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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 – Thursday, October 1

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. 

Previous Update – Wednesday, August 19

Please know that our first priority is the well-being of our students and our staff. We continue to consult with experts to determine best practices in health and safety and will be implementing all procedures and processes as recommended by Public Health. We also recognize the importance of supporting our community emotionally. These are challenging times and we know that re-establishing routines, support networks, and providing predictability in a familiar setting will help our girls and our staff transition back to school.

We are basing our preliminary plans on guidelines being used currently in other jurisdictions. These guidelines include maintaining a social distance of 6 feet at all times, increased sanitizing of classrooms, washrooms and common areas, provisions for frequent hand washing, and enhanced food safety protocols.

We welcomed students back to campus in September but we will also be ready to transition smoothly to off-campus distance learning should schools in the province be ordered closed at any time during the school year.

We will also look forward to welcoming back our boarders with enhanced protocols to ensure their safety while living at the Castle. Those boarders arriving from international destinations will all have completed a mandatory 14-day quarantine before returning to campus. Our dedicated and caring boarding staff will be working directly with those families to facilitate this process.

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. 

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