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Health & Safety

At The Sterling Hall School, the ability to ensure the health and safety of our SHS community has been our top priority during this global health crisis. Our goal is not merely to open our school safely, but to maintain safe and effective operations  throughout the 2021-22 academic year.

As always, we are being prudent and thoughtful in all of our deliberations and actions. At the start of this journey, we recognized that given the evolving nature of this public health crisis, our plans must be transparent, flexible and responsive. As a small-by-design school, our nimbleness and ability to pivot when the need arises is one of our many strengths!

In order to reopen safely, we have been reviewing the recently released Government of Ontario COVID-19: Health, safety and operational guidance for schools (2021-2022) and collaborating and seeking advice from Independent School Associations (CAIS, CIS) and legal professionals. SHS’s school reopening plan for the 21/22 school year embraces our core values regarding community, character and learning, as well as reflects the up-to-date guidelines and medical advice set forth by the Government of Ontario and Toronto Public Health.

We know that vaccination policies, rapid antigen testing, cohorting, physical distancing, mask use, medical-grade air purifiers in each homeroom, and comprehensive cleaning protocols - as layered mitigation strategies - provide the highest degree of safety for our boys, our employees and their families, and we are delighted to be able to provide this degree of assurance for all.

In addition to maintaining safe operations at Sterling Hall, we are committed to providing the highest degree of excellence within our academic program. 

Throughout this period of uncertainty, we have continued to transform our health and safety plans and find new pedagogical avenues and approaches to adapt and meet the needs of our boys, our faculty and our community. 

To review our SHS Vaccine Policies for both the 2021-22 school year and the 2022-23 school year, please click on the links below:

2021-22 SHS Vaccine Policy 2022-23 SHS Vaccine Policy

Return To School Safety Video

First page of the PDF file: SHS-Re-EntryGuide-Sep2021-v4


Please click the Health and Safety Guide to Reopening above for further details on our carefully considered and researched health and safety measures



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