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UCC Message | Updated information on mask protocol

Dear UCC community,

We are writing to share additional information on the College’s request that employees and students in Year 4 to 12 now wear masks while in school and on campus, and that SK to Year 3 students consider the same. The safety and wellbeing of our community remains our top priority, and well-designed and well-fitting masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This update reflects current public health guidance and supports our collective effort to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment.Medical mask

The expectation of students and employees is that they wear a well-fitting, three-ply mask as per the recent announcement from the Public Health Agency of Canada. Medical masks (pictured right) typically meet the three-ply standard and have a metal nose bend to ensure a proper fit. Please note that well-fitting, three layer non-medical masks with a filter layer can also be worn.

For further information on non-medical mask standards, the Government of Canada provides the following guidance:

  • How well a mask or face covering works depends on the materials used, how the mask is made, and most importantly, how well it fits.
  • A mask or face covering can be homemade or purchased, and should:
    • be made of at least three layers
      • two layers should be tightly woven material fabric, such as cotton or linen
      • the third (middle) layer should be a filter-type fabric, such as non-woven polypropylene fabric
    • be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose, mouth and chin without gaping
    • allow for easy breathing
    • fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops
    • be comfortable and not require frequent adjustments
    • be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty
    • maintain its shape after washing and drying

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate the evolving health circumstances and related guidance. We are grateful for all you are doing to support our ongoing efforts.

Warm regards,

Scott Cowie
Dean, Student LIfe and Wellbeing

Wynne de Jong
Director, Student Health Services