Message to the student community

ÉTS is ready for a safe return to campus adapted to our new reality

Thursday, August 20, 2020

On the eve of an unprecedented return to school in the midst of a pandemic, ÉTS has implemented every possible measure to ensure the safest and most welcoming return to campus for all of its students. 

Although most teaching activities will be conducted remotely during the Fall 2020 session, ÉTS has left no stone unturned in terms of planning and logistics in order to welcome those students who wish to take advantage of the many services and facilities that are available to them. In addition to the usual services, such as the library, Student Services, the Sports Centre, student club rooms and the cafeteria, some classrooms have been converted into study rooms to accommodate those who wish to study or attend classes remotely in a quiet environment while on campus! 

The Student Services team has also prepared a slate of exciting orientation activities to welcome new students, both in person and remotely, which will surely make this hybrid return to school an historic occasion!

A safe campus

ÉTS is regarded as one of the safest university campuses in Montréal, and has been extremely proactive since the beginning of the pandemic in an effort to ensure that all of its buildings comply with public health guidelines. An emergency plan was quickly developed in order to handle a possible second wave or an outbreak. ÉTS has been preparing for this return to school for quite some time, and all staff members are looking forward to welcoming students back and seeing the campus gradually return to life.

Wearing a face covering is mandatory from the time of arrival on campus and when circulating in open and shared areas, and of course, the 2-metre social distancing rule must be respected at all times.

Sanitary maintenance is at the heart of the measures that have been implemented. Surfaces in common areas, corridors and stairways will be disinfected several times per day. Washrooms will be cleaned every two hours. Tables and other surfaces in the cafeteria will be cleaned after each meal time. Cleaning crews will also carry out a more in-depth cleaning of the entire campus in the evenings.

Converted classrooms 

A number of classrooms in Pavilion A and B have been converted into study rooms for use by the entire student community. Those who wish to study in a quiet environment or attend remote classes while on campus are free to use these rooms.

The learning commons and study spaces for working in teams will also be available for use by students.

In addition, nearly 30 classrooms in Pavilion D will soon be equipped with cameras so that instructors will be able to deliver their remote classes from classrooms at ÉTS, and eventually open the door for students who wish to attend classes in person. 

Reopening of the library

The library will reopen its study spaces as of September 8, with normal opening hours (8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.). The onsite team will welcome students and ensure that public health guidelines and social distancing measures are respected, as is the case everywhere at ÉTS. All library services will be available onsite and remotely. You are invited to consult the library website (in French) for more information concerning the various services.

Reopening of the Sports Centre

The ÉTS Sports Centre (in French) has also reopened. The training rooms, group classes and facilities are now open to the community. Opening hours for the Sports Centre are 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on weekends. 

Diversified meal offering

The gradual reopening of the cafeteria, which is located in Pavilion A, is scheduled to begin on Monday, August 31. The cafeteria will operate according to its normal opening hours for breakfast, lunch and supper on Mondays to Thursdays, and for breakfast and lunch on Fridays. Only one daily menu will be available at the present time. Catering service and take-out menus will also be available. The Tim Hortons outlet, which is located in Pavilion B, remains closed for the time being. 

In-person and remote services for students 

As of August 24, students will be able to go in person to the Registrar’s Office, Student Services (individual consultations by appointment only), the various departments and the General Education Service. These services will also continue to be available remotely. 

Rooms and workshops for student clubs and groups will be accessible soon

With the gradual reopening of student clubs and groups beginning on September 7, student life will start to get back to a semblance of normalcy.

Coop ÉTS 

The Coop ÉTS bookstore (in French) will open on August 24. Students can make purchases in person or online.

Warm and welcoming orientation activities 

Beginning on August 24, 2020, ÉTS students will be able to take part in back-to-school activities, either in person or remotely, as they prefer. In fact, Student Services has planned about a dozen orientation sessions that can accommodate approximately 75 new students in person for each session. These sessions will also be webcast. In-person campus tours will be available, along with a variety of activities aimed at familiarizing new members of the student community with the ÉTS campus from near or far! 

As you can see, ÉTS is ready to welcome students back to school, and it is our hope that they will soon feel at home on their newly adapted and/or transformed campus, which is a safe, friendly and vibrant place to study and live! 

For more information concerning the back-to-school period and the measures that have been implemented, please visit the ÉTS website:

Back-to-school information
ÉTS COVID-19 section

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