Information Update | COVID-19 Update from College President Maureen Adamson – March 27, 2020

This message is sent on behalf of President Maureen Adamson

Peterborough ON – (March 27, 2020) – Just days ago, I wrote to you as we were faced with an entirely new reality presented by COVID-19, one that would challenge us in many ways. Now, as we have progressed through the first week of teaching and learning within our new framework, I am immensely impressed by the resilience of our students and the collaborative and creative work of our faculty and staff. We are all doing everything we can to successfully complete the semester for as many students as possible and support each other along the way.

To further protect the health and safety of the Fleming community and provide as much support and relief as possible, we are making the following adjustments:

  • All campus buildings are now closed to both students and employees until further notice. This action aligns with the Provincial Emergency Declaration and supports ongoing physical distancing within our communities. Access will only be granted to those essential to maintaining critical operations infrastructure.
  • Some programs will not be offered for the Spring semester. Our academic team is currently exploring every option and finalizing the list of available programs and will share it very soon.
  • For programs that will be offered, the Spring semester will now start on May 19 in an online or alternate delivery format only. No face-to-face classes will run during the Spring semester. The semester will be 14 continuous weeks in duration, ending on August 21. Students who wish to defer to the Fall semester may do so through the Admissions office. Please note that deferral to the Fall semester may not be possible for all programs.
  • There will be no Spring intake of international students from out-of-country. Students who had received offers and paid tuition will be offered deferrals for future intakes once conditions for travel have improved. Returning students currently in Canada can continue their programs online.
  • A revised list of due dates and schedules for grades, fees and other items will be shared early next week.
  • We understand that questions have been raised regarding refunds for courses and services. At this time, we will not be issuing refunds for continuing programs. We are working with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities for further guidance through this unprecedented situation.
  • Students will be eligible for refunds for parking, residence and locker charges prorated as of March 16. A credit will be issued to student accounts. More details on the implementation will follow shortly.
  • Once we are back on campus, employees paying for parking will be granted a fee “holiday” via payroll or a discount on their next parking permit for a period of time equivalent to that between March 16 and the re-opening of our campuses. Those employees on term contracts who will not be returning to work can apply for a refund. More details will follow.

Please know that we are doing all we can to provide support to students and employees. Virtual support services are running. Counselling, tutoring, peer mentoring, library support and other services are available by phone, video chat or email. International Student Services is running live chat and virtual support rooms via Webex. Our Learning Design and Support team has several tools to help faculty move to online and alternate delivery. 

For all employees, our Employee and Family Assistance program is available to assist you with a wide range of challenges. 

I’m also proud of the support that we are providing to our communities. The Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre is being set up as an emergency homeless shelter to alleviate stress on the current shelters and allow for appropriate physical distancing. We will be making residence space available to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre to potentially house some of their employees if it is needed. Where possible, we will be offering supplies to our healthcare partners and we have made donations of food to local support groups.

In the coming days, we will be making more decisions and making further adjustments as we evaluate information gathered from our public health units and other government authorities.

Please continue to monitor our website and send questions to COVID19@flemingcollege.ca

This time is unlike any other we have experienced at Fleming. There are challenges and there are frustrations. But, the wonderful part is the sense that our college and our community is coming together to stop the spread of this pandemic. The cancellations, shut-downs, physical distancing and other disruptive changes, will work. It will take time, but we as a college and a community will come through this stronger than ever.

Sincerely,

Maureen Adamson
President, Fleming College

Information Update | COVID-19 Update for students from College President Maureen Adamson – March 20, 2020

This message is sent on behalf of President Maureen Adamson

Peterborough ON – (March 20, 2020) – As you are aware, Fleming College closed all campuses until further notice in an effort to reduce the number of people on campuses and minimize the transmission of COVID-19 within the (college or broader) community.

We know how important completing the semester and having access to services is for you. The College has transitioned most academic programs and student services, that were not already available online, into virtual and alternative delivery formats. Accessing programs and services in this new way will take effect on Monday, March 23 and faculty will connect with students directly.

This change is big for all of us – one that would not be possible without the tremendous spirit and collaboration of our students, faculty, staff and others. Faculty and staff have been working very hard to prepare for this transition. We recognize that it is not going to be easy for all students and all programs, and that this may be a challenging time.

Everyone at the College is committed to supporting you but it will look and feel different than what you are familiar with. We know that we will need to adjust along the way to best address needs or concerns that are identified. Your constructive feedback will be important. We will continue to evolve our programs and services to ensure you have the best opportunity to complete the semester.

