St Clair College Resuming In-Person Learning

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St. Clair College will be offering in-person classes at the beginning of the fall semester on September 7.

College President Patti France announced the resumption of in-person instruction for the first time since March 2020 via and email to students and staff Tuesday.

France says it's an exciting time for the college.

"We will be back face to face for the first day of class and we cannot be happier. I'm so excited. This is something that we've been wanting to hoping and I can't thank the ministry enough. Obviously, public health has been very instrumental in giving us guidance and support."

She says in-person learning is essential for many of the college's programs.

"It's very much needed. Not just from an educational perspective, but also for mental health and student life. Students have really missed that the last year and we're really, really happy to be able to say that we will try to get back to as normal as possible come September. Teaching and learning will come first."

France says it felt good to make the return official.

"To be honest, things have been changing so quickly and I do apologize for the lateness of the notice, but we wanted to try and go out with good news and we certainly didn't want to have to make an early commitment that we could not change. So I think waiting was the best thing we could have done."

St. Clair's decision comes just just a day after the Ministry of Colleges and Universities' announcement allowing post-secondary institutions to re-open fully if they abide by the COVID-19 controls recommended by federal, provincial and regional health authorities.

Many of the safety protocols will remain in place when in-person classes resume, such as mandatory masks indoors as well as physical distancing.

— with files from AM800's Rob Hindi and Zander Broeckel