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This page was updated on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.


Program Delivery for 2020-2021

The college has announced its plans for program delivery for the upcoming school year. To view a list of programs and their delivery methods, visit this page.


COVID-19 Student Financial Supports
To be eligible for any provincial supports for students impacted by COVID-19, a student must be residing in Prince Edward Island. There is help available to students that are from out-of-province, including international students who are living on PEI. Find out more here.


Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19.

This benefit is for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI). To find out more, visit the CESB website.


Holland College continues to monitor developments about the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

We know that you have questions, and we will try to provide you with as many answers as we can at this time on our Closure and Program Delivery Q & A page.

The college has moved to essential services delivery until further notice.

College residences remain open at this time.

The Centre for Community Engagement (CCE) is closed until further notice.

Holland College has temporarily suspended all on the job training placements, including clinicals and practicums, until further notice.

Alternate delivery of courses commenced on Wednesday, March 25. These alternate delivery methods (primarily distance) will be in place for the remainder of the term.

Holland College graduations have been postponed and other special events have been cancelled or postponed.

Resources

The World Health Organization website provides information and guidance from WHO regarding the current outbreak of COVID-19. Visit this page for daily updates.

Visit the PEI Government and Government of Canada websites for updates from the Chief Public Health Office of Prince Edward Island and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Advice for Travelers

The Chief Public Health Officer is advising individuals to self-isolate for 14 days following all out of province travel. During this period if you have symptoms call 8-1-1 for further instruction.

 

Public health risk is continually reassessed and updated as new information becomes available.

 

As of March 14th, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs is urging Canadians who are currently traveling outside of Canada, to return to Canada while commercial means remain available.

Other steps Holland College has taken

  • Holland College already has a stringent cleaning protocol for all spaces; however, the college has increased disinfecting efforts to multiple times per day specifically to high frequency touch areas such stair rails, doorknobs, door surfaces, countertops, and other areas.
  • We have formed a COVID-19 Response Committee, which meets on a regular basis and updates staff and students as required.
  • We are in close contact with the Province’s Chief Public Health Officer, who will keep us apprised of any updates to the situation.

If any staff or students are feeling anxious about COVID-19, we encourage them to speak to a counselor or contact a health care professional. Holland College has a number of supports for students through Student Services, including counselling: counselling@hollandcollege.com and the International office: international@hollandcollege.com or 902-566-9377.

Holland College students can also access in-person or phone based counselling services 24/7 through the Aspiria Assistance Program at 1-877-234-5327.  We encourage you to use these resources if you have concerns. Staff and faculty should contact the college's Employee Assistance Program by visiting https://www.workhealthlife.com/or calling 1-844-880-9142.

If you are a student and you have specific questions about COVID-19, please use this email address to contact our Student Experience Team: student-inquiries@hollandcollege.com.  The team will do their best to respond in a timely manner.

If you are a staff member with questions, please email staff-inquiries@hollandcollege.com.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as required.

How you can prepare

Follow the advice of the province's Chief Public Health Officer.

The best defense against COVID-19 is to practice routine prevention measures.

  • Maintain good social hygiene, including physical distancing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Click here for more information
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
  • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, eyes.
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: routinely clean frequently touched surfaces (for example tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks and cell phones).
  • Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
  • If you are planning to travel, or have questions regarding travel, please consult the latest public health advice here.

Download the HC Safe app for the most up to date information. The app integrates the college's emergency, closure, and security systems, providing users with up-to-the-minute notifications in the event of an emergency or a closure at a Holland College location. The HC Safe app is available free of charge in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to, or may be experiencing symptoms of, Covid-19, please call 811 for assessment information.

If you have questions about the coronavirus, call the provincial hotline: 1-800-958-6400. You will be asked to leave a message, and someone from the chief public health office will return your call within 24 hours.