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COVID-19 protocols on campus: Exposure, symptoms or positive test results

New provincial guidelines and the full implementation of Conestoga's COVID Community Safety policy has changed the college's response to identified cases on campus. All students, employees and visitors accessing Conestoga campuses and sites need to show proof of full vaccination or an approved exemption.

Conestoga continues to monitor and take guidance from the Ontario government and local public health authorities to ensure the right steps are taken on campus to keep our community safe.

Students, employees and visitors who have been exposed, have symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19 should follow provincial guidelines. Please refer to the Government of Ontario for the latest information and guidance.

In addition to provincial guidelines, Conestoga students, employees and visitors on campus should follow the college's protocols if they have been exposed, have symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19. The guide below can be used to help identify the proper steps to follow.

Please contact COVID19questions@conestogac.on.ca to report your positive test result if you have been on campus.

When a confirmed case of COVID-19 is reported to Conestoga it is internally tracked to assess and manage possible risk to the college community and to assist Public Health agencies with contact tracing and risk communication (if applicable).

Communications with individuals, groups, stakeholders or the college community related to COVID-19 cases is directed by public health to protect the health of our community. 

When an individual learns they been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 or who has COVID-19 symptoms

In the event an individual learns they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has COVID-19 symptoms, it is the individual’s responsibility to take measures to prevent transmission.         

  1. If the individual lives with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has COVID-19 symptoms, they should go home immediately to isolate. It is the individual's responsibility to report their absence.
  2. If the individual has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has COVID-19 symptoms and they do not live with that person, the individual should self-monitor for symptoms as per provincial guidelines. If the individual has no symptoms, there is no requirement to leave or not come to campus, with the exception of those who: 
    • Are immunocompromised: If immunocompromised, the individual should go home immediately and isolate. It is the individual's responsibility to report their absence.
    • Are learning/teaching in a high-risk setting (i.e., long-term care home): If learning/teaching in a high-risk setting, the individual should leave immediately and follow provincial guidelines for returning. It is the individual's responsibility to report their absence and follow program area guidelines for notifying the high-risk setting of their exposure.
    • Have been advised by a health-care provider or public health unit to isolate: If advised by a health-care provider or public health unit to isolate, the individual should go home immediately to isolate. It is the individual's responsibility to report their absence.
  3. Individuals who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has COVID-19 symptoms do not need to notify the college of their exposure. The college should be notified by the individual only if they test positive for COVID-19 and have had on-campus activity. 
When an individual develops symptoms

In the event an individual develops COVID-19 symptoms, it is the individual's responsibility to take measures to prevent transmission.         

  1. The individual should go home immediately to isolate.
  2. Do not come to campus if you have COVID-19 symptoms or are feeling unwell.
  3. It is the individual's responsibility to report their absence.
  4. Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms do no need to notify the college of their symptoms. The college should be notified by the individual only if they test positive for COVID-19 and have had on-campus activity. 
When an individual learns they have tested positive

In the event an individual learns they have tested positive for COVID-19, it is the individual's responsibility to take measures to prevent transmission.          

  1. The individual should go home immediately to isolate.
  2. If the individual has had on-campus activity, they should notify the college of their positive result by emailing COVID19questions@conestogac.on.ca.
  3. It is the individual's responsibility to report their absence. 
When a comfirmed case has been identified on campus

In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus, Conestoga will follow the directives of Public Health on the appropriate approach to implement additional control measures and communication on a case-by-case basis.       

  1. Notification of a positive test result sent to COVID19questions@conestogac.on.ca will be shared with the Executive Pandemic Planning Committee and Human Resources (if an employee).
  2. Enhanced internal environmental cleaning of affected spaces on campus will be implemented, as appropriate and directed by PH.
When a an outbreak has been declared on campus

In the event Public Health declares an outbreak of COVID-19 on campus, Conestoga will follow the directives of Public Health on the appropriate approach to implement additional control measures and communication on a case-by-case basis. 

  1. Conestoga will post notification of an outbreak to the college's COVID-19 information hub and will follow additional Public Health instruction for communication.

COVID Alert


The COVID Alert app is designed to let Canadians know whether they may have been exposed to the virus. The app is another tool used in the fight against COVID-19; the more people using it, the more effective it will be in helping limit the spread.

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COVID-19 information

Conestoga strongly advises all students and employees remain apprised of the changing situation. If you have questions about COVID-19, refer to the websites below, or contact your health-care provider or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.