Fleming College COVID-19 Protocols – Update to the Fleming College Community

Fleming is committed to keeping our communities safe and healthy and will continue to follow the advice of public health officials.

We strongly encourage all members of our community to be fully vaccinated, including booster shots.

The College remains a mask-friendly environment and we strongly encourage the use of masks. We ask that all members of the community be respectful of your peer’s decision.

While we encourage full vaccination and masking, neither are mandated at this time, in alignment with provincial guidelines.

The College also asks that if you are feeling ill, please do not come to campus.

All entrances at College facilities are now open. We look forward to seeing you in person.

College Update: Plans for Winter Semester 2022

Academic planning for the Winter semester continues to evolve. On December 17, the college announced a delay to the start of the semester to January 17, with the first two weeks of all classes being delivered online.

As the Omicron variant continues to spread, we are adjusting plans for the remainder of the Winter semester to limit the number of students and staff on campus. While we had hoped for an increase in on-campus classes this semester, it is prudent to continue much as we had in the fall with only necessary, hands-on classes on campus.

Beginning January 31, program delivery will be a mix of online, on-campus, and hybrid classes.

Specific details about programs can be found on the Program Delivery information page. On this page you can find information related to programs, including specific details about on-campus requirements for classes and the first day students will need to be on campus. Further details about labs, seminars and other activities related to programs will be communicated to students from the Dean, Chair or Program Coordinator.

In announcing these changes to the full semester at this time, we want to provide students with as much certainty as we can. We will not make further changes unless mandated by public health regulations or provincial legislation.

Student Services

Student services will continue to be delivered remotely throughout the Winter semester, with some on-campus supports beginning January 31. A detailed list of available services will be posted on our website by Monday, January 17.

Students in Fleming Residences

Students scheduled to move into Fleming residences can continue with their plans. Safety protocols will remain in place including limited capacity, distancing and masking requirements.

Coming to Campus

Only students with scheduled in-person learning should be coming to campus. Students coming on to campus are required to be fully vaccinated, meaning two doses minimum, with a booster highly recommended. Students will continue to do pre-screening through the Fleming Safe app and must have an approved Fleming Safe app passport. Please be sure to upload your vaccination certificates and submit your information to receive your One Card if you have not already done so. Masks must be worn at all times while on campus.

Do not come to campus if you are showing any signs of illness

We recognize that this will impact plans for some students. We are in the difficult position of balancing the safety of our students and staff with the changing landscape of the pandemic. We are here to support you. If you have any questions, please email askus@flemingcollege.ca.

Fleming College delays start of Winter 2022 semester by one week

Peterborough ON – (December 17, 2021) – As we approach the holiday break, our environment continues to change at breakneck speed. The new Omicron variant has sent COVID case counts soaring, and many familiar restrictions implemented at the onset of the pandemic are being re-introduced. As a proactive measure to ensure the safety of all Fleming students and employees, the College has made some important changes to the Winter 2022 semester. The start of the Winter semester is being delayed by one week, and the semester will begin with online delivery for two weeks.

Winter semester classes will now begin on Monday, January 17, and the weeks of January 17 and January 24 will be delivered fully online. The end of the semester will be extended one week to April 29, 2022.

The College intends to return to campus on Monday, January 31 for hands-on and specialized courses with some continuation of online delivery where appropriate. Students will be notified about specific changes to delivery format through updates from their program area. Fleming hopes not to be online for the entire Winter term, however, that is dependent upon how the pandemic evolves in the coming weeks. More details on changes to course delivery will be shared with the Fleming community in the new year.

New residence students will be permitted to move in beginning January 6 and 7, and students currently living in residence can return on January 9. However, the College is recommending that students consider staying at home until the onsite academic operations resume.

The federal government has advised that Canadians avoid travelling internationally over the holiday season. Fleming is also recommending students and employees avoid international travel to reduce the risk of infection along with any delays, isolation orders or other complications that could arise.

Although health authorities may continue to put measures in place to restrict the spread of the virus, being fully vaccinated, including booster shots, remains one of the key safety precautions for our families, friends and co-workers. Fleming encourages everyone to make an appointment for a vaccine booster as soon as possible.

Wishing everyone in the Fleming community a happy and healthy holiday season!

More information about Fleming’s COVID-19 practices and protocols can be found here.

