Return to Campus FAQs
Return to Campus FAQs
In step with other postsecondary institutions, Centennial College will be launching an Immunization Policy and Procedures that will require proof of vaccination for students, employees, visitors, and contractors in order to have access to the College’s locations.
For those who do not submit proof of vaccination (because they are exempt as per the forthcoming College Policy and Procedures) and need to come on site, there will be a requirement to participate in regular, College-facilitated testing.
In preparation, we strongly urge eligible community members to schedule their first or second dose as soon as possible (in keeping with the required minimum period between doses) – and to receive the first dose before the start of classes on September 7, 2021.
Learn more here.
During Phase 3A, the College has limited in-person extra-curricular activities and events for members of the Centennial community, including:
- Campus fitness facilities with limited capacity and amenities; visit the CCSAI website
- Limited varsity sports in baseball, cross country running and soccer.
For information on all other programs and activities, please visit ways to get involved with leadership, peer mentoring and global experience programs, global citizenship education and inclusion programs, and student clubs.
The health and safety of Centennial College’s students, faculty and staff on campus remains our top priority while also enabling academic progression and important experiential learning for career success. We continue to strictly follow Public Health and government COVID-19 guidelines and, in many cases, exceed requirements to ensure a safe learning, teaching and working environment.
Additionally, while the Minister of Colleges and Universities permits us to provide in-person learning with full capacity this fall, we have opted to move into Phase 3A of our Centennial College Re-Opening Phases Chart, which allows for 50 to 75 per cent capacity, with the number of students on campus for in-person learning varying among our Schools and programs.
Centennial College requires everyone coming on campus to be familiar with our Campus Re-entry Guidelines and Protocol and show proof they have successfully completed the related training. Added to this measure, everyone coming on campus must complete a daily Pre-Assessment Screening that is available through our Campus Safety App.
To prioritize the health and safety of our community, we have opted to move into Phase 3A of our Centennial College Re-Opening Phases Chart, which allows for 50 to 75 per cent capacity, with many services available remotely and others available in both remote and in-person formats. For a visual representation of how to access each of our services during Phase 3A, please consult this phases chart.
Our Centre for Accessible Learning and Counselling Services (CALCS) provides a range of programs and services developed to empower students in meeting their wellness goals, accommodation and disability-related needs, and creating a more accessible campus community. Our team of professional psychotherapists, social workers, educators, and staff offer services such as brief, solution-focused psychotherapy, accommodation planning, health and wellness education, group counselling and psychoeducational workshops, adaptive technology, and peer support. To learn how to book an appointment with a CALCS team member, visit this webpage.
Returning to in-person learning and other activities can be stressful after a period of avoiding close contact with other people. Our Centre for Accessible Learning and Counselling Services (CALCS) department has a team of professional counsellors (psychotherapists and social workers) who can support students in exploring their anxieties, and identifying strategies to manage or overcome them as we work to return to campus. The team is also available to support students experiencing any type of distress throughout the academic year in a safe, nonjudgmental, and confidential environment. To learn how to book an appointment with a CALCS counsellor, visit this webpage.
The health and safety of students, faculty and staff on campus remains our top priority while we also strive to enable academic progression and important experiential learning for career success. On July 16, the Minister of Colleges and Universities announced that Postsecondary Education (PSE) institutes could provide in-person learning without capacity limits or physical distancing measures this fall. Since the College had to begin our planning in June in order to be ready for the fall semester, we projected that we would be allowed to operate with the guidelines of Phase 3A of our Centennial College Re-Opening Phases Chart.
By taking this somewhat cautious approach we were able to begin planning for the semester ahead of the government’s announcement feeling confident that the physical distancing guidelines would be eased for September. Students should have already received a message from their Dean advising them of the program model for each of their courses, and Schools are currently considering providing more students with in-person instruction this fall. Students are advised to check their email regularly for updates from the College.
Students can receive a welcome kit from the Centennial College Student Association Inc. (CCSAI) that includes blue-light blocking glasses, a sticky notepad with cardboard cover, gloves, CCSAI handbook, PPE and more! Supplies are limited and the boxes will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis, so visit your campus’ CCSAI office on your first day back.
No, starting with the Fall 2021 semester, the parking gates will be lowered and the College will resume charging for parking on campus. The gates will stay raised until that time. The College will post the Fall 2021 parking rates and options in the near future. Visit: Parking Rates and Important Information.
Starting with the fall 2021 semester, the parking gates will be lowered and the College will resume charging for parking on campus. Recognizing that many students, faculty and staff are studying or working both on and off campus, the College has introduced a new option for paid parking on campus.
Starting September 2021, libraries are open for study, computer use and in-person browsing. You can pick up library books in person or have them mailed directly to your home. Visit the library website for updated hours.
