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MESSAGE FROM THE ACTING DEAN REGARDING FALL 2021 COURSE DELIVERY
Dear School of Science and the Environment students,
I hope your summer is going well whether you are working, taking classes, or relaxing. I am writing to let you know what to expect for your School of Science and the Environment courses during the Fall 2021 semester. Increasing vaccination rates and current public health guidelines mean that we can begin to move academic programming in the School back to something that is closer to normal, despite persistence of the COVID 19 pandemic.
Faculty and staff in the School of Science and the Environment have been working hard to offer as much in-person programming as possible, while maintaining a safe learning environment. We have decided that our first-year courses will be a combination of both remote (lectures) and in-person (laboratories) formats. Most second to fourth year courses will be in-person and graduate level courses will be offered in both remote and in-person formats. This decision reflects several factors, including the nature of the course material, class size, and availability of class rooms (after adjusting for the required 50% reduced room capacity).
Even though the lecture components of the first-year courses will be offered by remote delivery, the laboratories will be in-person. Laboratories in the sciences comprise roughly 50% of the weekly time allocated to each course, so this will ensure that you receive a substantial amount of in-person learning in the labs of those courses. In addition to labs, there are many other rewarding learning opportunities and on-campus experiences in which you can take part, beyond the lecture component of your learning experience.
We will all need to be vigilant when it comes to minimizing the spread of the Covid 19 virus. Students, staff and faculty will be expected to use appropriate personal protective equipment:
- Masks will be required in public spaces and in classrooms at all times.
- Everyone will be expected to maintain adequate physical distance both in classrooms and in public spaces.
- If you are exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19, you must not come to campus and you must report your symptoms to NL Public Health and arrange testing.
- Hand sanitizing stations will be set-up around campus for your use. Sanitizing the surfaces in the classrooms and laboratories will be your responsibility, but material for sanitizing will be provided (such as sanitizing wipes).
We all want to return to the normal, face to face, in-person, classroom experience as quickly as we can, and the best way to do this is to prevent further spread of the virus and to keep everyone safe. However, we are confident that the plan for the Fall 2021 semester reflects the best solution to ensure you have a good academic experience while protecting the health and safety of all students, staff and faculty in the School of Science and the Environment.
We look forward to seeing you around campus in the Fall. Until then, stay safe.
Dr. Robert Scott
Acting Dean, School of Science and the Environment
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