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.

Summer Semester (July-August), 2021

Toronto Public Health Update: COVID-19 Youth Vaccination

Dear School Community:

We look forward to seeing students, staff and family back at school in September. In order to reduce the number of cases of COVID-19 in our community, and in our schools, Toronto Public Health continues to work with schools and school boards to provide those who are eligible opportunities to get their first or second COVID-19 vaccine doses.

There is still time to get fully vaccinated before school starts. The first day of school is about seven weeks away. Youth 12 years of age and older, at the time of vaccination are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine. To be fully vaccinated before school starts, students will need two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. All students who have not received a first dose should get one as soon as possible, or get your second dose if your first dose was at least 28 days ago. To make it as easy as possible, first dose walk-in appointments are now available at most vaccine clinics.

Currently about 73% of 12 to 17 year olds in Toronto have already received one dose of vaccine. We encourage all youth and their family members to book a vaccination appointment as soon as possible at Book a Vaccine or by attending a walk-in clinic. Toronto Public Health will also be offering some pop-up vaccination clinics in community sites to help reach more youth. For more information on how to get vaccinated, visit our website. With your continued support and promotion, we are confident we can increase vaccinations in youth and have them receive both doses before the start of school in September.

 

Some helpful resources on Youth vaccinations include:

 

Thank you for all that you are doing to keep our schools and communities safe. Please continue to visit our website at: www.toronto.ca/COVID19 to stay up-to-date. Information specific to school communities is available at: COVID-19 school information for parents & caregivers. If you have general questions about COVID-19, please call our Hotline at 416-338-7600, Monday-Sunday 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM. Interpretation services are available. If you need immediate health care assistance, please call Telehealth Ontario 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-866-797-0000.

 

Sincerely,

Nicole Welch
Director
COVID -19 School Response Team
Chief Nursing Officer

UMC High School - Return to School Plan for 2021-2022

Dear UMC students and families,

UMC High School continues in its commitment to be increasingly open to our community based on the latest guidelines and direction from the province and local public health authorities. With Ontario announcing on July 9 that the province will move into Step 3 earlier than anticipated on July 16th, there is increased optimism that fall 2021 could mean UMC High School’s main campus will be able to re-open in more significant ways than we had hoped.

We are preparing to welcome our students back in person to our school in September, and are also ready to offer 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, or online 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 Thursday, September 2, 2021, and will be structured with 4 semesters. Students can earn up to 10 credits from September to June.

For each term, students may choose to attend class in-person or through remote learning online from their home country. However, students staying in Toronto will be in-person students. As explained in “UMC High School Official Registration Confirmation Letter,” students arrive in Canada for the purpose of attending school in person; therefore, they must be in-person students. Students with exceptional circumstances who later would like to move from in-person study to studying online, must notify the school and follow the procedure instituted by UMC High School. Students and families must inform UMC High School by August 6 which option they will choose for Term 1. (Please note: Eglinton Campus will be offering all courses online for Terms 1 and 2.)

Students can choose to attend in-person class 5 days per week, while some other students may attend classes remotely via online learning with Schoology and Zoom webinars. In-person classes will be offered 5 days per week at our main campus for students from Grades 7-12 starting Thursday, September 2 in compliance with the government of Ontario, the Ministry of Education and Toronto Public Health. All students will follow the same pace of the term and are expected to complete 3 hours of schoolwork per day, either in class or remotely. Students who are attending classes remotely will submit a Weekly Learning Log to document their study time. Due to the rapid changes made by Canadian Government, information may be subject to change.

Fully Digital and Paperless School

UMC High School will be a fully digital, paperless school starting in September. All students MUST have their own personal laptop with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and be ready to use it every day for class, whether attending class in-person or remote online. All students are required to have a Gmail email address and will be accessing the Schoology platform daily for their coursework and assessments.

UMC English and Math Entrance Tests

New students to UMC High School are required to complete entrance tests to assess their skills in English and Mathematics in order to be placed in the most suitable ESL level to meet their needs and ensure their continued development. A customized schedule and study plan will be created for each new student once they have completed the tests. All English and Math Entrance Tests will be conducted online and should be scheduled with your Student Advisor.

Step 1: Complete the UMC English Online Test during the week of August 2-13.

Step 2: Complete the UMC English and Math Entrance Test via Zoom webinar conference during the week of August 9-20.

2021-2022 Course Selections

Please plan your year by choosing the courses you would like to study over the next 4 terms. If you require any assistance in course planning or career advising, you are welcome to send an email to the Guidance Department and they will be happy to assist you. If you haven’t yet submitted your Course Selection Form, please do so by August 13 by emailing Ms. Angela at guidance@umchighschool.com. New students must complete the online English test along with the Zoom UMC High School English and Math Entrance Tests prior to course selection.

Timetables will be sent to all students the week of August 16 – 20.

School Bus Shuttle Program, Residence and Homestay Arrangements

We are pleased to announce daily bus shuttle service with multiple pick-up locations to facilitate the safe transport of students to and from school. In addition, UMC High School has a number of excellent residence and homestay arrangements. Inquiries can be sent to homestay@umchighschool.com . Please arrange school bus service and residence/homestay no later than August 13.

14 Day Mandatoy Self-Quarantine Period

Families should recognize that any individual who has travelled outside of Canada within 14 days before any in-school day will not be permitted onto school grounds until their self-quarantine period has been completed. As such, the return-to-school date of September 2 requires that any student planning to attend in-person classes should return to Canada no later than August 18, 2021.

Mandatory Orientation Day for ALL Students – September 1, 2021

Mandatory in-Person Orientation Sessions for New and Returning Students will be scheduled on September 1 so that students and families can familiarize themselves with health and safety procedures, school policies and have an opportunity to meet teachers and staff. Students who choose online classes will be provided a recorded orientation video later. More information will be forthcoming.

 

As we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, we are taking what we have learned from the past year 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.

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. 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.

