This message is being distributed on behalf of the Return to Work Operational Task Force.
Starting Thursday, July 2, we will welcome back to campus a small group of employees and students as part of the provincial government’s July 2020 pilot program. We want to assure you that while COVID-19 has changed the way we operate, the health and safety of our entire campus community remains our highest priority.
It’s crucial now more than ever that we work together, support one another and respect the health and safety of those we share our DC campuses with so that we can move forward while also continuing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Below you will find important information on return-to-campus procedures and guidelines that are in place to ensure all students and employees are coming back to a safe working and learning environment.
Entry into Whitby campus buildings through:
- Main building: as of July 2, front entrance adjacent to the bus loop.
- Galen Weston Centre for Food: as of July 6, main doors located at the southeast corner of the CFF.
Entry into Oshawa campus buildings through
- Gordon Willey building
- South Wing doors just north of the Commencement parking lot.
- I-Wing main entry doors in the bus loop.
- Please note: the main entry doors adjacent to the Security Desk and The Pit will be closed.
- Centre for Collaborative Education (CFCE)
- South doors only, close to the Student Services building front parking lot.
Those returning to the Oshawa campus should park in the Commencement lot for entry to the South Wing doors.
The parking gates at both the Oshawa and Whitby campuses will be up and parking will be free until Monday, August 31. Parking at other campus locations, including pay-and-display lots, will also be free until that date.
Building access and screening
After arriving at one of the above entry points, students and employees will observe a Screening Notice displayed in the window of the entry door. Each person entering a DC building is required to read the notice and self-screen prior to entry. You may not enter the building if you do not meet the requirements set out in the Screening Notice.
Security personnel will be present at each entrance to observe and monitor those entering campus. They will confirm each person has self-screened and applied hand sanitizer before continuing further into the college.
Individuals entering the campus are required to have with them either a student or employee identification card or government-issued photo identification to display upon request.
Please note: Ontario Tech University is currently closed and entry into university space is strictly prohibited.
Conduct guidelines while on campus
To ensure the health and safety of the entire campus community, students and employees are to follow the below guidelines for how to conduct themselves while on campus.
- All individuals are required to watch the DC health and safety video before coming to campus.
- Only those who are scheduled to attend an on-site activity will be permitted access to campus. Building access will only be provided 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start of the scheduled activity.
- Students are required to walk directly to their assigned classroom or lab.
- All individuals are required to maintain 2 metres of physical distancing and practice proper respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene.
- Where physical distancing may not be possible, face coverings are encouraged.
- Individuals may not congregate or socialize in hallways or open spaces throughout the college.
- Students must exit the college upon completion of their scheduled on-site class or activity.
- Those who fail to follow directions as set out by provincial guidelines will be directed to leave the property.
Please note: students and employees are required to read recent Public Health advice regarding face coverings prior to attending campus.
If you do not have a face covering, masks will be available at point of entry for those who require/desire one.
Reporting symptoms or illness
Students and employees who are unable to make or continue to go to class or work for any of the below reasons should contact their faculty member or supervisor:
- You have developed a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat or other symptoms that may be related to COVID-19 as per Public Health.
- You have travelled outside of Canada within the last 14 days.
- You have been exposed to someone who is, or may be, infected with the COVID-19 virus.
Faculty or supervisors who have been advised that their student or employee is experiencing any of the above should contact the health and safety officer at Maureen.Calhoun@durhamcollege.ca.
Please see the attached reporting infographic for more information.
Health and safety considerations
As we invite our students from the winter 2020 semester back to campus to complete their in-person program requirements, please note that there will be no more than 200 students at the Whitby campus and 130 at the Oshawa campus on any given day.
Student schedules have been well spaced, ensuring extra time between classes to encourage social distancing and provide opportunities for enhanced sanitization.
New signage has been placed throughout the college with information on physical distancing protocols and proper hand hygiene, all of which are mandatory while on campus.
At this time, only classrooms and labs that are part of the July pilot project are open. Common areas such as lounges, food services, vending machine banks, computer commons and the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre are not available.
We look forward to once again seeing a few familiar faces on campus this time next week. Our campus has felt empty of the energetic students and employees that make DC feel like home.
For more information and FAQs, please visit our July 2020 pilot program webpage.