Information for Faculty of Health Sciences Students

The information below reflects the most recent information that has been communicated to students in the Faculty of Health Sciences. The information below is intended to supplement Western's official advisories regarding COVID-19.


Information for Physical Therapy Students (updated June 19, 2020)

June 19, 2020: Fall 2020 Program Information

Following the instructional model adopted by Western University as a whole in response to the continuing COVID-19 situation, the School of Physical Therapy has made plans to provide a mixed model of online and in-person course delivery for the Fall term for both incoming and continuing students in the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) Program. We are carefully redesigning our in-person instruction to implement multiple levels of infection prevention and control for the safety of students and instructors. This will include daily screening before entering campus buildings, smaller in-person group sizes, scheduling to reduce inter-mingling of groups, physical distancing whenever possible, and use of personal protective equipment when proximity is required.

Although the majority of our instruction will be online, there are essential learning objectives in the MPT Program that cannot be achieved without in-person instruction.

In-Person Instruction for Fall 2020

Students entering Year 2 of the MPT Program will have in-person labs during the following times:

  • August 24 to September 3 (completion of PT9525 and PT9527)
  • September 14 to September 25
  • October 19 to October 23

Students entering Year 1 of the MPT Program will have in-person labs during the following times:

  • September 28 to October 9
  • October 26 to December 11

Prior to Returning to Campus

  • Any student, both returning and incoming first-year who has worked in a long-term care setting in the 30 days preceding their arrival on campus must have self-isolated for 14 days prior to returning to campus.
  • Any student with symptoms of COVID-19, or who thinks they may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, must be tested and have a negative test result.

First-Year Orientation

Plans are in development to offer a comprehensive orientation experience for students entering their first year of the program. Information will be shared directly as those plans come together.
Western’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be informed by, and adheres to, the advice of federal, provincial and local health authorities and prioritizes the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. We have developed our plans for our academic programs based on the best information available; however, given the ever-changing nature of this public health situation, these schedules and plans may change as required. We will keep you updated. We appreciate your patience as we work to support all members of the Western community.


March 17, 2020: 9584 Placement Update (10:55 a.m.)

Following up on our email from March 15, and based on the most recent information we have received from our clinical placement partners, clinical placements for students in the School of Physical Therapy are cancelled until further notice. Your 9583 placement is cancelled in its entirety. You are welcome to head home or back to London, keeping in mind travel restrictions. I ask that all students inform me as to where they will be in the coming weeks.

Based on the current situation, we are anticipating that any upcoming placements scheduled this Spring (9584) may also be interrupted, cancelled or delayed. As such, please cancel all accommodations for the April 27 – June 5 period as well. All activities related to clinical placements, including preparatory assignments and contacting supervisors, should be put on hold.

As mentioned on Sunday, we appreciate that you will likely have questions about what this means for future placements, graduation requirements and timely completion of your program. Please know that we are doing our very best to consider all factors and contingencies during these unprecedented times. Leadership is continually meeting to address these questions. While we do not have all the answers now, we are working to develop a plan moving forward and will communicate with each of you as we know more. We ask for your patience. Our priority continues to be finding the best way to support our students in achieving their academic goals.

If you have any questions about immediate considerations, do not hesitate to email me or call me in the office. Again, as more information becomes available about the effects of this on your academic timeline, we will share it with you.

I am thinking about each and every one of you and hope that all of you are doing well, despite the current situation.

Dr. Samantha Doralp
Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education


March 15, 2020: 9583 Placement Update (9:53 p.m.)

With the current and escalating number of closures occurring across southwestern Ontario today, we have been placed in the position to suspend all student clinical placements effective immediately. LHSC and SJHC have cancelled all placements and notices are coming in about potential cancellations at individual clinics. Please note that this decision to suspend all placements was not an easy one to make and is not taken lightly. These measures are being put into place for the greater good of the public health system and to ensure that we do our part to not overwhelm our currently overburdened public health system. We can appreciate your anxiety and that many of you have questions about what this means for future placements, graduation requirements and timely completion of the PT program. Please know that we are doing our best to take all of this into consideration during these unprecedented times. Leadership is meeting tomorrow to develop a plan moving forward. Please stay home tomorrow and check your email for updates and information regarding next steps.

Please reach out if you have any questions.

Dr. Samantha Doralp
Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education


March 14, 2020: Notice to Students re: Clinical Placements and Professional Practice Experiences

Students in Physical Therapy

Clinical Placements: Western is committed to maintaining clinical placements; however, we are subject to the policies of our clinical practice partners. Assume that your placement is proceeding unless you hear directly from us.

Further to our communication of March 13, we are continuing to work with all of our programs to develop the best strategies and approaches to determine the best way to proceed with our programs. Our focus is on ensuring students are able to meet academic and clinical requirements of the professions. The School of Physical Therapy is currently intending to ‘front-load’ our lecture and theory-based materials and deliver these online, over the next 2 – 3 weeks. This will include providing video, audio and presentation materials via OWL sites. We are working on preparing those materials so that online course delivery can resume as per Western’s timeframes.