 

Sincerely,

UMC High School

Spring Semester (Mar-Jun), 2021

Toronto Public Health Update: UMC High School Closed to In-Person Learning from April 7-18, 2021

Dear UMC students and families,

This is a very important update about the status of in-person learning at UMC High School. Toronto Public Health (TPH) has just announced that all schools in Toronto will be closed to in-person learning as of Wednesday, April 7, 2021 and remain closed up to and including Sunday, April 18, 2021.

All classes at UMC High School will transition to remote learning tomorrow until the end of this week. Spring Break will proceed as scheduled, with no classes from April 12-16. UMC High School will resume in-person learning on Monday, April 19.

Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, has issued a Section 22 order under the Health Protection and Promotion Act, that requires all elementary and secondary school students to transition to online/remote learning effective Wednesday, April 7 at 12:01am. The order will be in place from April 7 to 18, which will bring students to the end of the April break. An extension of this order may be considered based on COVID-19 epidemiological data for Toronto.

Toronto Public Health (TPH) appreciates the value of in-person learning, and firmly believes that schools should be the first places in our community to open, and the last to close. Unfortunately, current circumstances require that difficult decisions must be taken locally to protect all those in our school communities.

UMC High School teachers and staff will continue to provide instruction, academic advising and personal counselling through Zoom and can be contacted via Schoology or email. Midterm report cards for high school students will be issued electronically tomorrow afternoon. The health and safety of students and staff remain a priority and this action is being taken in an effort to keep our communities safe and prevent further spread of COVID-19.

 

Sincerely,

Tanya Fraser
Principal

Ministry of Education Update: Spring Break April 12-16 Health and Safety Reminders

Dear UMC students, parents and guardians,

Thank you for continuing to follow the public health and safety measures that have kept schools open and safe for students and staff. It is our collective effort that continues to ensure your children can learn in the classroom.

As per recent announcements, Ontario has implemented a province wide shutdown for four weeks in response to worsening trends in key health indicators due to COVID-19 and variants of concern.

The mental health and well-being of children continues to be a key priority and schools plan to remain open for in-person learning through the Provincial Emergency and Stay at Home Order. The spring break will continue as scheduled, from April 12th to 16th, and schools are planning to reopen for in-person learning on April 19th. If an extension to school closures is announced, UMC High School will update our students and families immediately.

In light of the recently announced measures, it is more important than ever that we continue to follow health advice over the Spring Break to do our part to keep schools open for in-person student learning.

At this critical point in the pandemic, the following public health measures are crucial to help prevent and limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Socialize with your own household.
  • Stay home and get tested if you feel ill.
  • Screen every day, including during spring break, for COVID-19 symptoms (The COVID-19 School and Child Care Screening Tool is available to assist families with symptom screening).
  • Practice good hand hygiene habits, masking and physical distancing.
  • Refer to Ontario.ca/covidresponse to learn what public health measures are in place in our community.
  • Refrain from travelling.

The Spring Break provides a good opportunity for UMC high school students to work on their Term 4 Final Culminating Evaluations. Students in grades 7-8 are encouraged to keep working on their class assignments and projects, and may also engage in additional learning through supplemental, curriculum-linked activities available at TVO Learn. These rich, engaging opportunities allow students to keep up with their learning and interests. Secondary students can continue to access TVO’s Independent Learning Centre (ILC) Open House.

For the week of April 12th-18th, pharmacies that offer COVID-19 testing and assessment centres across the province will accept appointments from students and education staff for asymptomatic testing at no additional cost. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this testing to support a safe return to school on April 19th.

In addition, UMC High School will be launching a Sick Kids Testing Partnership that will allow for convenient, saliva-based testing through at-home kits for any symptomatic students or staff. More information and details will be provided after the Spring Break.

As a reminder, before coming back to school on April 19th, you must screen for COVID-19 symptoms. If your child or anyone in your household is ill, stay home and follow the guidance in the school screener.

By following public health advice, we can all enjoy a safe spring break and continue to support in-person learning in our school.

We hope you enjoy the upcoming break! Students, staff and families have worked incredibly hard these past few months and the break is well-deserved.

 

With gratitude,
Tanya Fraser
Principal

Ministry of Education Update: UMC High School to Continue Remote Learning after Spring Break

Dear UMC students and families,

The Ontario government has announced the closure of all private and public schools following Spring Break, requiring that all classes move to online remote learning until further notice. This decision is in response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, the increasing risks posed to the public by COVID-19 variants, and the spike in hospital admissions.

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has confirmed that the transmission of COVID-19 in schools has remained low, and schools remain a place for students to learn safely, with appropriate measures in place. However, the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly, and the government recognizes that students and staff in the education system play an important role in supporting efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Cases across Ontario communities are rising quickly and the new COVID-19 variants pose a serious threat.

In consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health it has been determined that all publicly funded and private elementary and secondary school students province-wide will participate in remote learning following the April break. Our schools are not immune to community spread, and by pivoting to remote learning, we can help limit movement. The Ontario government will continue to listen to the advice of public health experts, and we will update parents once a safe return to in-person learning is recommended.

 

Student Supports

UMC High School recognizes the challenge that prolonged remote learning may have on student well-being. We are committed to continue providing support for our students, including virtual personal counselling and advising appointments through our Guidance Department. A virtual appointment can be requested by emailing Guidance@umchighschool.com. In addition, Kids Help Phone offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can call 1-800-668-6868, or text CONNECT to 686868.

Thank you for your ongoing partnership. We remain confident that our high-quality remote learning at UMC High School will ensure the success of student learning during this time.

 

Sincerely,
Tanya Fraser, Principal

Toronto Public Health Update: COVID-19 Vaccine

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Province of Ontario has announced more vaccine will be available at Toronto immunization clinics beginning this week. Vaccination is important to protect ourselves, our family and our community from COVID-19, including the variants.

Who is eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine?

  • To find out more information on how to get vaccinated, eligibility and how to book an appointment, please go to our COVID-19 How to get vaccinated webpage.
  • By the end of May, every adult in Toronto should be able to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment as announced by the province this week. Please be ready to book appointments for all the adults in your home as soon as eligible.
  • When a vaccine becomes licensed for children, vaccinations eligibility will be communicated with you.

