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March 18, 2020

COVID-19

Castle News

COVID-19: What You Need To Know

Trafalgar Castle School has supported the learning of girls and young women for 147 years. It has supported its community through difficult times in the past and will continue to do so today and into the future. 

The situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly raising many questions among our community. We are committed to keeping you up-to-date as best we can through these unprecedented times and will continue to take our lead from public health authorities as new information becomes known.

Please find below answers to some of the questions you may have. We will update this document as required.

 

STUDENT INFORMATION

When will the School reopen?
Trafalgar Castle School will remain closed until the Ministry of Education authorizes a return to school date.

What is happening with classes?
Distance Learning will begin on Thursday, March 26 (Day 1). More information will be communicated to students on Monday, March 23.

What is happening with activities, field trips and excursions?
All field trips, co-curriculars, athletics and excursions have been suspended for the foreseeable future. This includes the Grade 7 & 8 Science Fair, Cohort 21, the Business Etiquette Dinner and the CISMF concert at Roy Thomson Hall.

In addition, the MATE Robotics trip that was originally scheduled for Thursday, May 7 to Sunday, May 10 is cancelled. We are currently in contact with the trip provider for the New York Long Weekend trip and will have more information for participants in the near future.

Will the School closure impact my eligibility to graduate?
Trafalgar Castle School will support students in continuing learning through Distance Learning.

Lower School students will be supported in their learning through activities, projects and assignments. Teachers will work with families to ensure students are engaged and developing essential skills.

Upper School students will be supported to work towards successful completion of their Ontario Secondary School program. Upper School students must participate in Distance Learning and complete all requirements for each course in order to be granted credit.

At this point, we do not know how the Ministry of Education will manage the requirement for Community Service hours. We will communicate with students as soon as more information is known.

Will the closure impact my university acceptance?
The School will report final grades to universities and colleges as required. We understand that this can be a stressful time for Grade 12 students under normal circumstances, and appreciate the added pressure of this exceptional event. Ms. Knight-Johnson will work individually with each Grade 12 student to ensure she is supported through to the end of the year.

Will school be extended into summer months?
There is currently no plan to extend the school year into the summer months.

Are academic and university counselling available during this period of school closure?
The Post-Secondary Information night and other information sessions for families will be rescheduled and, if necessary, held via video conference. Ms. Knight-Johnson will provide families with further details when more information is known. Ms. Knight-Johnson will continue to work with students on course selection for September. We plan to complete our timetable for the 2020/2021 school year by May of this year, and will be able to inform Upper School students of any course conflicts.

What is happening with the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)?
The OSSLT has been cancelled.  The Ministry of Education has stated that the OSSLT will not be a graduation requirement for any Grade 12 student who intended to write this year.

What is happening with Advanced Placement courses and exams?
AP courses will continue via Distance Learning and will be supported by additional resources developed by the College Board to help students prepare for the exams. The College Board is investigating the possibility of allowing students to test at home in certain circumstances. More information will be communicated from AP on Friday, March 20, 2020. Portfolio deadline extensions for AP 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, and Drawing will be announced by the College Board by March 20, 2020.

I am in Grade 11 and want to write the SAT. Can I still write?
The AP College Board has indicated that SAT exams will be rescheduled. We will communicate further information as it becomes available.

 

BOARDING STUDENT INFORMATION

I am a boarding student and have returned home. What should I do?
Effective March 18, 2020 at 12:00 p.m., study permit holders are no longer permitted to enter Canada. Until this changes, international students no longer residing in Canada will be supported through Distance Learning.

I am an international boarding student and am still in Canada. Should I plan to return home?
International students are encouraged to speak with their family to decide if they should return home, understanding that restrictions on international travel may be put in place in the near future. If you leave Canada, you will be supported through Distance Learning.

 

EVENT INFORMATION

Will May Court and Trafalgar Day still take place?
We will continue to monitor the situation and resume all annual events once authorized by public health authorities.

When will the Castle resume facility rentals?
Trafalgar Castle School is suspending all events and facility rentals until further notice.

Will Trafalgar Castle Day Camp still take place?
At this point, we are still accepting registrations for camp and anticipate it will continue without disruption.

 

ADMISSIONS AND SCHOOL TOURS

Our Admissions Team is available to serve you remotely. Please email us at admissions@nulltrafalgarcastle.ca.
All school tours have been cancelled until Tuesday, April 14, 2020.  

 

WHO TO CONTACT

Head of School, Dr. Foster will do her best to address any concerns and questions you may have. For questions specific to the areas listed below, please contact the appropriate staff member. 

 

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March 13, 2020

COVID-19: Update

Trafalgar Castle School, along with other institutions and organizations across Canada, continues to monitor the situation regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve rapidly in the Greater Toronto Area, across the province of Ontario and nationwide.

While these are certainly unprecedented times, the health and wellness of our families, faculty and staff remain our top priority. As a result, we will remain closed to students for an additional two weeks following our regularly scheduled break with an anticipated return to class date of Tuesday, April 7.

During this time all in-person learning, co-curriculars, excursions and boarding will be suspended with contingency plans in place to ensure the continuity of learning for students through a distance learning model.

In the midst of all this uncertainty, it is important to note that the risk of transmission in Canada remains low. With so much information flooding social media channels, we encourage families to visit the following links for more information:

We will continue to evaluate and adjust our protocols guided by advice from public health authorities as new information is known. The steps above are being taken out of an abundance of caution and in efforts to do our part to minimize the risk of transmission. The next few weeks will be challenging as uncertainty creates fear and anxiety. As a community, we hope to demonstrate the strength, compassion, patience and mutual support that makes Trafalgar such a special place.

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