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July 10, 2020 9:33 AM

Returning to campus: new health and safety procedures to protect the Conestoga community

Beginning the week of July 13, Conestoga will re-open a limited number of campus facilities to support learning activities that cannot be completed remotely. Initially, our focus will be on supporting students who were unable to complete their winter 2020 term as the result of the COVID-19 shutdown.

We are also preparing for a broader range of activity by September to support in-person, hands-on learning activities in a number of Conestoga courses and programs. Most courses, programs and services will continue to be delivered remotely this fall: specific details regarding your program are available online or from your program team.

In preparation for re-opening, we’ve added a number of new procedures to protect the health, safety and well-being of our college community. Our plan reflects the best guidance available from public health experts as well as local, provincial and federal government officials.

Below is a summary of what you can expect as campus facilities re-open. This plan may evolve as conditions change: further updates will be provided as they become available.

Access to campuses

  • Only those people who are required to be on campus for in-person teaching, learning or essential work purposes will be admitted.
  • If you require access to campus for any other reason, contact Security Services.
  • All students and employees seeking admission to campus will be required to submit to screening and comply with established guidelines.
  • Stay at home if you are feeling unwell. If you think you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms use this self-assessment tool to help determine how to seek further care.

Pre-arrival and screening

  • Prior to arrival on-campus, complete the pre-screening application available on the Conestoga Mobile Safety App. Those who are unable to complete the pre-screening will be screened upon arrival, but are likely to face additional delays in gaining entry.
  • If travelling by car, park in a designated parking space in the area closest to your entrance. Parking permits are not required at this time. 
  • Line up in single file line at designated markings (2 m/6 feet apart) located outside the entry to the building. Sanitize your hands at the provided sanitizing station prior to entering.
  • Plan to arrive at least 1 hour in advance of your scheduled activity to allow time for the completion of entrance procedures, including screening verification and temperature checks. Those who arrive late may be refused entry.
  • This process will be required each time you seek entrance to a campus building or facility.

While on campus

  • Students and employees will be required to wear face masks at all times while on campus. Masks will be provided for you when you enter the building. You will not be permitted to wear your own masks.
  • Additional PPE, including gloves and gowns, face shields and lab-specific equipment will be made available for designated activities on an as-needed basis.
  • Follow directional signage and designated pathways to proceed directly to your teaching, learning or work destination. Maintain physical distancing while moving through hallways.
  • Keep your hands clean by washing them frequently with soap and water, or by using hand sanitizer located at stations throughout the campus. 
  • Common areas, food service outlets and on-campus services will remain closed at this time. If you are required to be on-campus for an extended period, please bring any food you will require as well as a refillable water bottle. Water refilling stations will be available.
  • Washroom facilities will be available in designated learning zones.
  • When you have completed your activity, exit the campus following the designated path. Dispose of your mask in an appropriate receptacle as you exit. Sanitize your hands.

Facility changes

  • Campus facilities have been modified to ensure compliance with public health guidelines regarding physical distancing, protective equipment, infection control measures and cleaning.
  • New signage has been added to provide instructions and directional guidance as well as to support physical distancing at entrances and in designated learning zones.
  • Hand sanitizing stations have been added at entrances, in shop areas and additional locations throughout all campuses.
  • Furniture and equipment layouts have been reconfigured to reduce density and capacity of communal spaces, including classrooms, labs, shops and studios that will be used for instruction. Transparent barriers will be installed as necessary.

Infection control measures and enhanced environmental cleaning

  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols have been introduced specifically in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide a safe and healthy campus environment and reduce the potential risk of infection transmission.
  • In addition to enhanced cleaning protocols, heavy traffic areas and common spaces such as entrances, hallways and washrooms will be cleaned multiple times daily.
  • All teaching and learning areas will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to the entrance of each group to minimize the potential risk of cross-contamination.


These measures are designed to protect the health and well-being of the Conestoga community and will be strictly enforced at all campus locations. Failure to comply with these guidelines places the safety of our community members at risk, and will result in immediate removal from campus facilities.

More detailed information is available through the Conestoga Mobile Safety App, the COVID-19 Information section on the college website, or the COVID-19 Campus Access Guidelines for Students under the college’s Student Affairs Policies, Procedures and Guidelines.

Employees with questions regarding accommodations should contact hrinfo@conestogac.on.ca 

Students with medical or disability-related needs that impact the ability to comply with these guidelines should contact accessibility@conestogac.on.ca

 

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