Fleming College planning to resume in-person activities for Winter 2022

Peterborough ON – (Nov. 10, 2021) – Fleming will eagerly welcome back in-person classes and services for January 2022. With over 50 programs starting new semesters in January, the College will expand on-campus offerings, while continuing to ensure the health and safety of students, staff and faculty remain a priority.

Applications are open for the Winter semester, and all courses will start the week of January 10, 2022, on all campuses. For most programs, on-campus activities will also return to enrich the learning environment, with the exception of courses that are typically delivered in an online format. For more information about programs starting in Winter, visit our January Start webpage. On-campus amenities and services, including the learning resource commons, libraries, bookstores, food services, and sports and recreation centres, will also be available. On-campus residences will be operating at 100 per cent capacity and the College will be supporting landlords in our communities who are interested in welcoming students into their rental properties.

To ensure the safety of the Fleming community, a campus-wide vaccination policy will remain in effect on all Fleming campuses and facilities. Additional safety protocols, such as masking and enhanced cleaning, will also continue. For more information and updates on measures in place, please see Fleming’s COVID-19 information page.

As we plan to come together in-person for the Winter, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the safety of everyone in the Fleming College community. We look forward to connecting, catching up and seeing students in-person in 2022. Some things are just better in real life.

For more information, visit flemingcollege.ca.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

For more information, please contact:
Amar Shah
Communications Officer 
amar.shah@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Peterborough
Sutherland Campus
599 Brealey Dr. Peterborough ON K9J 7B1
Ph: (705) 749-5530
Lindsay
Frost Campus
200 Albert St. S., Box 8000 Lindsay ON K9V 5E6
Ph: (705) 324-9144
Haliburton
Haliburton Campus
P.O. Box 839 Haliburton ON K0M 1S0
Ph: (705) 457-1680


Web: flemingcollege.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/flemingcollege
Twitter & Instagram: @FlemingCollege

Fleming College requiring proof of vaccination for all students and employees on campus

Peterborough ON – (August 13, 2021) – As the pandemic continues to be an evolving situation, Fleming remains committed to the health and safety of our students, employees and the broader community. With safety as our top priority, Fleming is implementing a vaccination policy for the Fall 2021 semester.

Everyone, including students, staff, faculty and visitors, will be required to have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by September 7, 2021, and second dose by October 20, 2021, in order to access the programs and activities on Fleming campuses. This policy will not impact the current plan for in-person and online program delivery for the September semester.

As part of this policy, Fleming will only accept COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada and the World Health Organization. Proof of having received at least the first dose prior to September 7, 2021 will be required in the form of a paper or digital receipt to access campus facilities.

“This decision is consistent with the Fleming Safe plan that we implemented at the onset of the pandemic and we believe this policy will provide the best possible protection and freedom to everyone at Fleming to pursue their academic, athletic and personal goals in a safe environment,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson. “Vaccination is an effective safeguard against future lockdowns and interruptions in learning, as the scientific evidence shows. Given the current spread of the virus and its negative impact on all healthcare services including the availability of non-COVID-19 related health services, we believe this policy is an important contribution to the communities we serve.”

Fleming will assist students in gaining access to vaccines through on-campus and local clinics. The College respects any student, staff, faculty or visitor who cannot be vaccinated on medical or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code. These individuals may request an accommodation. For those without proof of vaccination, regular testing will be required. Fleming is committed to the protection of privacy, and any information gathered will be in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Fleming had previously announced a vaccination mandate for students living in on-campus residence. Vaccinations and public health measures such as mandatory masks and social distancing will ensure the safest learning and working environment for students and staff.

More details will be shared with students and staff in the coming days.

Any further information and updates to the policy will be posted on: https://flemingcollege.ca/covid19.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

For more information, please contact:
Amar Shah
Communications Officer 
amar.shah@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Peterborough
Sutherland Campus
599 Brealey Dr. Peterborough ON K9J 7B1
Ph: (705) 749-5530
Lindsay
Frost Campus
200 Albert St. S., Box 8000 Lindsay ON K9V 5E6
Ph: (705) 324-9144
Haliburton
Haliburton Campus
P.O. Box 839 Haliburton ON K0M 1S0
Ph: (705) 457-1680


Web: flemingcollege.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/flemingcollege
Twitter & Instagram: @FlemingCollege

Important Fall 2021 information for new and returning students

Peterborough ON – (August 4, 2021) – As we move through summer and approach the Fall semester, this note provides important information to continue or begin your journey at Fleming in September.

