Good day everyone,
As you are aware, yesterday we were informed of a COVID-19 exposure on campus. While the Valley region has done extremely well and has had very few cases, this serves as a reminder that, as Dr. Strang has said on several occasions, COVID is in every community and we must remain vigilant to minimize its spread.
An important part of minimizing the spread is to follow our protocols and procedures, particularly our mask policy. Face coverings must be worn by all students, staff, and faculty in all classrooms and publicly accessible shared indoor spaces on campus as well as within University vehicles. Professors have the option of removing their face covering for the duration of their lecture. The face covering must be secured appropriately prior to and after the lecture is complete, as well as when speaking with a student. At the professor’s discretion, face coverings may be removed when there is a hindrance to understanding, as long as a 2 metre (6 ft.) distance can be maintained. A face shield is recommended for professors to wear during their lecture, if they choose not to wear a face covering during that time. A face shield will be supplied by the University through the Safety and Security Department.
Please remember that students must maintain physical distance in classes, and everyone should be using the tap machines as they enter the buildings on campus.
In addition, it is highly recommended that professors take attendance in classes and that everyone download the Public Health Canada COVID-19 app on their smartphone. These greatly help with contact tracing.
In the event of an exposure that requires action, you will be contacted by Safety and Security or our Occupational Health Nurse, Caroliina Landry.
Stay safe everyone. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to your dean, Caroliina Landry, or directly to me.
Dr. Dale Keefe
Provost and Vice-President, Academic