Campus Reopening Plan for Fall 2020
What Will My Schedule Look Like?
The most important consideration is ensuring we provide a safe environment for all students as well as our team. In order to do so, the reopening will also include a change in our program delivery structure and greater levels of flexibility for our students.
Starting the week of September 14th, all programs will transition to a 5-day school week for 4 hours per day. The 5-day model will consist of 3 days on campus, and 2 days online (as you are currently studying). The 3 days on campus will be whatever 3 days you currently have classes, while the 2 days online will be the additional days we have added to the school week. For our current students and those joining this Fall, all sessions onsite will be in the “AM block” from 8:30am – 12:30pm. Online sessions may be scheduled in the AM block or PM block from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. A program specific schedule will be issued to all students by August 21st, 2020.
With safety as a key priority this new schedule model will limit the amount of contact time the students are required to be on campus while also limiting the amount of traffic at the location throughout the day. In addition, this model will reduce student fatigue that can occur from 8 hour sessions.
NOTE: Students in the Red Deer College, Post Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Practice & Management program are not expected to on campus the week of September 14th. A return to campus date is pending until further notice.
Flexibility Is The Key During Covid-19
The College recognizes that the shift from a 2.5-day school week to 5-day school week may impact student’s obligations outside of studies such as work and childcare. We also acknowledge while some students may be excited to return on campus, others may not be able to attend in class sessions because they are not in the Lower Mainland, caring or living with relatives that have compromised health, or caring for their children who cannot attend a daycare.
For this reason, we will be providing extra accommodation as it relates to the College attendance policy so students may continue to maintain progress in their studies. This includes recordings of lectures which will be uploaded onto the Canvas learning management platform, access to assignments and resources through Canvas, and an easing of disciplinary attendance policies while classes remain impacted by COVID-19. More information on attendance accommodation will be provided closer to re-opening.