Masking at Sheridan
In November 2022, Ontario’s Ministry of Health issued a recommendation that individuals wear masks while indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the flu and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).
While masks are not required at Sheridan, we encourage everyone who comes to campus to wear a tight-fitting mask and remain at home if feeling unwell.
Medical masks are available on campus at designated locations.
What to expect on campus
Most Sheridan programs are being delivered in-person for Fall 2023. You can expect a vibrant on-campus experience with services and activities returning to pre-pandemic levels.
Information for international students
Sheridan is pleased to welcome international students from across the globe. Sheridan is on the Government of Canada's Designated Learning Institutions list, with an approved COVID-19 Readiness Plan. This designation confirms our eligibility to welcome international students travelling to Canada.
How Sheridan is keeping you safe on campus
We continue to focus on our shared responsibility to maintain the health and safety of our community. We work in partnership with our local and provincial public health partners to determine the extent to which our on-campus health and safety measures will remain.
Cleaning & disinfection: We clean and disinfect frequently touched areas in common spaces at least twice daily and disinfect all of Sheridan’s public spaces once daily. In labs, studios, workshops, and offices, Sheridan community members are encouraged to clean equipment, materials, and workstations before and after use. Medical masks, cleaning wipes, and hand sanitizers are available for students and employees to use at designated locations throughout campus.
Physical distancing in common spaces and offices
We ask that students and employees continue to be respectful of individual preferences for keeping more distance in line-ups, classrooms and offices. Students and employees are still required to have their onecard with them at all times when on campus.
Masks and PPE: Sheridan no longer requires individuals coming on campus to wear a mask. However, we remain a mask-friendly community, and encourage everyone who comes to campus to wear a tight-fitting mask if they feel it is the right choice for them. Medical masks are available on campus at designated locations.
Monitoring positive cases and outbreaks: In alignment with public health processes, Sheridan will provide specific information about your COVID-19 situation based on the information shared with us.
Public health information
For information on how to protect yourself and others, please visit our Health Resources page.
Vaccines: While Sheridan encourages everyone to get vaccinated, including booster shots, proof of vaccination is not required to enter campus. Vaccines are available through many pharmacies and community clinics.
Ventilation upgrades: The airflow and ventilation in our spaces has been analyzed and evaluated, and filtration systems have been replaced pursuant to recommendations from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) for COVID-19. We continue to undertake measures to reduce the risk of airborne contaminants.
Frequently asked questions
What should I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms?
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please do NOT come to campus. You should self-isolate until:
- your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (48 hours if you had nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea),
- you do not have a fever, and
- you have not developed any new symptoms.
If you start to feel sick while you're on campus, please leave immediately. We encourage you to:
- Self-Isolate immediately. Self-isolation means staying home and limiting contact with others as much as possible.
- Use the self-assessment tool developed by the Government of Ontario.
- Contact your health care practitioner if you are concerned.
- Notify any close contacts. A close contact means you were in close proximity (less than 2 metres) for at least 15 minutes or for multiple short periods of time without masking or the use of personal protective equipment. (e.g., eating or studying together without a mask on).
Employees who have symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result are encouraged to complete the Employee – COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form. The form will provide you with the most up-to-date information about isolation requirements and what to do next. Your reporting will help us keep everyone safe because Sheridan can monitor the reports and take necessary measures to reduce on-campus transmission.
What should I do if I've tested positive for COVID-19?
If you've tested positive for COVID-19 but don't have any symptoms, you're not required to self-isolate, and may return to campus.
If you've tested positive for COVID-19 and have COVID-19 symptoms, please do NOT come to campus. You should self-isolate until your symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours (48 hours if you had nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea), you do not have a fever, and you have not developed any new symptoms.
Due to the increased demands on our public health system, the need for students to provide their instructors with medical (sick) notes has been suspended.
What should I do if someone I've spent time with recently tests positive for COVID-19?
If you've been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, you should:
- self-monitor for new or worsening symptoms for a period of 10 days since the last day of your exposure.
- wear a tight-fitting mask as much as possible in all public settings.
If you don't have any COVID-19 symptoms, you're not required to self-isolate.
If you do develop COVID-19 symptoms, do NOT come to campus. Instead, follow public health guidance for self-isolation.
Employees are encouraged to complete the Employee – COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form. The form will provide you with the most up-to-date information about isolation requirements and what to do next.
Where can I find information about my health insurance policy and coverage for COVID-19?
Students are encouraged to review the information from their providers:
If you still have questions after reviewing the information on this page, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org