Access thousands of online eBooks, databases, articles, videos and more through the Library website. You can get help finding information and resources for your courses and assignments by phone, email and chat. For in-depth research help, book a virtual appointment with a librarian.
Following a review conducted by the College’s Facilities and Health & Safety teams, and in compliance with public health regulations, plexiglass barriers were installed in all student facing service areas at all campuses over the summer of 2020. The College has no plans to install plexiglass in labs, common areas, open office areas or classroom settings where we follow stringent cleaning regiments and public health measures such as wearing masks. The current PPE standard that has been in place since summer 2020 has proven to be effective in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in lab settings. Face shields are also available for faculty, lab technicians and student-facing support staff who wish to have an added barrier.
Submit requests for additional Plexiglass barriers to Facilities via the Archibus Facilities Service Request Management Tool (myCentennial >Employee Resources). Select Maintenance Requests > Report Problem and complete the online form. Requests will be considered against our current standards and public health regulations.
All HVAC systems at Centennial College campuses (including Progress Campus) have had their control systems modified to what we call “COVID-19 mode”, which means the systems have been optimized to provide as much fresh air as possible, that their design will allow for without freezing associated systems in the Winter and overheating in the Summer, while still being able to maintain normal local zone temperature for occupancy.
The college has also utilized high efficiency filters, and the filters are maintained by our building operators at each campus.
Enhanced cleaning protocols have been in effect since March 2020 when we students were allowed to return to campus for essential labs and studio work. Specifically, the College's cleaning staff disinfect touchpoints (door handles, elevator buttons, railings, etc.) throughout the campus three times each day, and washrooms are fully cleaned and disinfected (including faucets, soap dispensers, handles etc.) four times each day.
All classrooms and labs being used for in-person instruction are fully cleaned and disinfected each night, and all learning spaces are equipped with hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes. As part of our pandemic protocols, all individuals are encouraged to sanitize their hands on their way in and out of a lab or classroom, and asked to use the disinfecting wipes to wipe down their used spaces (podium, desks, chairs) before and after use. These stringent protocols are outlined in detail in our Campus Re-entry Guidelines and Protocols.
All students, faculty and staff are asked to come on campus wearing medical grade masks. If a member of the College community forgets, loses or soils their mask, they can get a new one from their campus’ security kiosk. The masks being provided by the College are Level 1 and Level 2 surgical type masks. Faculty, staff and students who desire an extra layer of protection may also get face shields from the security kiosk at their campus. This Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) standard has been in place since summer 2020 and has proven to be effective in lab settings where Faculty deliver in-person instruction.
Yes, all offices in use will be supplied with hand sanitizer at the entry and disinfecting wipes. Office protocols signage will be posted to remind users to utilize the disinfecting wipes to disinfect touchpoints at their workspace before and after use, in addition to other protocols such as wearing a face mask, keeping a 2 m distance and washing/sanitizing hands often.
The College’s COVID-19 Phases Chart outlines which food services we anticipate providing by phase, along with cafeteria seating and access to microwaves. Centennial College is cautiously optimistic that we may be able to operate in Phase 3A this fall. This would mean an increase of on-campus traffic to 50-75% of our student population (see our COVID-19 Phases Chart). Aramark cafeterias will be open with reduced capacities and line management supporting physical distancing in place. The hours of operation will be adjusted based on revenue, population and class sizes, and will be clearly marked on campus and communicated online.
The College is obligated to comply with all government and public health directives. On July 16, the Minister of Colleges and Universities announced that it was lifting capacity limits and physical distancing measures for Ontario’s postsecondary education (PSE) institutions. However, PSEs must maintain strict cleaning protocols and hygiene measures, and mandate all students, faculty and staff to wear face masks whenever they are inside campus buildings.
Both government and public health officials continue to mandate the wearing of masks when indoors and physical distancing measures remain in place. The provincial government announced on July 16, 2021 that Ontario colleges and universities will no longer be required to practice physical distancing on campus at the start of the fall semester, with the approval of local public health officials. We are now awaiting a decision from Toronto-area public health officials. The province mandates the continued wearing of masks indoors and stringent cleaning protocols, and directs institutes to encourage everyone who is able to get fully vaccinated and to provide vaccination clinics where possible. Centennial continues to host Scarborough Public Health’s busiest vaccination clinic at the Athletic and Wellness Centre at Progress Campus.
Faculty, staff and students are all asked to bring their own mask to campus with them each day. If an individual forgets or loses their mask, they can secure one from the security desk at their campus. The College will provide student-facing faculty and staff with face shields – contact the security desk at your campus.
We are all responsible for our own safety on campus. While we should always support one another, we do not want you to be in harm’s way. If you happen to see someone who is intentionally not following our guidelines and protocols (e.g., not wearing a face mask or not wearing a face mask properly on campus), please do not confront them directly. Instead, call the Campus Security General Information line 416-289-5240 > option 2, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and let them address it.