These are stressful and uncertain times, but please know that you are not alone. Support services are available virtually via the phone, email or online tools, and can be found here or through the student portal

If you are feeling distressed and require immediate assistance, please reach out to https://realcampus.ca/ at 1-877-390-7325 or Good2Talk by phone 1-866-925-5454 or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868. Please do not hesitate to reach out for help if you need it.

All available student service supports and more information on COVID-19 can be found here and on your student portal. 

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, the College will continue to make future decisions about upcoming events. Updates will continue to be provided to the College community as available. We thank you for your patience, understanding and support as we tackle this new challenge together.

Sincerely,

Maureen Adamson
President, Fleming College

Information Update |COVID-19 Update from College President Maureen Adamson – March 17, 2020

This message is sent on behalf of President Maureen Adamson

Peterborough ON – (March 17, 2020) – Each day the COVID-19 situation changes rapidly. This morning, a state of emergency was declared by Premier Doug Ford, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced further measures as the entire country deals with this unprecedented crisis.

At Fleming, we continue to take proactive measures to protect our community, adapt teaching and learning to remote or alternative formats and support our students and employees.

There are several new developments:

  • Faculty continue to work on plans for alternative delivery methods for our programs and will be in contact with students by Friday, March 20.
  • We have made the difficult decision to close our Student Residences and to require all students to move out by Friday, March 20 at 3 p.m. Alternative arrangements have been made for International students and others who are in exceptional circumstances. Students in residence were advised of the closure earlier today.
  • All campuses in Peterborough, Lindsay, Norwood and Haliburton are closed to the public with restricted access on a very limited basis. People who need access to the buildings are being screened through a small number of access points and must sign in and out.
  • The Cobourg Campus is closed with no access to the classrooms or offices. Access to Fleming employees is available through phone, web and email.
  • Although our buildings are effectively closed with controlled access in place right now, we will be further reducing access to our buildings throughout the week. Students should not come to campus until further notice. More information will be shared with employees tomorrow.
  • Services delivered through our Employment offices in Peterborough (CREW) and Haliburton are now available via phone, web and email only. Physical locations are closed.

There are also many decisions under consideration right now. We are working through various alternatives and scenarios on several important issues, such as the status of the Spring semester scheduled to begin on May 4, the financial impacts on students (OSAP, payment deadlines and deposits), and the impact on our upcoming convocation ceremonies. On many of these issues, we are working with Colleges Ontario and the provincial government.

We will continue to keep you informed through regular updates on our website www.flemingcollege.ca/COVID19. Please forward any questions to COVID19@flemingcollege.ca   

Thank you again for your patience as we work together through these uncharted waters. Please be safe, practice healthy prevention measures and be sure to take care of each other.

Sincerely,

Maureen Adamson
President, Fleming College

Information Update | Fleming College putting additional measures in place to maintain the health and safety of our community – March 15, 2020

This Message is sent on behalf of President Maureen Adamson

Peterborough ON – (March 15, 2020) – Over the weekend, the COVID-19 situation has evolved rapidly and our Response Team is monitoring the changes closely. As a result of recent developments, I am writing to provide an important update regarding Fleming’s response. We are putting the following measures in place to maintain the health and safety of our Fleming College community.

  • On-site classes are suspended. There will be no in-person classes held on any Fleming campuses for the remainder of the Winter semester.
  • Online and alternate delivery of courses will begin Monday, March 23. Please note that this has changed from our original announcement to allow more time to prepare for online and alternate delivery of courses.
  • Students are not expected to return to campus for the remainder of the semester. The semester will be completed through online and alternate delivery. Students will receive program information from their faculty by Friday, March 20. Plans to address final exams, projects and assignments are being prepared and information will be shared in the coming days.
  • We recognize that there will be challenges in delivering some courses in alternative formats. We will make every effort to complete the semester as best we can, knowing that there will be some exceptional circumstances.
  • Student placements are suspended for the remainder of the semester. Students should contact their faculty if they have any questions.
  • Students in residence are encouraged to return home, however residence buildings will remain open. Assistance will be provided for those requiring alternative accommodation. Further communication will be sent to students who live in residence in the coming days.
  • College buildings will be closed with limited access to students and employees for the period from March 16 to April 3 unless otherwise notified. Students and employees will have limited access to the buildings from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will be required to sign in and out starting March 17.
  • On Monday March 16, employees can access the building to pick up materials and technology to support their working from home.
  • All employees (except noted in the following) will be expected to work from home during the period from March 16 to April 3. There will be some employees identified to provide required services. Those employees will be contacted by their managers directly. Unless they have heard otherwise, employees should assume that their attendance on campus on Monday morning is not required and they should follow up with their manager to receive directions for the remainder of the week.
  • Managers are expected to be at work onsite on Monday, March 16 and throughout the closure period.
  • Due to these exceptional circumstances, all staff (full, partial load, part time and student employees including work study students) who would normally be scheduled to work during this period will receive pay consistent with their regular schedule. No one will suffer a loss of pay of their regular earnings as a result of limiting on-site work during this time period.
  • On-campus recreational facilities at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre and the Lindsay Recreation Complex are closed.
  • As per the Government of Canada travel advisory, anyone returning from any travel outside of Canada is required to self-isolate for 14 days and will not be allowed on campus.
  • Additional information for International students will be available on Monday, March 16.

