Student 2 Week Communication – (September 21, 2021)
After just over two weeks back, we want to take some time to review some important messaging with you on safety protocols.
✔ DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS – This is by far the most important safety protocol. Do not make assumptions about your symptoms or assume it is not COVID-19. If you have symptoms, do not come on campus until you are symptom free. Communicate your absence to your faculty and they will work with you. Ace Acumen Academy will endeavor to accommodate medical absences.
✔ SCREENING – Screening at designated entry doors will continue until further notice. Be certain to have your “Granted Access” email and photo ID to gain entry. If you get a Denied Access email, follow the directions on the email provided. Students must receive clearance through the St. Clair College Health Centre before returning to class if the absence is COVID-19 related due to a test, isolation direction, quarantine direction, positive result or travel.
✔ DESIGNATED ENTRANCE DOORS – Screening personnel are posted at designated entrances. If you allow people in through any other door, this is a violation of the safety protocols and will result in an interim suspension pending investigation. Such a violation can lead to dismissal or expulsion from Ace Acumen Academy and St. Clair College.
✔ MASKS/PERSONAL HYGIENE – Masks must be worn at all times while indoors and while outdoors when within 2 metres of anyone. Eating areas are set up at each campus and are clearly marked. While in eating areas, masks may be removed ONLY when eating or drinking. Keep your mask in these areas when not actively eating or drinking. Do not congregate or move chairs to other tables. There is also an expectation that everyone on campus wash their hands thoroughly several times each day and/or sanitize their hands several times each day. Proper cough/sneeze etiquette must also be adhered to.
✔ RAPID TESTING – If you are not fully vaccinated, continue to rapid test at least 72 hours before coming on campus. You need to attest to a negative or positive result every day before you come on campus. If positive you must go for a PCR test to validate the result (you will not be permitted to enter the facility). This is Ace Acumen Academy and St. Clair College policy. We ask that all students disclose their testing positive test result in the interest of College safety. Rapid test availability will be communicated.
✔ VACCINATION STATUS – When you become fully vaccinated (14 days past second dose), please go back into SIS and change your election.
✔ CASE MANAGEMENT – If you are affected by a case on campus, you will be notified by Ace Acumen Academy at the direction of the Public Health Unit. Follow the direction provided.
Please continue to follow these and all safety protocols on campus. Ace Acumen Academy and St. Clair College are working hard at keeping classes on campus but we need all of you to be part of the plan.
Principal’s Communication to Students – (September 10, 2021)
I wish to communicate that the Ministry of Colleges and Universities has finalized the Postsecondary Education Health Measures Framework for Fall 2021, and instructions have been issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMO) requiring every post-secondary institution to have a COVID-19 vaccination policy in place by no later than September 7, 2021. The instructions recognize the importance of keeping students in school to the fullest extent possible, and that vaccines provide the best protection against COVID-19.
Our recently announced Vaccination Policy currently meets the requirements established in these directives, but the College will continue to monitor all provincial and local health regulations as safety protocols and guidelines continue to evolve to remain responsive during this pandemic. As a reminder, it is imperative that all students declare their vaccination status by selecting one of the five (5) categories noted in the previous letter provided on August 20, 2021. For reference, that letter can be found below.
Part of our overall pandemic control policy involves ongoing vigilance, on all of our parts; such as the wearing of masks by staff and students while on campus. Yes, the College has policies, protocols and procedures, developed in conjunction with public health authorities, to track trends and oversee our collective well-being. But you, as an individual student, also have a role – a simple but essential role – to play in COVID control.
To address your academic needs, your faculty members will be posting important information on Google Classroom throughout the year. We are endeavoring to support you with the academic tools to be successful as we transition back to face-to-face. The provision of online communication is not to be equated to your in-class instruction. It is merely a limited backup to it, in the case of illness/emergency.
We’re very hopeful that any supportive addition to our academic methods will give you a sense of security when/if you are ill, while it simultaneously protects the collective health of your classmates and the entire St. Clair community.
We thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding during these times and look forward to welcoming you to campus within the next few weeks.
Until then, Saints, stay well!
John Wu, M. Ed & M.A
Emergency Remote Delivery Plans – Students – (September 7, 2021)
Pursuant to the memo dated August 13, 2021 regarding emergency delivery plans, in the event that an emergency lockdown is initiated by the local or provincial Public Health due to COVID-19 during the Fall 2021 semester, St. Clair College at Ace Acumen has prepared an emergency remote delivery plan which will include fully online or hybrid delivery of your program. The Fall 2021 Emergency Remote Delivery Plans are posted on your program webpage via the College website.
You are encouraged to review the plans now so you are prepared. The following process will take effect in the event that St. Clair College at Ace Acumen must invoke the emergency remote delivery plans:
⦁ An email communication will be sent by the Board of Directors to all St. Clair College at Ace Acumen staff (part-time and full-time) identifying the date that the emergency delivery plans will commence.
⦁ An email communication will be sent by the Vice President, Academic of St Clair College to all students (via St. Clair College email or preferred email) identifying the date that the emergency delivery plans will commence.
⦁ Faculty will post an announcement on the Google Classroom course site to inform students. The communication from your professor will confirm the delivery of your course as per the plan whether it will be in-person, online, or in a hybrid format.
⦁ A formal communication will be sent to all media outlets from the Marketing and Recruitment Department at St Clair College.
⦁ A copy of the communication will be sent to all St. Clair College stakeholders including the Board of Governors, Student Representative Council, Thames Students Inc., Saints Student Athletic Association Inc., etc.
⦁ St. Clair College’s Marketing and Recruitment Department will utilize social media to make the above announcements.
⦁ St. Clair College at Ace Acumen’s website will be updated with all information and communication.
⦁ Your course schedule will not change. This alternate delivery plan will remain in effect until the end of the semester.
⦁ If your course is converted to 100% online delivery, your professor will deliver the course material via video conferencing and record the session utilizing Google Classroom at the same time your course was scheduled face-to-face.
⦁ If your course is converted to hybrid delivery, your professor will advise you via a Google Classroom announcement when to attend the face-to-face portion of your course. However, your scheduled time and date of your course for both the face-to-face delivery and online delivery will not change.
⦁ If your course is to remain in the face-to-face format, please attend the campus as per your scheduled date and time.
As we navigate through our first in-person semester since the start of the global pandemic in March 2020, we ask that you are diligent in keeping yourselves informed of all announcements and communications by monitoring your St. Clair College at Ace Acumen email and the College’s website for all up-to-date information.