RMC Saint-Jean and COVID-19
The Royal Military College Saint-Jean is monitoring the evolving outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 that can cause acute upper respiratory illness and pneumonia.
Protecting the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty is our primary concern, and we are continuously assessing what may be required in response to any spread of the virus.
The information below continues to evolve, so check back regularly.
Campus updates on COVID-19 response
Last Update: April 1, 2020
Now that all officer cadets are with their families, healthy and connected, the time has come to get back to studies through distances learning.
So officer cadets, now is the time to fulfil your duty to successfully complete the current academic year, and continue training to stay healthy and fit.
In these outstanding circumstances we are experiencing, the swift transition to distance learning is the cornerstone that will enable us to successfully accomplish our mission this year, and prompt adaptation to the solutions that we implemented will ensure the progress of officer cadets and also our development as a higher education institution within the Defence team. In this context, we would like to thank the Academic Wing team, the pedagogical cell as well as the Library staff for all the work accomplished with professionalism in such a short time frame. We are very grateful, and this proves, once again, how the College benefits from a competent and dedicated team. You have worked in difficult conditions, in a difficult context, you can be proud of yourselves.
We would also like to acknowledge the work carried out by Personnel Support Program staff who have swiftly developped physical training videos that will soon be available online. We extend the invitation to the entire RMC Saint-Jean team, to families and all those young people who wish to apply to study at RMC Saint-Jean to use these trainings to stay fit. Don't hesitate to share videos of your workouts as comments on our Facebook page!
Keep connected and stay prepared.
Take care of yourself and take care of your loved ones.
Update - March 24, 2020
As you know, the COVID-19 virus has resulted in significant changes for Canada and the Defence Team; we at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean are not immune to such societal challenges. Thanks to your efforts we have stayed strong and ready to support the Defence Team and Canada. Over the last number of days and weeks, we have seen many necessary preventative measures being adopted from a Provincial and National level in an effort to reduce the risk posed by the spread of COVID-19. With these in mind, the Chief of the Defence Staff has directed RMC Saint-Jean to immediately reduce the student population on the campus.
Officer cadets will begin, immediately, to depart the campus once essential administration is completed and arrangements can be made for their travel home, where their responsibility will be to stay safe and healthy (their mission will be to respect social distancing and to follow the federal, provincial and local policies), complete their academic year online, and be ready for follow-on tasks that could include summer training or force employment in roles / tasks yet to be determined in support of the broader Canadian Armed Forces missions. In cases where students do not have another primary residence, they will remain at RMC Saint-Jean while completing their studies online and awaiting training or employment; for those remaining on campus, critical services will be maintained and they will be supported. Departures will be deliberate, safe and coordinated under the authority of the Officer Cadet Wing; they are to commence as soon as it’s reasonably possible and once leadership have verified that they have individual plans.
The university is not closing. However, we will be taking a pause while administration and travel arrangements are made to send students home. Accordingly, all undergraduate classes will be suspended from March 24th to 30th 2020, inclusively. Classes will re-start on March 31st 2020 and the last day of classes will be around April 30th 2020 as per the academic calendar. Exams will proceed online as per the schedule produced by the Registrar’s office. We acknowledge that this last minute change may cause challenges but we ask that you do your best to support our students during this very difficult time.
In light of these extraordinary measures, our year-end events such as convocation and end-of-year ceremonies will, unfortunately but necessarily, be cancelled to minimize risk to staff and students alike. Once the officer cadets leave the campus in the coming days they will not be permitted to return for any reason without expressed permission from the Commandant.
These are tough decisions needed in tough times. We thank you, in advance, for your understanding in these extraordinary times. The safety and protection of the entire campus community remains paramount, and like others across this country, we must do everything possible to protect and support each other as we fight the spread of the virus.
This coming week will be a challenging one for all of us as we prepare the officer cadets for departure. Please remember to be vigilant and to continue to rigorously follow the health and safety precautions required to protect yourself and others from contracting or spreading the disease.
Update - March 14, 2020
Please be advised that starting 16 Mar 20, the Chief of Defence Staff has ordered that the Canadian Armed Forces will adopt a posture where core/essential unit activities continue. For RMC Saint-Jean, completing the academic year is our mission. We will maintain activities essential to accomplish this.
With that in mind, we are actively planning for the remainder of the academic semester including classes and examinations. Presently, we are working to find ways to support a range of delivery methods as alternatives to face-to-face classes. More information about potentially moving to online courses and alternative delivery methods will be available soon, should this become necessary.
With regard to the final examination period and end-of-year parade ceremony, at this time there is no change to the schedule, although the format may change. Should decisions be made to alter the schedule, we will communicate this. Format changes will be communicated at an appropriate time.
Supervisors are to ensure that individuals currently travelling outside of CANADA self-isolate for 14 days from the time they return to the country to the time they return to work at RMC Saint-Jean.
RMC Saint-Jean will remain closed to all outside visitors until 6 April 20. This includes access to our sports facilities normally open to the community of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
Navy and Officer Cadets will be restricted to the RMC Saint-Jean campus to ensure their success, assist in slowing the spread of the virus, and lessen the impact to the health care system. Arrangements are being made to ensure that Navy and Officer Cadets continue to have access to our sports facilities.
The health and safety of members of the RMC Saint-Jean and the Corporation du Fort St-Jean teams remains and will continue to remain our top priority. We encourage everyone to exercise good judgment and follow the guidelines previously distributed to prevent the spread of the virus.
Updates and messages
Letter from Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) regarding COVID-19 - May 29, 2020
Letter from Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) regarding COVID-19 - May 22, 2020
Letter from Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) regarding COVID-19 - May 15, 2020
DM/CDS joint directive - DND/CAF COVID-19 public health measures and personal protection - May 1, 2020
Letter from Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) regarding COVID-19 - May 1, 2020
Letter from Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) regarding COVID-19 - April 24, 2020
Letter from Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) regarding COVID-19 - April 17, 2020
Letter from Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) regarding COVID-19 - April 9, 2020
A Message to the Entire Defence Team about LifeSpeak and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - April 6, 2020
Update from the Deputy Minister on DND’s work-from-home posture during COVID-19 - April 3, 2020
Letter from Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) regarding COVID-19 - April 3, 2020
Letter from Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) regarding COVID-19 - March 27, 2020
Deputy Minister’s update regarding temporary cessation of most education and training activities within the CAF - March 27, 2020
Letter from Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) regarding COVID-19 - March 24, 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 Resources and up-to-date information
The health and safety of members of the campus community remains and will continue to remain our top priority. We encourage everyone to consult the following health authority websites for the most recent coronavirus COVID-19 updates, including information on preventative measures, symptoms, seeking medical assistance, as well as information on the number of cases, risk level, and travel advisories:
- Health Canada
- Health Québec
- National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces – COVID-19
- Defence Team News - For civilian and military staff
- TELEWORK - An opportunity for Creativity
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