How is TCS working to help ensure the safety of staff and students, as well as the broader community?

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)