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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As a public educational institution, our primary focus during the COVID-19 outbreak is the health and safety of the communities that we serve, and to safely maintain the teaching and learning capacity of our college during the outbreak.



Important COVID-19 Updates for the Fleming College Community

Update: April 3, 2020

This message is sent on behalf of President Maureen Adamson

I continue to be amazed by the creativity, generosity and resilience of our Fleming community as we adapt to learning and working together in the new context of COVID-19. We can’t understate the importance of what we have done together. As our Premier emphasized earlier today, the measures we have taken have saved lives.

We continue to adjust our programs and support services to provide every opportunity for students to learn and receive the guidance and support they deserve as we move forward in these very unique circumstances.

As we announced earlier, the Spring semester will now begin on May 19 in online or alternative delivery only. Our faculty, Chairs and Deans have worked together to assess all programs and create opportunities to run as many programs as possible in the new format. A complete list of Spring semester offerings has been posted to our website. Students returning for the Spring semester will be contacted by their faculty or program coordinators shortly with more information on the upcoming semester. Please be reminded that placements remain under suspension until further notice. There may be exceptions for co-op placements where the workplace is still operating. Students will hear from their faculty or program coordinator closer to the start of the semester regarding these.

The academic schedule for the coming months has changed. A revised version has been posted. Some of the key dates that have changed include:

  • April 17, 2020
    Tuition Fees: Spring Term Final Payment Due – All domestic students
  • May 1, 2020
    Tuition Fees: Spring Term Due Date – All returning international students
  • May 1, 2020
    Final Date to Withdraw from a course of less than eight weeks duration (delivered in second half of term) and receive a ‘W’ designation on Academic Record
  • May 1, 2020
    Final Date to Withdraw from a course of more than seven weeks and receive a ‘W’ designation on Academic Record

Unfortunately, our Convocation ceremonies scheduled for May and June must be re-scheduled. Graduating students will receive their credentials in June as planned. This is a tough decision knowing how much this means to students and their families. We are exploring alternatives and will communicate new plans in the near future.

Some students have asked about a refund for the Winter semester. We are focused on providing the same level of teaching and support to students including access to faculty, learning supports and counselling services. We are working to ensure that all graduating students will achieve the necessary learning outcomes for each program. With this in mind, we will not be offering refunds for the winter semester. Partial refunds for services no longer available or relevant, such as parking, residence and lockers, will be issued on a prorated basis as previously announced. In addition, depending on the program of study, students may be eligible for a refund on program fees where the event or service did not happen (e.g. camps or trips).

We recognize that many students will be facing financial uncertainty as a result of COVID-19. To assist those in need, we have established an emergency support fund. The College is re-allocating funds from other sources and soliciting donations from the public. Beginning next week, students will be able to apply for support through our website.

For any questions that students have, they can contact our Student Help Line,  available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 1-866-341-3485 or by email at studenthelpline@flemingcollege.ca.

I am incredibly proud of the efforts being made by our employees, students and alumni in support of our community. We have made several donations of gloves, masks and other protective equipment to hospitals and long-term care facilities in Peterborough, Lindsay and Haliburton. We have also made a donation of food to the emergency homeless shelter that has been set up at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre and, where possible, we are making our residences available to front line health care providers.

There are hundreds of Fleming graduates working on the front lines of this crisis. Nurses, Personal Support Workers, first responders and so many others providing support to those in need in our communities. Their efforts are nothing short of heroic and we salute them.

I urge all of you to continue to practice physical distancing and abide by all recommendations provided by government and public health units across our region.

Stay safe and stay strong.

Sincerely,
Maureen Adamson
President, Fleming College


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Protocols

We have established the following protocols for students and employees. We will monitor and adjust these protocols as the situation changes.

Students Feeling Ill or Presenting Symptoms

Students should contact their doctor, local public health unit or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000).

Students who are feeling unwell should stay home, avoid close contact with others and contact your faculty members who will work with you to ensure your continued academic success.

Employees Feeling Ill or Presenting Symptoms

Employees feeling ill should seek medical advice from their doctor or the local public health unit, stay at home and avoid close contact with others. Employees should contact their manager to advise them of their status.

College-Sanctioned Travel

As previously announced, we have suspended all academic or work-related travel outside Canada for faculty, staff and students until further notice.

Personal Travel

The Government of Canada has issued an Official Global Travel Advisory. Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.

If you proceed with personal travel outside Canada, you are required, upon your return, to do the following:

On-Campus Events and Conferences

All on-campus events and conferences are cancelled until further notice.

As a general guideline, it is best to avoid any situation where there is close personal contact for an extended period of time.

Peterborough Transit

Peterborough Transit is making scheduling changes in response to changing service level requirements. As of Thursday March 19, 2020, Trent and Fleming Transit services are cancelled until further notice. We ask that you check Twitter, My Beat and our website or contact customer service directly for updates as the situation continues to change.


Health

The World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic on March 11, 2020.

Peterborough

PRHC Update as of March 16, 2020;

If you suspect you might have COVID-19, do not come to the PRHC Emergency Department:

  1. Complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment
  2. Based on the results of your self-assessment, contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or Peterborough Public Health at 705-743-1000 ext. 401
  3. If your symptoms are severe, call 911 and alert the dispatcher to your travel history and symptoms

Travel

Personal Travel

The Government of Canada has issued an Official Global Travel Advisory. Avoid non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice.

If you proceed with personal travel outside Canada, you are required, upon your return, to do the following:

  • Self-isolate yourself at home for 14 days after your departure from the affected area
  • Call your local Health unit within 24 hours of arrival in Canada

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