We will post all updates on www.flemingcollege.ca/COVID19. Questions can be directed to COVID19@flemingcollege.ca

I want to thank all students, parents, employees and community partners for their patience and understanding. We are in uncharted territory and our goal is to help stop the spread of COVID-19. I must say how impressed I have been by the response and support from our employees and partners as we rapidly develop our responses to this unprecedented health crisis and do the utmost to protect our communities.

Maureen Adamson
President, Fleming College

Information Update | Fleming College suspends classes as further precaution against COVID-19 – March 13, 2020

Peterborough ON – (March 13, 2020) –  The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve rapidly. As a further precaution against the infection and spread of COVID-19, Fleming College is announcing the following actions in response to maintaining safe and healthy communities in our region:

  • Classes are suspended from 12 p.m. Friday, March 13 to Tuesday, March 17 (inclusive) at all Fleming College campuses and learning sites.
  • This period of time will allow faculty, staff and administration time to prepare to deliver course content in alternative ways.
  • Starting Wednesday, March 18 and for the remainder of the Winter semester (Friday, April 17), Fleming will begin to offer classes in online or alternative delivery formats.

“The health and safety of our Fleming community are paramount, and we want to do our part and take precautions to maintain a healthy community for all,” said Maureen Adamson, Fleming College President. “While we recognize that these actions will create inconveniences, Fleming is focusing on student success and the safety of all. We thank everyone for your patience, understanding and collective efforts.”

Students and employees should note the following:

  • Any exams or assignment due dates between noon on Friday and Wednesday March 18 will be rescheduled.
  • All campuses and all college buildings will remain open. Services and facilities such as the learning resource centres, libraries, recreation centres, food services and health services all remain open. 
  • College residences will remain open and operational.
  • Students can access our campuses, but if they do not need to, they are encouraged to study from home.
  • Students should continue to attend their placements unless other arrangements have been made by the college or the employer.
  • Employees are expected to work as usual and talk with their manager about any issues related to the measures we are taking.

Updates will be posted here: http://www.flemingcollege.ca/covid19 

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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 75,000 alumni.

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Sara O’Halloran

Communications Officer 

sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

705.749.5530 x 1366

Information Update | Suspension of all large events and public gatherings – March 12, 2020

Peterborough ON – (March 12, 2020) – As a further precaution against the infection and spread of COVID -19, Fleming College is announcing the suspension of all large events and public gatherings on all Fleming campuses. This is effective as of March 13, 2020 and will be in place until the end of the Winter academic semester on April 17, 2020. The suspension includes college-hosted events and those events hosted by external parties. The College will work with parties managing these events to evaluate alternatives and next steps.

We will continue to monitor and assess options for future events such as convocation and spring orientation during this suspension period.

There are no presumptive cases of the virus within the Fleming College community, nor has there been any cases reported through our regional public health units to date. To reiterate, the best way to protect yourself and our communities is through prevention:

  • Properly wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick

More information is available on our COVID-19 web page.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact communications@flemingcollege.ca

Information Update | Fleming College Takes Steps to Maintain Safe, Healthy College Communities – March 11, 2020

Peterborough ON – (March 11, 2020) – As the novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to affect people around the world, Fleming College is taking steps to encourage preventive behaviours and putting protective measures in place to maintain a safe and healthy college community.

While no confirmed cases have been identified at Fleming College, or within the regional communities it serves, Fleming is proactively taking many precautions to maintain the safety and health of our students and employees as our top priority.

“As we all deal with the potential impact of COVID-19 and take extra precautions to protect our communities, I want to thank everyone for their diligence and proactivity to keep our community safe and healthy,” said Maureen Adamson, President Fleming College. “We are closely monitoring the status of COVID-19 locally, nationally and around the world and will take whatever steps are deemed necessary to prevent further spread of the virus.”

