COVID-19 Update

Seven Generations Education Institute is writing this to provide important updates with regard to COVID-19 and campus operations.

For the safety of our students, staff, instructors, elders and community members, Seven Generations Education Institute has decided to close all campuses to the public from March 16 to April 5, 2020. 

Unless circumstances change, SGEI campuses will resume regular operations on April 6, 2020.

This precaution is being taken due to international travel that may occur over the March break.

We recognize the significant impact this decision will have on students and families, but this precaution is necessary to keep our community members and elders safe.


UPDATE: March 24, 2020

Boozhoo Students and Communities,

At this time of uncertainty, we assure everyone Seven Generations Education Institute will continue to support students and communities in their education and learning goals.

We have extended the semester by two weeks to allow for SGEI instructors to prepare for transitioning program delivery from the classroom to online platforms.

SGEI students have access to their instructors and program coordinators through email, texts, social media and our website. Students will access their programming through various learning platforms such as Google Classroom, Zoom, and D2L. 

We will maintain student and instructor support for planning and adjustments as we transition through alternative instruction methods and then back to regular classroom instruction. We will maintain ongoing communication regarding anticipated timelines for reopening of campuses through Orubund, social media and our website.

Please continue to access Seven Generations Education Institute’s website and social media forums for the latest communication regarding the COVID 19 pandemic.

Miigwech,

Brent Tookenay – CEO, SGEI


UPDATE: March 17, 2020

Message for students

In addition to previous correspondence distributed by SGEI, please read the following:

  • If you travel/ed out of district any time after March 12, you will not be permitted to enter SGEI premises until we open our doors again or for 14 days after your date of return to the district, whichever is later. Please consider self-isolation for 14 days after travel. SGEI premises are closed to all students from March 14 until April 6.
  • Nearly all postsecondary programming is cancelled from March 23 to April 3. Please attend practical placements as planned unless directed otherwise by your instructor.
  • In the event that SGEI does not open its doors April 6th, you will be notified and classes will resume online using Zoom. For programming that can’t be delivered online, you will be notified in the coming weeks with further direction as to how your program delivery will be achieved. If you identify any barriers to online learning including internet or computer access, please contact your program coordinator by email.
  • Please continue to monitor the webpage http://www.7generations.org/?page_id=6673 and Orbund with the most up to date information.

Message for Instructors

In addition to previous correspondence distributed by SGEI, please read the following:

  • If you travel/ed out of district any time after March 12, you will not be permitted to enter SGEI premises until we open our doors again or for 14 days after your date of return to the district, whichever is later. Please consider self-isolation for 14 days after travel. SGEI premises will be closed to all students from March 14 until April 6, and to all instructors and staff from March 20 at 4:00 P.M. until April 6.
  • Nearly all postsecondary programming is cancelled from March 23 to April 3. SGEI plans to compensate all sessional instructors as per existing contracts and course schedules.
  • From March 23 to April 3 instructors are expected to use this time to prepare for online course delivery through the Zoom platform. IT will provide every instructor with a Zoom login, so please watch for the email. It’s expected that this time will be used to become familiar with the platform and to upload all course materials and assignments to Orbund. The semester for students will resume April 6 whether our doors are open or we transition to online delivery for all postsecondary programming. Please contact program coordinators with identified barriers to these procedures moving forward.
  • Please continue to monitor the webpage http://www.7generations.org/?page_id=6673 and Orbund with the most up to date information.

UPDATE: March 13, 2020

Message for students

Classes

All secondary, post-secondary and training classes will continue with March break (March 16-20, 2020) as planned. 

SGEI will use this time to plan for alternative program delivery methods. We will update you in the coming week regarding class delivery and scheduling for the following weeks.

At this time, semester completion planning is underway, and discussions will take place within each division to ensure that students can complete the semester should the current situation change.

Stay up to date

For more updates regarding COVID-19 information and campus operations, please check this web page regularly.

SGEI will be communicating with students via:

  • This webpage
  • Email
  • Orbund
  • Social Media

Events

All events at SGEI campuses from March 16-April 5 are postponed until further notice. 

Our commitment to a safe learning environment

Over the coming weeks, Seven Generations Education Institute intends to take precautionary measures and have janitorial staff sanitize campus classrooms and student areas.

A reminder that we all share a responsibility to follow recommendations from public health officials aimed at preventing or slowing the spread of COVID-19, specifically:

  • Stay home when you are sick, return when you are well
  • Wash your hands with soap and water and/or hand sanitizer
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve
  • Avoid shaking hands and close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid sharing personal items and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For more information regarding proper public health procedures, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html.

For information regarding COVID-19 updates for Northwestern Ontario

https://www.nwhu.on.ca/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

Questions

For questions, please contact your program coordinator.


Message for Instructors

Classes

All secondary, post-secondary and training classes will continue with March break (March 16-20, 2020) as planned. 

Secondary Instructors

Please refer to the “Messages for Staff” section.

Training Instructors

Please contact your Program Manager for direction.

Post-Secondary Instructors

Continue to check Orbund for information and updates pertaining to alternative delivery preparations.

Events

All events at SGEI campuses from March 16-April 5 are postponed until further notice. 


Message for Staff

Work

Unless you have taken time off, please plan to resume working as scheduled for the week of March Break (March 16-20).

If you are feeling sick or have recently travelled outside of your district, please stay home.

Working from home (March 23-April 5)

As many staff, students and community members are travelling over the March break (March 16-20), Seven Generations Education Institute has decided to close all campuses to all non-essential staff, students and the public from March 23 until April 6 until further notice.

Full-time, permanent staff will be paid during this time. Please work with your supervisors and directors to arrange for work plans.

More information will follow in regards to financial procedures (ex: purchase order requests) during this time.

For more information regarding essential staff, whether or not you are approved to work from home, or whether you will be paid during office closures, please contact your director.

Travel

If you choose to travel from March 23 to April 5, please inform your director. 


Message for Manidoo Baawaatig Renters

Events

All events at SGEI campuses from March 16-April 5 are postponed until further notice. 

Organizations within Manidoo Baawaatig

Seven Generations Education Institute has chosen to close its doors to the public. Organizations operating out of Manidoo Baawaatig should contact clients to inform them of your operational changes and the building being closed to the public.