Over the last few days the COVID-19 situation has evolved rapidly, and we have been monitoring the changes closely. I am writing to provide an important update regarding Anderson College’s response to the situation. Let me begin with the most important elements:
- There are no known cases of COVID-19 in any of our campuses.
- The continuing health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority.
- We are in constant communication with Ministry of Colleges & Universities for direction.
Following Public Health’s directive, we have decided to take the following action as a precaution:
- All classes will be suspended from Monday, March 16th to Sunday, March 22nd. This is being done so that College faculty and staff can appropriately plan for course delivery, labs, and services, as well an encouraging social distancing to create a safer work and learning environment.
- This shutdown will also allow deep cleaning of our labs, classrooms and offices.
- The decision to run courses from Monday, March 23 onwards will be communicated next week as we prepare and monitor the situation.
- Campuses will remain open during this time with staff to support administrative duties.
We are making contingency plans should there be an interruption to the delivery of classes, based on directives from the Ministry of Colleges & Universities, as well as Public Health. While the Ministry is working on providing us with specific details, they will be part of a coordinated, government-wide response to the situation.
The decision to suspend classes was not taken lightly. We have never faced a situation as dynamic and evolving as this. We are making decisions as swiftly as possible. Ensuring the health and well-being of our students and staff at Anderson College remains our priority as we continue to consult with the Ministry and other government authorities.
Please be aware of risks and take precautions to keep yourselves and each other safe. If you are sick, please stay home and seek the medical information you need to care for yourself and others.
We’re working hard to provide you frequent updates. I invite you to visit our website that we will be updating on a regular basis. Please see our March 16th memo here
Please remember that the most effective way to prevent the spread of disease are things you do yourself.
- Wash your hands often.
- When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
- If you have flu-like symptoms, inform the people around you. If your symptoms aren’t mild, seek medical care.
For more information, please also visit the public health website.
The Anderson Team has overcome many challenges over the years, and we must now come together to address this situation. I am always heartened by the strength and resiliency of our students and staff in working together toward solutions in a cooperative and collaborative manner. I know we can count on you to demonstrate that spirit once again. Please keep communication lines open, as we are in this together.
Yours sincerely on behalf of Anderson College,