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Links to pandemic info and tools for each English School Board in Quebec:
https://www.qesba.qc.ca/en/covid-19

From Bishop’s University:

The COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocol for Academics and In-Person Learning outlines the conditions under which Internships/Experiential Learning (EL) experiences, including practica in schools, will be permitted in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Internships/EL experiences, including practica in schools, will be permitted in 2021-2022 provided:

  • Host organizations accept students in COVID-19 situations and can assign a supervisor, have safety protocols in place that follow public health guidelines, and the organization has the capacity and supplies to implement the protocols.
  • You should review any school, school board/service centre, and/or Ministerial guidelines with respect to COVID-19 protocols prior to your arrival on site. Discuss school protocols with your Associate Teacher on your first day at the school. This includes information related to safety equipment, social distancing, and other procedures in the case of an outbreak in your classroom or school, etc. You must abide by these guidelines while you are in your practicum placement. It is recommended that you continue to review these guidelines with your Associate Teacher on a regular basis throughout your placement.

Carpooling to Practicum

Bishop’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocol for Academics and In-Person Learning outlines the following guidelines for carpooling to practicum sites:

  • Students should not be carpooling in groups of more than two per car (unless they wear procedural masks) to travel to locations. Of course, students will have to abide by all rules imposed by the host organization, even if different and more stringent than those at Bishop’s. This will include public transportation and possibly the Vaccine Passport.

Students travelling in a carpool group of more than two per car will be provided with additional procedural masks (2 additional masks per day x 5 days per week x the number of weeks of your practicum).

What if I experience symptoms of COVID-19 during practicum?

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (see Quebec Public Health General COVID-19 Information), please call 1-877-644-4545 immediately and isolate yourself from others. Based on your symptoms and travel history, a health care professional will advise you on the best course of action.

  • Call 1-877-644-4545 for instructions.
  • Based on the instructions received, you may be required to self-isolate for a certain period and/or get tested.
  • Inform the Practice Teaching Office (practiceteaching@ubishops.ca, 819-822-9600, ext. 2508).
  • Follow all school and school board protocols, as required.

Any positive diagnosis received must be emailed to the Manager of Health Services at Bishop’s, Kendra Brock (kbrock@ubishops.ca) by the student.

If someone you live with is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, even if you are not, please call 1-877-644-4545 for instructions.

Student Care and Empower Me

Students also have access to Student Care and Empower Me.

Student Care offers comprehensive health coverage to all students in the Fall and Winter.

Students who are members of the Bishop’s University Students’ Representative Council (SRC) and who are paying tuition fees at either the Canadian or Quebec rates are automatically covered by the collective Enhanced Care Health & Dental Plan.

For more information contact the SRC or BU SRC Student Care.

Empower Me allows students to connect with qualified counsellors, consultants, and life coaches for a variety of issues. As a Dental Plan member, you are entitled to sessions delivered in person, by telephone, by video-counselling, or by e-counselling.

Empower Me is a confidential, multilingual, culturally, gender and faith inclusive service offered 24/7, 365 days per year. For more information contact the SRC or BU SRC Empower Me.