Guide to Accessing Centennial Campuses
Guide to Accessing Centennial Campuses
We are truly overjoyed to be welcoming more of our community back on campus for Fall 2021 and activate Phase 3A of the College’s Re-opening Framework. This translates to more students and colleagues being scheduled on campuses for classes or work, while we continue sustaining robust services and rich connections virtually.
Last week I shared that full vaccination would be required to access Centennial College, that our Immunization Policy and Procedures would launch by September 7, and that we should aspire to have those eligible and able in our community to be fully vaccinated in October.
Centennial’s Immunization Policy and Procedures will take effect on September 7, 2021 as planned and required by the Ontario government. Eligible and able community members should be fully vaccinated by October 29, 2021.
Following release of the Postsecondary Education Health Measures Framework for Fall 2021 by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, we have additional clarity, so the purpose of this communication is to prepare those scheduled for classes or work on how to return to campuses (including satellite locations).
A. Requirements to Access Centennial Campuses
Full vaccination is required. All members of the College community who come to campus will need to provide proof of full vaccination with a World Health Organization (WHO) or Government of Canada approved vaccine.
Exemptions are limited. The College will only permit exemptions to full vaccination for those who cannot be vaccinated based on medical needs or choose not to be vaccinated for creed/religious reasons. These will be the only unvaccinated individuals permitted on campus – there will be very few.
Vaccination in progress. Partially vaccinated individuals will initially also be permitted on campus, but must be fully vaccinated by October 29, 2021. As of October 30, 2021, only fully vaccinated individuals will be permitted on campuses.
Additional requirements for unvaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated individuals and partially vaccinated individuals will also need to (a) complete a COVID-19 educational module and (b) provide a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours prior to entering the campus. Testing will be provided free of charge on campuses beginning September 7, 2021 but will be subject to reassessment.
B. Step by Step Process for Accessing Centennial College Campuses
- DOCUMENTATION. Upload documentation to the Centennial Safety Watch App [desktop version] EITHER:
- Proof of full or partial vaccination; OR
- Request for Exemption Form (medical or religion/creed).
- PRE-SCREEN. Pass the COVID-19 pre-screening assessment on the Centennial Safety Watch App [desktop version].
Those who are not fully vaccinated (i.e., those who are partially vaccinated or exempt based on medical or creed/creed grounds) must also:
NEGATIVE TEST. Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of entering campus. Rapid antigen tests or molecular polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are accepted by the College.
EDUCATIONAL MODULE. Provide proof of completing a COVID-19 educational module. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on Centennial website for details on how to complete.
For everyone on campuses:
- PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES. Our Return to Campus Guidelines are still in effect, meaning mask wearing and frequent hand washing and sanitization remain expected behaviours and are currently still required from a Toronto Public Health directive.
While we maintain enhanced air ventilation, some community members will have various personal space needs. Please respect others, allowing as much distance as possible until you establish a mutual understanding of comfort.
C. Supporting the Transition: Additional Information
I can well appreciate that these are challenging times for all of us; we are in a pandemic and navigating this journey as it unfolds. There is a lot of information and it is coming quickly, but we aim to communicate with you as regularly and fulsomely as possible in order to make navigation easy and clear for you. In this regard, there is some additional information to be aware of:
Some course offerings have changed from on-campus to online as of September 4, 2021.
To provide you with more time towards full vaccination, some courses that were scheduled to be on-campus have changed to begin online as of September 7, 2021.
The duration that these courses will be online differs based on program and in consideration of academic quality, so it will range from a few weeks through to the entire semester.
To confirm whether your classes will begin online or in person:
- First, check your class schedule on myCentennial or your course shell on eCentennial (updated information will be available as of Saturday, September 4).
- Second, look for messages from your professor (in your myCentennial email) as they will keep you updated on developments, including (a) when your class will change from online to back on campus and (b) any changes to the Immunization Policy and Procedures.
Resource page with answers to your questions now available.
In anticipation of some questions, and also in response to questions that were submitted, we have created a specific section on our website to guide you as you plan to come onto campus, including an FAQ page specific to our Vaccination Policy and Procedures.
Please check this page regularly as it will be continually updated.
As of Tuesday, students who have specific questions about Centennial’s Immunization Policy can contact the College’s Call Centre at 416-289-5300 or firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification. At any time you can reach out to services for other specific needs.
Colleagues who have specific needs should contact their immediate supervisor or the COVID-19 HR Hotline at 416-289-5226 or email email@example.com.
D. The Health and Safety of our Community is Paramount
We are making strides as a society towards ending the pandemic – but we remain in a pandemic and must remain vigilant and focused on the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community. As I shared previously, we are in a “pandemic of the unvaccinated” and our Chief Medical Officer of Health has clearly stated that full vaccination is our way out of the pandemic.
As a result, we empathize that some may be apprehensive towards vaccination based on (a) impacts of enduring racism and trusting intuitions or (b) needs with respect to accessing clear/trustworthy information or making appointments. In this regard, we are committed to providing support for our community and will be establishing forums to navigate the information based on lived experiences and mobilizing pop-up clinics in partnership with local health agencies.
As a community that also values obligations to society and responsible citizenship, we believe that those who are eligible and able must do what we can to protect those vulnerable in our community (particularly youth under 12 years of age, the immunocompromised, and those who medically cannot be vaccinated). We must do our part to get to the other side of the pandemic as quickly as possible in recognition of the lives and livelihoods that have suffered – and build a new normal for all to thrive.
It is for this reason that Centennial College has elected to take the elevated steps detailed above – notably testing within 48 hours (versus 7 days) and only providing exemptions for those medically unable to be vaccinated or who choose not to be based on human rights grounds of religion/creed.
While we hope to have provided some clarity, you will undoubtedly still have questions and concerns. Please know that we are doing our level best to stay on top of them and to provide answers that are as fulsome as possible, given we are still navigating a somewhat changing landscape.
Thank you again to those of you who have been fully vaccinated or are on your way to being so. And again, I sincerely trust that all eligible and able individuals will be fully vaccinated as soon as possible. It is our best way out of this pandemic.
I know that despite all of our efforts there will be some bumps in the road ahead as we iron out processes. I ask for everyone to be patient and understanding, and be assured that everything possible is being done to ensure a safe and smooth transition back to campus.
With greatest respect,
Dr. Craig Stephenson
President and Chief Executive Officer