Where can I book my appointment?

  • Those who are eligible, can book their appointments for City-run clinics through the provincial booking system – there are no walk-in or standby appointments available at City-run clinics.
  • Hospital and community healthcare partners also operate vaccine clinics, including pop-up clinics that target specific areas of the city that may include individuals 18 years and older. These clinics will be promoted locally.

Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine

  • Toronto Public Health will be hosting a town hall on Tuesday May 4th and Wednesday May 5th, 2021. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the Covid-19 vaccine and ask questions. Please see the attached poster for more information and details on how to join. For those of you who are unable to attend, the session will be recorded and posted to our website.
  • Please visit Toronto Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Resources website for more information on the vaccine, available in multiple languages. Additional vaccine information, can also be found here: COVID-19 Vaccines.

 

If you or your child has Covid-19 symptoms, please stay-home, self-isolate and go for testing.

Continue to visit our website at: www.toronto.ca/COVID19 to stay up-to-date. Information specific to school communities is available at: COVID-19 school information for parents & caregivers. If you have general questions about COVID-19, please call our Hotline at 416-338-7600, Monday-Sunday 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM. Interpretation services are available.

Sincerely,

Nicole Welch
Director
COVID -19 School Response Team
Chief Nursing Officer

Toronto Public Health Update: COVID-19 Vaccine and Mental Health and Wellness

Dear Parents/Guardians,

COVID-19 Vaccination continues to be an important way to protect ourselves, our family and our community from COVID-19, including the variants. We encourage you to get vaccinated and consider vaccination for all those in your family who are eligible.

COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 12 years and older

  • On May 5, 2021 Health Canada approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 to 15. Clinical studies showed that this vaccine was safe and effective for this age group. The Pfizer vaccine is now approved for all individuals 12 years of age and older.
  • Most children with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or none at all. However, some children with COVID-19 can get very sick. Children can also spread COVID-19 to other people. Vaccinating children protects them from getting sick and reduces virus spread within their household and the community.
  • While fewer children compared to adults have gotten sick from COVID-19, they have been impacted in many other ways. All children in Ontario have had to, attend school remotely, miss out on extra-curricular activities, and spend extended amounts of time away from their friends and peers. This has a big impact on children’s mental health. For more information and resources, please visit our website: COVID-19 Mental Health Resources.
  • Vaccinating all who are eligible, including children, will help to reduce the number of cases of COVID-19 in our community and allow kids to get to participating in activities they enjoy.

Who is eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccine?

  • Anyone who is 18 years of age or older is eligible for the vaccine now. To find out more information on how to get vaccinated, eligibility and how to book an appointment, please go to our COVID-19 How to get vaccinated webpage.
  • The province has announced that children/youth 12-17 years of age will be eligible for vaccination before the end of May.
  • Pop-up clinics for children/youth 12 and 17 years of age and their families in targeted hot spot communities in Toronto are beginning this week.
  • There will be dedicated youth and family clinics throughout the weeks of June 14 and 21 for first dose appointments at City of Toronto clinics.
  • In order to be eligible children will have to have had their 12th birthday prior to or on the day of vaccination.

Where can I book my appointment?

  • All adults can book their appointments for City-run clinics through the provincial booking system or by calling the Provincial booking system at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007). There are no walk-in or standby appointments available at City-run clinics.
  • Hospital and community healthcare partners also operate vaccine clinics, including pop-up clinics that target specific areas of the city. These clinics will be promoted locally.
  • Selected pharmacies are also offering the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Pop-up clinics in hot spot communities will be communicated at a local level through email, social media and flyers

Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine

  • Toronto Public Health will be hosting town halls about COVID-19 vaccines for parents/guardians of 12-17 year old school students. The dates for the session are as follows:
    Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:30 am to 11:30 am.
    Wednesday May 26, 2021 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Saturday May 29, 2021 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Please see our website and the attached flyer for more information on how to join.
  • For more information on children and vaccines, please see our fact sheet on the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine – Youth age 12 to 17
    Please see the flyer for more information on how to join.
  • Please visit Toronto Public Health’s COVID-19 Vaccine Resources website for more information on the vaccine, available in multiple languages. Additional vaccine information, can also be found here: COVID-19 Vaccines.

 

If you or your child has Covid-19 symptoms, please stay-home, self-isolate and go for testing.

Please continue to visit our website at: www.toronto.ca/COVID19 to stay up-to-date. Information specific to school communities is available at: COVID-19 school information for parents & caregivers. If you have general questions about COVID-19, please call our Hotline at 416-338-7600, Monday-Sunday 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM. Interpretation services are available.

 

Sincerely,

Nicole Welch
Director
COVID -19 School Response Team
Chief Nursing Officer

UMC High School COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Program for Students aged 18 years+

UMC High School is committed to helping all of our students who are 18 years of age and older and currently living in Ontario to book and receive their COVID-19 vaccination. To this end, we are pleased to offer a Vaccination Assistance Program to arrange COVID-19 vaccine appointments that are convenient and close to their home. Students who are 18 years of age and older, living in Ontario, who would like assistance in booking a COVID-19 vaccine can complete the form and we will contact them to assist in booking a vaccine appointment.

Students are not required to use this program to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, and several of our students have already arranged their appointments on their own. However, if students would like help we are pleased to provide such assistance.

Winter Semester (Jan-Feb), 2021

Ministry of Education Update – Online Remote Learning from January 5 – 22, 2021

Dear UMC students and families,

On behalf of UMC High School, we would like to offer our sincere thank you for your continued diligence in following health and safety protocols during this unprecedented school year. We are very grateful to all students and staff for their part in keeping our school community safe and we are proud that UMC High School has had no confirmed cases of COVID-19. We are committed to continue supporting Public Health in managing this pandemic. Yesterday, the Ontario government announced that the province will enter a period of public health restrictions beginning on December 26, 2020.