Plans for the Fall Semester

All courses will start the week of September 7, 2021.

The Ontario government recently announced the easing of restrictions for postsecondary institutions for the Fall – that is welcome news and one we have been planning for at Fleming. We recognize that many students have already made plans and to not disrupt their preparations, we will not make any drastic changes for the Fall. Plans related to program delivery remain the same for the Fall with a mix of on-campus and hybrid classes, and many remaining online.

Specific details about your program can be found on the Program Delivery information page. You can find information related to your program, including specific details about on-campus requirement for your classes and the first day you will need to be on campus. 

It is important that all new and returning students check that link prior to the start of the Fall semester for up-to-date information regarding your program. As we continue our planning, any changes in on-campus learning, services and programming will be communicated through the Fall semester. The College will provide these updates in future communications as decisions to expand campus activities are made. We are in the midst of winter planning and further details will be provided in future communications.

We are here to support you. If you are a new or potential student with questions, please email askus@flemingcollege.ca.

Registrar information

Reminder: Fall tuition is due by Monday, August 9, 2021 for all full-time students.
To receive your timetable, your Fall semester fees must be paid in full. If you are planning to pay your tuition and ancillary fees with OSAP funding, please make sure your OSAP application is complete and all required supporting documents are submitted to the Financial Aid Office.

International students: Fall check-in and program dates

Information regarding the check-in process for programs requiring students to be on campus will be sent by August 16.

All incoming international students are required to participate in the online/remote portion of their programs as of September 7. However, some students may have different start dates for the on-campus/in-person courses. Please refer to this link for information on in-person attendance based on your program.

COVID protocols and safety

To ensure the safety of the Fleming community, safety protocols remain in place. For specific safety information, please see the COVID-19 information page or visit the myCampus portal. Please note that safety requirements could change pending further direction from provincial and regional government and health authorities. Fleming adheres to official guidelines and direction, and we will share any announcements with the Fleming community as soon as possible.

Residence

Fleming requires students living in on-campus residence facilities to have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for the Fall semester and the second dose as soon as they are eligible. Any student who cannot be vaccinated on medical or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code may request an accommodation. The mandatory vaccine policy is supported by Peterborough Public Health and supports a safe living and learning environment in residence.

Thank you for your attention to this important information. We look forward to welcoming everyone in September! 

Enjoy your summer and please take good care.

Dr. Stephanie Dimech
Vice President, Academic Experience
Chief Learning Officer

Fleming College Fall 2021 update

Peterborough ON – (July 21, 2021) – It is my pleasure to send this note as your new Vice-President, Academic Experience (VPAE) at Fleming College. As your VPAE, I am responsible for academic programming at Fleming, and it is my hope that you will have an exceptional learning experience during your studies with us. Whether you are a new or returning student, it is our intention at Fleming to welcome all students virtually and in person, always with safety in mind.

Plans for the Fall Semester

Like all of you, we are very excited by the recent announcement from the Ministry of College and Universities encouraging a return to campus this Fall, assuming that progress in vaccinations and other public health indicators continues to improve. This is very welcome news and we have been making plans for the Fall semester in anticipation of this change.

In recognition of the plans that students have already made for September, we will continue with hybrid delivery, which includes both online classes and selected classes delivered face-to-face on-campus. All courses will start the week of September 7, 2021. Specific details about your program can be found on our Program Delivery information web page. This link will provide you with details related to your program, including specific details about the first day you will be required to attend on-campus classes, if there is an on-campus requirement for your classes. All students coming to campus for any indoor activities will be required to wear a mask at all times.

It is important that all new and returning students check the link prior to the start of the Fall semester, to ensure you have the most up to date information regarding your program. Student services will continue to be fully available virtually, with a gradual return of some on-campus services during the Fall semester. As we plan for the Winter semester, we anticipate on-campus learning, services and programming to increase to very close to normal operations. The College will update students as decisions to expand campus activities are made.

All students are encouraged to check flemingcollege.ca and your Fleming email for the most current information. We are here to support you. If you are a new or potential student with questions, please email askus@flemingcollege.ca.

