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St. Clair College To Delay The Start Of The Fall Semester

Wednesday June 3rd, 2020, 12:09pm

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St. Clair College will delay the start of its fall semester by two weeks, with classes commencing Monday, September 21st.  Classes will run for 13 weeks.

The college says that the move allows staff enough time to prepare for the possibility of a blended delivery system of both online and in-person classes and labs.

“Our number one priority is safety and, as such, the College must ensure that we follow the direction of public health authorities and acquire the appropriate approvals for reopening College campuses when it is safe to do so,” said Waseem Habash, Vice President, Academic.

College President Patti France said the College is attempting to arrange a certain degree of on-campus, in-person attendance for students during the Fall semester, such as the labs, workshops and clinics associated with those courses that require it.

The college does say that if it’s determined that an on-campus presence would pose an unmanageable degree of risk, then they will have to operate strictly on-line during the Fall and hope that the New Year – and the Winter semester – will dawn pandemic-free.

Habash said there may be a few programs within the School of Health Sciences, which are governed by accreditation bodies that may require a start date of September 8th to achieve a full 15-week semester for practical skills.

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