Update: Tuesday March 24, 2020
Today, in the province of Ontario, we move into another phase of pandemic planning. As announced yesterday by the Government of Ontario, all organizations and businesses are encouraged to move activity online/virtual, with a number of exceptions that are deemed “essential services”.
We have reviewed our services at Brescia, resulting in the following key decisions:
- While residence is deemed an essential service, we know that some students have chosen to remain with us as opposed to those that require to remain on campus. To create the safest possible environment for those that cannot leave our community, we have required all other students to vacate residence by the provincial deadline of 11:59pm on Tuesday March 24th. We continue to work with all students who come forward with exceptional circumstances. If you have residence questions, please reach out to our Residence Manager (email@example.com).
- Effective immediately, enhanced social distancing measures have been put in place in residence and dining areas. Statistically, we know there is a greater probability that someone in our community will become ill with COVID-19—we want to minimize that risk and be ready to support if or when that occurs.
- All of our virtual and online support services will continue, and if anything, will be enhanced. Many of our learners are still engaged in completing their Fall/Winter courses and our faculty and staff are committed to support them through this. A new web-based call back form has been launched for students at: https://forms.bresciauc.ca/submityourquestion/.
- The University has made the decision to move our intersession, summer evening and summer day courses to an online format. Brescia is working to determine which of our planned courses can adjust to this new online delivery. There will be no location barriers for students participating in these courses. It’s anticipated a full list will be available by Monday March 30th. We know that many of our students use the summer period to either catch up on courses or pivot their area of studies. Our academic advisors are available to meet (virtually) with students to plan out their best course of action.
As we adjust to the new normal in our lives, what remains constant are the relationships we have developed with our students and their families. In these times, when some may turn inward, I’m reminded by the 10th legacy of Saint Angela Merici, “Never fail to render your neighbour the services that may depend on you.” We all have a part to play in supporting one-another and getting through this extraordinary time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who can my student contact if they have questions or concerns?
A: Brescia students should contact The Hive at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-858-5151 (Monday-Friday 10am-3pm). The Hive staff are trained to answer questions in all areas related to academic, registration, fees and programming; and are able to refer to departments as appropriate.
Q: Will Brescia be issuing Residence and Meal Plan credits for early check-out?
A: In light of Ontario’s move to essential students, we have revised our check out date to 11:59pm on Tuesday March 24, 2020. All students remaining in residence received a personal email. Any questions, please direct to email@example.com.
Q: My student is unable to leave residence due to travel restrictions. What will happen after March 31st?
A: Brescia’s residence and food services remain open and operational for those students who are unable to leave our community. We have adjusted some of the services, operating hours and guest policies to align with best practices being shared with our local health unit. For our international students who may have travel restrictions past the end of the winter session, we are committed to working with them for the duration of the period that they need to remain with us. Brescia will be offering on-campus accommodation for those students who need to stay through-out the summer. Information is posted under Summer Residence.
Q: For those students on campus, how are you addressing the COVID-19 situation?
A: Upon recommendation from the Middlesex-London Health Unit, we have implemented social distancing strategies within any of our common areas, including the Mercato dining facilities. We remain in contact with the public health organizations and will respond as directed throughout this uncertain time. Revised protocols and adjusted guest policies have been implemented within our residences and dining facilities.