Professional Practice Experiences (PT9524, PT5925, PT9526, PT9527)
We are also aware that many courses involve professional practice / clinical competency components. We are currently working on a strategy to ensure we can continue teaching the clinical skills components of the programs. This includes setting up clinical and simulation suites at Elborn College to ensure they meet all infection control guidelines currently recommended by Public Health Ontario. These clinical practice spaces will be aligned with the clinical care settings in placements. We are also implementing screening procedures to ensure anyone entering our clinical practice settings are screened according to Public Health and Ministry of Health, Ontario guidelines and will be reducing the number of participants in the sections of the clinical skills sections to ensure we can meet social distancing requirements as much as possible. At this time, we would expect to be able to resume clinical skills sessions within the next 3 -4 weeks.

Please be assured we are closely following the Ministry of Health, Ontario guidelines for Independent Health facilities and notices and requirements provided by the Middlesex-London Health Unit. We understand there are concerns; however, we have also been advised that ambulatory care, primary care and community health care facilities are being encouraged to continue providing health care services to the population and ensure the proper cleaning and screening guidelines are in place.

Clinical Placements

Western is committed to maintaining clinical placements; however, we are subject to the policies of our clinical practice partners. At this time, we have been informed by some clinical practice partners that they are not able to support student placements; however, the majority of clinical placements are proceeding as planned. We will be in direct contact with those students that are directly affected. If you do not hear from us, your placement will proceed as planned until or unless otherwise notified.

FHS strongly recommends that all students be aware of the policies and procedures of your clinical practice partners.

What if I go home and am unable to attend my Clinical Placement or Clinical Skills Sessions?
We understand that some students may not wish to continue with their clinical placements or participate in clinical skills sessions at this time. We respect your decision. Should you choose to put your program on hold at this time, we will work with you to plan for your return to campus and the program. Please note that we cannot guarantee that you will be able to meet your academic requirements within the normal program timelines.

What if I travel?
If you travel outside of Canada, please follow the latest travel advice from the Government of Canada. If you are returning from international travel and are required to self-isolate and this compromises your ability to meet your academic requirements (ie: clinical placements, clinical skills sessions etc.) please contact either the Academic Clinical Coordinator for your program or your Program Leader to discuss next steps.

More information:

As always, and as soon to be health care professionals, we encourage you to stay informed about this quickly changing situation, including:

Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html

Ministry of Health, Ontario: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/2019_guidance.aspx

Middlesex-London Health Unit:https://www.healthunit.com/news/novel-coronavirus

Information regarding Western’s response to COVID 19 is updated frequently and available at: www.uwo.ca/coronavirus


March 13, 2020: Re: Clinical Placements

Dear Students,

We know you have received communication from the University regarding the cancellation of classes from Friday, March 13, 2020 – Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at which time classes will transition to online delivery.

Given the nature of many of our clinical programs, we are currently assessing and evaluating all programs and developing strategies to determine the best way to proceed with our programs. We will have more information to share early next week. Please be assured our focus is on ensuring we meet academic requirements and term delivery as much as reasonably possible.

Clinical Placements
Western is committed to maintaining clinical placements; however, we are subject to the policies of our clinical practice partners. At this time, we have not been informed by any clinical partners that clinical placements cannot proceed as planned. If we are informed differently regarding clinical placements, we will let you know as soon as possible. It is expected that all students will attend their clinical placements as scheduled. Updates will be available at: www.uwo.ca/fhs/covid19 

FHS strongly recommends that all students be aware of the policies and procedures of your clinical practice partners.

Yesterday, the Faculty released a travel policy available at https://www.uwo.ca/fhs/covid19/travel.html  Please be aware of this policy and how it affects you and your plans for travel.

Information regarding Western’s response to COVID-19 is updated frequently and available at https://www.uwo.ca/coronavirus 

Information for Communication Sciences and Disorders Students (updated June 12, 2020)

June 12, 2020: Fall 2020 Campus Arrival for Students

Following the instructional model adopted by Western University as a whole in response to the continuing COVID-19 situation, the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders has made plans to provide a mixed model of online and in-person course delivery for September for both incoming and continuing students. We are carefully redesigning our in-person instruction to implement multiple levels of infection prevention and control for the safety of students and instructors. This will include daily screening before entering campus buildings, smaller in-person group sizes, scheduling to reduce inter-mingling of groups, physical distancing whenever possible, and use of personal protective equipment when proximity is required.

Although the majority of our instruction will be online, there are essential learning objectives in our Audiology and SLP programs that cannot be achieved without this in-person instruction, and therefore you will need to be present in London in September to commence or continue your studies. Orientation activities (in a format yet to be determined) will take place on September 6th and 7th, and classes begin on September 8th for both incoming and continuing students. If you have any concerns about your ability to be on-site at the start of the Fall term, please let us know as soon as possible.

