Questions and Answers: Covid-19

Dear students,

We are all going through very odd times that are leading us to interact and to work under exceptional circumstances. This is why we must demonstrate patience, understanding and open-mindedness. We must all keep this in mind as we transition through distance training and online classes.

You will see below a list of questions and answers that will guide you through this transition period. This is the information we have as of March 26. Seeing as this situation is constantly evolving, we will do our best to update the information as soon as we can.

Please don’t hesitate to communicate with the College and stay healthy.

Eli Meroz
Dean of Studies

 

1. IS THE SEMESTER BEING CANCELLED?

No, TAV College is now adapting all its Winter 2020 classes to be given in “Online” form. Due to the Ministry of Education’s guideline for the COVID-19 outbreak, all CEGEPs and Universities are to complete the semester using an online platform.

2. WILL CLASSES BE EXTENDED INTO JUNE-JULY?

Yes. All classes will now be delivered online for the remainder of the semester. If you have not yet received instructions from your teacher(s), first double-check your spam inbox and your Mio messages, if you have checked and there are no messages, either email the teacher directly or contact the College by email at info@tav.ca.

3. ARE WE STILL GOING TO HAVE A BREAK IN APRIL?
The April break will still happen within the originally scheduled dates. Teachers have been instructed to follow the original Winter 2020 semester calendar regardless of this adapted situation, which means that any originally scheduled days off will be considered.
4. WILL ALL CLASSES BE ONLINE?
Yes. All classes will now be delivered online for the remainder of the semester. If you have not yet received instructions from your teacher(s), first double-check your spam inbox and your Mio messages, if you have checked and there are no messages, either email the teacher directly or contact the College by email at info@tav.ca
5. I AM NOT FAMILIAR WITH ONLINE CLASSES. WILL THIS BE A PROBLEM FOR ME COMPLETING MY COURSES?
No, it will not. Our team prepared and provided multiple instructional videos and aid to help teachers and students transition to the online platform. If you still have problems with accessing online content, the College will provide technical help.
6. WHAT DO I NEED TO BE ABLE TO FOLLOW MY ONLINE CLASSES? WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME?

All content will be accessible by computer, tablet or phone.

As students, here are your Responsibilities:

  • Attendance: all students must check their Omnivox on a daily basis. Students must “attend” the online version of the course just as they would a traditional course.
  • Evaluations and homework: Students must regularly participate in all academic activities required by their teacher. Students must invest the required amount of personal study and preparation time required for homework, assignments and learning activities.
  • Academic integrity: All students must demonstrate academic integrity, especially considering the present situation, where the evaluations are not completed in class. ALL PLAGIARISM, ATTEMPT TO PLAGIARIZE OR COLLABORATION TO PLAGIARIZE WILL LEAD TO A GRADE OF ZERO (0) FOR AN EXAM OR ASSIGNMENT.
  • Seek help: Students must use the resources offered by the College to counter any learning difficulties.
7. DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION, I CANNOT GUARANTEE TO BE FREE DURING MY CURRENT CLASS TIMES, WHAT CAN I DO?

All content will be available online to be accessed at the convenience of the students. You will be able to read/watch your lectures and follow at your own pace. Deadlines for work and examination must be respected. Students are required to check their Omnivox regularly because all important info, documents and communication will go through Lea or MIO.

8. WILL TEACHERS HAVE OFFICE HOURS IF I HAVE QUESTIONS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THEM IN PERSON?
Unfortunately, the teachers and faculty members will not be able to meet you in person, but all personnel will be answering MIOs and online questions as soon as possible. Also, some teachers will be providing Google Hangouts Meet sessions to be able to interact with their students, lecture and answer live questions. Starting March 30, videoconferencing features will be available through Omnivox.
9. WILL I HAVE TO PHYSICALLY COME TO THE COLLEGE AT ANY TIME TO COMPLETE MY SEMESTER?
No, all College services and courses including examinations and registrations will be online.

Assignments, homework, and essays will be sent back to teachers using the online platform.

