With growing global concerns around COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), we wanted to provide you with an update on Selkirk College’s response to date and our commitment to you moving forward.
The health, safety, and well-being of our students, employees, donors, partners and community are the College’s top priorities. We are following the lead of the Provincial Health Officer and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training and are taking proactive measures as the situation evolves. These measures include:
Transition of course delivery to alternative modes of instruction. The Education Division is working closely with IT and e-learning staff to ensure online tools are available to all students;
All service areas on campuses and at learning centres are closed to students and the public as of 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 with some exceptions including on-campus housing;
Cancellation of all events, including our planned convocation ceremonies scheduled for April 30, 2020;
Restricted international travel, including to the United States, and requirement of a 14-day self-isolation period for all in-bound international travel of students and employees;
Communications with our students, employees, donors, and partners on important health and safety measures and conveyance of decisions regarding events or adaptations as expediently as possible;
Support of students to complete their courses this semester and to be healthy and well during the upcoming weeks. Student Services, Counselling and other supports for your learning are now also available in alternative formats.
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We understand that many questions remain, and a sense of uncertainty lingers regarding what is yet to come.
However, we want to reassure you that the College and specifically, the Advancement Team are deeply committed to addressing your questions or concerns. We know that often in-person meetings are the best way to build relationships and get work done, and they remain important to our way of working. However, in keeping with the proactive and preventative measures, all meetings will be hosted virtually or postponed.
If this global situation is teaching us anything, it's that we must lean on each other for support and learn to stay connected in new and different ways. Students, just like the rest of us, are facing many uncertainties and the connections found through an active campus life are not as easily available. If you have some words of wisdom to share with our students during this challenging time, please complete our online form. These messages will be distributed to students while they complete a rigorous and unique semester from home.
Thank you for your steadfast support and patience while we navigate this challenging time. Should you have immediate questions, please email Advancement or contact us at 250.505.1304.