Return to Campus (Fall 2021)

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Return to Campus (Fall 2021)

Note

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to campus. If in doubt, please fill out the COVID self-screening questionnaire. Visit Entering/Exiting the College for more details.

Thank you, Dawson Community, for your incredible resilience!

CURRENT SITUATION

Updated Aug. 26, 2021

All students and employees are back on site.

This return to full capacity on campus is a major transition for the entire community.  With this in mind, we have prepared a Frequently Asked Questions section below as well as specific pages that we will continue to update.  Please refer to this page for more updates.

Please note that faculty and staff protocols are subject to guidelines from the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST), whereas protocols for students are mandated by the Ministry of Higher Education.

For specific information about the Covid-19 virus, visit our FAQs about COVID-19 page.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For Everyone

Will we need to continue physical distancing?

Yes. While no physical distancing will be required in classrooms, a 1-metre distance must be maintained in all common areas. In certain cases, such as in the cafeteria, athletics training facilities, or in singing courses, a 2-metre distance has to be maintained.

Will I still have to wear a mask?

Yes.

Students are required to wear a procedural mask at all times except when eating or drinking.

Employees are not required to wear a mask if they are able to maintain a 2-metre distance from colleagues and students in an office, classroom, and library, or when eating in a cafeteria or designated areas.  Masks must be worn at all times when circulating.

Will Dawson continue to offer procedural masks to all employees and students?

The College will continue to provide procedural masks to employees and students.  Procedural masks will be provided at the following locations throughout the campus:

  • Registrar’s Office 2D.6
  • Academic Advising 2D.4
  • Health Services 2D.2
  • First-Year Students’ Office 2D.0
  • Campus Life and Leadership (CLL) 2E.6
  • Student AccessAbility Centre 2E.8
  • Security 2E.14
  • Dawson Student Union (DSU) 2F.2
  • Library 5C.3
  • PARC 1H.4
  • Creative & Applied Arts 3D.11
  • Social Science & Business Technologies 5D.31
  • Science, Medical Studies and Engineering 6B.19
  • Fees Counter 4B.5
  • Continuing Education and AEC 2G.1 & 2H.1

I am nervous to come back to campus. Is it safe?

The safety of our students, faculty and staff are of upmost importance. Since September 2020, an average of 1,500 students, faculty and staff per day have been in person on campus for essential activities without a single report of a person catching COVID-19 while studying and working at Dawson.

What kind of air ventilation does the building have?

Dawson uses a computerized air quality monitoring system which continuously monitors the parameters of the air quality. This includes the airflow, the C02 levels, heating system and temperature fluctuations. The system automatically registers air quality and adjusts air flow according to the number of students in a room and the building. The air is refreshed frequently.

Overall, Dawson’s air ventilation practices are in complete compliance with the Ministry of Education’s recommended guidelines, which were developed based on research from the Ministry of Health and Social Services as well as recently updated guidelines from the Institut Nationale de Santé Publique du Québec.

I am feeling anxious about returning to work or study on campus. Who can I ask for help?

Students:  contact student services at firstyear@dawsoncollege.qc.ca

Employees: you can come and see Dawson’s Staff Health Nurse in Human Resources (4B.7) with full confidentiality if you need support: dpalinkas@dawsoncollege.qc.ca

You can also access confidential counselling services by contacting the Employee Assistance Program at 1-888-687-9197.

For any urgent mental health emergency on campus, contact security at extension 1500.

Will I have to show proof of vaccination to come back on site?

Proof of vaccination will not be required to access the College or attend classes.

However, proof of vaccination will be required to participate in athletics, para-academic or extracurricular activities, as well as field outings and stages that take place in locations that are not on campus.

We strongly encourage every student and employee to get fully vaccinated with two doses.

What if the epidemiological status of the pandemic does not improve? How are decisions being made?

We are constant contact with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Public Health and the regional department of public health.  If the pandemic worsens, we have back up plans that would involve returning to some measures we have already put in place throughout the pandemic, such as maximum student presence with physical distancing, or only essential in-person activities being permitted.

Should I be concerned about touching papers and other objects?

“Based on available epidemiological data and studies of environmental transmission factors, surface transmission is not the main route by which SARS-CoV-2 spreads, and the risk is low. The principal mode by which people are infected with SARS-CoV-2 is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus. The risk of transmission can be reduced by wearing masks consistently and correctly, practicing hand hygiene, cleaning, and taking other measures to maintain healthy facilities.” (Source: CDC April 2021)

What if I am immunocompromised?

