What back-to-school will look like at St. Lawrence College

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Classes start next week for both new and returning students at all three St. Lawrence College campuses, including here in Kingston.

The school is taking a slow reopening approach, according to president and chief executive officer of St. Lawrence College Glenn Vollebregt, as the college works with public health agencies to follow the most up-to-date safety protocols. 

Only about a quarter of students, equivalent to about 3,000 individuals, will take classes on the campuses in Brockville, Kingston and Cornwall. This will primarily include students and faculty in programs like health sciences where there are applied components, such as labs and other hands-on simulations.

"Although this year will look different, I am proud of our hard-working faculty and staff who continue to put our students first. We look forward to using the power of technology to engage students studying remotely in order to provide them quality education, services and supports, and engagement opportunities indicative of the overall SLC experience," said Vollebregt.

The college has implemented numerous health and safety measures, including physical distancing, stringent cleaning, clear signage and other protective measures. Anyone who suspects they are ill or who has symptoms will not be allowed in the building. Those coming to campus must also complete specific training beforehand, which includes a self-assessment. 

"Those returning to campus can be sure that proper physical distancing will be observed, and that we will continue to follow public health protocols," Vollebregt said. "Our number one priority is our students' safety and providing a learning experience that supports their academic and career dreams."

-- From News Talk 580 CFRA's Samantha Pope