Return to Campus (Fall 2021)

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Return to Campus (Fall 2021)

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This Return to Campus section provides information on Fall 2021. For updates on what is currently open or closed on campus, please visit the Campus Access & Essential Info page.

Thank you, Dawson Community, for your incredible resilience!

CURRENT PLANS FOR A RETURN

Updated July 21, 2021

The Quebec government has stated that depending on the epidemiological status of the pandemic, and providing that 75% or more of those aged between 12 and 29 have received their second dose, a return to in-person learning in Fall 2021 can be envisaged at all post-secondary institutions.

With this in mind, Dawson is preparing for a full return to campus for the Fall 2021 semester. If all goes as planned and Montreal remains a ‘green zone’, all support staff, professionals and managers will be back full-time onsite on Monday, August 16.  Your manager will give you specific details for your organizational unit.

The following Monday, August 23, all students and faculty will be back on site for the first day of Fall classes.

This return to full capacity on campus will be 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 throughout the summer for more updates.

You can download a PDF below from the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST) with details on what may or may not be permitted as per the government’s red, orange, yellow and green alert system (available in French only).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For Everyone

Will I still have to wear a mask?

Yes. As per Quebec government directives, the use of procedural masks when entering or circulating in indoor spaces that are shared with others will be mandatory until government public health officials remove this requirement.

Employees and students are not required to wear a mask if they are able to remain seated and maintain a 1-metre physical distance.  The only exception is for instructors who will not need to wear a mask when keeping their distance and moving at the front of the classroom.

Anyone who wishes to wear a mask at all times is free to do so.

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

The College will continue to provide procedural masks to employees and students who need them. However, they will no longer be provided automatically upon entry to the College, but rather at strategic locations throughout the campus.

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 1500 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. Currently the entire volume of air is changed at least six times every hour.

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 the nurse in HR 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?

No. We strongly encourage every student and employee to get fully vaccinated with two doses. However, unless the government mandates us to do otherwise, we view healthcare information as confidential and proof of vaccination will not be required to access the College.

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.

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?

As of Saturday, August 7, there will be no pre-screening questionnaire or in-person check in at the entrances.

What additional cleaning measures have been put in place?

Cleaning stations will continue to be available at the entrance and throughout the building.

For Staff

Can I still work from home?

A work-from-home policy is in development, but in the meantime, for Fall 2021, employees are being asked to fulfill their work duties 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 if I am uncomfortable taking public transit?

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

Is my shared office space safe?

If you are permitted to be working in a shared office space on site, this permission has been provided in consultation with regional and provincial health authorities. As long as regular health protocols are followed regarding mask-wearing and distancing, it is judged that you are safe to work in a shared office space.

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 over the summer. 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 next fall, 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.

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

Employees and students are not required to wear a mask if they are able to remain seated and maintain a 1-metre physical distance.  The only exception is for instructors who will not need to wear a mask when keeping their distance and moving at the front of the classroom.  Because some classrooms do not allow for students to maintain a 1-metre distance from each other, students will be asked to wear a mask at all times in these classrooms.

Anyone who wishes to wear a mask at all times is free to do so.

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.

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

You can ask the student to adjust their behavior or leave the classroom. If the student does not comply, contact security at extension 1500. Follow-up measures can be undertaken using regular College procedures.

Is my shared office space safe?

If you are permitted to be working in a shared office space on site, this permission has been provided in consultation with regional and provincial health authorities. As long as regular health protocols are followed regarding maintaining a 1-metre distance, it is judged that you are safe to work in a shared office space.

For Students

We understand that you all have questions and concerns about the upcoming fall semester.

For a full and safe return to the campus in the fall, it is important that all new and returning students ensure they are fully vaccinated (two doses) by August 15. By getting vaccinated you will be doing your part to help Dawson return to normal classroom and extracurricular activities.

However, since the vaccination rate will not be known until early August, 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 before the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester.

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.

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

Employees and students are not required to wear a mask if they are able to remain seated and maintain a 1-metre physical distance.  The only exception is for instructors who will not need to wear a mask when keeping their distance and moving at the front of the classroom.  Because some classrooms do not allow for students to maintain a 1-metre distance from each other, students will be asked to wear a mask at all times in these classrooms.

Anyone who wishes to wear a mask at all times is free to do so.

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.

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/



Last Modified: July 21, 2021