COVID Protocols and Safety

To ensure the safety of our Fleming community, safety protocols remain in place and for more specific safety protocol information, please see our website’s COVID-19 information page or visit your myCampus portal. Please note, that safety requirements could change pending further direction from provincial or regional health authorities and, direction from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. Fleming responds to all mandated guidelines and direction, and we will share any announcements with the Fleming community as soon as possible.

Residence

The College requires all students living in on-campus residence facilities to have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for the Fall semester and the second dose as soon as they are eligible. The mandatory vaccine policy is supported by Peterborough Public Health and supports a safe living and learning environment in residence.

As we continue to plan to come together, virtually and in person for the Fall, we remain steadfast in our commitment to your safety and your learning. We look forward to welcoming everyone for the fall semester!

Enjoy your summer and please take good care,

Dr. Stephanie Dimech
Vice President, Academic Experience
Chief Learning Officer

Fleming College to require COVID-19 vaccination for students in residence

Peterborough ON – (June 25, 2021) – Fleming is prioritizing student experience on campus and the safety of everyone in the College community by requiring students in residence to have received at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for the fall semester. The mandatory vaccine policy is based on scientific data and supported by Peterborough Public Health (PPH).

“The pandemic continues to be an evolving situation, and we have always emphasized that safety is everyone’s responsibility at Fleming. The vaccination requirement for those in residence will provide peace of mind to students and their families,” said Fleming College President Maureen Adamson.

With the virus and variants remaining a deadly threat in our local communities and posing the risk of outbreaks at institutions around the country, medical data shows vaccination to be an effective public health measure. Fleming’s policy is grounded in research and recommendations from the scientific community, and it balances individual interests with occupational health and safety, human rights, privacy and access to education considerations. Fleming also supports the broader public health guidance that all students, staff, faculty and community members get fully vaccinated. 

It is recommended that residence students get the vaccine 14 days prior to their move-in date. Those unable to receive a first dose before moving in, will have 14 days to get vaccinated. The College will provide support to students who require first and second doses and is working closely with PPH to coordinate access to vaccines.

The vaccine verification process will be communicated directly to students. Any student who cannot be vaccinated on medical or other grounds recognized by the Ontario Human Rights Code may request an accommodation. Fleming is committed to protection of privacy, and any information gathered will be in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

The vaccine requirement applies only to the College-owned residences on campus and not the entire campus or to those living off campus. Alternative off-campus housing is available with assistance and resources through Fleming’s off-campus housing services.

In addition to the mandatory vaccination policy, other Fleming Safe measures will continue to be implemented, including masking and reduced capacity limits in shared spaces, and enhanced cleaning and sanitation of all areas.

More information about Fleming’s COVID-19 practices and protocols can be found here.

About Fleming College
Fleming College respectfully acknowledges that we are situated on Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg lands and territory. Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 6,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 80,000 alumni.

For more information, please contact:
Amar Shah
Communications Officer 
amar.shah@flemingcollege.ca
705.749.5530 x 1370

Peterborough
Sutherland Campus
599 Brealey Dr. Peterborough ON K9J 7B1
Ph: (705) 749-5530
Lindsay
Frost Campus
200 Albert St. S., Box 8000 Lindsay ON K9V 5E6
Ph: (705) 324-9144
Haliburton
Haliburton Campus
P.O. Box 839 Haliburton ON K0M 1S0
Ph: (705) 457-1680


Web: flemingcollege.ca
Facebook: facebook.com/flemingcollege
Twitter & Instagram: @FlemingCollege

Letter of support from Peterborough Public Health on vaccination policy

June 8, 2021

Dear new and returning Fleming students:

As Peterborough’s Medical Officer of Health, I want to add my words of welcome to you as you begin this next exciting chapter in your academic career, or if you are returning to continue your studies. We look forward to having you as part of our Peterborough community. As you prepare to visit, I want you to take the necessary steps to ensure that you will have the maximum protection against COVID-19 by the time you arrive.

Vaccination against COVID-19 is the single most important intervention in reducing the transmission of COVID-19. Ensuring a high amount of vaccine coverage in Fleming students, particularly in those who live in residence, will be critical to ensuring that studies and lives are not disrupted by outbreaks. This will require two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, and at least two weeks since the last dose prior to your arrival in our region in the fall of 2021.

