Staying Safe: Sheridan’s Approach to Winter 2022
Once again, we are facing uncertainty as new concerns over the Omicron variant raise questions for public health experts, governments and postsecondary institutions like Sheridan. As we have throughout the pandemic, we are leading with health, safety, and compassion and following the guidance of our public health leaders. Significant work has been done over the last 18 months with regard to cleaning, ventilation and airflow to bring in new products and innovative technologies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our buildings. Even with the variant, we still feel confident that our classrooms will be safe for those whose programs require face-to-face learning.
For Winter 2022, our planning was guided by a set of principles that included contingency measures to allow us to shift to alternate modes of delivery if necessary. As a result of the rising cases of COVID-19 and the guidance we have received from public health, the Winter 2022 start date will remain January 10, 2022, however most courses will be delivered remotely. We expect to return to campus on January 24, 2022. There are a few exceptions where in-person learning will begin on January 10, including some practical labs and health care related programs. Students in those programs will receive more information in the coming days.
Co-op and internship preparation courses are scheduled to be virtual for the entire winter term. Winter co-op and internships work-terms are expected to proceed as scheduled, provided they have been previously approved by the co-op office and are in accordance with public health guidelines.
As always, this is subject to change should employers or supervisors change their workplaces from in-person to remote or vice versa. If students are uncomfortable with their work-term arrangement due to COVID-19, they can contact the co-op office. Field and clinical placements students should confirm plans with their instructor or field placement coordinator.
Services for students and employees
In January, student services and supports will be available virtually until January 24 including the Centre for Student Success, international student services, libraries, tutoring, financial services and the Office of the Registrar. The Student Health Centres will continue to provide primary health care services virtually or in-person. Beginning January 4, bookstores at all three campuses will have curbside pick-up and the Davis bookstore will be open for in-person shopping to accommodate a higher number of in-person classes. Tim Hortons at the Davis campus will be open on January 10 and all other food outlets, including those at Trafalgar and HMC, will open January 24. Xerox will accept online orders, though the in-person counter will be closed until January 24. IT services will be available virtually and for curbside pickup.
Our direction for employees is driven by the return to in-person instruction for students. As such, we are asking employees who can work remotely to do so until January 24.
The success we’ve had in our virtual and in-person classes is wholly the result of an incredible dedication from our community to the success and well-being of our students. We continue to demonstrate kindness and compassion as we move through the pandemic together.
Sheridan’s Return to Campus page is the primary resource for information regarding Sheridan’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and procedures for the return to campus.
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