Western’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be informed by, and adheres to, the advice of federal, provincial and local health authorities and prioritizes the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. We have developed our plans for our academic programs based on the best information available; however, given the ever-changing nature of this public health situation, these schedules and plans may change as required. We will keep you updated. We appreciate your patience as we work to support all members of the Western community.


March 17, 2020: Clinical Placements and H.A. Leeper Clinic

As of today, and based on the most recent information we have received from our clinical placement partners, current clinical placements for students in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders are being cancelled until further notice. This includes any student placements that were occurring at the H.A. Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic. The Leeper Clinic is being closed, effective today, March 17, 2020, until further notice. Patients and clients are being notified directly of this change in service.

Based on the current situation, we are anticipating that any upcoming placements scheduled this Spring, may be interrupted, cancelled or delayed. All activities related to future clinical placements, including preparatory assignments and contacting supervisors, should be put on hold.

We appreciate that these changes may create stress and that you will likely have questions about what this means for future placements, graduation requirements, and timely completion of your program. Please know we are doing our very best to consider all factors and contingencies during these unprecedented times. While we do not have all the answers now, we are working to develop a plan moving forward and will communicate with each of you as we know more. We ask for your patience. Our priority continues to be finding the best way to support you, our students, in achieving your academic goals.

Take care,

Laura Murray, Ph.D., SLP(C)
Professor and Director


March 14, 2020: Notice to Students re: Professional Practice Courses and Clinical Placements

Students in Communication Sciences and Disorders:

Clinical Placements: Western is committed to maintaining clinical placements; however, we are subject to the policies of our clinical practice partners. Assume that your placement is proceeding unless you hear directly from us.

Further to our communication of March 13, we are continuing to work with all of our programs to develop the best strategies and approaches to determine the best way to proceed with our programs. Our focus is on ensuring students are able to meet academic and clinical requirements of the professions. The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders is currently intending to ‘front-load’ our lecture and theory-based materials and deliver these online, over the next 2 – 3 weeks. This will include providing video, audio and presentation materials via OWL sites. We are working on preparing those materials so that on-line course delivery can resume as per Western’s timeframes.

Professional Practice Experiences (CSD 9634b, 9629b, 9628b, 9627b, 9522b, 9511, 9518, 9525, 9648, and 9643)
We are also aware that many courses involve professional practice / clinical competency components. We are currently working on a strategy to ensure we can continue teaching the clinical skills components of the programs. This includes setting up clinical and simulation suites at Elborn College to ensure they meet all infection control guidelines currently recommended by Public Health Ontario. These clinical practice spaces will be aligned with the clinical care settings in placements. We are also implementing screening procedures to ensure anyone entering our clinical practice settings are screened according to Public Health and Ministry of Health, Ontario guidelines and will be reducing the number of participants in the sections of the clinical skills sections to ensure we can meet social distancing requirements as much as possible. At this time, we would expect to be able to resume clinical skills sessions within the next 3 -4 weeks.

Please be assured we are closely following the Ministry of Health, Ontario guidelines for Independent Health facilities and notices and requirements provided by the Middlesex-London Health Unit. We understand there are concerns; however, we have also been advised that ambulatory care, primary care and community health care facilities are being encouraged to continue providing health care services to the population and ensure the proper cleaning and screening guidelines are in place.

Clinical Placements
Western is committed to maintaining clinical placements; however, we are subject to the policies of our clinical practice partners. At this time, we have been informed by some clinical practice partners that they are not able to support student placements; however, the majority of clinical placements are proceeding as planned. We will be in direct contact with those students that are directly affected. If you do not hear from us, your placement will proceed as planned until or unless otherwise notified.

FHS strongly recommends that all students be aware of the policies and procedures of your clinical practice partners.

What if I go home and am unable to attend my Clinical Placement or Clinical Skills Sessions?
We understand that some students may not wish to continue with their clinical placements or participate in clinical skills sessions at this time. We respect your decision. Should you choose to put your program on hold at this time, we will work with you to plan for your return to campus and the program. Please note that we cannot guarantee that you will be able to meet your academic requirements within the normal program timelines.

What if I travel?
If you travel outside of Canada, please follow the latest travel advice from the Government of Canada. If you are returning from international travel and are required to self-isolate and this compromises your ability to meet your academic requirements (ie: clinical placements, clinical skills sessions etc.) please contact either the Graduate Program Coordinator or Clinical Education Coordinator to discuss next steps.

More information:

As always, and as soon to be health care professionals, we encourage you to stay informed about this quickly changing situation, including:

Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html

Ministry of Health, Ontario: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/2019_guidance.aspx

Middlesex-London Health Unit: https://www.healthunit.com/news/novel-coronavirus

Information regarding Western’s response to COVID 19 is updated frequently and available at: www.uwo.ca/coronavirus


March 13, 2020: Re: Clinical Placements

Dear Students

We know you have received communication from the University regarding the cancellation of classes from Friday, March 13, 2020 – Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at which time classes will transition to on-line delivery.
Given the nature of many of our clinical programs, we are currently assessing and evaluating all programs and developing strategies to determine the best way to proceed with our programs. We will have more information to share early next week. Please be assured our focus is on ensuring we meet academic requirements and term delivery as much as reasonably possible.

