COVID-19 UPDATES

Life during the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging and uncertain for everyone. UMC High School fully understands the health of every student and staff remains at the center of every guideline, using the best available evidence and advice.

Through this ongoing uncertainty, we appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we adapt as needed, to ensure the safety of students, staff, and families. Please also note that these guidelines may be modified to meet the unique needs of individual class/course settings.

Fall Semester (Sep – Dec), 2020

Return to School Plan for 2020-2021

We are excited to welcome you back to UMC High School! Today the government of Ontario has announced that the city of Toronto can proceed to Stage 3 of re-opening which allows us to prepare the school for in-person classes starting in September. We are delighted with this news, and would like to share with you details on our return to school plan and how we will ensure a safe environment along with the best possible experience for your child!

We are preparing to welcome our students back in person to our school in September, and are also ready to offer remote learning and hybrid learning options to meet the needs of all of our students. Many details are provided in this package regarding how school will look like and operate this year, and what health and safety protocols will be adopted for in-person classes. Whether you choose to study in-person, online from Toronto or from overseas, rest assured that our team will support you to achieve your goals and to ensure your graduation plans remain on track, while developing the skills necessary to be successful in University, College and beyond!

Our school year will begin on Friday, September 4, 2020 and will be structured with 5 semesters, each approximately 8 weeks long, where students can earn 2 high school courses per term up to a total of 10 credits from September to June.

  • Students can choose to attend class in-person, through remote learning online, or a hybrid of both.
  • Students and families must inform UMC High School by August 18 which option they will choose for Term 1.

The Ontario Ministry of Education has asked all schools and boards to create three separate learning plans for the resumption of classes and to be ready to implement any of those plans during the 2020-2021 school year. We are fully prepared for all possible options and are committed to ensuring the best possible experience for your child!

We are currently planning for Hybrid Learning, which allows students to choose to study either in-person at our Main Campus or online through remote learning. (UMC High School must be notified of your study plan – IN-PERSON or ONLINE – no later than August 18.) In-person classes will be offered 5 days per week at our main campus for students from Grades 7-12 starting Tuesday, September 8 in compliance with the government of Ontario, the Ministry of Education and Toronto Public Health. The health and safety of our school is the top priority, therefore we are updating our school protocols to ensure returning to school can occur in a safe and sensible manner.

As we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, we are taking what we have learned from the Spring and Summer terms and are creating a safe, engaging, inclusive program of learning, with academic success, caring and compassion as our main leading principles. Our updated school policies maintain a positive learning and teaching environment that supports student achievement and well-being and helps students reach their full potential, no matter if they are studying in-person or online.

Over the past 6 months, our students and staff have demonstrated great resilience despite unprecedented challenges and changes to all of our daily lives and normal routines. When Ontario schools were closed in March due to COVID-19 health and safety measures, our staff quickly mobilized and seamlessly transitioned all classes to remote learning without missing one single day of school to ensure student academic success and continued growth and development. All of our students are to be commended for their great effort and dedication to their academic studies. Teachers and students alike have become experts at Zoom webinars and Schoology and adapted very well to this learning format, and in fact, class averages and overall academic achievement increased during this period! Our teachers, Guidance Department and Marketing Student Counsellors have displayed genuine care and compassion for the well-being of our students, and have worked tirelessly to meet their needs.

We recognize the challenges, the stress and uncertainty that COVID-19 has brought into our lives. Yet we look to the future with optimism, as we see better days ahead. On behalf of all of us at UMC High School, we are proud of our students for their excellent achievements, and we thank our dedicated teachers for continuing to serve our students with care, compassion and professional excellence. We are committed and ready to adjust plans as necessary for the continued safety and well-being of our entire school community. We look forward to welcoming you back to UMC High School and will be in touch with you soon with updates from the Ministry of Education and Toronto Public Health.

Graduation Requirements for OSSD 2020-2021

As we prepare for the new school year, we would like to clarify the requirements for graduation in 2020-2021. The Ministry of Education updated their guidelines for the return to Ontario schools on July 30, 2020 and released the policy and framework for this coming school year. Students graduating in 2020-2021 must complete both the literacy requirement and 40-hour community involvement in order to receive their OSSD.

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test will be written on April 8, 2021. All students who are in Grade 10 or older and have completed Grade 9 English or its equivalent (ESLDO) will write the test. Students mus achieve a score of 300/400 in order to pass and fulfill this graduation requirement. Students who are unsuccessful on the OSSLT are eligible to take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OLC4O) in order to satisfy the literacy graduation requirement. Students earn 1.0 high school credit by taking the OLC4O course, and this credit is considered a part of the elective courses towards the OSSD.

We recognize that there are students who are planning to graduate before March 2021, and so the Ministry of Education has released an updated policy stating that students can fulfill the Literacy Requirement by completing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OLC4O). There are no exemptions provided for students in 2020-2021: either students take the OLC4O course or they wait and write the OSSLT on April 8, 2021. Therefore, all students planning to graduate in December 2020 or February 2021 have been scheduled into the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OLC4O) in Term 2 to fulfill this graduation requirement.

