Field Placement Update during COVID-19

Last update:  OCTOBER 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic may continue to have an impact on student placements, many placement opportunities may still be suspended at various agencies, while others have implemented strict COVID-19 protocols, including COVID-19 vaccination mandates/policies, in order to continue offering services within our communities.

In addition, various services through which students normally obtain pre-placement documents may be suspended or are experiencing longer than normal wait times.

With these restrictions in mind, PPL has updated the status of each of our field placement offerings in the list below.

Please note:

  • Students are required to confirm and follow their agency's COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate policies in order to attend placements in person.  In many cases, agencies will require that the students are double vaccinated against COIVD-19 in order to attend onsite.
    Please ensure, if your program requires you to research and secure your own placement, that you find out the agency's policy and ensure you can meet their requirements.

  • Students may wish to defer their placement due to challenges presented during the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you wish to defer, please send an email to pplplacements@durhamcollege.ca to discuss your specific course options should you choose to defer your placement to an upcoming term.

Click Program Title to View Field Placement Options:

  • Onsite (in-agency), Remote and Blended format options are available.  These options will require pre-placement documentation to be submitted according to the term's deadline dates.
  • Students are required to research and secure their own placements in this program.
  • Remote placements can be secured at agencies anywhere in Canada, providing the agency is willing to support this option and can meet the learning objectives and supervision requirements for the placement.
  • Onsite (in-agency), Remote and Blended format options are available.  These options will require pre-placement documentation to be submitted according to the term's deadline dates.
  • Students are required to research and secure their own placements in this program.
  • Remote placements can be secured at agencies anywhere in Canada, providing the agency is willing to support this option and can meet the learning objectives and supervision requirements for the placement.

Option 1: 

  • Onsite (in-agency), Remote and Blended format options are available.  These options will require pre-placement documentation to be submitted according to the term's deadline dates.
  • Students are required to research and secure their own placements in this program.
  • Remote placements can be secured at agencies anywhere in Canada, providing the agency is willing to support this option and can meet the learning objectives and supervision requirements for the placement.

Option 2: HR Capstone Project - HCAP 6250  is an alternative to the field placement course.  Students may register and pay for this class online. 

 

    • This is an online course delivery.  There will be no in-agency observations required, and therefore, no paperwork to submit.
    • Students may register and pay for this class online. 
    • Click this link to take you to the course page to register:  Observing the Young Child CHLD 1383

Please be advised that students may find it challenging to secure employment where the employer has concerns about hiring staff who have not completed any placements in a practical setting. Students should take this into consideration when making the decision whether to do an in-person or online placement. 

If students wish to defer their placement(s), please contact the PPL Student Advisor, Kelly McPhate to discuss your course options.

 

Students interested in any of these placement options must follow the "7 Steps Toward Placement" instructions on the PPL Field Placement Page  and meet the posted deadlines for activation and/or paperwork submission.

NOTE:  Even if you are doing a strictly online course for the field placement - you must follow the Activation instructions on the PPL Field Placement Page The Placement Officer will conduct a prerequisite/GPA audit to determine your eligibility, and permission to register will be granted only when that has been completed.  

Option 1:  Onsite (in-agency)

  • This option will require pre-placement documentation to be submitted according to the term's deadline dates on the PPL Field Placement Page.
  • Students must have completed the required prerequisite courses in order to be approved to register for this course.

Option 2: Online Course

  • This is an online course.  There will be no in-agency hours required, and therefore, no paperwork to submit.
  • All course work will be completed and submitted online.
  • Students must have completed the required prerequisite courses in order to be approved to register for this course.
  • It is very important to remember that some employers may have concerns about hiring students who have not completed any of their placements in a practical setting. Please consider this carefully when making decisions about online versus in-agency placements. If you would like to defer your placement, please email the PPL Student Advisor, Kelly McPhate, to discuss your options.

      Important:  

      The College of ECE released a policy statement about their expectations for field placements.  The statement outlines how critical field placements are to ECE education and defines what a placement is.  As a result of this policy statement, we plan on returning to full, normal field placements as soon as it is feasible to do so.  When we return to full-placements, the alternative courses will cease being offered. (potentially as early as Spring 2022)

      Please note that if the College of ECE requires the Centre for Professional and Part-time Learning to cease offering placement course alternatives, this course will be cancelled and students refunded.  Should this happen, students may not have the time needed to transfer to an in-person placement in the same semester.  Therefore, we recommend in-person placements over online courses.

      Additionally, while the College’s Vaccination Policy only applies to students who come to the College Campus, please be aware that students will be required to follow the vaccination policy of whatever daycare organization they are placed in.  (Many agencies will require students be double vaccinated against COVID-19)  Students will not be permitted to refuse placement location based on vaccination policy.

      ECRC PLACEMENT 1 OPTIONS:

      The first placement is hosted by Seneca College.  They are offering the two options below.  These options do not require the submission of paperwork, however, students interested in this option must follow the activation instructions on the PPL Field Placement page in order to gain permission to register.

      Remote or In Person Options

      • Remote placement means they are actually shadowing/doing work alongside an RC in a real childcare setting, but they connect with this RC remotely using Zoom or phone, etc., They are not permitted to attend on-site in the childcare setting if this option is chosen.
      • In Person would be for students that are in fact permitted on-site to complete their placement.  
      • Both of these options require pre-placement paperwork to be submitted by the deadlines posted on the Field Placement Page.
      • Students are required to research and secure their own placements.

      Online Course Option

      • Students that choose this option will complete a ‘fictional’ placement.  Fictional placement means they will not work alongside any RC. Instead of remotely participating in a real childcare setting, they will instead watch YouTube videos recorded in a childcare setting and complete their assignments based on their observations of these videos. Additionally, each student will be responsible to reach out to an RC to volunteer to take part in information interview(s) over the phone or using Zoom, so the student can learn from this real RC about their professional role by way of asking questions.
      • This option does not require the submission of pre-placement paperwork, however, all students must follow the activation instructions on the Field Placement Page in order to be approved to register for this course option.

