Health and safety reminders for all students and employees during COVID-19

WHAT

Updates to health and safety guidelines on campus.

WHEN

As of September 25

IMPLICATIONS

As we are seeing across our province and even right here at Durham College (DC), there is a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases.

Appropriate risk mitigation measures are in place at the college, in consultation with Public Health, to ensure the health and safety of our campus community. However, it is important that our employees and students continue to follow DC’s guidelines for working and learning on campus.

Updates to these guidelines, include:

MASKS ON CAMPUS

  • You are required to bring a face mask or covering to wear inside college buildings.
  • If you cannot wear a face mask or covering, you must complete a risk assessment by emailing susan.smikle@durhamcollege.ca.
  • Students who cannot wear a mask and come to class without completing a risk assessment will be asked to leave.

FOOD CONSUMPTION AREAS

  • Masks are required in food consumption areas except while seated and eating.
  • Food consumption is permitted in these areas only:
    • Oshawa campus Marketplace (food service unavailable)
    • Whitby Cafeteria (food service unavailable)
    • Private offices or workspaces (self-cleaning protocols required)
    • Exterior grounds of the Whitby or Oshawa campus

COVID-19 SELF-SCREENING

SELF-MONITORING VS. SELF-ISOLATION

If you come into contact with a positive case of COVID-19, you may be asked by Public Health to self-monitor or self-isolate – but what does that mean?

  • Self-monitoring: you must monitor your symptoms for 14 days. Try to avoid crowds and be sure to wear a mask when inside buildings or when closer than two metres to someone. If you begin to feel ill, you should stay home, contact your doctor and follow our reporting guidelines.
  • Self-isolation: if you have COVID-19 symptoms, you must stay at home. If you haven’t already, contact your doctor and follow our reporting guidelines.

As a reminder, all individuals are also asked to:

  • Sanitize regularly, practice physical distancing and self-screen upon entry.
  • Limit capacity in offices to ensure physical distancing.
  • Only come to campus for a scheduled class, activity, service appointment or to use campus resources, such as the Campus Library or Wi-Fi access.
  • Leave campus buildings immediately after your scheduled class or activity is over.
  • Review the steps in our COVID reporting document if you feel unwell.