CACC Covid-19 Student Return To Campus Plan

CACC Covid-19 Student Return To Campus Plan

No exemption + not vaccinated = No access to campus

Purpose

Canadian All Care College’s (CACC or the College) Return to Campus Plan provides direction on the conditions under which individuals will be permitted on CACC’s campuses starting September 7, 2021, to enable us to continue to protect the health and safety of the College community.

Scope

This policy applies to all College students, including international students, students on work placements and employees, clients, contractors, visitors, as well as any other attendees on CACC campuses.

With the increase in on-campus activity, employees and students who are learning and working remotely may be required to attend campus from time to time and should be prepared to comply with proof of vaccination requirements. Students and employees who have already submitted their proof of vaccination do not need to resubmit.

Key definitions

Accepted vaccine

  1. CACC only recognizes COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada;
  2. One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health; Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
  3. Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are not authorized by Health Canada.

Fully vaccinated individual

The full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of the following vaccines:

  1. One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
  2. Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada; and
  3. They received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago

Proof of vaccination

An official vaccination administration receipts of two doses of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine or the first dose of an approved double-dose vaccine.

Medical exemption

Grounds for seeking exemption from getting vaccinated (COVID-19) based on the risk of substantive injury and/or disability.

Creed/religion exemption

Grounds for seeking exemption from getting vaccinated (COVID-19) based on an established creed or religion.

Grace period

The period allowed in between vaccinations that a student or employee or visitor can attend a CACC campus after receiving their first dose before receiving their second dose.

Non-Medical Mask or Face Covering

A non-medical mask or face covering is a mask or other face covering, including a bandana or scarf constructed of cloth, linen or other similar fabric that fits securely to the head and is large enough to cover the mouth, nose, and chin completely and comfortably without gaping.

Physical Distancing

Measures to minimize close contact with others in the community by maintaining a two-metre separation. Wearing non-medical masks does not eliminate the need for physical distancing practices, hand hygiene, or proper respiratory etiquette.

Rapid Antigen Testing

The rapid antigen screening test is a medical process to detect specific proteins from the COVID-19 virus to screen and identify people who need further testing.

Undue hardship

Special or specified circumstances that partially or fully exempt a person or organization from the performance of a legal obligation to avoid an unreasonable or disproportionate burden or obstacle.

Client

An individual or company representative(s) that comes on campus to seek educational services.

Contractor(s)

An individual or company that provides services, materials, and labour on campus.

Official Visitors

Individuals with a pre-arranged meeting to visit CACC campuses for business with the College.

Visitors and/or any other attendees

Individuals seeking to enter CACC campuses who are not CACC students, employees, clients, volunteers, or contractors.

Campus(es)

CACC owned or leased grounds, buildings, and instructional spaces.

Policy

  1. Policy Statement
  2. CACC requires that only fully vaccinated individuals come on campus to learn or work as per the condition as set by the Ministry of Health, and support CACC to protect the health and safety of the College community.
  3. CACC’s on-campus learning activities will continue to support federal, provincial, and local public health regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic including wearing non-medical masks, physical distancing practices, hand hygiene, proper respiratory etiquette, and frequent facility cleaning.
  • Those with approved exemptions and those who have received the first dose of a vaccine will be required to complete regular Antigen screening tests once every seven days. Those who receive a non-medical human rights-based exemption will also be required to complete a mandatory education program.
  1. Anyone who is requesting an exemption from the college’s proof of vaccination requirement must submit a letter and will be required to provide documentation supporting their request. Exemptions will only be approved on substantiated medical or non-medical human rights grounds.
  2. Employees and co-ops students who do not need to attend college property but who regularly work or study at a sanctioned off-campus site (i.e., placement and co-op activities) are expected to comply with the proof of vaccination requirement and may be required to comply with any additional requirements of the sanctioned off-campus site.
  3. If you are an international student and not fully vaccinated with a vaccine that has been approved by Health Canada, it is advised you arrive at least three weeks in advance of the start date of your program, so that you can complete your mandatory 14-day quarantine and start your access to campus process. Please refer to the COVID-19: A Guide for International Students in Canada Arriving from Abroad – Canada.ca for further information on your requirements to travel to Canada. Also, refer to the following announcement made by Deputy Minister, Shelly Tap of July 16, 2021. *
  • Any individual who is not confirmed as fully vaccinated must complete Rapid Antigen Testing once every seven days. This would include those who are partially vaccinated or have registered and/or been accepted for an exemption.
  1. Antigen POCT is used for screening purposes only and NOT for diagnostic purposes.
  2. Antigen POCT should NOT be used to test for COVID-19 infection in symptomatic individuals or individuals with known close contact with a positive COVID-19 case.
  3. Antigen POCT can be used as an additional screening tool.
  4. Antigen POCT does not replace public health measures such as vaccination, symptom screening, physical distancing, masking, and hand hygiene.
  5. Antigen POCT does not replace requirements to protect the health and safety of workers.
  6. Any positive results from antigen POCT must be confirmed with laboratory-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing or molecular POCT where the results can be reported into the Ontario Laboratory Information System (OLIS).
  • Public health guidance on measures for fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated, and unvaccinated individuals may continue to evolve and could affect this policy.
  1. The College employee or department liaising with the Official Visitor is responsible for ensuring that the Visitors comply with this policy.
  2. Individuals can obtain vaccination receipts from Ontario’s Vaccine Booking Portal at Ontario COVID-19 vaccination service (ontariohealth.ca).
  3. Personal health information, including attestations and other proofs of vaccination, individuals’ private health information and any other identifying data will be collected and stored under CACC’s Student Record Policy.
  • Individuals who have been vaccinated with a vaccine other than those approved by Health Canada or is not vaccinated with any combination of vaccines as prescribed by Health Canada will not be allowed on campus until 14 days after either having received their approved two-dose vaccine or the first dose of an approved double-dose vaccine or any combination of following vaccines:
  1. CACC only recognizes COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada;
  2. One or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health; Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or
  • Three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are not authorized by Health Canada.
  1. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  2. Individuals coming on campus will be required to provide proof of having been fully vaccinated with two doses of an accepted vaccine or the first dose of a two-dose vaccine.
  3. Individuals who provide false documents to establish that they are fully vaccinated may be subject to disciplinary actions, up to and including expulsion for students, termination for employees, voiding of contracts for clients and contractors and removal/restriction from campus for visitors and any other attendees; such individuals could also be at risk of criminal liability.
  4. A partial COVID-19 vaccination grace period is not allowed
  5. Individuals, after receiving the first dose of an accepted two-dose vaccine, will not be able to participate in on-campus activities until they receive their second dose of an accepted two-dose vaccine.
  6. Vaccination grace periods will also not be extended to clients, contractors, visitors and/or any other attendees.
  7. Exemptions

