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Learn about Sheridan’s response to COVID-19 and our safety plans for limited in-person activity this fall.

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Health, Safety, and Reporting Protocols
Updated: September 13 at 2:34 p.m.

Your health and safety is our top priority, and we’re ready to protect you during any in-person activity your program may require. That includes even more intensive cleaning protocols, maximum head counts on all of our campuses, health screening prior to access to campus, enforcement of physical distancing, and a mechanism to report and track health status.

Masks/Face Coverings

It is now a requirement for all people coming onto campus to wear a mask or face covering at all times, except when eating or drinking (while appropriately physically distanced). Sheridan will provide every student and employee a re-usable mask. A mask should have at least 2-layers of tightly woven material such as cotton or linen. The mask should cover your nose, mouth and chin. You can find information on how to create a mask here if you do not have one.

For information regarding proper mask/face covering use and care, please see these guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

STAFF: For more information on masks and face coverings, please see the “COVID-19 Guidelines on Community Protective Garment (i.e. Face Mask)” document on Occupational Health and Safety’s Sheridan Central page.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Information

Please note the following important health and safety information:

  • Remember to keep your distance from others (2 metres or 6 feet).
  • Wear a face mask or a face-covering on campus.
  • Wash your hands often, especially before touching your face, eating, and after using the washroom.
  • If you feel unwell with symptoms of COVID-19, please do NOT come to campus. You are encouraged to:
    • Get tested for COVID-19. While waiting for the results, please do NOT come to campus
    • Utilize the self-assessment tool developed by the Government of Ontario
    • Contact your health care practitioner
    • Students should contact the Sheridan Health Centre at 905-845-9430 ext. 5153
  • If you feel ill while on campus, please leave the campus and self-isolate immediately. Self-isolation means staying home and limiting contact with others as much as possible. Everyone is encouraged to report any COVID-19 symptoms or diagnosis to Sheridan. Please see Reporting symptoms or diagnosis to Sheridan for more information.

COVID-19 Testing

  • If you have been tested for COVID-19 and the result is negative, you can come back to campus after your symptoms improve. However, you should still self-isolate for 14 days if (a) you had an exposure to COVID-19 (e.g., through family members or close physical contact with others who have COVID-19) or (b) traveled outside of Canada in the past 14 days.
  • If you have been tested for COVID-19 and the result is positive, the local public health will follow up with you directly. You must follow their directives. The local public health will advise you when you can return to campus. Likely, public health will advise that you do NOT return to campus for 14 days from the date when your COVID-19 symptoms began; or for 14 days from the COVID-19 test date if you do not have any symptoms. 

Reporting symptoms or a diagnosis to Sheridan

Sheridan is encouraging everyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to contact us. By reporting your diagnosis and symptoms, you are supporting the health, safety and wellness of the Sheridan community. Your reporting can also help Sheridan with additional cleaning efforts and with Sheridan’s communication with the local public health units.

  • Students: Please contact the Health Centre at 905-845-9430 ext. 5153 under any of the following circumstances::
    • You do not know if you have COVID-19 but you were on Sheridan campus in the last 48 hours before COVID-19 symptoms began
    • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have been on campus 14 days prior to when COVID-19 symptoms began
    • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have been on campus 14 days prior to your COVID-19 test date
    • If you are unable to complete any course work due to an illness, including COVID-19, please contact your faculty member directly. This form is NOT shared with your faculty member
  • Employees: are required to report to Sheridan about your COVID-19 symptoms or diagnosis. Contact Occupational Health at 905-845-9430 ext. 2515 or by email at ohsservices@sheridancollege.ca under the following circumstances:
    • If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms while on Sheridan campus
    • If you have been in close physical contact with a person, who exhibited COVID-19 symptoms, while on Sheridan campus
    • If you have been on Sheridan campus in the last 48 hours before COVID-19 symptoms began
    • If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have been on campus 14 days prior to when COVID-19 symptoms began, or
    • If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have been on campus 14 days prior to your COVID-19 test 

How do I self-disclose?

Students can disclose by contacting the by contacting the Health Centre at 905-845-9430 ext. 5153. Employees can disclose using the Incident Investigation Report.

Once you've submitted the form, a member of our staff will be in touch to determine whether or not there is a risk to the health of others. Our staff will inquire about the dates, times and specific locations you visited.

What will Sheridan do with the information I disclose?

Your information will help us work with our public health authorities, initiate even deeper cleaning efforts in specific locations, and work with public health to advise students and employees of the times and locations that an ‘unnamed person’ who was symptomatic or diagnosed was on campus, so that others can decide for themselves if they should self-monitor and seek medical attention.

If someone told me they were symptomatic while on campus, or they were diagnosed with COVID-19, do I have to report it?

If a student or employee has informed you that they were symptomatic while on campus, or that they have received a confirmed diagnosis, please encourage the individual to contact the Health Centre at 905-845-9430 ext. 5153, employees may use the Incident Investigation Report. Please encourage the individual to report it to Sheridan so that we can support the health, safety, and wellness of the Sheridan community. Please see "How do I self-disclose" above on how the individual can report it to Sheridan.

Please note local public health will follow up with all individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 and any individual who had a high risk of exposure to COVID-19. You do not have to disclose others' medical information to Sheridan. However, if you see concerning behaviour that jeopardizes the health and wellness of our community, please report it to Sheridan Security.

Cleaning & Disinfecting Protocols

Sheridan has always complied and will continue to comply with the Ontario Public Health’s guidelines on cleaning and disinfecting public settings for COVID-19. In keeping with established guidelines, Facilities Services will clean and disinfect frequently touched areas in common spaces at least twice daily and engage in enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of all Sheridan spaces once daily.

Sheridan will provide appropriate cleaning and disinfecting tools for use while on Sheridan property. In specific labs, studios, and workshops, Sheridan community members, who use the space, equipment, tools and materials, will engage in cleaning and disinfecting such items before and after use.

For information on how to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19, please visit our Health Resources page.