Clinical Placements
Western is committed to maintaining clinical placements; however, we are subject to the policies of our clinical practice partners. At this time, we have been informed by some clinical practice partners that they are not able to support student placements. We will be in direct contact with those students that are directly affected. If you do not hear from us, your placement will proceed as planned until or unless otherwise notified.

FHS strongly recommends that all students be aware of the policies and procedures of your clinical practice partners.

We also suggest you be aware of new and emerging recommendations from the Government of Canada, Public Health Ontario and Middlesex-London Health Unit.

Information regarding Western’s response to COVID 19 is updated frequently and available at: www.uwo.ca/coronavirus

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out.

Information for Occupational Therapy Students (June 12, 2020)

June 12, 2020: Fall 2020 Program Information

Following the instructional model adopted by Western University as a whole in response to the continuing COVID-19 situation, the School of Occupational Therapy has made plans to provide a mixed model of online and in-person course delivery for both incoming and continuing students. We are carefully redesigning our in-person instruction to implement multiple levels of infection prevention and control for the safety of students and instructors.

Lectures will be front loaded in the term and delivered solely online - both asynchronously and synchronously as pedagogy/content permits. Although the majority of our instruction will be online, there are essential learning objectives in our Occupational Therapy program that cannot be achieved without in-person instruction.

Students entering the second year of the program should plan to be on campus for in-person labs from November 21 to November 30, 2020 (including Saturdays and Sundays). Students entering the first year of the program should plan to be on campus for labs from December 2, 2020 through the end of the term (approximately December 20, 2020). For incoming first-year students, we are currently in the planning stages of developing online orientation activities.

Western’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be informed by, and adheres to, the advice of federal, provincial and local health authorities and prioritizes the health and safety of students, faculty and staff. We have developed our plans for our academic programs based on the best information available; however, given the ever-changing nature of this public health situation, these schedules and plans may change as required. We will keep you updated. We appreciate your patience as we work to support all members of the Western community.


March 17, 2020: Placement Update

Over the past few days we have received information from a number of clinical partners regarding their ability to supervise practice placements in the coming months. Based on the current situation, we are anticipating that any upcoming placements scheduled this Spring will likely be interrupted, cancelled or delayed. As such, consider cancelling any accommodations for this time period that you have already made. All activities related to clinical placements, including preparatory assignments and contacting supervisors, should be put on hold until further notice.

We appreciate that these changes may create stress and that you will likely have questions about what this means for future placements, graduation requirements and timely completion of your program. Please know we are doing our very best to consider all factors and contingencies during these unprecedented times. While we do not have all the answers now, we are working to develop a plan moving forward and will communicate with each of you as we know more. We ask for your patience. Our priority continues to be finding the best way to support our students in achieving their academic goals.

As more information becomes available about the effects of this on your academic timeline, we will share it with you.

I am thinking about each and every one of you and hope that all of you are doing well, despite the current situation.

Jeffrey Holmes PhD., OTReg. (Ont.)
Associate Director
School of Occupational Therapy


March 14, 2020: Event Cancellations

Dear Students

Please find below several updates/clarifications we wanted to share with all of you.

  • All courses will be delivered in an online format for the remainder of the term (this includes exams, and where possible practical labs)
  • Transitioning to an online environment may require some assignments and/or tests to be modified/re-weighted. Course instructors are working very hard to put a plan in place. Please be patient and understanding duringthis  time.
  • The academic year dates as posted on the OWL resource site remain in place. As a result, it is important that you make yourself available to complete online learning for the duration of the term.
  • ALL in person events that involve 50 or more people are required to be cancelled. As a result:
    • The SRO conference scheduled for April 3rd has been cancelled. Dr Wilson will be in touch over the next week with instructions for moving forward.
    • The Community Project Fair scheduled for April 6th has been cancelled. Dr. Hand will be in touch over the next week with instructions for moving forward.
    • The Elborn Series IPE events scheduled for March 23rd and 25th have been cancelled.
    • Mentor Meetings will not be required to take place in person. Dr. Hand will be in touch over the next week with instructions for moving forward.
    • I understand the Formal was originally scheduled to take place on April 4th. If not already done so I strongly encourage this event to be cancelled. Could the organizers please provide me with an update.
    • As per my email yesterday clinical placements are moving forward as planned unless otherwise noted. While we hope to have the 581 matches distributed to students early next week, please be patient as delays are possible provided the evolving situation.
    • Any students who want to and are able to go home should proceed to make the necessary arrangements. (This may have some impact on students completing various assignments/group work e.g. 542 projects) Professor Dennis will be in touch over the next week with instructions for moving forward.