CACC will consider requests from students and employees for exemptions based on disability/medical and religion/creed grounds as defined by the Ontario Humans Rights Code.

  1. Medical Exemptions.
  2. CACC will consider on individual basis requests from students and employees for exemptions on medical grounds or because of their creed/religion.
  3. Exemptions will not be extended to clients, contractors, official visitors, or any other attendees and they must comply with this policy.
  • Individuals seeking medical exemption without proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 can provide written proof of a medical reason from a physician or registered nurse that sets out:
  1. a documented medical reason for not being fully vaccinated against COVID-19; and
  2. the effective beginning and end dates of the medical condition.
  3. Individuals with a medical reason for not being fully vaccinated and who have provided proof of a medical reason are allowed on campus but are required to submit regular antigen point of care testing for COVID-19 either through the college or external service provider and to verify the negative test result once every seven days. The costs of external tests will not be covered by the college. If individuals choose to use an external testing service, they must bring the results to the college Rapid Antigen Testing for verification and tracking.
  4. Religion/Creed Exemptions
  5. Requests for creed/religion exemptions will be considered from students and employees.
  6. Students and employees seeking creed/religion exemptions must complete an educational session which must address:
  7. how COVID-19 vaccines work;
  8. vaccine safety related to the development of the COVID-19

iii. the benefits of vaccination against COVID-19;

  1. risks of not being vaccinated against COVID-19; and
  2. possible side effects of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Exemptions will not be extended to clients, contractors, visitors and/or any other attendees.
  1. Procedure for Medical and Religion/Creed Exemptions
  2. Individuals seeking medical and religion/creed exemptions that prevent them from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine may submit a letter detailing the reason for seeking exemptions with their full name, program name, email address and phone number with a supporting letter from a licensed physician or registered nurse.
  3. or a supporting letter from your Religious/Creed Leader.
  4. Review and Notification for Medical and Religion/Creed Exemptions
  5. All exemption requests will be reviewed confidentially by the College and the decision will be final and the decision cannot be appealed. The College reserves the right to have medical exemption requests reviewed by an independent physician and make the appropriate inquiries to verify the authenticity of a creed/religion-based claim, plus seek legal advice on Religion/Creed exemption requests.
  6. Clients, contractors, visitors and/or any other attendees
  7. Clients who choose not to be fully vaccinated will not be allowed on CACC campuses.
  8. Contractors must ensure that their employees on CACC campuses are fully vaccinated. Individuals not fully vaccinated will not be allowed on CACC campuses.
  • Sending an employee who is not fully vaccinated to a CACC campus will be deemed cause for CACC to terminate the contract of the contractor.
  1. CACC campuses will not be open to visitors and any other attendees except for individuals on approved official CACC business meetings. Approved visitors and any other attendees must comply with this policy.
  2. Visitors, volunteers, and guests are expected to comply with vaccination requirements before coming to CACC campuses by providing proof of the vaccination as outlined above. Proof of vaccination will not be processed upon arrival. This MUST be done three (3) days in advance before the actual date of the visit. Visitors, volunteers, and guests are required to provide proof of vaccination only once to one of the ICT Team members listed below.

