DC is committed to providing students with a high-quality academic experience. For a full list of what is open on campus or operating virtually, please visit our COVID-19 fall semester page. For information about the upcoming winter semester and program delivery methods please visit our COVID-19 winter semester page.  
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Response plan

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FEELING UNWELL? COVID-19 Reporting Form

Durham College (DC) is committed to operating its campuses in a way that ensures the health and well-being of our entire campus community. Appropriate COVID-19 risk mitigation measures are currently in place at the college, in consultation with Durham Region Public Health, and it is important that our employees, students and contractors continue to follow DC’s guidelines for working and learning on campus.

How to report an illness or positive COVID-19 case

If a student, employee or contractor is feeling ill, has come into contact with someone with COVID-19 or has travelled in the past 14 days:

If you are on-campus when you begin to feel ill, you must:

  • Contact the appropriate person listed above.
  • Go home immediately, avoiding public transit if possible.
  • Remain home and contact Public Health to receive further direction.
  • Do not return to campus until you have been cleared by Public Health and approved to return by DC’s Health and Safety/Risk Management department.

If you are off-campus when you begin to feel ill, you must:

  • Contact the appropriate person listed above.
  • Stay home and contact Public Health to receive further direction.
  • Do not return to campus until you have been cleared by Public Health and approved to return by DC’s Health and Safety/Risk Management department.

For more information on the reporting actions to be taken, please read our COVID Reporting infographic.

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 or health care professional and Public Health 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.
How DC responds to positive cases/illness on campus

When a student, employee or contractor indicates that they are unwell or have a tested positive for COVID-19, the following steps will be taken by the college, in consultation with Durham Region Public Health (DRPH).

  • The Health and Safety/Risk Management team will contact the individual.
  • The individual will be instructed to stay at home and not return to campus until approved to do so.
  • Information on the case will be submitted to DRPH as required.
  • The Health and Safety/Risk Management team will conduct an assessment and work with DRPH, as appropriate, to address the case.
  • If the individual reports a positive COVID-19 test, DRPH will complete contact tracing efforts, with DC’s support and cooperation.
  • Depending on the case, the following steps may be taken:
    • Closure of the areas accessed for required amount of time.
    • Extensive cleaning and sanitization of the areas accessed.
    • Support provided for DRPH contact-tracing.
  • The college will communicate the positive case to the campus community through the channels listed below.
  • If an area associated with the case has been closed, it will re-open once it is safe to do so.
  • Once a case has resolved and the individual has recovered, Health and Safety/Risk Management will approve the individual to return to campus.

For more information on the reporting actions to be taken, please read our COVID Reporting infographic.

    How we will communicate with you

    DC is committed to communicating with its campus community in an open and transparent manner. For this reason, we will communicate every positive COVID-19 case, whether a student has been to campus or not. Here is how we will inform you about positive COVID-19 cases at DC.

    • Off-campus case (an individual who has not been on campus in the past 14 days)
    • On-campus case (an individual who has been on campus in the past 14 days)
      • Message will be sent to all students and employees via email.
      • Update will be sent through the DC Mobile
      • Update will be posted on the COVID-19 webpage.
      • COVID-19 Reporting dashboard will be updated.
      • Contact tracing email will be sent to students and employees who may have been in contact with the positive case.
      • Durham Region Public Health (DRPH) may also contact individuals who may be determined to be at risk. Unless contacted by DRPH, the only action required of the campus community is to continue following DC’s health and safety protocols below.

    Note: if Ontario Tech University confirms they have an individual who has reported having tested positive for COVID-19, and has been in their north campus buildings, which could impact the DC community, we will communicate this information with DC employees and students.

      COVID-19 Health and safety protocols

      Return to campus safely video

      COVID-19 Pre-entry Screening Questionnaire

      All individuals coming to campus are required to complete the COVID-19 Pre-entry Screening questionnaire prior to accessing Durham College (DC) buildings.

      Cleaning and disinfection

      DC’s campus cleaning service provider GDI is:
      • Performing enhanced cleaning, including disinfecting high touch areas, two to three times daily in all spaces.
      • Cleaning all washrooms three times daily.
      • Taking immediate action on service requests from the health and safety officer for enhanced cleaning in specific areas.
      Employees and students also have access to:
      • Hand sanitizer at building entrances, in all learning environments and in common areas.
      • Spray disinfectant and paper towel in common office spaces for employees to clean their individual work spaces. Note: employees must disinfect their personal workstation at the start and end of each day. Requests for additional cleaning products or cleaning service can be submitted through the Service Desk.
      • Sanitization wipe dispensers in each classroom. Students are encouraged to use these cleaning products to sanitize their workstation before and after using it.

      Self-screening

      • All individuals must also be prepared to self-screenbefore entering a college building.
      • Security personnel will be present at each entrance to observe and monitor those entering campus and confirm each person has self-screened, is wearing a non-medical mask or face covering and has applied hand sanitizer before continuing further into the college.

      Masks and face coverings

      • All individuals 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.
      • 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

      Physical distancing

      • All individuals must maintain a minimum distance of two metres (six feet) between themselves and others at all times. If this cannot be achieved, the use of barriers, such as Plexiglass or other personal equipment is worn. As a reminder, masks or face coverings are required while on campus.
      • Departments or offices that are student-facing are required to limit capacity to ensure proper physical distancing guidelines are followed.
      Campus access requests for remote employees

      Employees working remotely who need to come to campus are required to follow one of the below guidelines before accessing any college buildings. Please note: All individuals coming to campus are required to complete the COVID-19 Pre-entry Screening questionnaire prior to accessing Durham College (DC) buildings.

      • For asset pick-up requests
        • Employees returning to campus to pick-up an asset from their office (such as a laptop, chair, monitor, etc.) are required to fill out the DC Asset Request form and obtain approval from their supervisor and departmental head, i.e. dean, AVP, VP. The form must then be submitted online, two business days in advance of their planned visit. Employees will receive a confirmation email, which they are required to have with them when accessing campus.
      • For one-time exceptional visit requests
        • Employees coming to campus for exceptional reasons are required to complete and submit the COVID-19 Campus Access Request form at least two business days in advance. The employee will receive a confirmation email, which they are required to have with them when accessing campus.