Sheridan suspends in-person classes to adjust curriculum for alternate modes of delivery amid COVID-19 pandemic
Sheridan College announced Friday it will suspend its classes for a one-week period from March 16-20 inclusive, while the college plans to adjust curriculum for alternate modes of delivery due to COVID-19 concerns.
Beginning on March 23, learning will resume in alternate formats, with the intent to have students finish the winter term on schedule. Effective today, all Sheridan events and gatherings will be cancelled until the end of the winter term.
“Our goal is to contribute to the social distancing efforts to limit transmission of the virus,” says Dr. Janet Morrison, Sheridan’s President and Vice Chancellor. “The health and wellbeing of our community is always our top priority. We have been actively monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic since early January and have made decisions based on the best guidance available from federal, provincial and municipal health authorities. While the risk to Canadians still remains low, we understand it is time for Sheridan to pivot.”
Sheridan campuses, buildings, residences and libraries will continue to remain open with security on site.
“Given the prominence of hands-on learning here at Sheridan, we recognize that it will not be possible to move to a fully online mode of course delivery,” explains Dr. Morrison. “Some students will need to come to campus to access libraries, services, studios and labs. The potential exists for access to be staggered and in smaller numbers. We are working to finalize these details.”
Sheridan will continue to implement preventative measures as recommended by public health agencies as well as its own health and hygiene protocols.
Members of the community are asked to visit sheridancollege.ca/coronavirus for up to date information, including Frequently Asked Questions.
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