COVID-19: Faculty Information

Last Updated: December 23, 2021

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WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2022

Academic Planning for Winter 2022

We have decided to delay the start of the winter semester by one week and begin the Winter semester with online delivery for 2 weeks. For students, the Winter semester will now begin on Monday, January 17 and the weeks of January 17 and January 24 will be delivered fully online. This is a proactive measure to help ensure the health and safety of our communities. It is our intention to return to campus on Monday, January 31 for hands-on and specialized courses with some continuation of online delivery where appropriate. We hope not to be online for the entire Winter term, however that is dependent upon how the pandemic evolves in the coming weeks. This deferral of the start of the semester is similar to what we did for the Winter 2021 semester. It allows more time for adjustments to curriculum and online delivery, as well as registration. The end of the semester will be extended one week to April 29, 2022.

Staff Returning to Work

Further to the President’s recent message, employees are expected to be working remotely unless their role is essential to serve students on-campus or maintain research, campus and residence operations. Although we have a remote work policy ready for implementation, we will defer roll-out and remain working primarily off-site until further notice.

Labour Relations

At the same time as we are experiencing a new pandemic wave, labour relations between the colleges and the faculty union are at a critical stage. A strike mandate vote was last held week and the faculty union members supported the mandate. Some type of work stoppage (which could take many forms such as rotating strikes or work to rule) is very likely anytime after Saturday, December 18. We have not been officially notified by the faculty union regarding what type of stoppage will occur or on what date. We will work to minimize the impact on our students and we are hopeful that the parties can find resolution to the outstanding issues. The college will continue to share updates via email.

International Travel

The federal government has advised that Canadians avoid travelling internationally over the holiday season. Employees are encouraged to avoid international travel and avoid the risk of infection along with any delays, isolation orders or other complications that could arise when returning. We want all employees to be available to support students well beyond the holiday break.

Vaccine Booster Shots

All staff and faculty are encouraged to make an appointment for a booster shot as soon as possible. Efforts are underway to increase availability across the province. Although many measures may be put in place by our health authorities, being fully vaccinated, including booster shots, remains one of the key safety precautions we can all undertake for our families, friends and co-workers.

Office Space

To align with our Fleming Safe protocols, faculty and staff are to avoid lingering on campus when not engaged in Academic delivery. While on campus, you may use your assigned office space for breaks etc, however note that physical distancing and face covering continues to be required in shared office areas. Physical Resources continues to review and modify office spaces as needed to support safe distancing. For those that do not have an assigned office, there will be an opportunity to book a COVID-safe office for your use. More details on this will be available shortly.

Teaching & Learning Sub-Group

The Teaching & Learning Sub-Group is planning on being reinstated. Additional information will be provided, so please continue to check this website for updates and calls for interest in participating.

Class Attendance

To ensure the safety of all in the community and to align to the protocols from Public Health, class attendance for face to face activities must be kept in the Attendance List in D2L. This is a requirement to support our local Public Health units in their contact tracing investigations. In the event of a PH investigation, the Health and Safety department will request a copy of attendance from the Dean, Academic Quality, Dr. Nathaniel Leach who will alert the faculty to provide the list.

Loaner laptops for students

This is a reminder that Fleming College ITS does not offer a laptop loaner program. We ask that faculty remind their students that they are required to have their own personal computer to attend classes and complete their course assignments. Students in their final semester who have extenuating circumstance may work with their faculty member and Chair to temporarily borrow a laptop. ITS has a limited quantity of laptops, therefore we ask that faculty and Chairs examine each request carefully.


COVID-19 Reporting

Who should complete the COVID-19 Reporting form?

We request that any student or employee that has reason to attend campus or is participating in other face-to-face activities, including clinical or placement work, complete the COVID 19 reporting form when a COVID-related incident occurs. A COVID-related incident includes symptoms, illness, close contact, and isolation requirements. Once the form is submitted, a member from the Health and Safety Department will follow up with guidance and work with local health units, as needed, to ensure a safe return to campus or other activities. In the case of a student, the Chair will be notified of a required absence, so academic support can be made available as needed.


Library

NEW! Book Request Service for Faculty. Requests for physical library material can now be processed. We will pull requests once a week and faculty can pick them up from Security at Frost and Sutherland at your convenience. Details and a quick request form can be found on the Library Faculty pages.

Services are posted on the Library home page, with a link to our Faculty pages for further details.

Resources for all:

Live online support available through AskON chat help service.

  • Monday to Friday: 6am to 12pm
  • Saturday to Sunday: 11am to 5pm
  • Guaranteed Fleming Library staff: Monday to Friday 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm

The following has also been communicated to students via D2L News Items for maximum visibility.

Services for Faculty

  • Library Technologists can join Webex classes to deliver library instruction and/or demos of our online resources
  • Instructions and support for embedding Library resources in to D2L (database articles, eBooks, videos, D2L modules)
  • For Academic Integrity sanctions, library staff will follow up directly with students based on the selected educational sanction (module, workshop or 1:1) outlined in the submitted violation form. Any questions can be sent to marcia.steeves@flemingcollege.ca
  • Copyright information is available on our Faculty webpages; questions can be sent to marcia.steeves@flemingcollege.ca

Tutoring

Students can access services via phone or computer, though speakers/headphones/mic/webcam may be required for optimum functionality.

  • Booked Appointments will take place via the WC Online platform
  • Students can access through phone or computer
  • Audio/visual whiteboard and chat box are available.
  • Drop-in sessions will be delivered through the Web Ex Platform at their scheduled times
  • Students can pop in/out as needed
  • May need to limit the number of students who can join
  • Audio/visual whiteboard and chat box are available.

Faculty and Students can reach Tutoring Coordinators directly by email.


Career Services

Career resources are available online through the myCampus Career portal for faculty and students

Students can email careerservices@flemingcollege.ca

  • For assistance or general questions
  • To book a virtual appointment
  • A message will be added to the Orbis dashboard for students

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