Please continue to check your email as updates will be ongoing as needed.


March 13, 2020: Message to students re: Clinical Placements

Hello Class of 2020 and 2021,

We know you have received communication from the University regarding the cancellation of classes from Friday, March 13, 2020 - Tuesday March 17, 2020. For the School of Occupational Therapy online classes will begin on Monday, March 23, 2020. Additional details will be shared in the near future to inform you whether class will be delivered as an "online live session" or a pre-recorded lecture.

Given the nature of many of our clinical programs, we are currently assessing and evaluating all programs and developing strategies to determine the best way to proceed with our programs. We will have more information to share next week. Please be assured our focus is ensuring we meet academic requirements and term delivery as much as reasonably possible.

Clinical Placements
Western is committed to maintaining clinical placements; however, we are subject to the policies of our clinical practice partners. At this time, we have been informed by some clinical practice partners that they are not able to support student placements. We will be in direct contact with those students that are directly effected. If you do not hear from us, your placement will proceed as planned until or unless otherwise notified.

FHS strongly recommends that all students be aware of the policies and procedures of your clinical practice partners.

If you travel outside of Canada, please follow the latest latest travel advice from the Government of Canada. If you are returning from international travel and are required to self-isolate and this compromises your ability to meet your academic requirements (ie: clinical placements, clinical skills sessions etc.) please contact either the Graduate Program Chair to discuss next steps. (section updated March 14, 2020)

Yesterday, the Faculty released a travel policy available at https://www.uwo.ca/fhs/covid19/travel.html. Please be aware of this policy and how it affects you and your plans for travel.

Information regarding Western’s response to COVID-19 is updated frequently and available at: www.uwo.ca/coronavirus

Information For Nursing Students (updated June 11, 2020)

June 11, 2020: Return to Campus for Compressed Time Frame BScN Students

As we respond to this ever-changing situation and do our best to support our students in achieving their academic and learning goals, one thing remains constant. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority and the advice of federal, provincial and local health authorities continues to guide our decisions.

The following information is intended to help students in Western’s Compressed Time Frame BScN program, specifically lab/simulation courses N3700 and 3800, understand the procedures and policies that will ensure the safety of students and instructors upon the resumption of those courses on June 15, 2020.

Thank you for helping us maintain a safe learning environment for all students, faculty and staff.

Prior to Returning to Campus

  • Any student who has worked in a long-term care setting in the past 30 days must have self-isolated for 14 days prior to returning to campus.
  • Any student with symptoms of COVID-19, or who thinks they may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, must be tested and have a negative test result.

Training Requirements

  • Prior to returning to campus, all students must familiarize themselves with all relevant policies and procedures related to screening, cleaning, PPE – donning, doffing, disposal.
  • Training materials are provided on an OWL site that students will have access to by logging into OWL and selecting Clinical Skills Suite Training from the list of sites within OWL and then completing the COVID-19 Nursing Simulation Lab Procedures training module.
    • Students will receive an email at their uwo.ca account notifying them about the OWL site
    • Completion of the training module is required and will be tracked in OWL

Screening Requirements

Students are required to complete this COVID-19 screening tool each time they come to campus for a lab or simulation course. Screening must be completed prior to entering the building. Screening results must be shown to the screener set up at the door to the Clinical Education Suite (HSB) or Simulation Suite (FNB) prior to being granted entry to the teaching suite.

Students with a positive screening result will not be granted entry and will be notified to contact the following health professionals:

  • Telehealth Ontario: 866-797-0000 (TTY 866-797-0007)
  • Student Health & Wellness: 519-661-3030, health@uwo.ca, Monday to Friday – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Arriving on Campus

  • Students should arrive for their placements no more than 30 minutes in advance of their lab/simulation.
  • Students will be granted card access to both the Health Sciences Building (HSB) for the Clinical Education Suite, and FIMS/Nursing Building (FNB) for the Simulation Suite and are to enter through specified doors.
    • Students will need to hold their Western ID card up to the card reader located near specified entrances (see below) in order to gain entry to the buildings:
    • Health Sciences Building: Students should enter through the main entrance (wooden double doors) located between HSB and FNB on the north side of the building.
    • FIMS/Nursing Building: Students should enter from the main courtyard on the east side of the building and through the doors that lead directly into the building atrium that separates the Nursing and FIMS sides of the building.
    • All entry doors will be labelled and signs (floor and wall) will be posted indication the direction students should travel as they move about the building.
  • Students will show their screening result to the screener outside the teaching suite prior to being granted entry.
  • Once screened, students must put away all electronic devices. Cell phones are not permitted in the suites or debriefing rooms.
  • Students must arrive in street clothes and change into uniforms in designated areas:
    • A washable laundry bag will be provided for clothing to be put in prior to entering the suites.
    • Students are required to bring their nursing shoes, which are to be worn in the suites only.
  • No food or beverages are allowed in the suites. Students should keep their personal belongings to a minimum, bringing only what is required for each lab or simulation.
  • NOTE: Lockers will be available for use. Please leave the locker door open after use.

