St. Clair College is immediately suspending its on-campus labs and clinics until further notice, including post-secondary, apprenticeship, English for Academic Purposes and Continuing Education.
This move follows the College’s announcement Friday that it would move from face-to-face classes to online lectures, through to April 17.
The additional measures were necessitated as the impact of COVID-19 changed significantly over the last 24 hours, with the Government of Canada escalating the level of risk to a Level 3 or 4.
The College’s main priority is to keep our staff and students safe.
The College’s Senior Management Team has been meeting daily to update the COVID-19 plan as circumstances change.
St. Clair College is committed to ensuring these plans do not jeopardize our students’ ability to complete their academic semester. The academic leadership team continues to review and prepare academic continuity and contingency plans.
Student support services such as financial aid, registration, admissions, library, counseling, accessibility, tutoring and accommodations will continue to be provided virtually, by telephone or by appointment only. Computer labs will remain open for students who do not have access to a computer. But in an effort to practice social distancing, and not overcrowd the labs, as suggested by the Government of Canada, appointments are being booked for computer lab use.
Out of a concern for the well-being of our College community, effective immediately, we are also heeding a recommendation by the Public Health Agency of Canada, mandating a 14-day self-isolation period for staff and students who return to Canada after traveling abroad, including any border crossings to Michigan.
The College is also limiting visitors to its campuses, in South Windsor, downtown and in Chatham. Any visitors required to attend the college will have to sign in with security.
The College has also developed a Building Access Plan for its Windsor campuses and its Chatham campus. The main buildings on the Windsor and Chatham campuses will remain open, but all other buildings will be closed. For further information, please refer to this link on the College website: https://www.stclaircollege.ca/sites/default/files/inline-files/coronavirus/COVID19-Bldg-Access-Plan.pdf
To assist our international students, the Federal Government published via Twitter on Friday, March 13, 2020 the following announcement:
"International students in Canada, take note: courses of study being delivered online on an exceptional basis due to #COVID19 will not affect Post-Graduation Work Permit Program eligibility for a post-graduation work permit. @univcan @CollegeCan"
St. Clair College continues to exercise the greatest due diligence for the safety and well-being of our students and staff, while preserving to the best of our ability, the continuity and quality of teaching and learning.
Please continue to see further updates on the college website at https://www.stclaircollege.ca/health-centre/coronavirus.