When do you anticipate reopening the School?
We will reopen the School when the Ministry of Education authorizes return to school.
How long will Distance Learning continue?
We will continue Distance Learning for as long as the School remains closed. After the reopening of the School, we will also continue to provide distance learning for those students not in Ontario and unable to return at this time due to possible travel restrictions.
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 the school year be extended into the summer months?
There is no plan to extend the school year.
Are academic and university counselling available during this period of school closure?
Tuesday, April 14: Universities and Colleges Information Night via Zoom for all students and parents in Grade 11 and those in Grades 9 and 10 who are interested.
Wednesday, April 15: US and UK Universities Information Night via Zoom. This event is for all students and parents in Grade 9, 10 and 11 who would like to find out more about US or UK destinations. Both events will be recorded for later access.
What if my daughter becomes ill and can’t complete her course work?
As with any extended student absence, the School will work with the student and her family to ensure that required course work is completed. In Lower School courses, teachers will ensure that students focus on the necessary core knowledge once they are recovered and may indicate what assignments can be waived. In the case of Upper School courses, extensions can be provided to allow students more time to earn the credit. In exceptional cases, credit courses may be extended beyond the end of the school year.
What if my daughter’s teacher becomes ill?
The School will endeavour to ensure that students have access to course material even in the absence of a teacher. An extended teacher absence may require the School to modify lessons and assignments. Information about any teacher absence will be communicated to students and families as soon as the School is aware and has made arrangements for continued learning.
What is happening with final exams, grades and report cards?
While we await information from the Ministry of Education that may impact how credits are granted, plans are underway to ensure that final grades and report cards are produced. There is no Ministry of Education requirement for a traditional written exam and teachers are looking at alternative ways to effectively assess student learning through to the end of the year. We will provide additional details when more information is provided to us by the Ministry.
Is support available for my daughter?
Academic and social support are available Monday to Friday. Please refer to the Wellness Communication Ms. Garcia emailed for more information.
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 requirement for students graduating in the 2019-2020 academic year.
What is happening with Advanced Placement courses and exams?
AP courses will continue via Distance Learning and 45 minute at-home exams will be allowed for the 2020 examination period. Content covered on the exams will be limited to the first 75% of the course. The specific units to be covered for each course may be found here. Dates for the exams will be published shortly and we will keep students informed. Live AP review classes are being arranged by the College Board and may be used to supplement students’ ongoing AP classes. The courses begin Wednesday, March 25. More information may be found here.
I am in Grade 11 and want to write the SAT. Can I still write it?
The College Board has cancelled all upcoming SAT exams. We will communicate further information as it becomes available.