Hygiene, Physical Distancing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

In order to prepare students for their upcoming clinical placements, all efforts will be made to follow public health guidelines and standards that mirror those in place in non-COVID-19 areas of area hospitals.

  • As per Public Health Ontario regulations, students and faculty/staff are expected to maintain proper physical distancing (2 metres) at all times.
    • Lab groups are decreased in size to assist in maintaining physical distancing.
  • A mask will be provided to each student for use during the lab/simulation session.
    • In accordance with the Middlesex-London Health Unit, no other PPE is required.
  • Hand hygiene is required prior to entering and exiting the suites.
    • Students should perform hand hygiene frequently throughout the session, in accordance with the infection prevention and control principles that have been learned previously.

Leaving the Building/Campus

  • Upon completion of the lab or simulation session, students will be provided with cleaning supplies and will clean any equipment/supplies used during their session.
    • All cleaning items, such as wipes and paper towels must be disposed of in the proper receptacles.
  • Prior to exiting the Clinical Education Suite or Simulation Suite, students will be required to change back into their street clothes and place their uniforms in the washable laundry bag.
    • Shoes are to be changed.
    • The laundry bags and uniforms are to be taken home and laundered.
    • A clean uniform must be worn each time you attend a session.
  • Upon leaving the Clinical Education Suite or Simulation Suite at the end of a lab or simulation session, students are to follow the appropriate signage and exit the building immediately.
    • There should be no gathering or loitering either inside or outside the building.

Absence Reporting

If at any time a student does not feel well, they seek appropriate medical advice and should not attend their lab or simulation session.

  • Students should inform their instructor that they will not be in attendance and complete the Absence From Clinical Form found on the Undergraduate Student Information site in OWL.

March 17, 2020: Clinical Placements and Professional Practice Experience Cancellation

Given the Province has declared a state of emergency, effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all current Clinical Placements are cancelled. This includes students in all years of clinical practice. For students enrolled in N4461 and in clinic on a day shift today (March 17, 2020), we ask you to stay in practice until you have completed your shift. Students scheduled for an evening or night shift today (March 17, 2020) should not attend. We also anticipate that any upcoming clinical placements scheduled this spring may be interrupted, cancelled, or delayed. All activities related to clinical placements have been placed on hold.

Effective March 17, 2020, all Professional Practice Experiences (N1180, N2221, N2231, N3920, N3921, N2660, N2500), are also cancelled. Simulation facilities in both the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building and the FIMS/Nursing Building are closed effective immediately.

We appreciate that these changes may create stress and that you will likely have questions about what this means for future placements, graduation requirements and timely completion of your program. Please know we are doing our very best to consider all factors and contingencies during these unprecedented times. While we do not have all the answers now, we are working to develop a plan moving forward and will communicate with each of you as we know more.

We appreciate your patience.

Our priority continues to be finding the best way to support our students in achieving their academic goals.

Sincerely,

Victoria Smye
Director, Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing


March 14, 2020: Notice to Students re: Clinical Placements and Professional Practice Experiences

Students in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing:

There are no changes to Nursing program from the communication of March 13, 2020. That is:

Clinical Placements
Western is committed to maintaining clinical placements; however, we are subject to the policies of our clinical practice partners. At this time, the majority of clinical placements are proceeding as planned, if there are any changes or interruptions, we will notify you as soon as possible – this includes IP placements scheduled for this weekend. FHS strongly recommends that all students be aware of the policies and procedures of your clinical practice partners.

Professional Practice Experiences (N1180, N2221, N2231, N3920, N3921, N4461, N2660, N2500)
The professional practice experiences will continue on Monday, March 16, 2020 in the same planned locations.

We are aware that the courses noted above involve professional practice and simulation experiences in the simulation suites. We can assure you that the simulation suites meet all infection control guidelines currently recommended by Public Health Ontario. These clinical practice spaces are aligned with the clinical care settings in placements. We are also implementing screening procedures to ensure anyone entering our clinical practice settings are screened according to Public Health and Ministry of Health, Ontario guidelines and will be reducing the number of participants in the sections of the clinical skills sections to ensure we can meet social distancing requirements as much as possible.

Please be assured we are closely following the Ministry of Health, Ontario guidelines for Independent Health Facilities and Acute Care Facilities and any notices and requirements provided by the Middlesex Public Health Unit. We understand you may have some concerns; however, we have been advised that ambulatory care, primary care and community health care facilities are being encouraged to continue providing health care services at this time while ensuring the proper cleaning and screening guidelines are in place.

What if I go home, or I am unable or unwilling to attend my Clinical Placement or Professional Practice Experiences?
We understand that some students may not wish to continue with their clinical placements or participate in professional practice experiences at this time. We respect your decision. Should you choose to put your program on hold at this time, we will work with you to plan for your return to campus and the program. Please note that we cannot guarantee that you will be able to meet your academic requirements within the normal program timelines.

