Sheridan planning for enhanced re-opening in September
Based on those signals from the provincial government, Sheridan is optimistic about what this means for learning and teaching in the fall. We are now re-assessing what is possible for September in terms of in-person classes and an enriched on-campus experience for our students. Colleges and universities are anticipating more detailed direction from the province and local public health units in the next few weeks.
We are very excited to now more rapidly plan for how we can safely re-open campus services like collaborative learning spaces for students to work and learn together, libraries, studios, labs, bookstores, gyms and food services.
In addition, we are considering what this means for our employees (student-facing and non-student facing) as we determine what services will be provided virtually and on-campus.
Virtual Classes and Support
At Sheridan we aim to ensure that our students have as much information and certainty as possible throughout the pandemic. Recognizing that many students have already made housing and transportation plans for the fall, there will continue to be a balance between virtual and in-person learning and services. This includes online academic and mental health support as well as the range of administrative and support services that have been effectively provided throughout the last 18 months.
Health and Safety
As we have throughout the pandemic, Sheridan will continue to deliver the highest academic quality with a laser focus on the health and safety of our community.
We are pleased to announce that in the coming weeks Sheridan is participating in a pilot program to provide rapid antigen testing. The outcome of this initiative will inform how we continue to screen asymptomatic individuals in the fall.
Provincial guidelines will mean that masks and face coverings will be required indoors in addition to any continued restrictions from local public health units.
A recent survey of our students indicated that 90% plan to be vaccinated by the fall. We strongly encourage our community members to follow public health recommendations about vaccination, which continue to say that vaccination is one of the most effective ways to protect ourselves and our communities against COVID-19.
Since May 2021, Sheridan is proud to have hosted a vaccine clinic for all students, employees and community members at the Davis Campus in Brampton. This clinic supports the largest vaccination effort in Canadian history and is helping ensure our community members have access to vaccines.
Further details about in-person courses and services will be available in the coming weeks.
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