St. Lawrence College plans on students in classes this fall

A student walks up the road from the St. Lawrence College campus in Cornwall, Ont. on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

Editor’s note: This story has been updated at 5:28 p.m. Monday to add opinion from the medical officer of health for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, which includes the jurisdiction of the Cornwall campus. Dr. Paul Roumeliotis says he spoke to deans from all campuses.

KINGSTON – St. Lawrence College intends on having students face-to-face with their professors this fall.

The college plans to have students in the classroom and campus services up and running in September at its three locations in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston, it announced Monday.

In saying that, the college also says it will depend on whether physical distancing is still required.

CEO Glenn Vollebregt says he is “thrilled at the prospect of seeing more of our students and employees back on campus.”

During the pandemic, some students have been on campus for instruction in programs where it’s not possible to learn remotely, such as health sciences and those with labs and hands-on simulations.

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, medical officer of heath for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, tells Newswatch he spoke to the deans of the three campuses about the plan.

“It’s optimistic but perhaps not completely unrealistic. We think it’s a good idea to plan how you see it. I don’t see them going back, like, fully normal. There’s going to be some precautions. I told the dean, it’s a good idea to plan but I don’t think we should be planning for a full return to school as normal, that’s for sure,” Roumeliotis said.

St. Lawrence College has a total of approximately 10,000 full-time students between the three campuses.