor Screening form. The form is based on risk factors as outlined by Ontario Public Health. Essential service employees who have, or reside with someone who has, flu-like or respiratory illness symptoms are restricted from attending the TCS campus as are those who have travelled internationally in the last 15 days.

Employees who live on campus and who develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or live with someone with symptoms, OR have travelled in the last 15 days, must self-isolate in their private residence and promptly advise the School.

Those on campus are reminded and required to practice protocols aimed at keeping our campus healthy, which include practicing 2-metre social distancing and adhering to hand and surface hygiene requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please check back often as we continue to answer and post more “frequently asked questions” related to the School’s COVID-19 response. 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.

On Tuesday, May 19th, the Ontario Ministry of Education announced the mandatory closure of all schools in the province for the duration of the school year as part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 global pandemic (click here to read the announcement). Additionally, the government has announced that the emergency orders put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic would be extended until June 9th (click here to read the announcement). With a priority on the health and safety of our students through a commitment to social distancing, TCS is following the directives of the provincial government and our campus will remain closed for the remainder of the current school year, with students continuing their studies through an online model (now known as “TCS Connect e-community”) launched on March 26th.

At present, the School is operating under a modified work model (announced on March 15th) that has only a very limited number of essential staff on campus. All other employees are required to work remotely, off-campus in an effort to support social distancing. At this time, we are operating “virtually” online as we are committed to helping our students continue their studies. The School continues to ensure appropriate health and safety measures are in place for those living on campus and those who are required to come to campus for essential reasons.

Additionally, with some adjustments, there has been essentially no disruption to the day-to-day “business” of the School with our admissions office, finance office, administration, IT, communications office, philanthropy & alumni office and property maintenance services continuing to operate (most remotely). As usual, the school community has demonstrated incredible collaboration and commitment in support of the School’s operation.

Senior School classes will run until Friday, June 5th, with final meetings (in lieu of exams) taking place from June 8th to 15th. Speech Day will be presented digitally on Friday, June 19th and will be the formal conclusion of the Senior School academic year.

Junior School classes will run until Wednesday, June 17th. Closing Ceremony will be presented digitally on Thursday, June 18th and will be the formal conclusion of the Junior School academic year.

While our campus is currently closed, our admissions team has been hard at work – remotely – in recent weeks, ensuring that the TCS journey continues for prospective and newly-enrolled families! Most recently, a new virtual admissions office is now up and running at www.tcs.on.ca/virtual.

The site features a video welcome message from Headmaster Grainger, as well as easy access to our viewbooks and online inquiry form. A new virtual tour of campus is now available, which includes videos of Boulden House/Junior School, the Arnold Massey ’55 Athletic Centre as well as our LeVan Hall/visual arts buildings.

The virtual admissions office allows prospective families to learn more about the School by setting up a video chat with the admissions office or a current TCS family, or by registering for a future TCS @ Home virtual open house.

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

The philanthropy and alumni office continues to be operational with the majority of its staff working remotely. To reach us call 905-885-1295 or email 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.

All school on-campus events, trips and travel up to and including June 2nd are cancelled. Events, trips and travel currently scheduled to take place between June 3rd and the end of the academic year will be assessed as more information comes to light and may be altered, rescheduled, or cancelled as appropriate. It will be important to watch for further updates from the School.

The School has made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone the following alumni events:

University visits in Kingston and London, Ontario (late March) – cancelled

Reunion Weekend (May 22nd- 24th) which includes the following events – postponed until October 16th-18th:

  • TCS Golf Tournament (May 22nd) – postponed until October
  • Alumni Games: Old Boys Rugby & Old Boys Cricket (May 23rd) – postponed until October
  • Dedications: Edwin Nash Garden & Clinton T. Sayers ’80 Service Learning Award (May 23rd) – postponed until October

Given the Ontario government’s decision to keep school campuses closed for the remainder of the academic year, below are some details on specific TCS events:

Speech Day and Junior School Closing Ceremony: The School will offer these events digitally on the previously scheduled dates (the Junior School Closing Ceremony on June 18th and Speech Day on June 19th). While it is disappointing not to be able to welcome our families to campus due to current government restrictions on such gatherings, teams of faculty and staff have been working diligently to create events that celebrate our students’ achievements and honour our Grade 8 and Grade 12 graduating classes. Families will receive more information about these important TCS traditions closer to the event date.

Graduation Dinner & Dance and Other Grade 12 Grad Events: The School has made the difficult decision to postpone the Graduation Dinner & Dance previously scheduled for June 20th. Feedback from our Grade 12 students in particular indicated their wish to wait until they, and their families, could celebrate together, in-person, safely. As such, the Class of 2020 Grad Dinner and Dance has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 8, 2021 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto. All members of the class of 2020 and their families will receive more information and an invitation to purchase tickets in the future. (Note: For those who booked rooms at the Fairmont Royal York for June 20, 2020, please be certain your reservation is cancelled. If you booked a room(s) via the School’s block of rooms, your reservation was cancelled automatically; if you booked directly, please contact the hotel to cancel.)

Additionally, the School is excited to welcome our graduates back to campus the day prior – Friday, May 7, 2021 – for a day of celebration just for our class of 2020 graduates. This on-campus event will include a service in The Memorial Chapel, the official class of 2020 tree planting, a reception in The Lodge Garden and the Class of 2020 Dinner in Osler Hall.

While acknowledging that event attendance for our international students and families will likely present more challenges, we sincerely hope that this advance notice of these events will enable as many of our students and their families to attend as possible.

Grade 8 Grad Dinner: We have also made the difficult decision to postpone the Grade 8 Grad Dinner previously scheduled for June 16th due to current government restrictions on social gatherings. Rest assured, we are currently working to set a new date and other details for this event and will continue to communicate with Grade 8 families as details are confirmed.

Reunion Weekend: Reunion has been postponed until a later date.

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