SCS COVID-19 Response:What you need to know.
Updated April 16, 2020
As a precautionary measure to support the safety and wellbeing of our community and of the broader population due to the spread of COVID-19, the St. Clement’s School building will be closed following March Break through the end of this school year.
Further updates will be provided to SCS families by email.
Frequently Asked Questions
The decision to close was made to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 following advice from the City of Toronto Public Health office, the Ministry of Education, in consultation with other independent schools and following a directive issued by the Government of Ontario.
The situation is rapidly changing, and decisions are made based on the best information available at the time. At this time, we will be closed through the end of this school year. If the closure is to be extended, this page will be updated promptly.
All SCS faculty and staff will be accessible during the school building closure. Faculty and staff contact information is available on Edsby for students and current families.
During our building closure, we request that communication be sent electronically whenever possible. Mail service will be monitored remotely. We do not currently have the ability to receive deliveries by courier services.
For general inquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-483-4835.
For Admissions questions, contact email@example.com or 416-483-4414 x2259.
No. At this time, all co-curricular and academic events, excursions, and local competitions throughout the remainder of the school year have been cancelled. Please refer to the Calendar page for more detailed information.
The Admissions Department is working with a focus to provide a personal, accessible, and safe application process for the 2020-2021 admissions season. This will involve online interviews and assessments, as well as tours and open houses. More information will be forthcoming.
We will begin accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year in August 2020, as usual.
We are continuing to learn at SCS during the closure using online tools including Edsby (our online platform for students, teachers, and parents). While expectations will vary by grade level, there will be a combination of scheduled group online teaching and learning with full classes, independent work, and check-ins with teachers. Parents can learn more about schedules and expectations by grade on the Parent groups on Edsby.
Since we are a tight-knit community, we are continuing to hold weekly full-school assemblies (via video conferencing), and we even held our first-ever Virtual Windsor House Day!
Our Alumnae are an integral and valued part of our community. In order to assist with the safety and well being of our Alumnae, all face-to-face Alumnae events have been cancelled through May 12, including the 2020 Alumnae Reunion Weekend. However, we are moving forward remotely with our final Alumnae Book Club meeting on April 7. For more information or if you have any questions regarding Alumnae matters, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the cold and flu season, our custodial staff increase their efforts to focus on high-contact areas such as door handles. They work hard to keep your child protected from all viruses – not just COVID-19 – by sanitizing our common areas each and every day.
During the school building closure, the cleaning staff is completing an additional deep cleaning of the building.
We urge all of our community members to follow the instructions of Public Health officials regarding self-isolation and social distancing.
You can also help us keep your daughter healthy by following basic prevention techniques and teaching these techniques to your daughter. Basic prevention techniques include:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth until you’ve washed your hands
- Use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available
- Keep frequently-touched objects and surfaces clean and disinfected
- Avoid close contact with those who are sick
- Stay away from others if you’re feeling ill
- Practice social distancing
Although we hope the school will be reopening for students in the Fall, it remains unlikely that we will be able to accept in-person visitors. We will have Virtual Open Houses and tours available for prospective families. Complete this form to be notified of our Open House dates or to request information for an online tour.
There are limited spaces for the 2020-2021 School year. Please contact email@example.com to find out if there is flexibility in your grade of interest. If we are able to accept your daughter’s application, we will arrange an online interview and find alternate methods of academic assessment.