The College is putting in place several new protocols involving illnesses, travel, meetings and other related matters. Fleming has taken many preventative measures to date, including:

  • Increased number of hygiene stations at all college entrances and common areas on campus
  • Implemented an awareness campaign to encourage our community to make hygiene and preventative behaviours a priority
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols across all campus locations
  • Restricted out-of-country travel for students and employees on college business
  • Discouraged employees and students from holding large, close proximity meetings and encourage the use of conferencing technologies
  • Established a COVID-19 Response Team that meets daily to pre-plan prevention initiatives and monitor local, national and international developments
  • Appointed a COVID-19 Medical Advisor, Linda Poirier, BScN, MSH, Dean of the School of Health and Wellness

Fleming is holding an educational event on Friday, March 13 at 10 a.m. at the Sutherland Campus. Judy McCarten, a nurse and infection control professional, will be speaking on her experience in nursing and infection prevention and control. Judy worked in infection control during the 2003 Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV) outbreak. The event will be available by livestream via the college’s website and limited seating with appropriate social distancing is available. If interested please RSVP to communications@flemingcollege.ca.

More information on COVID-19 is available on the college’s dedicated web page, www.flemingcollege.ca/coronavirus.

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 75,000 alumni.

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Media, for more information please contact:

Sara O’Halloran

Communications Officer 

sara.ohalloran@flemingcollege.ca

705.749.5530 x 1366

Information Update|Travel Restrictions – March 9, 2020

Peterborough ON – (March 9, 2020) – To All Fleming College Staff:

As we continue to monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the College is taking the precautionary step to implement a business travel restriction.

Effective immediately, we are imposing a ban on all Fleming College-sanctioned travel outside of Canada. The restriction is effective immediately and will continue indefinitely.

We recognize that this restriction may create some inconvenience, however, we have a responsibility to make every effort to keep our community healthy.   

This is a precautionary measure in advance of the peak March break travel period and we will continue to monitor the situation and work with health authorities as the situation develops.

Deans and Chairs will work with students and faculty to address the financial and academic impacts on planned trips that were part of the curriculum or placements. Similarly, employees who were scheduled to travel outside of Canada for conferences, professional development or other purposes should discuss next steps with their manager.

Also, please be reminded to be vigilant with prevention steps such as frequent hand washing with soap and water, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer and avoiding close contact with others who are sick. If you feel ill, please seek medical assistance as soon as possible.

At this time, there are no presumptive cases of the virus at Fleming College. We will continue to provide updates here: https://flemingcollege.ca/coronavirus

Information Update | COVID-19 Ensuring a Healthy College Community – March 6, 2020

Peterborough ON – (March 6, 2020) – The College is continuing to monitor information and receive advice from public health authorities with regard to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We understand and appreciate that this issue is on the minds of our students, employees and community partners.

At all campuses, we are maintaining the precautionary measures implemented in late January. These include the enhanced cleaning protocols, the additional disinfectant stations distributed at all campuses and the awareness campaign.

With the busy March vacation season upon us, the impact on travel is a key consideration for all Fleming community members. The Government of Canada has issued travel advisories for a number of regions around the world. Please check their website before making any travel decisions and keep in mind that the information changes frequently.

Peterborough Public Health is asking those who return from recent international travel to affected areas including China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore and South Korea to monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after leaving the area of travel. Individuals are to contact their health-care provider and local health unit if they experience symptoms or think they may have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Information regarding the global status of the virus, as well as prevention and travel guidelines are available from the World Health Organization.

As is good practice at any time, students and employees who are sick should stay at home, and not attend classes or work until they are free of symptoms. Students who choose to stay home should contact their faculty members who will work with students to ensure their continued academic success.

All classes and campus operations will continue as scheduled, and at this time, there continue to be no presumptive cases of the virus at Fleming College. We will continue to provide updates here: https://flemingcollege.ca/coronavirus

Information Update | Ensuring a Healthy College Community – March 2, 2020

Peterborough ON – (February 28, 2020) – We continue to keep the health and safety of our Fleming community top of mind, and appreciate the ongoing diligent efforts to enhance hygiene practices across our campuses.

On our campuses, we have increased precautionary measures including launching an awareness campaign about maintaining a healthy campus environment, implementing many additional disinfectant stations and enhancing cleaning protocols.

As Independent Learning Week comes to a close, and students return to campus, please continue to follow our Healthy Campus procedures.

Students, if you are unwell and choose to stay home, please contact your faculty members who will work with you to ensure your continued academic success.

Working closely with Peterborough Public Health and public authorities, the College is monitoring the potential impact of Coronavirus in our region and will provide regular updates to the college community.

All classes and campus operations will continue as scheduled, and at this time, there continue to be no presumptive cases of the virus at Fleming College. We will continue to provide updates here: flemingcollege.ca/coronavirus.

Latest Travel Advice from the Government of Canada’s website.

We will continue to provide updates here: https://flemingcollege.ca/coronavirus


For more information, please visit the below resources:

Ontario Ministry of Health Statement

Public Health Agency of Canada

Canada Travel Advisory