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.