Coronavirus

March 13th, 2020

Update: May 27, 2020

We continue to work very closely with the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia provinces as they begin to ease some of the Public Health requirements related to COVID-19 and begin a phased approached to re-opening institutions and establishments in the provinces.

At this point, we are pleased to announce that in accordance with the province’s phased re-opening approach, we will begin the process of re-opening our campuses in New Brunswick with Phase 1 starting on June 1st, 2020. Similar to the province’s plan, the planned approach to re-open Eastern College’s New Brunswick campuses will occur in four phases. Initial phases will be limited to students who are in programs that need to complete hands-on learning to receive their diploma. Full details of the phased approach can be found here. Where program deliverables can continue to be met through remote delivery, students will continue with the current remote learning environment.

We have chosen a phased return approach with all of our staff and students, bearing health and safety in mind and ensuring that the measures in place are in-line with Public Health guidelines. These measures include:
• Limiting the number of staff, students and clients on campus at any given time
• Restructuring our classrooms to allow for physical distancing and where the program requires staff and students to come within 2 meters/6 feet of each other
• Providing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment
• Requiring all staff, students and clients that come to the campus to complete active screening

In Nova Scotia, the provincial government has extended the provincial state of emergency until May 31, 2020 and we anticipate this date will be extended. In a recent update, the government also shared that Nova Scotia’s public schools will not open for the remainder of the school year. In accordance with the government’s expected approach, we will continue in remote learning until Tuesday, September 8th, 2020. This means that our campuses remain closed and learning will continue via remote learning delivery.

We will communicate further updates as soon as information is available.

Stuart Bentley, President Eastern College

Update: April 29, 2020

On Friday, April 24 the Government of New Brunswick made an announcement regarding the immediate reduction of the COVID-19 safety restrictions. In the four-phase plan, post-secondary schools are one of the first institutions permitted to open, specifically, for practical portions of programs that need to be completed for students to be able to graduate. We have been in discussion with members of the government on the impact of this decision and are actively working on how this return would look like. However, until we finalize this return to school plan all of our campuses at Eastern College remain closed until June 5, 2020, unless otherwise announced.

We have a dedicated committee currently working on the Return to School Plan and will be aligned with the phased approach of return announced by the government that includes directives from Public Health. The health and safety of our students and staff remains our top priority and we will be preparing our campuses to make sure they meet all the health and safety standards as prescribed by the government to ensure our students and staff feel safe when coming into the campus to complete their education.

At this point, reduction of COVID-19 safety precautions have not been announced for the province of Nova Scotia. However, we are closely monitoring updates from the province and will communicate any updates as soon as they are known. As a result, our Halifax campus is also expected to remain closed until June 5, 2020 and existing students will continue with remote education delivery.

Stuart Bentley, President Eastern College

Update: April 1, 2020

As many of you know, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are in a state of emergency to contain the spread of COVID-19. Publics schools are remaining closed indefinitely in New Brunswick and at least until May 1st 2020 in Nova Scotia.

We have received agreement from the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour in New Brunswick and the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Education (DLAE) to continue remote education delivery until May 1, 2020.

This means our classes will continue to be taught remotely while our campuses remain closed for all students in accordance with public safety precautions. We are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to provide updates.

We thank everyone for their continued patience and cooperation, and as always, urge everyone to continue to take precautions, practice social distancing, and stay healthy and safe.

Stuart Bentley, President Eastern College

Update: March 22, 2020

COVID-19 Update – Eastern College implements remote education delivery

Further to our March 13th announcement, I would like to share an update on our response to the COVID-19 situation. We took the unprecedented step of quickly closing our campuses to students and staff on March 13th in response to rapidly developing threats posed by COVID-19 and began preparing for remote education delivery. The Eastern College team has worked diligently to prepare our students and staff to continue their learning through remote education delivery.

Our priority is ensuring our students can continue their studies from home where they are safe from exposure to the virus by adhering to physical distancing protocols. We also understand that students want to continue with their education and prepare for their new careers.

All Eastern College classes will be delivered through remote education delivery. Specific program and course details will be communicated to students via our Student Web, Eastern Student Emails, and contact from Instructors.

Thank you to all of our students for their understanding, cooperation, and commitment to adjust as we go through this time together. I would also like to thank everyone on our Eastern College team for their dedication and readiness in dealing with these uncertain times and maintaining our students’ continued education at the forefront of their efforts.

On behalf of Eastern College, I wish our students continued success in their studies and look forward to seeing them graduate into new careers.

Stuart Bentley, President Eastern College

Update: March 13, 2020

Eastern College closing campuses and transitioning to remote learning delivery as a precaution against COVID-19

Halifax, NS  – as the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak continues to spread and public health measures are being implemented throughout Eastern Canada, our team has been working to address the health and safety concerns of our community while ensuring the continuity of learning wherever feasible.

As a result, Eastern College is temporarily closing campuses in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick from March 16, 2020 to April 3, 2020, and classes will be facilitated through remote learning delivery for programs where possible. In order to prepare for remote learning delivery and to ensure the continuity of learning for our students, we will also be cancelling classes on March 16, 2020 so that instructors and administration can continue to prepare for remote learning delivery. Remote learning delivery classes will begin on Tuesday March 17, 2020.

Our Eastern College Online programs and students remain unaffected by this change as the students and instructors are already using remote learning as part of the day-to-day instruction and learning.

The health and well-being of students and faculty is paramount as we continue to navigate the developing situation relating to COVID-19. Eastern College is communicating these adjustments to all students and will be providing support to faculty to assist in the transition.

“Our priority at this time is the health and safety of our students, faculty, and our community. We are grateful for their patience and understanding during these rapidly changing times,” said Stuart Bentley, President, Eastern College. “We will continue our unwavering efforts to transition our programs to remote learning so our students can continue their education.”

Eastern College continues to urge students and faculty to take all necessary precautions during these uncertain times. If you or anyone you know starts having symptoms of COVID-19, isolate yourself from others as quickly as possible. Immediately call a health care professional or the public health authority in the province or territory where you are located. Describe your symptoms and travel history. The Canadian Public Health Agency will provide advice on what you should do.

About Eastern College

Established in 1983, Eastern College has delivered training in a modular approach to students to enable them to fast-track to job readiness. Eastern has four campuses in Atlantic Canada; Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton and Halifax. Eastern offers programs in Business, Technology, Healthcare, Law, Supply Chain and Art & Design.

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