The following message was sent to the McGill community on behalf of Fabrice Labeau, Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning), on March 27
Dear members of the McGill community,
Information is one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal during this difficult period. I encourage you to stay abreast of new information coming from trusted sources and to share accurate information with one another.
That being said, I know very well the feeling of COVID-19 overload, which can sometimes leave us feeling anxious and powerless. Be sure to take a break from the coverage.
Please remember that even during these challenging times, there are many facets of daily life that we still control. This includes how we tend to our emotional, social and physical well-being, and how we care for our family, friends and community. Don’t forget to go for walks, curl up with a book, phone a friend, play board games with your family.
Here is the most recent information I have for you concerning McGill’s COVID-19 measures.
While the University has moved much of its operations online, and many of its staff and faculty members are working from home, necessary operations are still being conducted on campus.
On March 22, the Quebec government issued a ban on gatherings, with exceptions for work-related gatherings, for which, as much as possible, social distancing principles must be applied. Please keep in mind the following guidelines for units doing on-campus work during this period:
Everyone, regardless of whether they are working at home or on campus, should follow these guidelines to protect themselves from COVID-19.
McGill’s Building Services team has put in place a stringent cleaning protocol to help reduce exposure to the COVID-19 virus. All high-touch surfaces, from toilets and sinks to drinking fountains and handrails, among many others, are cleaned daily using a disinfectant cleaning product. The surfaces are also regularly checked using testing kits to ensure high-touch surfaces are kept to the highest sanitary level possible.
I would like to take this time to thank members of our custodial team for their efforts. Your hard work is keeping our community safe.
The office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies remains operational with staff working remotely during campus closure. The GPS website has a dedicated page that provides important updates on activities and announcements.
In my email of March 21, I mentioned that the Government of Canada would exempt most international students and temporary foreign workers from border restrictions. These exemptions are now in place. If you’re eligible, you can now travel to Canada. You can get complete information on the Government of Canada’s website.
People returning to Canada should remember that there is a strict 14-day quarantine in effect, which means they must isolate themselves from contact with friends or family. As well, McGill cannot provide housing for their quarantine period.
I recommend that international students who are not back in their home country contact their country representatives (embassy, consulate, high commission) both to register and to verify what services may be available to them.
Students with urgent and immediate financial concerns relating to travel, living expenses or to access remote learning (internet or equipment related), may apply to McGill’s Scholarships & Student Aid Office for In-Course Financial Aid. This is a bursary and loan program for Bachelors, Masters or PhD students based on demonstrated financial need.
As of tomorrow, it will have been 14 days since McGill shut down on-campus activities except for necessary functions. Since the COVID-19 virus is thought to have a maximum incubation period of 14 days, the possible exposure to the members of the community has been reduced. Therefore, we have modified the processes surrounding the self-declaration form for staff, starting March 28, 2020:
I know these are stressful times, but the best way to alleviate anxiety is to stay educated. Consult the McGill coronavirus page, which we are continuously updating with new information and FAQs. If you have a question that isn’t answered on the FAQ, please write to COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
And don’t forget to take some time for yourself today. Do the things that give you purpose, make you happy and connect you with others.
Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning)
on behalf of the University Emergency Operations Center
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