Any student or employee who is immunocompromised, has family members who are immunocompromised or has other serious health issues that prevent them from working and studying on site should contact the services below. Each situation will be treated on a case-by-case basis.

Students: DawsonHealthServices@dawsoncollege.qc.ca

Employees: Human Resources at covidhr@dawsoncollege.qc.ca

What is the College doing to make the space welcoming to the community?

Building on the evidence demonstrating the restorative benefits of nature-related micro-environments, the cafeteria area, Conrod’s, and several other key locations of the college will have trees and large plants installed to create a calming and attractive setting.

We also encourage the use of Dawson’s green spaces and gardens for individual relaxation or teaching opportunities. There is an amphitheater in the courtyard (Atwater side), two covered gazebos with benches and/or tables beside Parking area 1 (between the E & B wings) and dozens of large rocks to sit on in the peace garden. Learn more about our Living Campus and watch for announcements about regular Living Campus tours to review outdoor possibilities.

Will there still be a pre-screening questionnaire before I come on campus?

There is no longer a pre-screening questionnaire or in-person check-in at the entrances.  If you are experiencing symptoms, do not come to campus. A COVID-19 Symptom-based Screening Questionnaire is available on the MyDawson Portal (Omnivox) for anyone who is unsure whether they should come on campus.

What additional cleaning measures have been put in place?

Cleaning has been increased and is done more frequently in high-traffic public spaces. In labs and workshops, users are asked to clean up their stations before they leave.

What do I do if I find a space that needs cleaning?

If you find a space that needs cleaning, please call 1200 or email buildingmaintenance@dawsoncollege.qc.ca .

How can I practice good hygiene?

Masks

  • Must cover your nose and mouth
  • Handle by the strings only
  • Sanitize hands prior to applying mask
  • Avoid touching the mask
  • Replace if wet or soiled
  • Replace every four hours
  • Throw out after use
  • Sanitize hands immediately after handling

Sanitation

  • Upon entering and exiting the College and frequently in between, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer when you cannot wash your hands
  • Try to keep at least 2 metres away from other people
  • Follow all the health recommendations of the Quebec Government

What will we do if there is an outbreak?

If a confirmed case or outbreak occurs, we will follow the guidelines and protocols established by the Ministry of Health and Social Services.  The most recent protocols can be found on their website and are updated frequently: https://publications.msss.gouv.qc.ca/msss/document-003067/?&date=DESC&sujet=covid-19&critere=sujet

What are the protocols when outdoors on campus?

If you are able to maintain a distance of more than 1 metre then no mask is required. If there is less than a 1-metre distance, a mask is required.

What should I do if I'm not sure if I have COVID-19 symptoms?

At any time, you can write an e-mail to dawsonhealthservices@dawsoncollege.qc.ca. A member of our Health Services team will help you assess your symptoms and provide guidance.

 

For Students

We understand that you all have questions and concerns.

It is important that all new and returning students ensure they are fully vaccinated (two doses). By getting vaccinated, you will be doing your part to help Dawson return to normal classroom and extracurricular activities.

Since the health protocols may change at any time, Dawson is also planning alternate scenarios. These scenarios may involve a mix of online and in-person instruction. The College needs to be ready to switch from one scenario to another at any time during the semester should the health situation change.

More detailed information will be sent to you if ever the situation changes.

How will I know if my course is online or in person?

All courses will be in person as indicated in your Timetable. If the situation changes before the semester begins, you will be informed via Omnivox.

What should I do if I develop COVID-19 symptoms?

  • Stay home
  • Call the government’s COVID-19 information line at 514-644-4545 OR complete the Quebec Government Symptom Self-assessment Tool available online and follow the given instructions
  • Fill in Dawson’s COVID-19 screening questionnaire inside Omnivox and a Health Services Nurse will reach out to you
  • Inform your teachers if you must miss class
  • If you develop symptoms while you are at Dawson, go home immediately wearing your procedural mask or if you must wait for a lift to go home, go to the Security desk (2E.14) and they will let you wait in special waiting room until you are able to be picked up.

What if I experience COVID-19 symptoms in class?

