Spring 2021 Plan

The college’s Recovery Task Force is informed by the latest guidance from local, state and federal government officials and public health authorities. The health and safety of students, faculty, staff and their families remains the college’s top priority and continues to lead all decision-making.

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Students

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Wehle School of Business, and the School of Education and Human Services began the Spring 2021 academic semester on February 5, 2021. Throughout, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remained the highest priority in the college's reopening plans, and the college has developed a series of health protocols to mitigate risk and promote the safety of the learning environment.  These protocols include:

Health Hazard Reduction: This is aimed at reducing or eliminating risk via the quarantine requirements noted above, regular health screening, and contact tracing efforts to ensure that people carrying the virus and their close contacts do not come to campus. As part of this process, it will be recommended that students participate in the daily health monitoring Mobile App.
Density Reduction: We are focused on limiting the number of students, faculty, and staff on the campus and in the classrooms, and accommodating vulnerable populations.
Engineering Controls: Improvements to campus HVAC systems and air circulation, will mitigate risk.
Administrative Controls: These efforts protect our community with behavioral changes, through signage, training, and regular communication, to promote social distancing and reshape the way we live, work and study.
Personal Protective Equipment: Face coverings, which will be provided to students as a critical component of risk mitigation, will be required at all times in all common, public areas, except in areas designated for eating or when in private quarters.

Housing will not be available during the residence hall closedown period for Winter Break (December 10, 2020  - January 15, 2021).

Below is the revised calendar for Fall 2020:

  • Monday, August 31 -- First day of classes (no change)
  • Monday, September 7 – Classes in session, limited office staffing (note change, no Labor Day holiday for classes)
  • Wednesday, September 16 – All classes meet (this would have been Mass of the Holy Spirit, but, because we cannot have gatherings that large, it will be a normal class day)
  • Monday, October 12 – Classes in session, limited office staffing (note change, no Fall Holiday for classes)
  • Monday, October 13 – Classes in session, normal office staffing (note change, no Fall Holiday for classes)
  • Wednesday, November 25 – No classes, beginning of Thanksgiving Break (no change)
  • Monday, November 30 – Classes resume (virtual option only, no face-to-face class)
  • Tuesday, December 1 – Last day of class (virtual option only)
  • Wednesday, December 2 – Reading Day – no classes
  • Thursday, December 3 – First day of final exams
  • Wednesday, December 9 – Last day of final exams

Housing will not be available during the residence hall closedown period for Winter Break (December 10, 2020  - January 15, 2021).

 

January Term (5 weeks-online only)
Monday, January 4 – Classes begin
Thursday, February 4 – Classes end

Spring 2021

  • Friday, February 5 – first day of classes (moved from January 19)
  • Monday, February 15 – Classes in session, limited office staffing (note change, no Presidents’ Holiday for classes)
  • Tuesday, February 16 – Classes in session, normal office staffing (note change, no Presidents’ Holiday for classes)
  • Wednesday March 31 – Classes in session, normal office staffing (note change, no longer a holiday)
  • Thursday, April 1 – Classes in session, normal office staffing (note change, no longer a holiday) 
  • Friday, April 2 – Good Friday, no classes, administrative offices closed (no change)
  • Monday, April 5 -- Classes in session, normal office staffing (note change, no longer a holiday)
  • Tuesday, April 6 -- Classes in session, normal office staffing (note change, no longer a holiday)
  • Wednesday, April 7 -- Classes in session, normal office staffing (note change, no longer a holiday)
  • Thursday, April 8 -- Classes in session, normal office staffing (note change, no longer a holiday)
  • Friday, April 9 -- Classes in session, normal office staffing (note change, no longer a holiday)
  • Wednesday, April 15 – All classes in normal session (note change, MWF classes meet)
  • Friday, May 7 – Undergraduate classes end (note change, this used to be a reading day)
  • Monday, May 10 – Exams begin (no change)
  • Saturday, May 15 – Exams end (no change)
  • Wednesday, May 19 – All grades due by 9am (no change)

Note that there are no breaks except for Good Friday.

The semester ends and grades are due at the same time originally scheduled.

 Additional changes to meet the required contact time

  • All Tuesday/Thursday classes will be 80 minutes, which is 5 minutes longer than typically scheduled and matches the Monday/Wednesday schedule.  Please note that we are continuing to offer MW and TR classes at 80 minutes, although we encourage faculty to limit in-class time to address Erie County guidelines related to quarantine.
  • All classes will need to have a 10+ minute online orientation to the class before the first official class day.  Because social distancing requirements will require that most classes meet with only half of the students at a time, we will need to provide guidance to the students so that the entire class does not show up at the same time on the first day of class.  We are working to provide resources and suggestions about what to include for this online “course orientation.”

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More information

Please refer to the Return to Campus Guide and Return to Campus Video for more detailed information on transitioning back to work on campus, or contact Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president for human resources & compliance, at walleshl@canisius.edu.