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Return to School Plan: 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.

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.

Trafalgar Castle School is pleased to offer five-day in person learning for students in Grades 4 to 12.  Limited space still available. Our Admissions Team is available to serve our students and families remotely and is committed to guiding you through the admissions process. Please email us at or learn more by reading our Return to School Plan.

    Latest Update - February 3, 2021

    Trafalgar will return to in-person learning at the Castle on Monday, February 8.

    The announcement confirmed that students in 13 Public Health Units including the Durham Region will return to school, while schools in Toronto, Peel and York will return to in-person learning on Tuesday, February 16.  

    With all students in Grades 4 through 12 set to return to campus February 8, we will continue to follow all public health and provincial recommendations and adhere to the same enhanced safety measures and protocols that served us so well throughout the fall.

    Previous Updates 

    January 20, 2021

    In a late afternoon news release on January 20, 2021, the Ontario government confirmed in-person learning will remain suspended until further notice for schools in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) including the Durham Region.  

    While this is not the news we had been hoping for, extending distance learning may allow us to return to in-person learning safely and without further interruption. The number of cases in the Durham Region continues to decline, which we hope is a positive sign that students will soon be back at the Castle. We will continue to keep you updated on any Provincial decisions regarding our return to in-person learning.

    In the meantime, we remain committed to upholding the integrity of our program delivery through our distance learning platform. The health and safety of our students and staff remain paramount. We continue to offer additional resources, clubs, academic and wellness supports aimed at helping your daughters navigate this time of distance learning. Please encourage your daughter to take advantage of the resources available to her. 

    January 7, 2021

    The year is off to a good start with our students back and learning remotely. As you may be aware from today’s Provincial government announcement, our return to the Castle for our Lower School students has been delayed until Monday, January 25.  Distance learning will continue until that time and our dedicated team is prepared to provide the support your daughter needs.  Boarding remains open and we are committed to providing a safe and nurturing boarding program.

    December 21, 2020

    As circumstances around COVID-19 continue to evolve, today Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a 28-day provincial lockdown to take effect on Boxing Day in an effort to curb climbing cases. Under the lockdown, schools in southern Ontario will move to distance learning. Trafalgar Castle School will be following this directive and extending the return of in-person learning for students in Grades 9 through 12 to Monday, January 25. Students in Grades 4 through 8 will return to in-person learning on Monday, January 11 as scheduled. 

    Distance learning will begin for all students as previously announced on Tuesday, January 5. 

    As boarding is deemed an essential service, this provincial lockdown does not impact our boarding program. Boarding will remain open throughout the winter holidays and we will be ready to welcome students back to boarding as scheduled on Monday, January 4.  

    Please note that these closures are subject to revision if deemed necessary by the provincial government. We understand this is a significant disruption for many and thank you for your continued support during these exceptional times. We remain confident in our ability to uphold the integrity of our programming despite the continued challenges ahead. 

    Previous Update - October 1, 2020

    How will the School communicate a confirmed case of COVID-19?

    Should there be confirmed case of COVID-19 within our community, we will follow the steps outlined below to disseminate the information as set out by the Durham Region Health Department (DRHD):

    • The DRHD receives the positive test result and contacts the staff or student to begin case and contact management;
    • The staff or student testing positive for COVID-19 must remain in isolation until three conditions have been met:   
    1. They have isolated for 14-days after the onset of symptoms; AND
    2. They no longer have a fever; AND
    3. Their symptoms have been improving for at least 72 hours.
    • DRHD contacts the School to identify the COVID-positive case and works with the School to conduct contact management;
    • DRHD performs risk assessment of contacts of the COVID-positive person and advises all contacts to self-isolate or self-monitor;
    • DRHD determines if an outbreak will be declared and when the outbreak is over; and,
    • The School distributes a communication to the Trafalgar community and implements infection and control measures. 
    • In accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Education directive, the School notifies the Ministry of Education of the COVID-19 case(s) and posts this information on the School’s public website.

    Please note that under no circumstances is the identity of the individual who tests positive for COVID-19 made public.  Privacy measures must be respected at all times in an effort to avoid disclosure of details that would lead to the identification of a confirmed case. 

    For a full list of frequently asked questions, please click the box below.

    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. 

    Dr. Leanne Foster, Head of School (Upper School)
    Laurie Kuchirka

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