Message from
the Chair

Message from the Chair

August 25, 2020

Dear Kinesiology & Phys Ed (KPE) students,

WELCOME (BACK) TO SCHOOL, WELCOME TO KPE!

Even though the upcoming academic year will be like no other in recent memory, what does not change is that we are excited to be welcoming our students back in September, either in person or virtually, for the start of the academic year.

To all of our new students, we look forward to welcoming you in our virtual New Student Orientation session, that will take place over the next few days (make sure to check your McGill emails for specific dates and information on how to dial in).

As it was decided a few months ago, all of our EDKP undergraduate courses, including all of their activities (e.g. labs), will be delivered remotely (online) from start to finish of the Fall semester. Remote teaching delivery can take various forms, so make sure to look for the specific information on how each of your classes will be taught as soon as you can access the course material during the first week of September, and don’t hesitate to contact the course instructor if you have questions early on in the semester.

As for our EDKP graduate courses, we are currently surveying students with the possibility of providing some in-person activities for those courses with smaller enrolment. Make sure to check your McGill emails often, in case your feedback is needed, and to keep in touch with your course instructors and your research supervisors for any update on the plans for our Fall graduate courses.

At the moment, our Departmental spaces in Currie Gym are not accessible by students, unless you obtain specific permission for small-scale or research activities. The process to make these requests for access will be communicated to you via email. Later this Fall, we will look into the possibility of offering some extra-curricular, in-person activities such as seminars and fellowship information sessions. Nevertheless, all in-person activities will also be offered online, so that if you will not be joining us in person, you won’t miss anything.

Finally, our program directors and student advisors are as hard at work as ever, and please be patient if it takes longer than hoped for them to respond to your inquiries; we are all doing our best to navigate through these unusual academic times and maintain our quality support to you. In addition, we are looking into possibilities for students to book in-person meetings with our student advisors, to take place in their regular Currie Gym offices. We thank you in advance for your patience and collaboration in waiting for this information to become available, and in waiting for feedback from our very busy-at-work advisors.

If you have questions, please join us at the KPE Town Hall for students on September 4th (check your emails for the information on how to join).

Lastly, I want to remind you to keep up-to-date with the McGill news by frequently visiting this web page and the 3 links below.

All the best, stay safe, and I wish you an excellent 2020-21 academic year,

Prof. Julie Côté, Chair, Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education

McGill’s up-to-date information: https://mcgill.ca/coronavirus/
McGill’s Frequently Asked Questions: https://mcgill.ca/coronavirus/faqs
Faculty of Education’s information: https://www.mcgill.ca/education/covid-19-faq

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