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LIA Response to COVID-19

Here at LIA we understand that our students and parents may have many questions during this uncertain time due to the global pandemic, COVID-19. Here on this page we will be updating relevant campus information  to ensure timely communication to our students and families. Our Principal, Mr. Paul Debenham, will be providing these updates. 

If you have any specific questions or concerns at this time, regarding our response, please feel free to contact our Principal, Mr. Paul Debenham, at pdebenham@lia-edu.ca or Marketing Manager, Vanessa Verworn, at vverworn@lia-edu.ca 

Principal Debenham's Update

Update letter to parents: June 25, 2020

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According to the Canadian and the Ontario Government Health Departments the next two weeks will be very, very important in the fight against coronavirus spread.

If we all pull together we can reduce the local infection rate.

London is doing quite well BUT we must not put our fists down.

PLEASE:

1. Stay in your room as much as possible.

2. Gatherings of more than 5 people are now forbidden by law.

3. Maintain a social distance of 2 metres whenever you can. I know this is difficult and in some situations it is impossible and sounds ridiculous. Even if 2 metres is impossible, TRY ANYWAY BECAUSE research says it is crucial.

4. It is ESPECIALLY important to maintain social distance from ANYONE you meet who has had or is having OUTSIDE contact – Residence advisors especially.

5. Wash your hands regularly. Cough and sneeze into your armpit or a disposable tissue.

6. DO NOT touch your face, rub your eyes or pick your nose.

7. If you feel unwell, report to the residence advisor immediately by phone.

Students living out of residence follow the above advice relevant to your situation and follow the London Heath Unit advice posters sent earlier.

PLEASE ACT RESPONSIBLY and we will all stay safe!!!

LIA Coronavirus Update 21 March 2020

Due to the City of London declaring a state of emergency on Friday March 20, 2020, effective immediately (March 21, 2020), both student residences will be going into lock down.

  • No students are allowed to leave the residence;
  • All meals will be delivered up to the floors.

LIA Coronavirus Update 19 March 2020

1. The OSSLT scheduled for March 31st, 2020 was cancelled earlier, as a consequence the Ontario Ministry of Education has just today waived the graduation literacy requirement for 2019-20 OSSD graduation.

https://www.eqao.com/en/about_eqao/media_room/Pages/2019-2020-Assessment-Cancellation.aspx

2. We are in contact with universities as to any possible effect, if any, that the OSSLT waiver will have on student university applications.

3. We are in contact with the Ministry of education as to whether the waiver will extend to LIA students who plan to graduate in late December 2020.

4. We are awaiting Ministry directives relating to incomplete community service hours and how this graduation requirement can be fulfilled in the prevailing circumstances.

5. As these enquiries are responded to, we will inform you immediately.

School Measures

LIA is making plans for three scenarios for the fall semester including: a full return to inschool learning, online learning and a blend of online learning and in-class instruction on alternate days.

1. A full return to in school learning If the number of covid-19 cases in London continue to decline and the Canadian government permits international students to travel to Canada LIA may return to inschool learning in fall 2020. In-school learning will require additional health and safety measures which will include:

• Directional signage and floor markers

• Increase cleaning protocols

• New classroom configurations

• Screening practices for staff and students

• Social distancing practices.

2. A blend of online learning and in-class instruction If the number of covid-19 cases in London continues to decline, the Ministry of Education may allow students back in school with a class cap of 10 -15 students maximum per room. Blended online learning and in-class instruction would be used to allow student already in Canada to return to the classroom while limiting class size. Asynchronous online instruction would be used for international students not able to come to Canada. The blended learning protocol will include:

• Students attending class on campus on alternate days

• An online learning platform will be used for video conferencing and the delivery of online content to international students and students in residence on alternate days.

• A maximum of 15 students per class (depending of room size)

• All safety measure listed above

3. Online learning If the number of covid-19 cases do not decline and school in Ontario remain closed LIA will offer synchronous online learning to students already in Canada (8:30am – 3:30pm EST) and asynchronous online learning for international students. An online learning platform will be used for video conferencing and the delivery of online content.

School Measures as of March 16, 2020

  1. Suspend in person classes and switch to online classes.
  2. Direct students to limit travel and preferably not leave the city of London.
  3. Issue handwashing guidelines at restrooms.
  4. Place hand sanitizer dispensers at school entrances and exits.
  5. Ask employees to work from home to limit excessive personal contact.
  6. Implement temperature checks at entrances and exits.
  7. Increase residence staff numbers to more closely monitor students in residence.

Government of Canada Links

Federal Government

Municipal Government

Provincial Government

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any COVID-19 cases at LIA?

No, at the moment there are no COVID-19 cases at LIA.

Is the school closed?

No. While our current students have been placed on lockdown at our student residences, and the majority of our staff now work from home, classes are still ongoing, albeit shifted to an online platform.

Will my child be able to come home at the end of the semester?

Unfortunately, a variety of countries around the world including Canada, have decided to place travel restrictions to limit COVID-19 transmission. This means that depending upon the student’s status within the country they wish to travel to, as well as airline availability, their ability to return home may be impeded. Please check your country’s travel policy regarding Canada, and prepare accordingly.

Please see the Govt. of Canada’s page for more information: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html#non-essential

Can my child return home now and finish their classes online?

At this time the Government of Canada has restricted non-essential travel until June.30.2020, and so we would heavily recommend waiting until the policies lifting travel are ammended or until the designated time.

For more information please see: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html?topic=tilelink

Can my child leave LIA property at the moment?

No, in order to prevent community transmission of COVID-19 to students, school management has decided to place the students and residences on lockdown. Staff have been placed at resdience entrances and exits to control who students interact with and to limit opportunities for viral transmission.

How are students receiving meals?

Students are being delivered meals to their floors by staff at mealtimes. They are able to submit orders via an app or by informing staff members. There are also impromptu deliveries of snacks and fresh fruits.

Students are also able to order delivery via existing meal delivery services to their residence, these deliveries are received by staff members at residence entrances and delivered to students by school staff.

Can I still send my child packages?

Yes. Packages are still being delivered to the school and we are informing students of their arrival. Packages will be delivered to students by staff members.

How will this affect my child's admission into a university?

Since different universities around the world are responding to the disruption of normal education functions in a variety of ways, this answer may vary. In general, most universities will make offers based on midterm grades which were submitted prior to the lockdown. For inquiries regarding specific universities, please contact the guidance counselor Tyler MacDouell at tmacdouell@lia-edu.ca

Can my child contact the Guidance Counselor?

Yes, students can continue booking online meeting sessions with their guidance counselor via the school website, under the students tab, where there is a link to book guidance sessions.

Link: www.lia-edu.ca/students

Are final exams cancelled?

No, final exams are not cancelled. Instead they will be conducted through an online proctoring system. Final marks will still be submitted for university admissions consideration.

Does student health insurance cover COVID-19 testing?

There is no coverage for testing unless your child is presenting symptoms, has travelled recently from one of the affected areas or has been in direct contact with someone that has been diagnosed.

 

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