Laurentian University is a leader among universities in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. The first university in Canada to recognize the severity of the outbreak and suspend in-person activities, Laurentian was also the first to transition fully from in-person to remote learning. We further contributed to the urgent needs of our community through the contribution and creation of PPE materials and parts, medical equipment and other critical assets in our community.
Laurentian University is planning a phased ‘return to campus’ approach, providing flexibility to adapt and comply with public health and government protocols. Each phase outlined in the framework below allows units to permit students and employees to have a gradual, rotational, and periodic presence on campus. The dates of each phase are subject to change depending on directives from government or public health authorities. Ensuring the health and safety of our campus community is paramount, and meeting physical distancing requirements is critical.
Much data has been published and shared from many different sources. This plan has been developed using best practice information to ensure that Laurentian University is taking the appropriate steps while bringing students, faculty and staff back to our campuses in a safe and phased arrangement.
Phases may overlap, though in general, progression from one phase to another will be determined by the directions of local, provincial and federal governments, emergency orders, as well as guidelines for size of public gatherings, physical distancing, availability of supplies such as personal protective equipment (PPE). Phases may mirror the 2-4 weeks as stipulated in the Framework for Reopening our Province (Government of Ontario) as required, and will also consider other implications, like academic term start/ end dates, appropriate notification to students, etc.