College cancels in-person classes, takes instruction online
With only five weeks left in the winter semester, Angela Stukator, dean of Haliburton School of Art + Design said she’s optimistic that alternate forms of course delivery will allow students to continue to learn, while also protecting the health and safety of the school community.
Fleming College has suspended its classes until Monday, March 23, at which time they are to resume either online or using other means. The action was taken to address the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to travel restrictions, enhanced health-care screening, and multiple cancellations of programming and events across the country.
While the initial announcement on Friday had been to keep the buildings open, on Sunday Fleming College revised that statement, advising staff to gather the items they need from campus facilities so they can work from home.
“College buildings will be closed with limited access to students and employees for the period from March 16 to April 3 unless otherwise notified. Students and employees will have limited access to the buildings from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will be required to sign in and out starting March 17,” a statement on the college’s website says.
Stukator said Fleming College had been proactive and timely in responding to student and staff concerns about the virus.
In a press release issued by the college, president Maureen Adamson said switching to online classes was a precaution to maintain a healthy community.
“While we recognize that these actions will create inconveniences, Fleming is focused on student success and safety of all. We thank everyone for your patience, understanding and collective efforts,” she said.
The college is keeping updated information on its COVID-19 response at flemingcollege.ca/covid19.