The Chief Medical Officer of Health has confirmed that the transmission of COVID-19 in schools has remained low. However, the public health environment continues to evolve rapidly, and the Ontario government recognizes that the students and staff in the education system play an important role in supporting efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

In consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government has directed that all schools in Ontario must close in-person instruction as of December 26, 2020. In Toronto, secondary school students will continue learning remotely until January 25, 2021 at which point they can resume in-person learning.

In accordance with this directive, UMC High School will begin Term 3 as scheduled on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, with all classes from Grades 8-12 offered remotely through online learning.

The school will re-open for in-person classes on Monday, January 25, 2021. Daily school bus shuttles will also resume on January 25.

During this period of remote online learning, the same daily school schedule will be followed and each course will be scheduled for 3 hours of online learning per day. All classes will run a live zoom webinar during the scheduled periods, varying in length from 45-60 minutes. Course information, assignments, handouts, details and zoom links will be posted on the Schoology course pages. Students will receive a Welcome email from their teachers with Schoology code on Monday, January 4, 2021.

New students are invited to attend a Virtual Orientation Assembly on Monday, January 4, 2021 from 8:30am-10:00am EST. A zoom link will be provided through the Marketing Department.

If a high school student has questions about their Term 3 courses or schedule, they can email the Guidance Department at guidance@umchighschool.com or contact their Student Counsellor in the Marketing Department.

Middle school students will follow the Term 3 daily timetable, which is attached to this letter for your reference.

 

Additional Supports

The Ministry of Education has encouraged all schools to share the following links and resources with students and families:

Kids Help Phone offers 24/7 counselling and referral services. To use this free resource, students can call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868.

School Mental Health Ontario also has a number of great resources for students, parents and families on their website at www.smho-smso.ca. In addition, child and youth mental health agencies across the province continue to provide services, including https://www.whatsupwalkin.ca, providing free mental health counselling by phone or video for children, youth, young adults and their families (1-866-585-6486).

The Ministry of Education recently announced the launch of a new portal, TVO Learn https://tvolearn.com/ which provides support for students learning remotely by accessing additional educational resources developed by Ontario certified teachers. In addition, secondary students can continue to access TVO’s Independent Learning Centre (ILC) Open House https://tvolearn.com/collections/courses which provides access to Grade 9 -12 course supplemental materials. These ILC resources are designed to provide flexible learning opportunities to help students keep up with their learning or deepen their understanding of a specific subject.

We remain confident that our students will continue to succeed and thrive with our high-quality remote learning program provided by our caring and knowledgeable teaching faculty.

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday and looking forward to seeing you on Zoom in January as we begin Term 3!

 

Sincerely,
Tanya Fraser, Principal
UMC High School

Ministers Letter to Parents - January 2, 2021

Dear Ontario Parents,

It has been a trying year for all Ontarians. Yet, through the greatest challenges we faced, our province — most especially inspired by our students, parents & education staff — came together. Unified in our effort to stop the spread and save lives.

Thank you for your dedication. We believe so strongly that schools are essential to the well-being, mental health and development of a child, and therefore, must be safeguarded at all costs to ensure they can remain open for safe in-class instruction.

Protecting What Matters Most

As we face rising case numbers, the Government announced a Provincewide Shutdown that put in place time-limited public health and workplace safety measures to help ensure our schools remain safe, to stop the spread of COVID-19 transmission in communities, and to save lives.

Now, while leading medical experts have been clear that schools are not a source of rising community transmission, we can and will be an important part of the solution to save lives from COVID-19.

That is why we are following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health by taking proactive and preventative action to protect schools following the holiday break.

As part of these new restrictions, elementary and secondary school students across the province will learn remotely for the first week of January, as everyone can play a part in staying home and stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Recognizing the importance of in-person learning, students will return to class across the province in January:

  • Elementary school students enrolled in in-person learning will return to class on January 11, 2021;
  • Secondary school students enrolled in in-person learning in northern Public Health Units will also return to class on January 11, 2021;
  • Remaining secondary school students enrolled in in-person learning across the remainder of Public Health Units will return to class on January 25, 2021.

Elementary and secondary students currently enrolled in remote learning will continue to learn remotely throughout January.

 

Supporting Quality Online Learning

Our Government has made every effort to prepare for schools transitioning temporarily to remote learning. We have directed that a minimum standard for Grades 1-12 of 75% of your child’s 300 minutes of daily instruction is to be delivered by live “Zoom-style” (i.e. synchronous learning. To ensure a better learning experience, every teacher in this province received mandatory training on remote learning, before the school year began.

Ontario stands alone in creating a comprehensive online learning management system that ensures teachers can engage students in live-synchronous learning, send and receive assignments, and participate in discussions in a secure environment.

We have also prepared for this by supporting the purchase of over 150,000 new devices for students to support remote learning, and over 8,000 connectivity devices for students unable to access internet at home.

We know some students with special education needs cannot be supported through remote learning. That is why I have directed school boards to provide for in-person learning for these exceptional cases, ensuring these children receive consistency and full supports through this difficult period. We are committed to their safety and success.

 

Financial Relief for Parents

Learning from home means extra costs for many families. We will continue to deliver support to families during this pandemic. In fact, we are on track to deliver nearly $800 million in direct financial relief to parents and guardians – where it belongs, to be quite frank. That is why we launched the Support for Learners program in the first place — to support families with children aged 0 to 12 with $200 per child and $250 per child up to age 21 with special education needs. If you haven’t already applied, you can still apply for this one-time financial support up to the extended deadline of February 8, 2021.

We are also expanding this program to include financial supports for high school students, recognizing added costs from technology to internet for these parents while their kids stay home for a longer period. Starting on January 11, 2021, families with students aged 13 to grade 12 can apply for a one-time payment for their children up until February 8, 2021. The expanded program will now cover:

  • $200 for each child up to grade 12, including students in secondary school who are over 18;
  • $250 if the child or youth is 21 years or under with special

 

Enhancing Child Care Safety

While child care will remain open for the duration of these time-limited public health actions, we are enhancing the already strict screening requirements and safety protocols to ensure they remain safe places for your children. This includes child care offered in licensed child care centres, in licensed home child care, in extended day programs, and by authorized recreational and skill-building providers.

