Temporary shift to remote learning January 10 – 24
This message is sent on behalf of Joy Johnson, president and vice-chancellor. It has been sent to all students, staff and faculty.
SFU will begin the spring term with a temporary, two-week shift to remote learning and teaching for lectures and seminars. These temporary measures will be in effect January 10 – 24. All experiential classes, including studio courses, and labs will continue in person with safety guidelines.
SFU has had a very safe and successful return to campus. Safety remains our top priority, and includes the mental health and wellness of our students, faculty and staff. This brief shift to some of our learning and teaching will provide time to learn more about the situation and consider additional tools to support a full in-person return.
B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has indicated that based on our experience in B.C. and internationally, educational settings are low-risk for COVID-19 transmission. Dr. Henry recently wrote a letter to post-secondaries, which indicated that transmission in educational settings on campus continues to be uncommon.
We are taking this short pause in order to offer clarity for our community at a time when many students have travelled away from campus.
At this time, we are planning for the full return of on-campus services and continuing with current work arrangements for staff January 4. Should that change, staff will be notified by email.
The SFU community of students, faculty and staff continues to adapt and respond to continual change. I encourage you to do all you can to recharge over the winter break. If you need help, please reach out.
Have a safe and restful winter break.
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President and Vice-Chancellor