Lakeland College students will continue to a mix of online and in-person classes this upcoming semester.
President and CEO Dr. Alice Wainwright-Stewart says the school is committed to providing students with the highest quality educational experience and have invested in resources to aid them in either situations.
COVID-19 protocols put in place during the fall semester will be maintained as two people at the Lloydminster campus tested positive in October. They say both students have recovered. Some small changes were made such as the inclusion of wearing a 3-ply face covering at the campus, however the guidelines in the current semester will follow into the next. Students and staff are required to fill out a health assessment each day before arriving to campus and physical distancing is encouraged.
Some in-person programs were adjusted to include the use of personal protective equipment to ensure safety during work-integrated sessions. According to the school, 91.5 per cent of students participated in in-person activities from September to November and about 59 per cent of students attended campus at any given time.
Wainwright-Stewart reaffirms they will be seeking different competitive opportunities for the Lakeland Rustlers in the new year as the athletes will not be able to compete in ACAC events this season.
Lakeland College will be hosting virtual sessions which will provide an overview of their programs, student support services and other services. They are scheduled for November 17, 19, 24 and 26 at 3:30 p.m. and another on the 28th at 11 a.m. The post-secondary will also be holding an online virtual career fair on November 24 for students and alumni.
Wainwright-Stewart says they will continue to survey students on their experience with blended learning and make adjustments where needed.