         

        ECRC PLACEMENT 2 OPTIONS:

        The second placement is hosted by Conestoga College.

        In Person Option

        • Onsite (in-agency) is the only approved format for this placement.
        • This option will require activation and pre-placement documentation to be submitted according to the term's deadline dates.
        • Students are required to research and secure their own placements.

        Remote Option

        • If the student is not able to secure an in person placement, they can complete a Remote placement.  This means they are actually shadowing/doing work alongside an RC in a real childcare setting, but they connect with this RC remotely using Zoom or phone, etc., They are not permitted to attend on-site in the childcare setting if this option is chosen.
        • This option will require activation and pre-placement documentation to be submitted according to the term's deadline dates.
        • Students are required to research and secure their own placements.

        If students wish to defer their placement(s), please contact the PPL Student Advisor, Kelly McPhate to discuss your course options.

        In Person or Remote

        • Onsite (in-agency) and remote options are available.
        • Both of these options will require activation and pre-placement documentation to be submitted according to the term's deadline dates.
        • Students are required to research and secure their own placements in this program.
        • Remote placements can be secured at agencies anywhere in Canada, providing the agency is willing to support this option and can meet the learning objectives and supervision requirements for each placement.

        Alternative to Placement Project in 2 formats

        • These options do not require the submission of paperwork, however, students interested in this option must follow the activation instructions on the PPL Field Placement page in order to gain permission to register for this course.
            1. Students can support a family member or friend in the community
            2. Online course - Weekly assignments/videos/tasks/simulations

          Mental Health Nursing Practicum:

          In-Person, Remote or Blended

          • These options may be available with community agency partners (ie: LTC, Correctional Services, Community Mental Health agencies, hospices etc.) Hospital placements are in person placements only.

          Mental Health Nursing Capstone

          • This online course will include a series of applied learning activities/assignments to help consolidate learning across the program. No agency hours will be required, therefore, no paperwork to submit.

          PLAR

          • A PLAR challenge may be an option for students with current industry relevant experience – please contact plar@durhamcollege.ca for details and eligibility requirements and to register for the PLAR challenge.

          Perinatal/Obstetrics Nursing Practicum:

          In Person

          • Onsite (in-hospital) practicums may be available with hospitals willing and able to accommodate students at this time.  Remote or Blended placements are not available for this program's practicum.

          PLAR

          • The PLAR challenge may be an option for students with current industry relevant experience – please contact plar@durhamcollege.ca for details and eligibility requirements.

           

          NOTE:

          • In-hospital placements must be secured by the PPL Placement Officer. Unfortunately, PPL is currently experiencing extensive wait times for in-hospital opportunities to become available.
          • Students who have had placement requests deferred from previous terms will have requests prioritized, should in-hospital placements become available. 
          • New requests will placed in order of receipt, however, those requests could be deferred to future semesters based on placement availability.
          • For mental health nursing placements, opportunities with community agencies may be possible should students wish to identify and secure a placement themselves. Placement opportunities secured by students, must be with a community agency (e.g.: long-term care homes, correctional services, community mental health agencies, hospices, etc).
          • Students are not permitted to contact hospitals to arrange their own placement opportunities. 

          In Person Option:

          • Onsite (in-agency) and remote options are available.  These options will require pre-placement documentation to be submitted according to the term's deadline dates.
          • Students are required to research and secure their own placements.

          Remote Option:

          • Remote placements can be secured at agencies anywhere in Canada, providing the agency is willing to support this option and can meet the learning objectives and supervision requirements for each placement.
          • Students are required to research and secure their own placements.

          Alternative (online) Option:

          • Alternative (online) option is also available for students unable to arrange a remote or in person field placement. No paperwork is required for this option.
          • Students are required to research and secure their own placements.
            • Onsite (in-agency) placement option only.
            • These placements will require pre-placement documentation to be submitted according to the term's deadline dates.
            • Students are required to research and secure their own placements in this program.

            In Person, Remote & Blended Options:

            • All of these options will require pre-placement documentation to be submitted according to the term's deadline dates.
            • Students are required to research and secure their own placements in this program.
            • Remote placements can be secured at agencies anywhere in Canada, providing the agency is willing to support this option and can meet the learning objectives and supervision requirements for each placement.

              In Person, Remote & Blended Options:

              • All of these options will require pre-placement documentation to be submitted according to the term's deadline dates.
              • Students are required to research and secure their own placements in this program.
              • Remote placements can be secured at agencies anywhere in Canada, providing the agency is willing to support this option and can meet the learning objectives and supervision requirements for each placement.

              Please Note:

              • Students wishing to do a remote or blended placement in the above approved programs are required to research and secure their own placement opportunities, as well as ensure a suitable workspace at home is available with access to a computer, Internet and a quiet, interruption-free environment.  In addition, the agency may stipulate further requirements based on the type of work being completed in a student’s home.
              • Should a placement agency be willing to provide an in-person/in-agency opportunity, the student must submit pre-placement paperwork requirements, in addition to COVID-19 paperwork required by Durham College/PPL. This paperwork will be available in the DC Connect Pre-Placement modules (activation required).
              • Students must also follow the COVID-19 Vaccination mandate for their agency, if applicable, in order to attend the agency site in person.
              • Students may wish to defer their placement due to challenges presented during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please contact PPL's Student Advisor, Kelly McPhate, to discuss your specific course options should you choose to defer your placement to an upcoming term.

              For activation instructions and other placement details, please visit the PPL Field Placement Webpage.