Fall 2020 Field Placement Update

Updated: June 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on student placements, many placement opportunities are still suspended at various agencies, while others have implemented strict COVID-19 protocols in order to continue offering services within our communities.

In addition, various services through which students normally obtain pre-placement documents are still 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: 

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• Accounting Diploma field Placement
  • Onsite (in-agency) and virtual options are available.
• Human Resources Diploma Placement
  • Onsite (in-agency) and virtual options are available.
• HURM Graduate Certificate Placement
  • Onsite (in-agency) and virtual options are available.
  • Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate (HURM) students have the option to take the HR Capstone Project - HCAP 6250 course as an alternative to the field placement course
• Early Childhood Education Diploma Field Placement 1 & 2
  • We continue to investigate options for Fall 2020 placements and/or available alternatives.  Further information will be communicated when available.
  • Please send an email to pplplacements@durhamcollege.ca identifying your interest in this program's field placements. Include your ID number and placement level in your message.
• Observing the Young Child
  • We continue to investigate options for Fall 2020 placements and/or available alternatives.  Further information will be communicated when available.
• Early Childhood Education Diploma Field Placement 3
  • ECE FP3 Alternative Option - Hybrid Delivery Online
  • Students interested in this option must email their request including Name and Student ID number to pplplacements@durhamcollege.ca
COVID-19 Placement Alternative Course Description: In this placement alternative, students continue to apply their knowledge and skills working with children and families in a online, mentored environment. Students will engage with a variety of videos, discussions and assignments that will allow them to meet the required learning outcomes of the typical Field Placement.
• Healthcare / Nursing Field Placements
  • We continue to investigate options for Fall 2020 placements and/or available alternatives.  Further information will be communicated when available.

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.
  • For Fall 2020, students who have had placement requests deferred from previous terms will have requests prioritized, should in-hospital placements become available.  New requests will not be accepted until Winter 2021.
  • For mental health nursing and palliative care placements, placements 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).  Onsite (in-person) and virtual placements will be supported.

Note that healthcare placements are Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)-eligible.  More information about the PLAR process can be located at: https://durhamcollege.ca/admissions/prior-learning-assessment-and-recognition-plar

• Library Technician Diploma Field Placements
  • Onsite (in-agency) and virtual options may be available.
  • Please send an email to pplplacements@durhamcollege.ca identifying your interest in this program's field placements.  You will be advised of next steps by the placement officer.
• Retirement Communities Management Graduate Certificate Field Placement
  • This program's field placements will not be available during the Fall 2020 semester.
• Social Service Worker Diploma Field Placement 1, 2 & 3
  • Onsite (in-agency) and virtual options are available.
• Victimology Graduate Certificate Field Placement
  • We continue to investigate options for Fall 2020 placements and/or available alternatives.  Further information will be communicated when available.

Please Note:

  • Students wishing to do a virtual 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 follow the agency's pre-placement paperwork requirements, in addition to COVID-19 paperwork required by Durham College/PPL. This paperwork will be available in the Fall 2020 DC Connect Pre-Placement modules (activation required – see below).

Activation Instructions & Paperwork Deadlines:

PAPERWORK SUBMISSION DEADLINES

FALL 2020

Paperwork Submission/Activation OPENS

July 6, 2020

Paperwork Submission/Activation CLOSES

August 20, 2020

Paperwork Submission Deadline (DC Connect only)

August 24, 2020

TERM START & END DATES

September 8 – December 15, 2020
*Students will not begin placement hours before September 8th.

 

FIELD PLACEMENT MODULE ACTIVATION INSTRUCTIONS:

All students wishing to apply for a field placement, must first request to be activated in their program’s Pre-Placement Activation Module in order to submit the required documentation by the posted deadline.

Please complete the following steps below in order to request activation for DC Connect access only.  (Students will not be required to submit any paperwork to Synergy Gateway for the Fall 2020 placements in PPL due to Covid-19 restrictions)

Email pplplacements@durhamcollege.ca and provide the following information:

  1. First & Last Name
  2. Student ID Number
  3. Program Name
  4. Placement level (if applicable) eg: Level 1, 2 or 3

NOTES

  • Please submit your request only once.
  • Students will be required to upload their program’s field placement paperwork in the DC Connect Placement Application module.
  • Students are required to monitor their dcmail.ca email account during the application process and throughout placement, as placement correspondence will only be sent to the student’s dcmail.ca address.  Personal email addresses will not be used.