Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Niagara College has suspended all on-campus classes beginning Monday, March 16 until further notice, while staff and faculty work to develop plans for alternative program delivery.
Effective immediately, all on campus events, social and sporting activities are cancelled. College campuses and services will remain open at this time, and online courses will continue. Placements, co-ops and clinicals will continue for the time being, but students should contact their program area for further information.
At this time, all faculty and staff should continue to report to work.
More information will follow later today.
Message from Pam Skinner, Senior Vice President, Corporate Services:
Further to NC President Sean Kennedy’s message to the College community, I am writing to provide important updates with regard to COVID-19 and college operations. As we are seeing more rapid developments related to COVID-19, the college is taking action in the interests of health and safety for our students, employees and our community.
All outgoing college travel to countries with active travel health notices is cancelled. All other college travel is tightly restricted, with any exceptions considered by the respective Senior Vice President on a case-by-case basis.
Contingency Planning/Semester Completion
While classes haven’t been cancelled or modified at this time, academic contingency and semester completion planning is underway, and discussions will take place within each division to ensure that students can complete the semester should the current situation change.
Please note that yesterday’s announcement by the Ontario Ministry of Education regarding school closures applies to publicly funded elementary and secondary schools only.
The Spring Open House scheduled for March 28 has been cancelled. All other events that fall outside of core academic operations and bring additional community members on to our campuses are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis, using criteria for events provided by Health Canada, and guided by the health and safety of our students, employees and the community. Updates on specific college events will be provided as they become available.
Providing a safe learning environment
As we continuously monitor COVID-19 and consult with public health authorities at all levels, we are implementing public health recommendations and directives while taking any additional steps that we deem necessary in terms of health and safety. Over the past month we have increased the number of hand-sanitizer stations college-wide, enhanced our education campaign, sharing preventative measures such as hand-washing and cough etiquette, and enhanced our cleaning services, including the use of hospital-grade disinfectant for cleaning all common areas and touch points on our campuses. We will continue to monitor, consult and take steps necessary to support the health and safety of our college community.
A reminder that we all share a responsibility to follow recommendations from public health authorities aimed at preventing or slowing the spread of COVID-19, specifically:
- Stay home if you are sick. Return when you are well;
- Wash your hands. Use soap and water or hand sanitizer;
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your sleeve;
- Avoid shaking hands and close contact with people who are sick;
- Avoid sharing personal items and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
For more information and timely updates, including specific recommendations for travelers to impacted countries, and resources from public health, please visit our dedicated COVID-19 webpage at https://www.niagaracollege.ca/healthservices/coronavirus/.
(Source: Niagara College News Release)