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University announces holiday closure date, flex days for faculty and staff

November 26, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

What a year this has been.

The pandemic has challenged us in ways nobody could have predicted.

Thank you for rising to the challenge with your flexibility, understanding and perseverance during these extraordinary times.

With the winter break quickly approaching, it’s a time to truly pause, recharge, and safely enjoy the holidays with the ones we love. 

University holiday closure

The University will close for the holidays on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. and will reopen Monday, January 4, 2021. 

The university has also decided to extend the holiday break for students. Classes will now resume on January 11, 2021.

Teacher candidates, please consult the Teacher Education Office for more information on activities that will start January 4. 

Important dates for students

Please consult the Faculty of Education website for important dates for the winter term.

Flex days for faculty and staff

To our faculty and staff – thank you for the long hours, working weekends, and going above and beyond to help ensure the safest and highest quality learning and research environment possible.

Balancing work and home life during these uncertain times has not been easy. With this in mind, Western is offering all employees two flex days to use between January 4 and May 31, 2021. Campus will also be closed on Friday, July 2, creating an extra-long weekend to kick off the start of summer holidays. 

For some, your summer vacation was disrupted due to the pandemic. You may wish to work with your supervisor to extend your December holiday into January.

Hopefully, this extra time off will give you and your families some flexibility as you continue to navigate the pandemic.

Student, faculty and staff support available

Students, we have supports for you if you need them. I encourage you to access our workshops, counselling and peer-to-peer supports. 

Faculty and staff, Western's Employee and Family Assistance Program can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

This holiday break is important. Please, take the time to take care of yourself.

Be well and be safe.

Kathy Hibbert
Acting Dean