COVID-19 Update: Limited number of students returning to campus to complete hands-on training graduation requirements

Colleges and Universities Minister Ross Romano announced today a framework for reopening the post-secondary sector in Ontario. This framework will see some in-person classes resuming in July in a range of college programs requiring hands-on work to fulfil program requirements.

Returning in July for the pilot framework are “stranded students” who need to finish outstanding practical requirements that are currently preventing them from graduating or completing their semester, resulting from the COVID-19 shutdown of face-to-face activity.

The transition to remote learning was very successful due to the dedication and tremendous efforts of faculty and staff. With a focus on academic continuity, DC implemented innovative practices to ensure students continued to receive high-quality programs, and most were able to complete their semester.

In the coming days, impacted students will receive further communication directly from their academic school office, providing specific details and information on start dates and timetables.

Please be assured that several health and safety protocols will be in place, including:

  • A limited number of students per learning environment.
  • Strict physical distancing requirements.
  • Required use of personal protective equipment where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Campus entry limited to students and faculty who are scheduled for on-site programming and essential employees only.
  • Enhanced screening protocols before coming onto campus.
  • Increased cleaning and disinfection protocols implemented across all campuses.
  • The continued closure of common spaces.
  • Virtual access to student services.
  • Food service will not be available on campus.

Additionally, it is expected that students and employees attend on-campus only during scheduled programming times and do not congregate in groups in order to respect the social distancing protocol.

DC is very pleased to see these students and employees return to campus and will continue to put the well-being and safety of our campus community at the forefront of our decisions as we carefully make this transition back to campus.

For up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and campus operations, please visit www.durhamcollege.ca/coronavirus.