Now Accepting Students for 2023/2024
We’d love to have you or your child attend Unity Christian High School Barrie.
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As image bearers, we recognize that we are uniquely created with gifts and skills. Each person has a mandate to do their part in cultivating the earth and exercising dominion over it in a stewardly way. Our roles and responsibilities do define us to a certain degree. They contribute to who we are as persons. Whether we are students, employees or volunteers, we should treat one another with respect. This respect includes how we collect and manage personal information of others.
The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (“PIPEDA”) is federal privacy legislation that also applies to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information by private sector organizations in Ontario in the course of commercial activities. Most activities of independent schools in Ontario that operate as charities are not subject to PIPEDA; however, activities that are outside of the core activity of providing educational services may be subject to PIPEDA. In this regard, a school may want to seek legal advice in regard to: (1) whether a particular activity in which it is engaged or wants to engage is likely to be subject to PIPEDA (or other privacy legislation); and (2) implementing privacy policies and practices.
Even if privacy law does not apply to the activities of independent schools, there are good reasons to apply privacy principles (principles of fair information practice) to personal information. Ontario courts have recognized a tort of invasion of privacy, which provides individuals with privacy rights outside of those granted under PIPEDA.1 The privacy principles set out in Schedule 1 to PIPEDA may be used by schools as a framework for the collection, use and disclosure of personal information of students, parents and alumni. Unity Christian High School seeks to meet the highest standards possible and to comply, where possible, with applicable provisions relevant to public schools with respects to privacy legislation and any other applicable legislation.
This policy stands alongside the Media Consent Policy, the Media Presence Policy and the Ontario Student Records Policy.
Personal information is the recorded information about an identifiable individual in any format, including but not limited to:
Informed Consent requires the person consenting to understand the nature of the information for which consent is sought, understand the potential consequences of signing the consent form, and be given the right to revoke the consent at any time.
Before disclosing a record, the School shall provide notice to any person to whom the information in the record relates if it is practicable to do so:
Retention time is the minimum amount of time to keep a record as determined to be necessary by law or other authority. Original records cannot be destroyed until the retention time has expired. Likewise, records should not be retained longer than the retention time without good reason.
Disclosure means to make the information available or release it to another institution or person but does not include using the information.
Access means the authority or permission to consult records or to obtain restricted information.
Security means the protection of personal information, regardless of the format in which it is held, and includes, but is not limited to, physical measures such as locked filing cabinets and restricted offices, organizational measures such as limited access, and technological measures such as the use of passwords and encryption.
Collection means to gather, acquire, receive, or obtain the information by means from any source.
Unity Christian High School (the “School”) values its relationship with its students, their parents, alumni, staff and volunteers (collectively, “School Individual”) and is committed to the protection of their personal information.
The Principal of the School has been appointed as the Chief Privacy Officer assigned to oversee the implementation of this Policy.
Accountability for compliance with this Policy rests with the School’s Chief Privacy Officer or designate, even though others within the School may have responsibility for the day-to-day collection and processing of personal information and may be delegated to act on behalf of the Chief Privacy Officer.
The Principal may designate various individuals with responsibilities relative to maintaining and storing personal information. For example:
The School is responsible for personal information in its custody and under its control, including personal information that it has transferred to an external service provider for processing. Where the School uses external service providers that require access to personal information (e.g., to maintain its computer system or to assist with clerical or administrative activities), it requires the service providers to provide personal information protection at a comparable level to that provided by the School.
The School will identify and document the purposes for which it collects, uses, or discloses personal information at or before the time of collection. The purposes will be limited to those that are related to the School’s business and activities including:
If the School plans to use personal information it has collected for a purpose not previously identified, the School will identify the purpose and obtain consent to the use unless using the information without consent is permitted or required by law.
The School only collects, uses, or discloses personal information with the knowledge and consent of the individual to whom it relates (or their parent or guardian), except where otherwise permitted or required by law.
The way in which the School seeks consent varies depending upon the sensitivity of the personal information, the reasonable expectations of the individual to whom it relates (and in the case of students, their parents) and the purpose for which the personal information is to be used.
Consent may be withdrawn, subject to legal restrictions and reasonable notice; however, the withdrawal (or refusal) of consent to use or disclose personal information may restrict or prevent participation in programs or the receipt of certain services. The School will provide notice where there will be implications to withdrawing consent.
The School will not, as a condition of employment or volunteering, require an employee or volunteer to consent to the collection, use, or disclosure of personal information beyond that required for those purposes.
The School may hire service providers to perform services on its behalf. The School provides them with a limited amount of information which is necessary in order for them to provide the services required. They are prohibited from using the information for purposes other than to facilitate and carry out the services they have been engaged to provide and are not permitted to disclose this information to others. The School will strive to protect personal information disclosed to third parties by contractual agreements requiring that those third parties adhere to confidentiality and security procedures and protections.
In some cases, personal information that the school manages may be transferred, processed and stored outside Canada, and therefore may be available to government authorities under lawful orders and laws applicable therein.
The School will collect, use and disclose personal information for the purposes identified above, for purposes identified outside of this Policy, or where otherwise permitted or required by law.
The School will not use or disclose personal information for purposes other than those for which it was collected, except with consent or as permitted or required by law.
The School retains personal information for as long as required to fulfill the identified purposes or to comply with statutory retention periods.