When a student presents unusual symptoms (for example, symptoms unrelated to their usual cough or allergies) that are persistent or occur repeatedly, the teacher must:

  • Require the student to leave the premises (class and the college), and e-mail Dawson Health Services or notify them by completing the COVID self-declaration form.
  • Notify Dawson Health Services that the student was told to leave so that a college nurse may ensure that there is appropriate follow-up.

What will happen to my grades if I have to miss class because of illness or the need to self-isolate?

If you cannot attend class due to a COVID-related issue (are sick and/or need to self-isolate at home), your teacher will accommodate you as best they can. You will need to provide proof/documentation that you need to self-isolate and until which date. If it is before September 17, you have the option of dropping your course(s).  If this occurs after September 17 and extends for a period of 3 weeks or more, you can request an authorized absence.

Can I eat or drink in class?

No.  You may only eat or drink in the designated eating areas: the Upper Atrium and in 3C.1. You are also free to eat and drink outdoors. If you need to drink water while in class, you can briefly remove your mask to do so.

What about air ventilation and cleaning if my class is at the Forum?

The Forum’s air ventilation practices are in complete compliance with the Ministry of Education’s recommended guidelines. Each floor is served by individual rooftop heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units that run 24/7.  These systems are computerized and monitored daily. The air exchange systems have been increased to ensure additional fresh air supply to the classrooms.  In addition, the entire premises are cleaned daily as well as each evening.  Washrooms are cleaned throughout the day and fully once again in the evenings with CSA-approved chemicals.  Disinfectant dispensers are located at all entrances to the building.

Will students and instructors be required to wear masks in the classroom?

Students are required to wear a mask at all times. The only exception is for teachers who do not need to wear a mask if they can keep a 2-metre distance or use a physical barrier.

Will exams or other assessments be in person?

Yes. If we have fully returned to on-campus activities, it can be envisioned that exams would also take place in person.

Will my classroom have proper ventilation?

Dawson uses a computerized air quality monitoring system which continuously monitors the parameters of the air quality. This includes the airflow, the C02 levels, heating system and temperature fluctuations. The system automatically registers air quality and adjusts air flow according to the number of students in a room and the building. Currently, the entire volume of air is changed at least six times every hour.

Overall, Dawson’s air ventilation practices are in complete compliance with the Ministry of Education’s recommended guidelines, which were developed based on research from the Ministry of Health and Social Services as well as recently updated guidelines from the Institut Nationale de Santé Publique du Québec.

What if I have long-term illness or disabilities related to COVID-19?

If you have any questions or concerns with regard to COVID-19 and your personal or family situation, please contact the college nurses at DawsonHealthServices@dawsoncollege.qc.ca.

If you have questions about the impact of skipping a semester, please contact student advising: https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/academic-advising/

Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

You can book an appointment at a clinic near your home, work or another convenient location: https://portal3.clicsante.ca

 

 

For Staff

Can I still work from home?

A work-from-home policy is in development. In the meantime, employees are required to work on site. We realize this may be difficult to accept after the productivity and commitment shown from all staff while working from home over the last year. However, developing a policy that is all at once flexible, equitable and ensures delivery of our mandate requires consultation. Looking ahead, Human Resources will be developing a policy that will offer flexibility for non-faculty employees to request to work from home on occasion. We will have consultations in Fall 2021.

What should I do if I develop COVID-19 symptoms?

  • Stay home
  • Call the government’s COVID-19 information line at 514-644-4545 OR complete the Quebec Government Symptom Self-assessment Tool available online and follow the given instructions
  • Fill out Dawson’s COVID-19 screening questionnaire inside Omnivox and Dawson’s Staff Health Nurse will contact you
  • As usual, you must notify your manager
  • If you develop symptoms while you are at Dawson, go home immediately wearing your procedural mask or if you must wait for a lift to go home, go to the Security desk (2E.14) and they will let you wait in special waiting room until you are able to be picked up.

What if I am uncomfortable taking public transit?

The College isn’t able to subsidize or provide accommodations for private means of transport for staff.

What protocols need to be followed in my shared office space?

Employees working in a shared office space on site who are able to maintain a 2-metre distance with colleagues at all times do not have to wear a mask. If you are unable to maintain that distance, a physical barrier should be provided or procedural mask should be worn.

Is there parking on site?

Very few spots are available for paid parking and are usually gone early in the morning.

 

For Faculty

What if the epidemiological status of the pandemic does not improve?

