I want to provide insight on what today’s government announcement regarding temporary provincial restrictions and closures means for SLC students.
As everyone knows, we had previously adjusted our plans for January, reducing planned activity on our campuses, details of those plans can be found here. With today’s announcement, I can confirm that little else will change, as we were already positioned to approach the winter term in a cautious and scaled-back manner. This means that:
- Any on-campus labs or workshops planned to be in person will still be delivered in person
- Campus food services will be available when classes resume, operating at reduced hours
- Study space for independent, socially distanced work between on-campus labs will be available
- Space will also be available for students who have on-line or alternative delivery classes closely followed by a lab, in recognition of the fact there may not be adequate travel time to do a class off-campus, then make it to an in-person lab
- Campus services remain accessible, however some will be virtual/remote until the end of the month – a list of services for students can be found here
There are a few minor changes we want our students to be aware of:
- Gym and work-out areas for public use on campus are closed until the province says they can re-open
- Cafeteria spaces will have seating reduced to align with provincial directives regarding food establishments
I will ask our students for patience and respect during this time, as our teams will be working hard to once again adjust while making sure student needs are supported. Those coming to campus are asked to please not move furniture or ignore posted signage about proper use of any spaces, as the set-up and spacing is intentional to protect your health and that of our shared community. I encourage anyone who doesn’t need to, to avoid coming to campus until the restrictions are lifted.
Please remember to upload your proof of vaccination in SLC SAFE, stay connected via URSLC, slc.me, and College social media accounts. If you haven’t had your booster dose yet, please book that as soon as you are eligible, and observe public health safety guidelines. Let’s all do our part to reduce strain on healthcare resources and teams.
Glenn Vollebregt (He/Him)
President and CEO
St. Lawrence College