In response to the needs of frontline health and emergency workers who have school- aged children and may require support during this period, we are implementing a targeted emergency child care program, at no cost to eligible parents, from January 4-8, 2021.

 

Keeping Schools Safe into 2021

I want to reassure parents that according to the province’s leading doctors, our schools are safe, with eight out of ten schools in this province having no cases of COVID-19 and based on board reporting, 99.64% of students have not reported a case of COVID-19.

The province has experienced a safe reopening because we developed a comprehensive, nation-leading plan in partnership with experts in the medical community.

Our strength through this pandemic has been the resilience of our students, hard work of our staff, collaboration with parents, and commitment of Government to step up our response every step of the way. To ensure our schools remain safe in January 2021 and beyond, we will continue and enhance testing in schools and allocate a new and significant investment in school safety, including in enhanced air quality, more PPE, and additional staffing and cleaning. We will do whatever it takes to ensure our kids can continue to learn.

This pandemic has impacted every corner of our province. When I say that the health and safety of our kids is my top priority, I am also thinking of their mental health. This has been a uniquely challenging period – it has been accompanied by feelings of anxiety, isolation, and anguish.

That is why we have nearly doubled mental health investments this year to unprecedented levels in the province’s history, for our students and staff, to ensure they know we are here for them. Those services will continue while students learn from home. The priority right now remains the health of your child, which is why we want to make clear the expanded mental health supports are available.

To access these mental health resources, please visit www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19- support-students-and-parents#section-5.

 

Let’s Remain Hopeful

I remain optimistic that 2021 will be a better year with the vaccine coming online. Students are looking to all of us – parents, educators, school boards and government – to instill confidence in their hearts. To demonstrate a collective resolve to win this battle against this invisible global threat. And I assure you — we will continue to work together and work around the clock to protect your child, their learning experience, and safety.

Nothing matters more.

By sticking together and by following Public Health directives, we will overcome this difficulty with hope, unity, and optimism.

 

Sincerely,

The Honourable Stephen Lecce Minister of Education

Ministry of Education Update - Online Remote Learning extended until February 10, 2021

Dear UMC students and families,

In light of the current public health environment and based on advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government has announced an extension of the remote learning period for all elementary and secondary schools in Toronto, with in-person classes to resume on February 10, 2021.

UMC High School will resume in-person classes and daily school bus shuttles on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.

The government has also issued a stay at home order that will take effect January 14, 2021. This order requests everyone in Ontario to limit their outings for essential purposes which include exercise, groceries, medical appointments, and essential work. We ask that all students residing in Ontario follow these provincial orders and respect the limit of 5 people for outdoor gatherings. Masks should also be worn outside if physical distancing can not be maintained.

During this period of remote online learning, the same school schedule continues to be followed with 3 hours of online learning daily for each course. All high school classes are running 2 live zoom webinars every day during the scheduled periods, varying in length from 45-60 minutes each. Middle school students will continue to follow their weekly Term 3 schedule.

 

Important Reminders

Students are reminded of the following:

  • Attendance is taken at each webinar. Attendance at daily webinars is highly recommended in order to interact with teachers and students, ask questions and receive feedback.
  • Students have 1 daily AFL (Assessment For Learning) to submit as part of their class work and learning in each course. Teachers continue to provide useful feedback based on your AFL submissions within 24 hours.
  • Students who live overseas are encouraged not to stay awake all night, but rather to watch the recorded webinars during their regular day schedule and submit their daily AFL. If you are unable to attend the webinar, please submit your daily AFL and you will be marked present.
  • There is 1 weekly AOL (Assessment Of Learning) or formal assignment to be completed in each course. We encourage students to submit their AOL on Fridays, however students may complete their AOL over the weekend and can submit by 9am EST on Monday mornings.
  • In accordance with the Ministry of Education policy, all online students must submit a Weekly Learning Log that reports their coursework hours. All UMC students must complete 15 hours per week in each subject in order to meet the 110 hour requirement to earn an Ontario high school credit.
  • Extra help sessions are offered weekly at 8:30-9:00am to help all students, but are especially useful for overseas students to interact live with their teacher, ask questions and receive support at a convenient time.
  • The Guidance Department is available for academic advising, course planning, University and College admissions help, and personal counselling. If you need support, do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Angela or Mr. Ira at guidance@umchighschool.com to request a virtual appointment via Zoom.
  • School Clubs are running daily via Zoom, including Student Council, Math Contest Club, Art Clubs, Guitar Club, Peer Tutoring and more! Students are encouraged to join and stay active and involved with their school community during this extended remote learning period.

 

To support the return of in-person learning and based on advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, additional health and safety measures are being introduced in schools across the province. UMC High School will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health to adopt the updated guidance.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment and dedication to your studies and to keeping our school community safe. We are very proud of our students and their high achievements, which are truly commendable! We remain confident that our students will continue to succeed and thrive with our high-quality remote learning program provided by our caring and knowledgeable teaching faculty.

Wishing you continued good health during these challenging times!

 

Sincerely,

Tanya Fraser, Principal
UMC High School

Important Information Related to the Provincial Emergency Declaration

Dear Parent/Guardian,

On January 12, 2021, the Province of Ontario declared a second provincial emergency, effective immediately. Some of the new requirements under the emergency include the following:

  • Individuals must wear masks at all times when in indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open.
  • Wearing a mask or face covering is now recommended outdoors when you can’t physically distance more than two metres.
  • Schools in Toronto will not return to in-person instruction until February 10, 2021 (Exception for some schools in Toronto to remain open for in-person instruction for students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning).

As part of the emergency declaration, the Province has issued a stay-at-home order effective January 14, 2021. This means that everyone should stay home and not gather with individuals who do not live in their household. Trips outside the home should be for essential reasons only, including to:

  • go to the grocery store or pharmacy;
  • access health care services;
  • go outdoors to exercise; or
  • go to work if your work cannot be done remotely at home.