Personal information that has been used by the School to make a decision about an employee or volunteer will be retained for at least one year after the decision has been made.
The School destroys or makes anonymous personal information that it no longer needs for the identified purposes or legal requirements.
The School will use its best efforts to ensure that personal information is as accurate and complete as is necessary for the purposes for which the information is to be used. The School asks students, parents, and alumni to update personal information they have provided to the School as it changes. It asks employees and volunteers to correct out-dated personal information, such as residential addresses and other contact information.
If an employee or volunteer demonstrates to the School that their personal information is inaccurate or incomplete, the School will correct or complete the Personal Information. Requests for correction should be made to the Chief Privacy Officer.
To protect personal information against loss, theft, and unauthorized access, disclosure, use, and modification, the School has implemented safeguards such as:
The School requires compliance by its employees with this Policy, enforces that requirement, and exercises care in the disposal of personal information to prevent unauthorized access.
Through this Policy, the School makes available a general account of its personal information management practices, including the purposes for which it uses and discloses personal information, instructions on how to gain access to and correct personal information and how to obtain additional information about the School’s privacy practices and/or its use and disclosure of particular personal information.
Upon written request, the School will provide an individual with information about its use and disclosure of personal information (and, if applicable, their child’s personal information), and except in limited circumstances, will give the individual access to personal information.
Except in limited circumstances, including where doing so would reveal personal information about another individual, the employee or volunteer will be permitted to review their own personal information in the presence of a designated employee of the School.
The School will correct or complete personal information, on the written request of an individual, where it is satisfied the information is inaccurate or incomplete.
Individuals are invited to direct any requests for access or correction and any questions they may have about this Policy, the School’s privacy practices, or the School’s management of their personal information to the Chief Privacy Officer (or designate) whose contact information is provided below.
The School will respond to written requests for correction or access as promptly as possible. The School may ask for additional information it needs to process a request and/or to verify identity and ensure that it does not disclose personal information to someone who is not authorized to receive it or otherwise in violation of this Policy.
As previously mentioned, any School individual is invited to bring any concerns or questions concerning the School’s compliance with this Policy or personal information management to the Chief Privacy Officer or designate, who can be reached at:
Chief Privacy Officer: Pamela Running
1 Other examples of privacy legislation which may apply include: the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) and the Education Act as it applies to the OSR guidelines.
We’d love to have you or your child attend Unity Christian High School Barrie.
To get started, simply click the link for prices and instructions.
“Our three children have very different learning styles from each other and all have not only been accommodated at Unity but have been encouraged and supported by our passionate teachers and staff to thrive in their differences. We love the Christ-centred, small school atmosphere where great things continue to happen!” Stacey & Rob, Parents of an Alumni and Grade 11 and 9 students
“I am now studying for a Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto and have found that I am very well prepared academically. I am extremely grateful for the excellent teaching I received at Unity.” Rachel, Graduate
“Unity was such a blessing to me. The school community was great and it was a place where I knew I was always welcome and safe. The teachers are excellent, caring and really push you to do your best. The classes are firmly based in the Word of God and helped me build a strong foundation for my faith and discover who I am. I would recommend Unity to any high school student looking for a place to learn and grow.” Jacob, Graduate
“I really enjoyed being at Unity because the atmosphere was upbeat and something new was always happening. I felt that I was valued by my teachers. They worked hard to connect with us and were willing to stay after school to help us understand concepts that we were struggling with. Unity has a lot of extra-curricular activities to be involved in and my favourite was definitely the overnight tournaments when we got to compete with great athletes from across Ontario.” Madeline, Graduate
“We were new to the concept of 'Christian Education'. We have learned that it means that students are surrounded by people who care about them; that the authority of their teachers is respected and that the teaching they receive is excellent. As parents, we have had peace of mind that our teenagers are growing intellectually, emotionally and spiritually in a God honouring environment. We couldn't ask for anything more!” Anne & Steve, Parents of 2 Grads and a Gr. 12 Student
“The teachers have provided our children with a solid education equipping them to seek out God's calling for their lives. In an increasingly secular world, Unity provided an environment rooted in God's Word that allowed our children to wrestle with difficult questions and arrive at solid faithful answers.” Donna, Alumni Parent
“We are extremely impressed with our experience at Unity Christian School thus far. The level of support and care demonstrated by the entire teaching staff is beyond anything I have ever experienced. We are so grateful to know that our children will not only have an excellent education, but an education grounded in biblical truth and principles displayed by all those put in charge to overseer their young hearts and minds. There is no other option for us. Money well spent and prayers answered!” Alexia & Nathan, Parents of a Current Unity Student
“Unity is a tremendous gift from God. Our daughter has grown intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. She absolutely loved the school! The teachers truly care about each student and they are excellent Christian role models. They consistently do above and beyond the norm, providing an excellent education. Finally, there is a real sense of community among the students. Our family is sincerely grateful that Unity has been part of our lives.” Malcom & Carol, Alumni Parents
“Over my four years at Unity, I have learned how to develop a discerning Christian worldview and the other skills needed for post-secondary schooling and my career. The wonderful teachers have put time and effort in essential one-on-one engagement with students. The environment and school culture is built around love, providing each student with safety and security and opportunities to participate in fun activities and to get involved in the community.” Nathan, Graduate