private school Upper Canada College

Toronto private school closed following COVID-19 cases

Toronto private school Upper Canada College is reported to be temporarily closed after numerous positive cases of COVID-19.

According to a media report by the CBC, the confirmed cases occurred with students at the private school in grades 4, 8, 9, and 12. 

When contacted by TRNTO.com, UCC issued a prepared statement. 

The school works closely with Toronto Public Health (TPH) to investigate positive COVID-19 cases at UCC. There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the school as a result of transmission at UCC nor has TPH recommended closing UCC for outbreak or any other reason,” the statement read, in part. 

 “As a precautionary measure to safeguard students, employees and the broader community, UCC has taken the voluntary decision to move to a remote learning schedule until next week. The school has also encouraged students, families and employees to consider participating in a voluntary testing program facilitated by the Hospital for Sick Children.”

As per the CBC report, testing will run today and tomorrow. 

“UCC maintains strict health protocols including daily screening, masking compliance, physical distancing in class and on campus, community reporting of COVID-19 cases, efficient contact tracing, detailed scheduling of all parts of the school day, enhanced ventilation and sanitization, reduced class sizes, a hybrid model of in-person and remote learning for Upper School students, as well as the option of full at-home learning with our continuous learning plan,” the statement read.

According to city of Toronto information, there are currently 15 outbreaks at elementary and secondary schools, but this list does not include private and independent schools. 

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