Toronto is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases in the community. During this time please continue with daily COVID-19 symptom screening for students and adults. If anyone in your household has one or more, new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19 they should arrange to get tested as soon as possible or contact their health care provider. For more information about COVID-19 testing along with a list of places you can go for testing, please visit COVID-19 testing.

Please continue to visit our website www.toronto.ca/COVID19 to stay up-to-date. Information specific to school communities is available at: COVID-19 school information for parents & caregivers.

 

Yours truly,

Nicole Welch
Toronto Public Health Director
COVID-19 Liaison

Ministry of Education Update: UMC High School Re-opening on February 16, 2021

Dear UMC students and families,

The Ontario government has announced that all schools in Toronto may re-open for in-person learning on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 following the Family Day long weekend. Education Minister Stephen Lecce noted that the decision is based on the most recent data and advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, with the support of local medical officers of health and the unanimous recommendation of the council of medical officers of health. We are pleased by this decision and look forward to welcoming our students and staff back to UMC High School in less than two weeks!

UMC High School Main Campus will resume in-person classes and daily school bus shuttles on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

Parents and guardians are asked to confirm their child’s study plan to either continue studying online or return to in-person learning at our main campus. Parents and guardians, please fill out this Student Study Plan form by Thursday, February 11 with your child’s study option for the remainder of Term 3 (February 16-25) and also for Term 4 (March 8-April 30). https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegSNtxEhw97aDMUgW7Von0BMWm0t0W4KssYIYfB_4WRTLPQ/viewform

Private schools are required to align with the direction provided from their local public health unit in addition to the provincial requirements. UMC High School continues to work closely with Toronto Public Health and the Ministry of Education to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our school community.

Enhanced Health and Safety Measures

To support the safe return to in-person learning, additional health and safety measures have been announced and it is important that we communicate these measures with our students, staff, and parents/guardians.

Self-Screening
Masking
  • Mandatory masking requirements are in place for staff and all students in Grades 1-12.
  • Masks are required indoors at all times and outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained, including on school buses.
Congregating
  • Schools are asked to highlight the importance of students not congregating before school starts and returning directly home after school.
  • Schools should minimize any gatherings at lunch time or at breaks, and ensure that distancing and masking are maintained.
  • All existing health and safety measures for staff, including consistent use of recommended PPE and physical distancing, must continue to be maintained.

Thank you for your ongoing partnership as we continue to ensure the safety of our students and staff in this unprecedented school year. We are committed to our students’ success and well-being, and we remain confident that whether studying in-person or online, your child can continue to succeed and thrive with our high-quality learning program provided by our caring and knowledgeable teaching faculty.

 

Sincerely,
Tanya Fraser, Principal
UMC High School

Toronto Public Health Update: Return to in-person learning at school

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Schools in Toronto are planning to re-open for in-person learning on February 16, 2021. Toronto Public Health (TPH) has important reminders to help you prepare your child for the return to school.

How to prepare for return to in-person learning:

  • Daily screening: Starting today for everyone in your household complete the updated COVID-19 symptom screening for students and adults every day.
  • Get tested: If anyone in your household has one or more new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19, they should get tested as soon as possible. Everyone in the house will need to stay home if someone in the home is sick with a COVID-19 symptom. More pop up testing sites will be made available this week through our testing partners.
  • Pack your mask: Students are required to wear a mask properly at all times except when having a mask break or eating lunch. Pack an extra mask in case your child needs to change it.
  • Stay-at-home except to attend work: Continue to support stay-at-home measures in order to keep schools as safe as possible. Stay at home except for work, essential shopping, outdoor exercise, or healthcare appointments. Limit contact outside of school/work to only the people you live with.

When at school for in-person learning:

  • Confirmation of screening: Students should bring a paper record or show your school’s app to confirm that screening has been completed before starting school each day.
  • Follow prevention measures: Students should wash or sanitize their hands frequently, stay at least six feet/two metres from others as much as possible, wear a well-fitting mask, and stay home when sick.
  • Mask breaks: Students must ensure physical distancing is maintained when taking short mask breaks outdoors or indoors or to eat lunch/snacks.
  • Stay-at-home except to attend school or work: Students can attend school each day, but should not gather with others, even those in their cohort. Continue to support stay-at- home measures to keep schools as safe as possible. Stay at home except to attend school, exercise outdoors or for healthcare appointments. Limit contact outside of school to only the people you live with.

COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community. TPH is prepared to respond if COVID-19 is detected related to the school. We have increased our capacity to do full case and contact investigations, co-ordinate testing when a cohort is dismissed, and communicate with schools and families about what they need to do.

TPH will continue to work with schools, staff and parents to keep schools safe, including:

  • When a staff member or student who attends school tests positive, TPH will identify their close contacts using the cohort approach. Students may belong to a classroom, bus or before/after school cohort. These cohorts will be dismissed from school and directed to self-isolate for 14 days from last contact with the case. This message may come from your Principal or from TPH.
  • If your child is identified as a close contact, they will receive a letter from TPH. The letter will recommend testing even if your child is not sick, and include the dates that your child must self-isolate at home. It will also include information about where to get tested. Please bring your letter to the testing location as the letter includes a unique identification number, which will help TPH to complete the investigation.
  • TPH may recommend expanded testing for the entire school if there are: a) multiple cohorts who were dismissed; or b) there is someone who had COVID-19 related to the school setting and we are not clear on where the person got COVID-19. TPH will provide a letter to parents to provide details on the expanded testing clinics.
  • Testing is completed by testing centres, not TPH. We are working with testing centres to reduce barriers to getting tested. This may include dedicated hours at an assessment centre for your child, on-site school testing, or take-home test kits.
  • If your child develops a new or worsening symptom of COVID-19, they should be tested as soon as possible and self-isolate at home. Please bring your letter to the testing site as the letter may include a unique identification number, which will help TPH complete the investigation.

Thank you for all that you are doing to help keep our schools and communities safe.

Please continue to visit our website at: www.toronto.ca/COVID19 to stay up-to-date. Information specific to school communities is available at: COVID19 school information for parents & caregivers.

