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Queen’s IRC response to COVID-19

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Publication date: March, 2020
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Queen’s IRC response to COVID-19

We hope that you and your colleagues are staying safe and working from home, if possible. We are grateful for the essential staff in our community who are working on the front lines to keep us safe, fed and healthy during this time.

Given the current Covid-19 situation, we have cancelled our programs from March through the summer months, and adjusted our fall program lineup. These changes are reflected on our website and affected participants have been contacted. Wherever possible, we are shifting participants into upcoming programs. We expect to resume programming when the government and public health officials advise that it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, the Queen’s IRC team is working diligently to develop remote learning options beginning with initial rollout in fall 2020. We are exploring alternate delivery methods and changes to our current models to ensure we are able to continue to help people in organizations during this difficult time, and in the near future when things start to return to normal.

We will be offering a series of free Community of Practice (COP) webinars in the coming weeks and months, to allow the IRC community to connect with our facilitators and discuss burning issues in labour relations, human resources and organizational development. Our invite-only inaugural webinars were a great success. Please watch for information on upcoming COP dates and topics.

One of the hallmarks of Queen’s IRC programming is face-to-face learning, and we are anxious to get back to the classroom when it is safe to do so. We are highly invested in preserving the participant experience, networking opportunities, learning outcomes and classroom experience our programs are known for, while ensuring that we provide a safe and healthy learning environment. 

We will be instituting additional measures to ensure optimal health and hygienic conditions during our programs, including increased distance between participants at tables, access to hand sanitizer and reminders about frequent handwashing, venue cleanliness management, and reminding participants with any symptoms of illness to stay at home. 

Queen’s IRC is in regular contact with our university and venue partners and we continue to monitor the situation as it progresses. Further information is available from Queen’s University on the current situation at: https://www.queensu.ca/covidinfo/.

If you have any questions or concerns in regards to IRC programming or your registration, we encourage you to contact our team at IRC@QueensU.ca.  

Please stay safe and stay home!

Sincerely,

Stephanie Noel
Director
Queen’s University IRC