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January 2021 Edition 
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Information for parents and supporters of students in residence
New Year, New Beginnings
As we begin to reflect on 2020 and begin 2021, we are grateful for your patience and understanding. The university continues to follow public health measures to help manage the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities as safe and healthy as possible. 

Adapting to what's ahead

With the Ontario province-wide stay-at-home order in place, the university is strongly urging all students living on or off-campus to avoid returning to Kingston until after the shutdown ends.

Please stay informed of all the latest residence winter term information and COVID-19-related university updates.

Given the uncertainty around when restrictions will lift, we anticipate that some students may decide to change move-in, return and move-out dates.

We understand that the recent provincial announcements have created anxiety for our students and those who support them. We are working to provide support and opportunities for our students.

On Monday, January 18, 2021, information and instructions regarding the provincial stay-at-home order and your student's individual circumstances were sent to your student's Queen's email. Please refer to this email for specific information regarding fee options, including weekly winter term fee adjustment offers and partial refunds associated with your student's individual circumstances.

If your student has not yet arrived on campus for the winter term, please encourage them to log in to the Student Residence and Dining Portal and fill out the Move-In Time Selection Form (winter term arrivals) or the Return to Residence Form (fall term students) and confirm their move-in/return to campus plans by Sunday, January 24, 2021. 

Residences and dining halls remain open during the stay-at-home order. It is expected that students who currently live in residence and those who choose to return will not travel outside of residence (other than for essential purposes such as to access food, exercise, medical care) for the duration of the provincial stay-at-home order, which is currently in effect until February 11th.
Student Support
The health and well-being of our students is always top of mind. Our main priority is to provide a safe, welcoming, and supportive living environment for our residence community. Although residence living expectations have changed to ensure everyone’s safety, the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us just how resilient, resourceful and adaptable our students and residence community really are. 

The Residence Life and Services staff remain a vital link in keeping our students connected to supports and providing communication to those both on and off-campus. We continue to connect students to a variety of virtual programs created new partnerships and supports for students. 

Upcoming virtual social residence activities include an academic study buddy program, a complement of personalized self-care and wellness programming. We have also collaborated with Student Wellness Services to provide a weekly mindfulness drop-in group facilitated by Queen’s University therapists. 

Embedded Residence Counsellors remain available to support your student. If your student feels anxious or overwhelmed, encourage them to speak with their Don, Residence Life Coordinator, a peer at the Peer Support Centre or the University Interfaith Chaplain.  

Additional counsellors are also available for support and are embedded in most faculties/schools, with added specialized supports for racialized students, LGBTQ+ students, Indigenous students, and Black-identified students. The Yellow House also offers a safe, comfortable and accountable space for queer, racialized, marginalized students to create community, feel empowered, empower others, and celebrate and honour their histories. 

Residence students on and off-campus can also access crisis and counselling support 24/7 through Empower Me, Therapy Assistance Online or Good2Talk, a provincial post-secondary student helpline at 1-866-925-5454. 

Our community has truly come together in support of one another, and we are committed to continuing to support our students in the months ahead. 

Academic Support

Student Academic Success Services (SASS) provides free and confidential services to help students with essay writing skills, increase motivation, and learn time management skills. First-year students can access a month-long writing group, peer writing appointments, workshops and online resources to strengthen their academic writing and learning skills. 
Medical Health and Wellness
Student Wellness Services continues to offer virtual and in-person medical appointments for students living in Canada. Virtual professionally-led Wellness Groups and Healthy Lifestyle Appointments are also available for all students.  
Does your student need a COVID-19 test? 

Queen's students experiencing symptoms, who have travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days, or who need testing for contact tracing purposes can book an on-campus appointment by calling Student Wellness Services at 613-533-2506. 

Students who develop COVID-19 symptoms are directed by a health care professional to isolate or otherwise suspect they may have COVID-19, must call the Victoria Hall Front Desk at 613-533-2531, and follow the residence isolation protocol
Flu Vaccines 
Queen’s strongly encourages all students to get a flu vaccine.

This is especially important for students living in our communal residence setting.

For students on campus, we encourage them to contact Student Wellness Services to book an appointment for a quick, convenient flu shot right on campus.  
Physical Activity

Students are encouraged to stay active with a variety of on-demand fitness classes available through the Queen's Athletics & Recreation Centre. On-demand active programs include a virtual running program, Zumba, yoga, and cardio classes. To view the winter virtual fitness programs please visit https://rec.gogaelsgo.com/news/2020/12/15/fitness-winter2021.aspx.
Important Dates
  • January 31: Last day for all students to pay winter term tuition and residence fees without penalty. Information on how to make payments can be found here

Questions?
Residence Life Office 613-533-6790, reslife@queensu.ca
Residence Admissions 613-533-2550, reshouse@queensu.ca
Student Affairs 613-533-6944, parents@queensu.ca
Hospitality Services (meal plans), 613-533-2953 dining@queensu.ca

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