 

Yours truly,

Nicole Welch

Director

COVID-19 Liaision Chief Nursing Officer

Ministry of Education Update: March Break Postponed Until April 12, 2021

Dear UMC students and families,

Our greatest priority is the safety and well-being of our students, staff and their families. We are very happy to be back at school this week resuming in-person classes at our main campus. We continue to maintain high health and safety standards, including enhanced screening protocols, disinfection and sanitization, masking, and ensuring physical distancing is maintained in classes and throughout the school building. We know that the 2020-2021 school year has been challenging for students and staff. We understand how important it is for students to be learning in-person, alongside their peers, as it helps to support their well-being, mental health and development. The Ontario government also recognizes that all sectors, including the education sector, play an important part in stopping further spread of the coronavirus.

We will continue to focus on supporting the health and well-being of students, families and staff in what has been an unprecedented year. That is why, based on advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario Ministry of Education will be deferring March Break for the 2020-2021 school year.

UMC High School March Break scheduled for March 1-5 will be postponed until April 12-16, 2021.

We recognize the importance of providing students, staff and families with an opportunity to rest and recharge. That is why the Ontario Ministry of Education will be moving the planned break to the week of April 12, 2021. This is based on the best advice of public health officials, including the Chief Medical Officer of Health. UMC High School will follow this directive in order to support the collective fight against COVID-19. Thank you for your ongoing partnership as we continue to ensure the safety of students and staff in this unprecedented school year. Please see the attached updated school calendar which reflects these changes:

Term 4 will run from March 2 – April 30, with a 1 week Spring Break from April 12-16. Summary of key dates, with amendments:

  • PA Day: Friday, February 26
  • PA Day: Monday, March 1 – Virtual Orientation Assembly for New Students
  • Term 4 begins: Tuesday, March 2
  • Term 4 Mid-term Report Cards Issued: Wednesday, April 7
  • Spring Break: April 12-16

Sincerely,

Tanya Fraser, Principal

Toronto Public Health Update: Changes to School Screening Tools

Dear Parent/Guardian:

To add protections for our school communities from COVID-19 and its variants, Toronto Public Health has made some important changes. As schools in Toronto re-open for in-person learning on February 16th, 2021, we want you to be aware of changes that have been made to the school screening tool for staff/visitors and students JK-12.

Make COVID-19 symptom screening part of your morning routine. Everyone in your household must complete the screening before school every day.

Changes to the school screening tool include the following:

  • Household member has symptoms: If anyone in your household has one or more COVID-19 symptoms, all children and adults who attend a school setting must stay home from school until COVID-19 has been ruled out. If the household member with one or more symptoms does not go for testing, the children and adults in the home who attend a school setting must stay home for 10 days.
  • Household member has travelled: If anyone in your household has travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days, all children and adults who attend a school setting must stay home from school until the person who travelled completes the federally-required 14 days of self-isolation. If the individual is exempt from this self-isolation because they perform an essential job (e.g. truck driver, pilot), the rest of the household can still attend school.
  • Close contact of someone who had COVID-19: If anyone in your household is self-isolating at home because they were a close contact of someone who had COVID-19, all children in the household will need to stay home from school until the person who was a close contact completes the 14 days of self-isolation.

 

Symptoms on the screening tools that remain the same:
If students or staff/visitors have one or more new or worsening symptoms they must stay home, self-isolate and arrange to get tested. Please see Follow-Up Instructions for School Students, Staff and Visitors tested for COVID-19 for more information.

Adults who do not attend a school setting:
Adults in your household who do not attend a school setting can continue to go to work as long as they do not have symptoms of COVID-19, are not a close contact of a positive case, and have not travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.

Thank you for all that you are doing to keep our schools and communities safe. Please continue to visit our website at: www.toronto.ca/COVID19 to stay up-to-date. Information specific to school communities is available at: COVID-19 school information for parents & caregivers.

Yours truly,
Nicole Welch
Director
COVID-19 Liaison
Chief Nursing Officer

Toronto Public Health Update: COVID-19 Variants of Concern

To: Parents/Guardians

Recently, new strains of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been identified. Some of these new strains are called variants of concern, because they spread more easily between people. Toronto Public Health (TPH) has identified individuals in some school settings who have tested positive for a variant of concern. This is not unexpected as there are variants of concern spreading in Toronto and across Ontario. TPH recently started updating daily case counts and information about variants of concern in Toronto, which is available here.

As Toronto continues to experience increased cases of variants of concern, it is more important than ever to follow the steps of self-protection. Public health measures will work to prevent the spread of the variants, including:

  • Limiting your contact to household members only, and staying at home as much as possible. Social gatherings and playdates outside of the school setting have led to the spread of COVID-19
  • Going out only for essential outings such as medical appointments, food shopping, school, essential work, or for physical exercise.
  • Keeping at least two metres (six feet) apart from others outside of your household.
  • Wearing a mask.
  • Cleaning your hands frequently, with soap and water for 15 seconds.
  • Staying home if you are feeling unwell or if you have been told to self-isolate.

Public health measures in schools will also work to prevent the spread of variants of concern. To add protections for our school communities from these new variants TPH has made some important changes to the school screening tool for staff and visitors and students JK-12. Please make COVID-19 symptom screening part of your morning routine. Everyone in your household must complete the screening before school every day.

Changes to the school screening tool include the following:
  • Household member has symptoms: If anyone in your household has one or more COVID-19 symptoms, all children and adults who attend a school setting must stay home from school until COVID-19 has been ruled out with a test result. If the household member with one or more symptoms does not go for testing, the children and adults in the home who attend a school setting must stay home for 14 days.
  • Household member has travelled: If anyone in your household has travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days, all children and adults who attend a school setting must stay home from school until the person who travelled completes the federally-required 14 days of self-isolation. If the individual is exempt from this self-isolation because they perform an essential job (e.g. truck driver, pilot), the rest of the household can still attend school.
  • Close contact of someone who had COVID-19: If anyone in your household is self-isolating at home because they were a close contact of someone who had COVID-19, all children in the household will need to stay home from school until the person who was a close contact completes the 14 days of self-isolation.

