Students fret over academic progress during COVID-19 outbreak

by | Mar 24, 2020 | News

Melanie Valente-Leite, News Reporter

Schools across the country have shut down their campuses to prevent any further spreading of the novel coronavirus. 

“We will get through this together,” said Chris Whitaker, president of Humber College. “The health and safety of our campus community is always our top priority.” 

Humber announced March 13 it would be closing all their campuses until further notice under recommendation from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. 

Humber College President and CEO Chris Whitaker said students and staff will get through the closures and altered courses forced by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Tamara Shade)

With schools around the GTA closing, this not only helps keep students and staff safe, but it ensures the people around them will be better protected against Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.  

“This coronavirus has impacted my program greatly for the simple fact that most of the courses I take are mostly hands-on,” said Muse Hassan, a first-year Broadcast Television student at Humber. 

These precautions were set in place to help students stay healthy and guarded, but some students worry the changes put their academic progress at risk. 

Professors resorted to online classes with the use of apps such as BlueJeans, Skype, and WhatsApp to stay in touch with their students and deliver online lectures.

“During this transition, I have felt very anxious towards school due to the uncertainty of how it was going to work,” said Jaylen Smith-Williams, a third-year student of Media Studies at the University of Guelph-Humber. 

The federal and provincial governments mandated schools will remain closed and classes will be held online at least for the remainder of the semester or school year.