As the province begins to carefully reopen, Ontario’s colleges are getting ready for the fall semester.
While COVID-19 has definitely changed the way colleges operate, promoting and supporting a safe environment for everyone who studies, works or visits college campuses continues to be the No. 1 priority. Colleges remain committed to providing safe environments for students and employees while ensuring learning continues. As always, colleges will continue to deliver a high-quality educational experience to all students and support their success in every way.
All 24 colleges continue to consult with health authorities and the provincial government and are putting appropriate health and safety measures in place to be ready for when students and employees can safely return to campus.
Since the onset of the pandemic, colleges have been focused on helping students and clients progress in their programs.
Ontario’s colleges are looking at every possible solution to ensure students and clients who must be on campus to fulfil program requirements can do so within provincial guidelines. Students who can utilize online resources will have the ability to take advantage of high-quality materials, instruction and services designed specifically for their programs.
In the coming weeks, each college will have a specific plan in place outlining details on the remote learning options, campus life and the standards to promote safety on campuses. These plans are being developed in consultation with public health authorities and the provincial government, along with college health and safety committees.
Among other things, elements of these plans will include guidelines for physical distancing, protocols for cleaning and rules for using personal protective equipment (PPE).
Working together in partnership with the government and health authorities, colleges will make sure programs are delivered in ways that are in the best interest of students, employees and everyone who visits college campuses.