If students or staff/visitors have one or more new or worsening symptoms they must stay home, self-isolate and arrange to get tested. Please see Follow-Up Instructions for School Students, Staff and Visitors tested for COVID-19 for more information.

Thank you for all that you are doing to keep our schools and communities safe. Please continue to visit our website at: www.toronto.ca/COVID19 to stay up-to-date. Information specific to school communities is available at: COVID-19 school information for parents & caregivers. If you have questions about COVID-19, please call our Hotline at 416-338-7600, Monday-Sunday 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM. Interpretation services are available. If you need immediate health care assistance, please call Telehealth Ontario 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-866-797-0000.

Sincerely,

Nicole Welch
Director
COVID -19 School Response Team
Chief Nursing Officer

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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Updated COVID-19 Public Health Measures

Dear Parent or Legal Guardian:

As Toronto is now in Lockdown (Grey Zone under the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework), Toronto Public Health has updated the student screening tool, available here.

If your child has one or more symptoms of COVID-19, under the new screening requirements, you need to:

  • Keep your child home, even if the symptoms are mild.
  • All the children in the same home must also stay at home.
  • Arrange for your child to get tested at an Assessment Centre. Contact your health care provider, if needed.
  • Your child and their siblings may return to school if the test is negative.
  • Without a test, your child and their siblings must stay home for 10 days. They may return to school after 10 days if they do not have symptoms. A doctor’s note is not needed for return to school.
  • Monitor your family for symptoms. Adults must stay home and get tested if they have one or more symptoms.

 

With high rates of COVID-19 cases in Toronto, it is very important that your family members follow these public health measures:

  • Stay home except for essential trips, such as work, school, or healthcare visits.
  • Stay home if you are ill, even if symptoms are minor.
  • Limit gatherings in your home to the people you live with. If you live alone, you may include one person from outside your household.
  • Go out for fresh air and exercise only with the people you live with.
  • Check in with vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours virtually or by phone.
  • Download the COVID Alert App to be notified if you were close to someone who is contagious with COVID-19.

More information on the Grey Lockdown restrictions is available here. Visit school information for parents & caregivers regularly for updates.

COVID-19 & Oral Health

We all need to wear masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. It is important to find a mask that fits well and allows you to breathe easily.

When wearing a mask, some children may occasionally breathe through their mouth, leading to dry mouth. Encourage frequent mask breaks throughout the day.

Practice good oral hygiene by:

  • Daily brushing and flossing.
  • Limiting sugary food and drinks.
  • Seeking dental care early.

To prevent dry mouth follow these tips:

  • Drink water more often.
  • Chew sugarless gum to increase the flow of saliva.
  • Avoid salty foods, dry foods and sugary food and drinks.
  • Adults should avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, and vaping.

Call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600 if you do not have dental coverage, or if you need emergency dental care. Information about dental clinics in Toronto is also available online here.

Toronto Public Health Holiday Message

During this holiday season, Toronto Public Health would like to share some important information with the school community.

Give Giving in School:

The safest option for school communities this holiday season is not to distribute gifts. If the school board decides that gift-giving is an option, below are some considerations for doing so safely:

  • Consider gift cards as gifts.
  • Consider donations to charitable organizations in lieu of gifts.
  • If a teacher is distributing gifts, ensure that the gift is individually packaged or in an envelope that has been quarantined for three days. The teacher should wash their hands before and after touching the gift. Have the students come up and pick up their own individual gift package.
  • If it is the teacher receiving gifts, see if they can be wiped down or ensure the gift is quarantined for three days prior to opening it. The teacher should wash their hands before and after touching the gift.

Holiday Gatherings at School:

Toronto Public Health is recommending there be no in-person holiday gatherings both for staff and students, including staff luncheons or having students bring food from home to share with their class.

Other considerations for festivities include:

  • Plan a virtual staff gathering.
  • Decorate the classroom and school with artwork made by the students.
  • Read stories, and watch movies with members of the same classroom cohort.

Holiday Gatherings outside of  School:

Toronto is currently in lockdown (Grey Zone of the Province’s COVID-19 Response Framework).  We ask that schools and school boards promote the public health message that school communities should only gather with members of their own household during the holidays. People who live alone can gather with one other household.  Encourage families and schools to review the Province of Ontario’s Celebrate Safely during COVID-19  Guide. For Toronto-specific information on what is permitted during the Grey Lockdown period download the Toronto’s Lockdown Guide.

Resources for Parents:

Toronto Public Health - Holiday Guidance Parent Letter

Dear Parent or Legal Guardian:

Toronto is still under Lockdown (Grey Zone under the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework). Toronto Public Health has prepared a Holiday Guide with information on how you and your family can safely plan for and celebrate the holiday season this year.

The Holiday Guide includes information on:

  • Shopping and gift giving.
  • Alternative ways to celebrate with family and friends.
  • Making events memorable.
  • Accessing religious rites and services.
  • Managing holiday stress.
  • Making donations.

Additional information about gift giving and celebrations specific to the school community is available here.

As we continue to see high rates of COVID-19 cases in Toronto, it is very important that you and your family continue to follow these public health measures:

  • Stay home except for essential trips, such as work, school, or healthcare visits.
  • Stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are mild, self-isolate, and arrange to get tested.
  • Limit gatherings in your home to the people you live with. If you live alone, you may include one person from outside your household.
  • Go out for fresh air and exercise only with the people you live with.
  • Check in with vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours virtually or by phone.
  • Download the COVID Alert App to be notified if you were close to someone who is contagious with COVID-19.

More information on the Grey Lockdown restrictions is available here. Visit school information for parents & caregivers regularly for updates.

Thank you for all that you are doing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. I would like to wish you and yours a joyous and safe holiday season!

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!

GOT A QUESTION?

Please continue to check this site and your email regularly for the latest information. UMC High School’s official social media feeds also provide important updates. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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