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March 23, 2021 
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Information for parents and supporters of students in residence
As we approach the end of term, we want to assure you that your student’s health and well-being continue to be at the core of our ongoing response to COVID-19.
  
We have had 15 positive cases of COVID-19 in residence in March. In addition to the Residence Isolation Protocol that has been in place for the entire academic year, over the past 10 days, several floors of students have been required to isolate in their assigned residence rooms, typically for 24-48 hours, as part of our updated response protocols, and as directed by public health. We greatly appreciate the cooperation and understanding of our residence community regarding the importance of adhering to public health instructions. 

All students required to isolate are emailed with detailed directions. All students in residence have also received several emails, which have been posted to our Residence Families and Supports webpage so you can access the latest information that your student has received. 

For those students isolating in residence, staff make regular check-in calls to answer questions and make referrals to supports and services students may require. Students can also connect with the Hospitality Services team through the Isolation Meal Feedback form to discuss their meals, and share questions, and concerns about allergies or dietary needs. We have been adding new food options, snacks, and treats regularly. 

Students having to isolate have also been encouraged to request academic consideration from their faculty if they need additional flexibility with their academics. We know faculties are ready to assist.
  
COVID-19 variant cases are rising across the province. The Kingston region is under a Public Health Order through to April 30 that limits indoor and outdoor gatherings to 5 people. All students continue to be urged to avoid gatherings, stay within their households, and get tested at our on-campus assessment centre if they have travelled or received visitors, even if they are asymptomatic. Please stay informed of all the latest residence information and COVID-19-related university updates

We appreciate the continuing impact of the pandemic on our students' experience and lives, and as we look to next fall, we anticipate the expansion of on-campus activities. 
Getting organized for exams 
Final examinations for first-year students run from April 14-28. Your student's exam schedule is posted in their SOLUS account.  

Queen's has expanded access to additional bookable seating on campus in Stauffer Library, the Education Library, Douglas Library, and Mackintosh-Corry Hall. 

There are many free resources at Queen's to help students manage exam stress and organize their time. Student Academic Success Services(SASS) can assist with time management, motivation, exam preparation, and test anxiety.  

There are also several online resources to help your student prepare:  

  • Exambank is a database of past exam questions from courses offered at Queen's.  


  • Learn more about exam regulations here and remote proctoring here.  

  • Exam Prep is an online module designed to assist students in preparing for tests. 
   
  • Student Health 101 is an interactive online magazine with tips for staying healthy and managing stress.   


If your student feels anxious or overwhelmed, encourage them to speak with their Don, Residence Life Coordinator, a University Interfaith Chaplain, our Indigenous Cultural Counsellor, or a trained peer at the Peer Support Centre.  

Counsellors are embedded in most faculties/schools, including residence, with additional specialized supports for racialized students, LGBTQ+ students, Indigenous students, and Black-identified students.  

Students can also access crisis and counselling services 24/7 through Empower MeGood2Talk, a provincial 24/7 post-secondary student helpline, or our local crisis line.  
Fuel their studies  
Campus Market now delivers to The Lazy Scholar and the Jean Royce Dining Hall for easy pick-up!

Help your student through projects and exam prep with Qgifts care packages or our new online grocery delivery program.

Choose from healthy study gift baskets, fresh local produce, homemade baked goods, and pantry staples!  
Planning for move-out 
To maintain a quiet study environment, all students living in residence must move out no later than 3:00 p.m. EST on the day following their last exam.   

Should students have extenuating circumstances that require them to stay past that deadline, they can request approval by filling out the Stayover Request Form.

All residences close at 5:00 p.m. EST on April 29, 2021. Students with academic requirements past this date will receive specific instructions by email.  
Mindful Move-Out 

A sustainable move-out means taking responsibility for donating, trading, recycling, and moving unwanted items. Consider encouraging your student to bring or send home items they no longer regularly need or use to make the April move-out experience smoother.   

Residence Life and Services will provide donation drop-off locations in all residence buildings. Our team will provide further move-out sustainability information to your student in the coming weeks.
Move-Out Guidelines  
 
Queen's Residence Life and Services has worked with Public Health officials to ensure a safe move-out process for all students, staff, families, and supporters. Every student can have up to two people assisting them with move-out. All visitors to campus must fill out the COVID-19 self-assessment via the SeQure app before arriving. Face coverings must be worn in residence at all times during the move-out process. 
Is your student thinking about living off-campus next year? 
If your student is looking for housemates, the Student Community Relations office is hosting a meet and greet event via Zoom on March 30. Learn more.
 
The Student Community Relations Off-Campus Living Advisor also offers Housing Talks and one-on-one information sessions that support the transition to living off-campus. Students can get confidential guidance on evaluating off-campus housing, avoiding fraud, tenant rights and responsibilities, and COVID-19-related housing information.  

Queen's owns a variety of apartments and houses close to campus. Many students find our Community Housing's Accommodations Listing Service (ALS) helpful when searching for available Kingston student rental units. 
Summer Jobs and Opportunities
Is your student looking to finalize their summer plans? Queen's Career Services offers a wealth of information and advice for summer 2021 job and other skill-and experience-building opportunities.  
Share the Queen's Experience 
Share the excitement of learning with other young minds in your household.  
Queen's Enrichment Studies Unit connects students in Grades 7-12 with challenging and inspiring university experience programs to help uncover their potential.

Summer 2021 programs include online courses in various academic disciplines like Pathology, Anatomy, Business, Computer Science, Biology, Drama and more!
  
Registration for summer courses opens April 12, 2021. Spaces are limited!  
Important Dates
  • April 14-28, 2021: First-year final examinations
  • April 29, 2021: All residences close at 5:00 p.m. EST

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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