Update: March 17, 2020, 9:50 AM
Centennial College Facilities Closing at noon today (Tuesday, March 17)
Dear Centennial College Student Community,
I find that each message I send contains increasingly heavy news and, perhaps, creates more questions than answers.
However, I hope you know that I care deeply for our community’s wellbeing and your academic success – and one of the best ways I know how to accomplish this is to be as communicative as possible and make decisions based on the advice of experts during these troubling times.
Which brings me to the point of this message.
Toronto’s medical officer recommended yesterday that venues that bring people together (e.g., restaurants, bars, clubs, and theatres) close and further statements have been made this morning to that effect. Dr. Eileen de Villa made this recommendation, based on the rise of cases in Ontario and lessons learned from other countries and because of the likelihood of community transmission (meaning COVID-19 is being shared between people who haven’t traveled abroad). For these reasons, social distancing is critical right now.
Because we are experiencing an unprecedented situation and “the time to act is now,” it is with a heavy, yet realistic, heart that I have decided to close all Centennial College facilities (except for the Student Residence and the Safety and Security department) as of Tuesday, March 17 at 12 noon and until further notice. We will reassess the situation on April 3, if not sooner.
Let me stress, however, that this is not a College closure.
Beginning on Monday, March 23, we will be “teaching at a distance” and underpinning that delivery with virtual services and teleworking operations. This will last (at least) until Sunday, April 5 when we will reassess our situation with regard to our in-class labs, clinical and field placements, and other face-to-face learning.
While learning at a distance will continue until at least the end of the semester, in regards to all other college operations the hope is to resume normal functions on Monday, April 6 to the extent possible, but it will be dependent on the public health context of COVID-19 at the time.
- All Centennial College campuses and learning sites (including libraries and computer labs – which were initially going to remain open) will be closed for the health and safety of our community and to help “flatten the curve” of COVID-19.
- “Learning at a distance” (for courses being in transition from classroom-based teaching and also regularly scheduled online courses) will resume as planned, beginning Monday, March 23 for the remainder of the academic term – which is currently Friday, April 17. We are committed to getting you through the Winter semester.
- Virtual student services, including success advising and student counselling and accessibility services, will also be available as of March 23, and contact information will be communicated by the end of the week.
- Co-op placements are being determined on an individual basis and very much with student safety in mind.
- In-class labs, clinical and field placements, and other face-to-face learning will be reassessed by Sunday, April 5 with semester recovery and completion plans being communicated once there is more certainty and clarity.
- The residence will remain open and residence students will be receiving more information from the Residence Life team in the near future.
More details regarding your academic courses, placements and co-op, a modified laptop borrowing program (we have ordered a large number of new laptops), and contact information for the multitude of services that will be offered virtually (including Success Advisors, Career and Co-op Advisors, International Advisors and Counsellors) will be circulated by the end of the week as teams finalize details. In addition, you can expect more clarity and detailed contact information to address your individual enquiries by the end of the week, as well. Please also review our website for the most current information.
I’m certain you still have many more questions – and I would, too.
Please know that my team and I are working around the clock to provide much more clarity for your needs and planning – but wanted to communicate this important decision for your health and safety quickly.
Thank you for the retweets, likes, and messages of support as I’ve appreciated them more than you know.
In times like these, we need to be kind, understanding and comfortable with uncertainty – you’ve demonstrated these qualities already and, because of that, I’m confident in the power of our community to move through this.
Dr. Craig Stephenson
President and CEO, Centennial College
Update: March 16, 2020, 3:15 PM
Facilities at the Eglinton Learning Site close Tuesday, March 17
The facilities at Centennial’s Eglinton Learning Site (124 Eglinton Avenue West) will be closed effective March 17 until April 5, at which time we will re-evaluate whether we are going to reopen the facilities or continue offering programs online (Teaching at a Distance). Courses offered through the Eglinton Learning Site will follow Centennial College’s guidelines of Teaching at a Distance guidelines, which will be finalized this week. Students may access any facilities that are available at Centennial’s five main campuses in Toronto. The College will continue to provide updated information on COVID-19 and changes to our operations on our website, and particularly through our Frequently Asked Questions.
Update: March 16, 2020, 2:00 PM
COVID-19 and Convocation Update
With the COVID-19 outbreak moving quickly, we want to assure you that our team continues to consider the health and safety of our community while we plan our Convocation ceremonies. We know you must have many questions and issues you need to resolve before you can finalize convocation planning for yourself, your family and friends. Rest assured we are working hard to clarify our plans for convocation and will update this webpage with more comprehensive information as decisions are made.
Travel from outside of Canada to Convocation:
Please consider when booking travel to ensure your travel arrangements are refundable should you become ill or we need to adjust or cancel Convocation dates.
In addition, under the March 14, 2020 Travel Health Advisory issued by the government of Canada, all travellers from outside Canada must be prepared to self-isolate for 14 days upon arriving here.
Please check back regularly as we will continue to keep you updated through this webpage and our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions.
Update: March 16, 2020, 1:25 PM
Centre for Academic English will be online beginning March 23
Beginning March 23, 2020, all tutoring with the Centre for Academic English will be online until further notice. To participate in online tutoring, you will need a laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and a headset. Online tutoring will be available Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm and Sunday from 1:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The schedule will open on Wednesday morning for students to book for the following week.
Book a session now. You will receive an email reminder before your appointment. This email will have the link and instructions to meet your tutor online. Please check your my.centennialcollege.ca email carefully.
If you have any issues or questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update: March 15, 2020, 7:00 PM
All Clinical and Field (unpaid) Placements Suspended - Effective Monday, March 16
A decision has been made to suspend all clinical and field (unpaid) placements effective Monday, March 16 until at least April 5, at which time we will re-evaluate. Our decision is based on the principles of community safety and to support our partners who may be overburdened during this unprecedented and challenging time.
The College is monitoring this evolving situation and will be reviewing and investigating completion options for field and clinical placements (unpaid). These will be communicated to students once determined. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work towards determining winter semester end dates.