What if I travel?
If you travel outside of Canada, please follow the latest travel advice from the Government of Canada. If you are returning from international travel and are required to self-isolate and this compromises your ability to meet your academic requirements (ie: clinical placements, professional practice experiences etc.) please contact Denise Litzan: dliztan@uwo.ca for further information and next steps.

More information:
As always, and as soon to be health care professionals, we encourage you to stay informed about this quickly changing situation, including:

Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html

Ministry of Health, Ontario: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/2019_guidance.aspx

Middlesex London Public Health Unit: https://www.healthunit.com/news/novel-coronavirus

Western University: Information regarding Western’s response to COVID-19 is updated frequently and available at www.uwo.ca/coronavirus


March 13, 2020: Notice to Students re: Clinical Placements and Professional Practice Experiences

Dear Students,

We know you have received communication from the University regarding the cancellation of classes from Friday, March 13, 2020 – Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Beginning Wednesday, March 18 all classes will transition to online delivery.

Given the nature of many of our clinical programs, we are currently assessing and evaluating all programs and developing strategies to determine the best way to proceed. We will have more information to share early next week. Please be assured our focus in on ensuring we meet academic requirements and term delivery as much as reasonably possible.

Professional Practice Experiences (N1180, N2221, N2231, N3920, N3921, N4461, N2660, N2500)
Professional practice experiences will continue on Monday, March 16, 2020. Students are required to self-screen using the attached screening tool. Students also are encouraged to maintain proper social distancing recommendations (one metre distance) when in the practice areas. If students are feeling unwell, they are required to submit an absence report to Denice Litzan: dlitzan@uwo.ca

Clinical Placements
Western is committed to maintaining clinical placements. We are subject to the policies of our practice partners and have not been informed that placements cannot proceed, i.e., clinical placements will continue as planned until otherwise notified. Updates will be available at: www.uwo.ca/fhs/covid19

The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), including the School of Nursing strongly recommends that all students be aware of the policies and procedures of your practice partners.

On March 12, 2020, the Faculty (FHS) released a travel policy available at https://www.uwo.ca/fhs/covid19/travel.html. Please be aware of this policy and how it affects you and your plans for travel.

Information regarding Western’s response to COVID 19 is updated frequently and available at https://www.uwo.ca/coronavirus/ 

Information For Health Studies Students (updated March 20, 2020  - 9:00 a.m.)

March 20, 2020: Changes to Office Operations

Dear students,

Based on the current situation, and in order to protect the health of students and staff, we have made adjustments to the way our office is operating. As Western continues to monitor the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, please know that our priority continues to be finding the best way to support you in achieving your academic goals.

Until further notice, the School of Health Studies offices will be operating virtually, with no staff physically present in the office. Our virtual office hours will be Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Our services will focus on providing support to students when it comes to managing academics, however, we will do so in a virtual manner, offering support to students through email, online technology or over the phone. As always, the reasons for booking Academic Advising appointments will be reviewed by staff and any questions that can be answered via email will be addressed this way.

During this time, we are temporarily suspending the use of our online booking system. Please email shsinfo@uwo.ca to request an appointment and include your name, student number and the questions you have for an academic counsellor. Appointments will be booked Monday-Thursday during business hours. We will resume our online appointment booking process when we begin in-person meetings again.

Academic Consideration, Special Permissions & Absences: Until the end of classes, you can self report your medical absences without medical documentation. Please check your Western email for instructions on the new Student Illness Reporting Tool. Your OWL course site will give further guidance for each course regarding missed work.

Student Experience will continue to provide support to students to help you manage your academics and well-being so you can continue to thrive while away from campus. Please visit https://studentexperience.uwo.ca/remote/ for more information.

Should you require other assistance, please contact us at shsinfo@uwo.ca.

Best regards,

Andrew M. Johnson, PhD
Acting Director, School of Health Studies

Information For Kinesiology Students (updated March 20, 2020  - 10:00 a.m.)

March 20, 2020: Changes to Office Operations

Dear Students,

Based on the current situation, and in order to protect the health of students and staff, we have made adjustments to the way our office is operating. As Western continues to monitor the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, please know that our priority continues to be finding the best way to support you in achieving your academic goals.

Until further notice, the School of Kinesiology offices will be operating virtually, with no staff physically present in the office. Our virtual office hours will be Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Our services will focus on providing support to students when it comes to managing academics, however, we will do so in a virtual manner, offering support to students through email, online technology or over the phone.

For Undergraduate Students

Academic counselling appointments will continue to be available and can be booked through our online system. All appointments will take place over the computer. Students will receive an email at their UWO account with instructions to join the meeting via Zoom. Simply follow the link or dial in at your scheduled appointment time (students do not need to download Zoom or create an account).

Academic Consideration, Special Permissions & Absences: Until the end of classes, you can self report your medical absences without medical documentation. Please check your Western email for instructions on the new Student Illness Reporting Tool. Your OWL course site will give further guidance for each course regarding missed work.