CACC’s commitment to ensure a safe and healthy academic and student services plan

The College’s top priority remains the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and the communities it serves. CACC will continue to follow public health guidelines on how to safely deliver exceptional learning experiences for its students based on the successful blend of online and in-person delivery used over the past year.

The College is expanding some face-to-face academic delivery and student services responsibly with smaller classes, hands-on labs, and practical instruction in person. Most academic programs will continue to be conducted online to limit the number of students on our campuses.

CACC will continue to monitor local health guidance and adjust as needed while following the safety protocols that have proven effective in limiting transmission throughout the pandemic. These include:

  1. 88 percent of students will continue to study online, and 10 percent will study partly online with limited on-campus activities and two percent will work at job placements;
  2. Reduced classroom occupancy with two-metre distancing where feasible;
  3. Gradual return to campus for staff under which will reduce the number of staff working on campus daily;
  4. Mandatory COVID-19 screening assessment each day before coming to the College. Faculty and College staff are being empowered to monitor students who have completed the screening;
  5. Mandatory face coverings are always required in publicly accessible places such as hallways, academic labs and classrooms, reception areas, food services, etc.; and
  6. Mandatory physical distancing practices, hand hygiene, proper respiratory etiquette, and frequent facility cleaning.

Important Covid-19 Information for Students

Our priority is to safely execute the college’s mission, which is the basis for the guidelines established for the College’s COVID-19 readiness plans for our students.

Covid-19 Incident Coordination Team (ICT)

CACC created the following ICT team consisting of two Response Coordinators from each campus who will coordinate Covid-19 related incidents:

  • Lei He – Scarborough Campus, 416-292-6050
  • Svetlana Kostyukova – Toronto Campus, 416-661-0888

Available Resources to prevent the spread of Covid-19

Fostering the safety of our students takes a team effort and each of us has a role to play. The College will provide the following resources to support the well-being of our staff and students:

  1. PPE, which includes masks, face shields, hand sanitizers, for employees
  2. Clean facilities at an increased schedule with a focus on high-touch surfaces in common areas with availability of cleaning supplies in both campus locations
  3. Temperature screening stations in high traffic areas
  4. Website news and announcements
  5. Students, clients, contractors, visitors, as well as any other attendees on CACC campuses must arrange their masks and face shields

Support services for becoming vaccinated

For individuals who need support to become fully vaccinated, please contact one of the ICT Team members at the phone number listed above or book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at How to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment (ontario.ca).

Amendment: *

Please read the Memo from Deputy Minister, Shelly Tap of July 16, 2021, about changes in the international student entry requirements.

“International Education As you know, as of July 5, fully vaccinated travellers who are authorized to enter Canada (including eligible international students) are no longer subject to the federally mandated 14-day quarantine requirements provided they meet the specific conditions set out by the Government of Canada.

Eligible fully vaccinated travellers are also exempt from the mandatory 3-day hotel stay at a Government-Authorized Accommodation (GAA) and Day-8 COVID-19 testing requirements.

To be considered fully vaccinated, travellers must:

  • Have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine – or a combination of vaccines – that is accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days before entering Canada. o Currently, these vaccines are manufactured by Pfizer; Moderna; AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson). Vaccines do not have to be administered in Canada to be accepted.
  • Provide proof of vaccination in English or French (or a certified translation).
  • Submit all required COVID-19 information electronically using ArriveCAN prior to travel to Canada, have a paper or digital copy of their proof of vaccination, and have a suitable quarantine plan.
  • Meet the pre-entry and on-arrival testing requirements (pre-departure PCR and on arrival test) and be asymptomatic.

As part of this exemption, the federal government indicated that fully vaccinated travellers are not required to quarantine while they await the results of their on-arrival COVID-19 test result if they meet the specific conditions listed above. However, they are still required, during the 14 days after entry to Canada, to wear a mask when they are in public and maintain a list of the names and contact information of persons with whom they are in close contact with and the locations visited during that period, as well as follow any other public health measures of the province/territory they are in.

For international students who are not fully vaccinated per the federal government’s requirements, there are no changes to the requirements for testing, federal hotel stopover or quarantine at this time. Travellers who self-declare as fully vaccinated but do not meet the conditions described above will also need to abide by these same requirements.

