Updates from Medix College on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 24th 2020, 11:00am

Further to my March 20/20 notice, I first and foremost want to acknowledge the amazing work and dedication of our staff and faculty, particularly those whose roles have required them to be on site to support our students throughout the past week.  To our students, I want to also commend you for rising to the challenge and continuing your programs online despite the circumstances of not being able to be on campus.

Please note the following updates:

  • Premier Ford has ordered all non essential workplaces to close their doors effective tonight at midnight and Colleges & Universities have not been classified as essential therefore all our Ontario campuses will close March 25th until further notice. Essential Workplaces List
  • At this time, only individuals in identified critical positions are permitted on site.
  • All Medix Classes will continue to be taught at a distance for the foreseeable future and more information regarding starting your program, continuing or completing your program will be provided to you in the coming days.
  • IT support has been classified as an essential service and will therefore continue to be available for students. If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please email: itsupport@medixcollege.ca – please note that due to the reduced staffing protocols in place, we will do our best to get back to you within 24 hours but may take longer. Your patience is greatly appreciated.
  • All clinical and field placements will remain suspended for students on externship until we receive notification that we are able to resume.
  • We have received a large number of requests from our Employers in the community of front-line healthcare workers for immediate positions. If you are in good health and interested, please contact your Career Services Representative for further details on the positions available.

We recognize that these are trying times and we encourage you to make use of the supports that are available, remain positive and focus on your future. This is such a crucial time for education, the healthcare industry is in desperate need of talent and will be even more so following this crisis.

In closing, I am confident we will all recover from this if we work together.  United, we can service with excellence the needs of our communities and the needs of you, our future graduates, by matching skills.

With care and concern for your well-being and in support of your academic studies,

Peter Dykstra, Vice-President

March 20th 2020, 11:00am

Further to my March 16/20 notice, our CCG Team has been working tirelessly to support you all during these challenging times.  First and foremost, our focus continues to be on ensuring the health and safety of our staff, students and our community by adhering to social distancing protocols. I also believe we have a responsibility to our community to continue to support our healthcare system in the province by continuing to train healthcare workers for the days ahead.

Please know that as a Team we recognize the many challenges that you are experiencing. Together we have agreed to be flexible whenever possible and to act with understanding and compassion. We will continue to work with students as we understand this situation is stressful for you. When proposing modifications to the course, instructors are carefully considering potential impacts on you, their students, in mind.

Please note the following:

  • All Medix Classes will begin/resume Monday March 23rd. Classes will be taught at a distance using our Learning Management System (LMS) and/ or other tools. Therefore, during this time, students will not be permitted to come to the Campus.
  • Details for your specific program will be posted under Announcements in the LMS and/or will be communicated to you via email via your program instructor.
  • We recognize that with school and daycare centre closures, attending class during your regularly scheduled time may be challenging. Therefore, attendance will be taken within a 24-hour period to provide you with the time to continue your learning at a time most convenient to you. For greater clarity, all full-time students must complete the daily lesson plan which could include: required readings, attend/watch a live/recorded video lecture, take an online exam as applicable or other daily activities as assigned by your instructor in order to be considered present for that day. You will then have 24-hours to view/complete all required work to be marked “Attended” for that day.
  • Our Campuses will remain open under reduced hours for administrative support with increased protocol for screening all visitors.
  • IT support will be available for students. If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please email: itsupport@medixcollege.ca – please note that due to the reduced staffing protocols in place, we will do our best to get back to you within 24 hours but may take longer. Your patience is greatly appreciated.
  • All clinical and field placements will remain suspended for students on externship until April 4th. However, if you are onsite with a healthcare facility that requires you to stay and support the front lines and you are willing to do so, please send a note to your coordinator confirming your placement and please remember at all times to stay safe.  Your commitment to your community is appreciated during this difficult time.

In closing, I would like to thank everyone on our CCG Team and our students, for their commitment and resilience during this challenging time. It is so true that character and integrity rise above all else in the midst of a crisis and watching you all step up this week has been a humbling experience for me to witness. I am so honored and proud to lead this organization.

With care and concern for your well-being and in support of your academic studies,

Peter Dykstra, Vice-President

March 16th 2020, 3:00pm

Further to my March 15 notice, preparations are underway by the Career College Group to work through the COVID-19 situation while ensuring the health and safety of our staff, students and community. Please note the following:

  • All classes remain suspended from March 14 to March 22.
  • Beginning March 23 to April 3, many of our courses will be taught at a distance using our Learning Management System (LMS) and/ or other tools, therefore during this time students will not be required to come to campus.
  • Students will be notified on March 20th about their specific program’s plan for distance delivery and accordingly about their schedule for the coming weeks.
  • Effective Monday, March. 17 until at least April 4th, all clinical and field placements will be suspended for students on externship. However, if you are onsite with a healthcare facility that requires you to stay and support the front lines and you are willing to, please send a note to your coordinator confirming your placement and please remember at all times to stay safe.  Your commitment to your community is appreciated during this difficult time.
  • Our Campuses will remain open for small group and individual activities from 9am-7pm Monday-Thursday.

We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty during a situation like this and people have a lot of questions. We will continue to provide detailed updates as often as possible.

 

Stay safe,

 

Peter Dykstra, Vice-President

March 13th 2020, 11:30am

At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in any of our campuses, but public health officials have suggested that we should be actively planning for its potential impact in our communities.

Classes and Other Academic Activities 

  • All classes & clinics will be suspended from Monday, March 16th to Sunday, March 22nd. This is being done so that College faculty and staff can appropriately plan for course delivery, labs, and services.
  • This shutdown will also allow deep cleaning of our labs and classrooms.
  • From Monday, March 23 to Friday, April 3 the decision to run courses will be communicated next week as we prepare and monitor the situation.
  • Campuses will remain open during this time with staff to support administrative duties.
  • Externship students– Students on externship should continue their activities without alteration while following public health protocols, unless otherwise notified by the host site. Any disruptions to scheduled externship should be communicated to the Placement Coordinator.

We are fully aware of the concern and wish to let you know that Career College Group is taking the situation very seriously. We believe it is our role and responsibility to prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff while prioritizing the role we play in supporting our local healthcare communities. Preparations are being undertaken should we be directly affected by the virus.

We hope we will be able to complete our classes without disruption, but we are making contingency plans should there be an interruption based on directives from the Ministry of Colleges & Universities and Public Health. Our primary concern will always be to ensure that our students, staff and community stay safe and healthy. We will follow the direction of Public Health and communicate to all if there are additional measures required. For more information on the latest information, please visit: Coronavirus Public Health Link

Please be aware of risks, take precautions and think about the potential impact your actions could have on others.  If you are sick, please stay home.  Seek advice from healthcare professionals and get the medical information you need to care for yourself and others.

Our Colleges have overcome some significant challenges over the years, and now we must all play our part in addressing a serious public health crisis. I am always amazed by the strength and resiliency of our staff & students in approaching such issues head on and working toward solutions in a cooperative and collaborative manner. I know we can count on you to demonstrate that spirit once again.

Sincerely,

 

Peter Dykstra, Vice President