10. WILL THE VIRUS AFFECT OUR SUMMER VACATION?
No. The College plans on finishing the semester on schedule, as well as plans on ensuring that all students complete their semester.
11. WILL OUR TUITION PAYMENTS BE CANCELLED?
No, however if a student cannot afford to pay their tuition fees due to extraordinary circumstances relating to COVID-19, they are asked to communicate with the College. You can either call (514) 731-2296 ext. 0, or email: info@tav.ca
12. WILL TAV STILL BE DOING THE INTENSIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSES IN JUNE?
Yes. The physical education intensive courses will still be available to students, however, they will be delivered as online courses. The College is currently looking into offering a stress management online course, as well as nutrition and an at-home wellness course.
13. CAN STUDENTS COME BACK TO THE COLLEGE BECAUSE THEY LEFT PERSONAL BELONGINGS IN THEIR LOCKER?
Due to the extended nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the College is exploring the possibility of students being able to retrieve their belongings from lockers as soon as it is allowed.
14. HOW ARE EXAMS GOING TO WORK?
At this time, it is very likely that exams will be distributed online. However, the method for the examination will differ greatly depending on the unique pedagogical objectives of the course being taught. Rest assured that TAV understands that with the current pandemic situation, unanticipated issues are inevitably going to occur, and teacher will do their best to accommodate students during this time of high stress.
15. IS PASS OR FAIL AN OPTION?
No. The College will not be exploring the pass/fail competency evaluation method. However, rest assured that our teachers are exploring all available teaching options at their disposal and they will be extremely flexible in terms of a competency evaluation. Know that your teachers share the same objective of TAV College, in that, we are here to ensure you succeed and achieve your educational goals.
16. WILL STAGES BE POSTPONED TO THE FALL SEMESTER?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, TAV College is making every effort to help students complete their term including stage work. During this period stage teachers remain available and will be in contact with students.

The pandemic is forcing the Ministry, school establishments and staff to be pedagogically innovative and creative in finding solutions to help students complete their term and attain program objectives. Of course, in some cases, we will need to prioritize certain objectives without jeopardizing overall program objectives and standards. Results will be transmitted to the Ministry by the end of the summer.

In the case of stages, the College’s position is not to suspend these learning activities but rather to:

convert a portion of the stage hours into a home-based project for students to complete the stage activity
to allow students to complete shorter duration stages, once the College is up and running again.
We invite you to contact your stage teachers in order to get the most updated version of this information. Rest assured that the College will quickly put in place the projects so that we can all move forward.

17. ARE OTHER SERVICES STILL AVAILABLE?

Help Centers

The French Help Center, English Help Center and Science Help Center are still available by appointment. Students must contact the teachers responsible for the service to make an appointment. 

 

Financial Aid

For financial aid, the College is completely closed to all students. For now, students who need to apply for Financial Aid can use the SERVICES ONLINE. For more information, contact CHARLES@TAV.CA or RAMZI@TAV.CA .

 

Sexual violence and domestic violence resources

Please contact Noémie Giguère at NOEMIE@TAV.CA

 

Technical issues

In case of technical issues with online courses, please send us an email at ONLINEHELP@TAV.CA.

18. MY MENTAL HEALTH: IDEAS AND STRATEGIES

Here are a few ideas to help you take care of yourself. Include some of them in your daily routine!

  • Write in a journal
  • Volunteer for a cause meaningful to you
  • Make a gratitude list
  • Take a fresh air break
  • Meditate or listen to a guided visualization
  • Cuddle with pets
  • Treat yourself to a nice meal
  • Take a nap
  • Listen to music
  • Practice yoga
  • Lay in the grass
  • Photography
  • Read a good book
  • Write a blog
  • Spend time outdoors, if possible
  • Go for a drive
  • Exercise
  • Join an online social club
  • Nutrition – increase healthy food choices
  • Turn off electronic devices
  • Have a movie marathon
  • Play a game
  • Dance
  • Wear something that makes you feel confident
  • Join an online support group
  • Have a virtual game night with friends
  • Work in the garden
  • Get creative: draw, paint, write a song or cook a new meal
  • Try a new hobby
  • Have an adventure day
  • Creative arts
  • Spend time with your children – read to them, listen to their laughter, play with them, etc.
  • Create a poster with images of a positive vision
  • Listen to enjoyable podcasts or videos
19. COVID-19 → MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES: ANXIETY, STRESS, DEPRESSION…
20. WILL MY R SCORE BE AFFECTED BY THE PRESENT SITUATION?

