Following the recent announcement of Ontario’s reopening plan, Redeemer is increasingly confident that we will be able to safely offer many on-campus activities this fall. It’s too early to define what specific restrictions may still be required, but as more Ontarians are vaccinated and COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decrease, September is beginning to look like a return to normal. Chapel, clubs, launch weekend, sports, events, internships and many more activities are likely to resume in a way similar to their pre-COVID formats.
Current plans have Redeemer’s one-of-a-kind housing experience also returning back to normal, including recreation, hospitality, porch visits, worship, and so much more. The campus will see added activity with the completion of a new residence and learning facility, including exciting new dorms, advanced and flexible classrooms, and plenty of gathering and hangout space.
In a recent survey, 98 per cent of incoming students said they would strongly prefer in-person learning and on-campus living if restrictions are eased this fall.
“I am incredibly excited and hopeful that much of what makes Redeemer so transformative can return this fall. The past year was difficult and we look forward to a return to the relational and spiritual vibrancy that characterizes this university,” said Dr. David Zietsma, interim president. “Last year, students, faculty and staff rallied together, and we are grateful that God provided us with what we needed to persevere. We are also thankful for the blessing of technology, and we know that continuing to provide a dual delivery format this fall will allow for a smoother transition that can address changing circumstances as needed.”
For the 2020-21 academic year, students had the dual delivery option: to study in person with significant restrictions or to study remotely in synchronous format. Nearly 80 per cent of students chose to attend classes in person when provincial lockdowns were not in place. The same option is available to students again for the fall 2021 term, while many of the campus activities inside and outside the classroom are expected to return.
The health and safety of all members of the community continue to be a top priority. Redeemer will continue to follow public health guidelines and government regulations regarding reopening and will provide updates throughout the summer as more information becomes available and more specific plans are made. Redeemer encourages students, faculty and staff to consider getting vaccinated when they are eligible, but will not require it.
Redeemer wishes you a restful and refreshing summer and looks forward to welcoming you back to relational learning on campus and online this fall.