As always, the reasons for booking Academic Advising appointments will be reviewed by staff and any questions that can be answered via email will be addressed this way. If your question is answered via email, your appointment will be cancelled.

Student Experience will continue to provide support to students to help you manage your academics and well-being so you can continue to thrive while away from campus. Please visit https://studentexperience.uwo.ca/remote/ for more information.

Should you require other assistance, please contact us at kinug@uwo.ca.

For Graduate Students

The Kinesiology Graduate Program along with The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies - https://grad.uwo.ca/ - and Student Experience - https://studentexperience.uwo.ca/remote/ - will continue to provide support to students to help you manage your academics and well-being so you can continue to thrive while away from campus.

Should you require assistance, please contact the Kinesiology Graduate Program Coordinator, jennifer.plaskett@uwo.ca or the Graduate Program Chair, Dr. Matthew Heath at kingrad@uwo.ca

Sincerely,

Laura Misener, PhD
Director, School of KIinesiology


March 16, 2020: Kinesiology Computer Lab Closure

Dear Students,

I am writing to provide you an important update regarding COVID-19 and how it impacts the Kinesiology Computer Lab in the Arts & Humanities Building.

Effective 4:00pm on Monday March 16th, the Kinesiology Computer Lab (AHB 2G30), will be closed for the remaining academic year. At the current time, research labs will remain open as usual, except in instances where it would contravene public health directives or where researchers believe their work would pose undue risk.

For students who remain in London, our campus libraries and campus computer labs remain open to complete your studies if you require them.

Given the ever-changing nature of this situation, we will keep you updated via email and at https://www.uwo.ca/fhs/covid19/students.html

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Laura Misener
Director, School of Kinesiology

Information for Practicum and Independent Study Students in Kinesiology and Health Studies (updated March 17 - 12:24 p.m.)

March 16, 2020: KIN4996/RS4970 Practicum Placements

All practicums and related placements that are currently running as part of KIN 4996G and RS 4970 are being cancelled. Students should not attend placement or practicum sites. The course instructor and the Experiential Learning Coordinator will be in touch with next steps with respect to completion of program requirements.


March 13, 2020: Message to Kinesiology/Health Studies/Sport Management practicum students (KIN 4996G)

Western is committed to maintaining clinical placements and practicums; however, we are subject to the policies and procedures of our clinical practice and practicum partners. At this time, we have not been informed by any partners that clinical placements or practicums cannot proceed and be completed as planned. If we are informed differently regarding clinical placements and practicums, we will let you know as soon as possible.

FHS strongly recommends that all students be aware of the policies and procedures of your clinical practice and/or practicum partners.

If you are contacted by or have concerns with respect to continuing your practicum please contact Lisa Metselaar, Experiential Learning and Placement Coordinator, lmetsela@uwo.ca to discuss next steps and options.

Information regarding Western’s response to COVID 19 is updated frequently and available at: www.uwo.ca/coronavirus

Please see link to FAQs which will likely answer some of your questions regarding the continuation of your practicum placement: www.uwo.ca/fhs/covid19/el_faq.html


March 14, 2020 :Message sent to Rehabilitation Science practicum students (RS 4970)

Western is committed to maintaining clinical placements and practicums; however, we are subject to the policies and procedures of our clinical practice and practicum partners. At this time, we have not been informed by St. Joseph’s Health Care/Parkwood Institute that your practicum cannot proceed and be completed as planned. If we are informed differently regarding your practicum, we will let you know as soon as possible.

FHS strongly recommends that all students be aware of the policies and procedures of your clinical practice and/or practicum partners.

Dalton has shared that he has been speaking with each of you individually about your placements. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Metselaar, Experiential Learning and Placement Coordinator, lmetsela@uwo.ca as well.

Information regarding Western’s response to COVID 19 is updated frequently and available at: www.uwo.ca/coronavirus

Please see link to FAQs which will likely answer some of your questions regarding the continuation of your practicum placement: www.uwo.ca/fhs/covid19/el_faq.html


March 14, 2020: Message sent to Health Studies and Kinesiology interns at Honda HCM

As I’m sure you’re aware we’ve been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation with respect to our students who are on internship. Western is committed to maintaining internships; however, we are subject to the policies and procedures of our internship partners. At this time, we have not been informed by Honda that your internship cannot proceed and be completed as planned. If we are informed differently, we will let you know as soon as possible.

FHS strongly recommends that all students be aware of the policies and procedures of the company.

If you are contacted by or have concerns with respect to continuing your practicum please contact Lisa Metselaar, Experiential Learning and Placement Coordinator, lmetsela@uwo.ca to discuss next steps and options.

Information regarding Western’s response to COVID 19 is updated frequently and available at: www.uwo.ca/coronavirus

Please see link to FAQs that were prepared for local students completing a practicum placement. www.uwo.ca/fhs/covid19/el_faq.html