As referenced in the memo from the Academic Dean circulated to all faculty in early June, we have a Plan B and Plan C should the context of the pandemic shift. Plan B involves maximum student presence with physical distancing, and Plan C would involve limiting in-person activities only for those activities that are essential for developing competencies.

Plan B:  Maximum student presence with physical distancing

In the event that more constrained physical distancing is required, the space constraints of the college will permit only a limited number of students to be present on a daily basis. For this reason, all general education courses, except for remedial English and French courses, will continue to be delivered on-line. The sector deans are working with departments and programs to increase the amount of specific education that will take place in-person at the college.

Plan C:  Only essential in-person activities are permitted

If the health situation deteriorates, as it did in Fall 2020 and Winter 2021, the college will likely be required to limit in-person activities to those that are essential for developing competencies. Under those circumstances, only activities that are classified as levels 1 and 2 would be permitted.

Will I be able to teach online even if we are in person?

Only those courses which were already approved for partial online learning prior the pandemic will be able to continue as partial online courses.

What should I do if I develop COVID-19 symptoms?

  • Stay home
  • Call the government’s COVID-19 information line at 514-644-4545 OR complete the Quebec Government Symptom Self-assessment Tool available online and follow the given instructions
  • Fill out Dawson’s COVID-19 screening questionnaire inside Omnivox and a Health Services Nurse will reach out to you
  • Inform your Sector Dean or Associate Dean
  • Report your absence using Omnivox Teacher Absence reporting module
  • If you develop symptoms while you are at Dawson, go home immediately wearing your procedural mask or if you must wait for a lift to go home, go to the Security desk (2E.14) and they will let you wait in special waiting room until you are able to be picked up.

What should I do if a student exhibits a COVID-19 symptom in class?

When a student presents unusual symptoms (for example, symptoms unrelated to their usual cough or allergies) that are persistent or occur repeatedly, the teacher must:

  • Require the student to leave the premises (class and the college), and e-mail Dawson Health Services or notify them by completing the COVID self-declaration form.
  • Notify Dawson Health Services that the student was told to leave so that a college nurse may ensure that there is appropriate follow-up.

How should I accommodate students who need to miss class due to COVID-19 or the need to self-isolate?

For COVID-related absences, teachers must provide accommodations for teaching and evaluation, but the nature of the accommodation is at the discretion of the teacher/department. A student will need to provide proof/documentation that they need to self-isolate and until which date. Students who feel that the loss of time will be too onerous to make up, have the option of dropping the course by September 17 or drop deadline of the course, or of requesting an authorized absence after that date.

What about air ventilation and cleaning if my class is at the Forum?

The forum’s air ventilation practices are in complete compliance with the Ministry of Education’s recommended guidelines. Each floor is served by individual rooftop heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units that run 24/7.  These systems are computerized and monitored daily. The air exchange systems have been increased to ensure additional fresh air supply to the classrooms.  In addition, the entire premises are cleaned daily as well as each evening.  Washrooms are cleaned throughout the day and fully once again in the evenings with CSA-approved chemicals.  Disinfectant dispensers are located at all entrances to the building.

Will students and instructors be required to wear masks in the classroom?

Students are required to wear a mask at all times. The only exception is for teachers who do not need to wear a mask if they can keep a 2-metre distance or use a physical barrier.

Will I be able to ensure that my classroom has proper ventilation?

Dawson uses a computerized air quality monitoring system which continuously monitors the parameters of the air quality. This includes the airflow, the C02 levels, heating system and temperature fluctuations. The system automatically registers air quality and adjusts air flow according to the number of students in a room and the building. Currently the entire volume of air is changed at least six times every hour.

Overall, Dawson’s air ventilation practices are in complete compliance with the Ministry of Education’s recommended guidelines, which were developed based on research from the Ministry of Health and Social Services as well as recently updated guidelines from the Institut Nationale de Santé Publique du Québec.

What do I do if a student in my classroom isn’t following the college’s protocols related to COVID-19?

If the student does not comply, contact security at extension 1500. Follow-up measures can be undertaken using regular College procedures.

What protocols need be followed in my shared office space?

Employees working in a shared office space on site that are able to maintain a 2-metre distance with colleagues at all times do not have to wear a mask. If you are unable to maintain that distance, a physical barrier should be provided or procedural mask should be worn.

Is there parking on site?

Very limited paid parking available. Spots are often gone early in the morning.



Last Modified: October 5, 2021