All students will receive their 2020-2021 timetables by September 1 via email from the Guidance Department for your confirmation.

Please note that all graduating students will also need to complete 40 hours of community involvement and can do so virtually. The Guidance Department can help to arrange virtual community service opportunities through online school programs, such as peer tutoring, and with community organizations.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. We look forward to welcoming you back to UMC High School!

Orientation Sessions for New & Returning Students

We would like to officially welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year at UMC High School! With the updates to hybrid learning, course structure, and health and safety, we invite you to attend a special virtual School Assembly to receive important information that you will need for this upcoming school year.

We will be holding three Orientation Sessions this Friday, September 4 via Zoom webinar. All students must attend 1 session in order to familiarize themselves with the updated course structure and policies and procedures at UMC High School. Parents and guardians are also invited to attend the session so they can learn more about the upcoming school year and the expectations for their children’s study. The Assembly will provide a great opportunity to learn more about UMC High School and meet our teachers, our Department Heads, Guidance Department, Administration Department and Marketing Team. Students studying in person will also be informed regarding the new UMC health and safety policies for in-school learning. Please be punctual and join the virtual session on time.

Ontario is taking further action to stop the spread of COVID-19

Ontario is taking further action to stop the spread of COVID-19. As of November 23rd, Toronto and Peel are moving into a modified lockdown for 28 days. K-12 schools remain open during this time, therefore UMC High School continues in-class instruction.

Please note that a number of businesses and services will be closed during this time:

  • Malls, gyms, shops, hair salons and nail salons are closed.
  • Restaurants are limited to takeout or delivery only.
  • No indoor gatherings with anyone outside a person’s household. Individuals who live alone may have close contact with one other household.
  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people.

 

We encourage all students and staff to follow the directives and limit all trips outside your home for essential reasons other than school, buying groceries or medical appointments.

More information can be found here: http://umchighschool.com/newsletter/updated-covid-19-news

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Summer Semester (Jul-Aug), 2020

Summer Classes – Online Schedule from July 6, 2020

As we look ahead to our operations for the summer months, we are pleased to announce that UMC High School will be offering a flexible, online program this July and August, where students can earn high school credits from anywhere in the world!

Students can choose from a diverse selection of high school courses and earn 1 or 2 high school credits in July and August. There are many benefits with this program:

  • Flexible schedule, accessible anywhere in the world and at students’ preferred times.
  • Small class sizes between 4 – 14 students will allow for prompt feedback, ongoing support and individualized assistance from teachers.
  • Weekly objectives and easy to follow modules will help students stay on track with their learning.
  • 3 hours of coursework per day allows for a reasonable schedule to ensure optimal learning outcomes and strong academic achievement while balancing leisure time during the summer months.
  • Teachers will post videos and streamed lessons that students can access at their own time.
  • Weekly assignments due each Friday helps students manage their schedule and stay on track.
  • Teachers will provide prompt feedback to questions within 24 hours.
  • Teachers will mark assignments quickly and provide grades and updates within 3 days of submission.
  • Weekly webinars with teachers provide support, guidance, and consolidation of learning.

Students may add, change or revise their Summer Course Selections until Monday, June 8 by contacting Ms.Angela at guidance@umchighschool.com. We encourage you to continue your learning this summer! We are with you every step of the way!

We plan to re-open our schools in September and look forward to welcoming you back in person for the 2020-2021 school year. As we receive guidelines from the Ministry of Education and Public Health, we will update you during the summer months with the measures we will be implementing to ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff.

Spring Semester (Mar-Jun), 2020

Spring Term Continues Online until June 26

The health and safety of our students and staff are of the utmost importance. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold throughout the world, the Ontario government has announced that public schools will remain closed until September. The State of Emergency in Ontario, which mandates the closure of private schools, has been extended until June 9 and today, the Premier of Ontario has requested an extension until June 30. With health and safety in mind, our school campuses will remain closed until the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Online classes will continue for the remainder of the Spring term, ending on June 26. All students will receive their final report card by July 3.

Students graduating in June will have both the OSSLT Literacy requirement and completion of 40 hours of Community Involvement waived. This will not affect their graduation status or ability to enter post-secondary education.

We remain committed to supporting our students during these unprecedented times. Students will continue to receive daily support from their teachers, guidance counsellors and administrative staff. Students are currently working on culminating assessments to demonstrate their learning during the Spring term, and they will receive regular feedback from their teachers to best guide the successful completion of their courses. Students are encouraged to continue attending their daily Zoom classes and to actively engage in class work through meaningful participation in live lessons and on Schoology. Teachers are offering weekly extra help sessions to provide further assistance. Our goal is to ensure your child can achieve their study goals and remain on track towards the path to graduation!

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