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.

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.

The TCS campus remains closed through the end of the academic year, and our summer programs have moved online. Additionally, as noted above, strict protocols are in place for any individuals who are required to be on campus for essential reasons.

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 decision to postpone Reunion Weekend (including the TCS Golf Tournament) until next spring, 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