I support Fleming College’s requirement for immunization of residents of its post-secondary residences as an important measure to protect the health and safety of all prospective occupants. As Medical Officer of Health, I urge you to seek immunization as soon as possible so that you are fully protected by the end of August. Data from the UK, where new Variants of Concern are circulating, demonstrate that two doses of a vaccine are critical in reducing the risk of infection. If you completed your secondary school education in Ontario, you will be familiar with our Immunization of School Pupils Act and its associated regulations as an example of a mandatory vaccine policy, as well an approach to providing rare, reasonable and appropriate exemptions. Check with your primary care provider if you are uncertain whether you can or should be immunized. They can complete any required documentation should you require an exemption.

Immunization is the first and most important step in ensuring you have a COVID-free academic year, but it is not a guarantee. Other public health measures such as self-isolating if you develop any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, getting tested, wearing a face covering when sharing indoor air with others, hand hygiene and physical distancing will all help keep you and your residence community as safe as possible. It is important to remember that the greatest risk of infection with COVID-19 occurs even before you become symptomatic, and in those first couple of days, when symptoms can be very mild.

Peterborough Public Health will be collaborating with our partners at Fleming College to provide you with the supports you need while here in our community, to stay safe and stay well, including access to testing and immunization.

If you have questions about COVID-19 please visit our website at www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca or call us at 705-743-1000. Hoping you have a great summer and a safe start to your academic year!

Sincerely,

Rosana Pellizzari Salvaterra, MD, MSc, CCFP, FRCPC
Medical Officer of Health

Fleming’s DSW students receive COVID-19 vaccine and what they want you to know about it

Peterborough ON – (March 26, 2021) – Students in Fleming’s Developmental Services Worker program have the opportunity to make a difference every day by providing practical and meaningful support to those in need. But doing that important work has been challenging during the pandemic.  

For fourth-semester students Shweta Gondalia, Swany Kaji and Natasha Maurik, receiving the COVID-19 vaccine gave them the assurance to continue to protect and provide safe and meaningful care to the community.   

Q: When did you get the vaccine?  

Shweta: I received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on March 4, 2021.
Swany: I received the vaccine on March 17. 
Natasha: I received my vaccine on March 18.  

Q: Why did you want to get the vaccine?  

Shweta: I am currently working in Stewart Homes, a residential setting for children with developmental disabilities. I wanted to get the vaccine to keep the ones I work with safe. Children with developmental disabilities are vulnerable, and I wanted to be there for them. Their safety and protection are my priority.   
Swany: I work at a long-term care facility, and the residents are vulnerable to this virus. In order to minimize their risk, I got vaccinated.  
Natasha: I wanted to get the vaccine to keep the people I support safe, as well as my friends and family. It also ensures my safety, but the people I support, and my loved ones, always come first.   

Q: How will getting the shot help you in your studies and work?  

Shweta: By getting the vaccine, I will keep myself and the individuals I support safe and healthy. During these challenging times, I feel proud to have gotten my first dose of the vaccine and do my part for the community as a frontline worker. 
Swany: It will help me have peace of mind every time I go to work. Even if I have the common flu or the cold, I had to get tested. With the vaccine, I will be able to work without affecting the people around me.  
Natasha: As a healthcare worker, my duties are to ensure the safety and good quality of life for the people I support. With the world’s current circumstances, it’s the next step to getting society back to what it was before.  

Q: What do you want people to know about getting the COVID-19 vaccine?  

Shweta: I know there is a lot of confusion and fear around taking the vaccine. I was scared, but I also believe that reading more about the vaccine from a valid source helped me. We all should trust the facts instead of myths at this hour. Let us all do what we can in keeping ourselves and our communities safe by taking the vaccine. 
Swany: It is a quick and easy process to get and doesn’t hurt at all. They keep you under observation for 15 minutes after you have taken the vaccine. You might have symptoms like body pain, redness and swelling at the site for a day or two, but it all goes away within a few days.  
Natasha: I want people to know that the COVID-19 vaccine is used to help your body build immunity to the virus. If you were to contract it, the symptoms and illness would be less severe than in other cases. It can be scary thinking about getting a vaccine that came out superfast, but this is necessary to keep people safe and get society back to normal.