St. Clair College Moves Classes Online

Friday March 13th, 2020

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Last updated: Friday March 13th, 5:15pm

St. Clair College is moving on-campus classes online for the remainder of the semester out of an abundance of caution for the coronavirus situation.

In a letter sent to students Thursday evening, and posted to the college’s website, St. Clair President Patti France announced details of the plan which will take effect March 23rd, 2020:

At this time, the Windsor-Essex County/Chatham-Kent Health Units continue to report that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our local area, and that the overall risk remains low for local residents and our campus communities. We understand that there is significant concern now that the World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Colleges have engaged discussions with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities regarding next steps and we are continuing to follow the advice of our health professionals and are in collaboration with the other 23 Ontario colleges. Information is evolving quickly and College planning will react accordingly, placing the health and safety of our staff and students at the forefront.

St. Clair’s administration – in consultation with the provincial government – is developing plans for the possible suspension of on-campus classes. Special exceptions may be necessary for labs and clinical settings. Changes to placements will be communicated by your program Chair and/or Coordinator. St. Clair College is putting in place the necessary tools to enable additional online education to allow the majority of our courses to continue remotely.

More details about the specifics of on-line learning, on a course by course basis, will be forthcoming from School Chairs and individual professors. Look for those detailed messages next week (Break Week) as the current planning is put into practice.

In an attempt to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a means of protecting both its students and staff, St. Clair College will implement these measures as of March 23, 2020 (when classes were set to resume after the March Break week).

St. Clair College has developed an FAQ site to disseminate information which can be found on our website at www.stclaircollege.ca/health-centre/coronavirus/faq.

Students departing for March Break: As you depart the College on Friday, March 13, it is important that you take all of your textbooks, notebooks and other learning materials home with you, so that you have all required resources at-hand when the on-line delivery is launched on March 23.

A special message to international students: The College is communicating regularly with both provincial and federal officials to advocate that this interruption of the academic year will not adversely affect the status of visas. Updates on this topic will be provided by the College via its main website, and some may be sent directly to international students via email.

St. Clair College, as always, is committed to the well-being of the communities of Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent. It is in that spirit that it is implementing these measures to keep students, staff and citizens safe and healthy.

The health of our students and staff is of paramount concern to the College. In this time of uncertainty, this alternative educational format is the best way of safeguarding that. We encourage you to check the website frequently as information is developing quickly and the College’s position may change. We look forward to a time in the not-too-distant future when we may all gather again, in person, to collectively pursue educational excellence.

Patti France
President

Students are being asked to take all of their supplies and possessions home when leaving the campuses on Friday.

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