Dear Chief Laforme,

Thank you for your continued leadership and support as businesses, facilities, and services in our community safely re-open in accordance with provincial and public health guidelines. The City of Brantford and the Brant County Health Unit are to be commended for their continued efforts to keep transmission rates low, thereby keeping the community safe.

Laurier has been working closely with public health as we work through a phased return-to-campus plan. As shared in the spring, Laurier’s fall-term is being offered mostly virtually and online. Staff who are not required to be on-campus will continue to work from home to limit the number of people on campus to allow for safe social distancing for those who are required to be there. Below are a number of key updates related to our fall term:

–         While students will be learning in a mostly online and virtual environment, we expect a number of them will choose to live on or near campus. We know students are incredibly important to the vibrancy and economic success of our community and that this will be welcome news for many businesses who rely on students as employees and customers. We are working to prepare students with the information they need to return to campus and our communities in a healthy and safe way.

–         Laurier expects to welcome around 100 students into Laurier-run residence facilities in Brantford. This reduced capacity will allow for distancing and isolation requirements. Laurier has worked through a robust residence re-opening plan in accordance with provincial guidelines that prioritizes the health and safety of our campus communities.

–         Residence move-in will look a lot different this year in Brantford and will be spread across two days on Sept. 5th to 6th to allow for physical distancing. Students will only be permitted to have one helper with them to support their move-in.

  • Orientation Week is essential to making our incoming class of Golden Hawks feel welcome and connected to their host community. Our Students’ Union has planned a two-week-long program that will feature online activities, speakers and a concert. In collaboration with Economic Development and Tourism Brantford, we are sharing information with our students to enhance their feeling of connection with the Brantford community. More information on our supports for first year students is available online.

–         We continue to finalize plans regarding which amenities will be virtual, and which services will be in-person to support those students living in the community. For example, the Laurier Brantford YMCA will be opening to all members – including students – on Sept. 8 with distancing and sanitization protocols in place. Decisions on other services will be forthcoming over the next few weeks.

As additional details are available for fall, we will continue to share them with you. We also welcome input on what information would be most helpful to you and your colleagues or constituents. We look forward to welcoming our students back to the community both virtually and in-person this year.

Thank you again for your continued support.