For more information on the exemption for fully vaccinated travellers and the specific requirements that must be met for consideration, please visit

https://travel.gc.ca/travelcovid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada

The federal government has also indicated that it expects Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) to continue to implement their approved COVID-19 Readiness Plan to oversee the quarantine and testing of any student who does not meet the conditions to be considered fully vaccinated. As well, international students that are travelling to Canada must continue to have a suitable quarantine plan where they can stay for at least 14 days, even if they are seeking the fully vaccinated exemption. The final determination is made by a federal government representative at the border based on the information presented at the time of entry into Canada. International students must therefore be prepared to quarantine for 14 days, in case they are symptomatic or are determined to not meet the requirements.

Foreign nationals who do not have a suitable plan may be denied entry into Canada.”

Student Online and Completion/Graduation Plan

Diploma in Medical Sonography and Personal Support worker with lab requirements will be continued to be delivered on campus.

All other programs will be delivered virtually, and in a remote learning environment as indicated below and will be identified in individual student’s enrolment contracts:

Class schedule

All programs: Monday to Thursday from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Diploma in Medical Sonography: Monday to Friday from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Support to the student during the period of accommodation:

  • Each student will use their laptop for class; if they don’t have a laptop, the college will lend one to the student.
  • Our IT department will train each teacher on how to deliver curriculum online;
  • Two days before the class start, our IT department will conduct training for students on online learning;
  • The academic department will monitor class proceedings and communicate with students daily.

Student workload equivalent to 20 hours/week

The campus Manager will meet with the faculty responsible for each class, and together, they will review and identify the 20 hours/week workload for each class as per the established learning plan for this program.

Learning outcomes

Teachers and program coordinators will be able to measure the learning outcomes and achievements of each learner after completing the learning for each module. The learners will also understand the importance of the information and what they will gain from their in-class and practical engagement with the learning activity.

Management and instructors will ensure developing clear, actionable learning outcomes which are an important part of delivering training programs to students to achieve students’ understanding after completing their learning path.

Learning outcomes will also play a key role in assessment and evaluation, making clear what knowledge learners should have upon completion of the learning activity.

Method of communication

The teacher will deliver lectures using Microsoft Team in a multi-media environment.

Additional modes for communication for students and instructors

WeChat and email.

Flexibility to respond to the disruption in communication

We are well prepared to anticipate and intervene in any form of disruption in communication. For example, our IT team will check each connection daily before the start of the class and they will be available to support teachers in case of any disruption that may happen during the day. We have a strong and stable IT team.

Monitoring academic integrity

The faculty members for each program are advised to take attendance twice (morning and afternoon) daily and follow the daily lesson plans that were created by the College.

One of our staff will also conduct live online class observations during this period.

Support to the students who choose not to and are unable to continue in programs via an alternative method of instruction.

  • Before the enrolment, students were/will be interviewed to assess their aptitude for learning through alternative training methods to minimize the dropouts.
  • We will orient students before the start of regular classes on online learning tools and techniques, and a topic on how to maximize the benefits of remote learning.
  • We have a dedicated Student Counselling Officer trained to support students throughout the students’ academic cycle.
  • The teacher is trained to assist students in crisis.
  • Our IT department is available to support students during core class hours to resolve their technical issues.
  • Finally, if a student decides to drop from the program, then the College will help the student to complete their withdrawal papers.

Assessment methods

Exams for each module are part of the program, which the students need to write and pass to fulfill the requirements of each module. CACC will ensure exams are proctored online and all students will be required to turn on their cameras during exam time.

Protection of privacy

The teacher will not have access to student academic files, college databases, or previous assessment results.

Weekly reports

The teacher will submit a report on Fridays describing the topics she taught for the week and the results of any assessments. She will also include an explanation for any deviation from our weekly academic plan.

Adhering to the Active Participation Policy

The teacher will take online attendance daily. Our academic staff will also conduct online audits for student attendance and will ensure students are followed up and urged to make up their missed classes.

 Program Completion and Graduation

  1. Student assessments will be audited two weeks after the completion of each module.
  2. At the end of the programs, students must maintain a minimum of 80% attendance to be eligible to graduate.
  • Students must maintain 70% marks in all completed modules to be eligible to graduate
  1. Satisfactory academic progress will be measured at the mid-point of each academic program following the College’s academic standards required for graduation and at-risk students will be identified and remedial actions will be implemented as follows:

At-Risk Students

Satisfactory Academic Progress: Students with minimum academic progress will remain in good standing and are considered to be making satisfactory academic progress. Students must maintain this status for the remainder of the academic year under the observation of their teacher and program coordinator.

Academic Probation: Students are placed on Academic Probation when they fail to successfully meet attendance and academic requirements. Students with a status of Academic Probation will no longer be in good academic standing and will be considered as not making satisfactory academic progress. All instances of Academic Probation will be noted on the mid-point Progress Report. Students on Academic Probation will maintain this status until completion of all requirements for graduation. Upon completion of all requirements for graduation, students on Academic Probation will automatically return to Satisfactory Academic Progress.

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