Returning to campus: new health and safety procedures to protect the Conestoga community
Conestoga has re-open a limited number of campus facilities to support learning activities that cannot be completed remotely.
Most courses, programs and services will continue to be delivered remotely: specific details regarding programs are available online or from program teams.
Conestoga has 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.
This plan may evolve as conditions change: further updates will be provided as they become available.
Procedures for coming on campus
Access to campuses
- Only those required to be on campus for in-person teaching, learning or essential work purposes will be admitted.
- Students that require access to campus for other reasons must contact Security Services.
- Employees that require access to campus for other reasons should seek approval from their supervisor. Completing an Access to Campus Request form or calling security upon arrival is no longer required.
- In accordance with direction provided by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, Conestoga will require all students, employees and visitors accessing our campuses and facilities to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Visit the college's vaccines web page to learn more.
- 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 the 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 a 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 45 minutes to 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 and sanitize your hands.
- 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.
Returning to campus
Please watch this video for more information on what to expect when returning to campus.
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 and the COVID-19 Campus Access Guidelines for Students (pdf).
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