The government has decided that the Winter 2020 results will not be included for the R score calculation. Freezing the R score will allow all students to continue their education, have their courses credited and pursue their academic path, and this, in a fair and equitable manner.

21. IS THE ENGLISH EXIT EXAM STILL TAKING PLACE?
The Ministerial Exit Exam has been canceled. The College will inform you once the new exam calendar has been made available. Students who are graduating this semester (Winter 2020) will be exempted from writing the exam. 
Who is exempted from the exam? All the students who were registered (following courses in the program) during Fall 2019 or Winter 2020, and who have completed all program courses, including general education and program-specific courses. If you have courses to complete in September, this exemption does not apply to you. 
All other cases are excluded from this exemption.
22. ARE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ALLOWED FINANCIAL SUPPORT MEASURES?

International students who have declared an income of at least 5 000$ during the last fiscal year or during the last 12 months prior to their application will be entitled to the CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) if they meet the requirements for this resource, in the same ways as any person currently residing in Canada. Two things must be considered regarding international students’ eligibility.

  • The 5 000$ minimal income may have been earned outside of Canada, but the applicants must reside in Canada. They must have lost their job because of the COVID-19 situation. They must not have voluntarily left their job. Hence, they are not admissible if they did not have a job before the beginning of the crisis.

For more information on the subject, please consult the Canada Emergency Response Benefit web page.

23. WILL STUDENTS’ ELIGIBILITY FOR THE POST-GRADUATION WORK PERMIT PROGRAM (PGWPP) BE AFFECTED BY THE COLLEGE’S TRANSITION TO ONLINE COURSES BECAUSE OF THE COVID-19 CRISIS?

The PGWPP is a federal government program. The information presented comes from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Students who were already studying in Canada and have transitioned to online courses because of traveling restrictions and public health issues in relation to COVID-19 will not be penalized regarding their eligibility for the PGWPP, nor the duration of the work permit for which they would be eligible. However, these students must still complete at least 50% of their program studies in Canada to be eligible for the PGWPP.

24. WILL I BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE POST-GRADUATION WORK PERMIT PROGRAM (PGWPP) IF I HOLD A STUDY PERMIT ALLOWING ME TO CONTINUE MY PROGRAM OF STUDY DURING THE SUMMER TERM, AND WILL BE UNABLE TO ENTER CANADA GIVEN THE CURRENT TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS?

Le PPPTPD est un programme du gouvernement fédéral. L’information présentée provient d’Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada. Immigration Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada a mis en place une nouvelle politique temporaire visant les étudiants qui détiennent actuellement un permis d’études ou qui ont été approuvés pour un permis d’études pour un programme qui débutera en mai ou juin 2020, mais qui ne peuvent pas se rendre au Canada en raison de restrictions de voyage en vigueur. Pour ces étudiants, si leurs cours en classe sont déplacés vers un format en ligne en raison de la COVID-19, leur admissibilité au PPTPD ne sera pas affectée. Les étudiants étrangers dans cette situation peuvent commencer leurs cours à l’extérieur du Canada et peuvent compléter jusqu’à 50 % de leur programme à l’extérieur du Canada s’ils ne peuvent pas se rendre au Canada plus tôt.

25. WHAT IS THE HEALTH PROTECTION OFFERED FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?

For information on health protection, foreign nationals can refer to the Questions and answers about our services during the pandemic page on the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec website, specifically the following sections:

  •  COVID-19: Information and screening
  • What coverage does Québec provide for COVID-19 screening and care? – Foreign workers and students in Québec: health insurance coverage
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