CMU COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan

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CMU College is implementing enhanced health and safety measures, standards and protocols to ensure that CMU can operate safely, minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission appropriately, and protect everyone on campus, thereby protecting our families, friends, and communities.

Current public health guidelines require that anyone that has tested positive for COVID-19, has symptoms, or has had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or has symptoms, must self-isolate for 14 days. CMU will ensure that staff, faculty and students do not come to work/school sick.

CMU has established screening and attendance measures that include ensuring staff, faculty and students with COVID-19 symptoms go home and self-isolate for 14 days and seek medical advice through Telehealth or their healthcare provider.

  • If a staff member, faculty or student reports any flu-like symptoms, including a fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath, or other symptoms that may be indicative of COVID-19, they will be sent home and advised to consult a medical practitioner.
  • If tested positive for COVID-19, the return to the school will depend on the direction of a physician or local Public Health Authorities.
  • If the person who has tested positive and has attended the school or been in contact with other staff, faculty or students within the 14 days prior to the confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, CMU will notify other staff, faculty or students who may have been in contact with the individual that one of their co-workers or classmates has tested positive.
  • Affected co-workers, faculty and students will be notified that they should self-isolate for 14 days and seek medical advice if they display any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Depending on the nature of the affected person’s contact this may require an entire floor, office or classroom to be isolated and cleaned professionally and local Health Authorities notified for further information/direction.
  • After self-isolation, a doctor’s note will be required before returning to work/school.

CMU’s Safety Plan includes the implementation of all health and safety standards and protocols as directed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities and by local public health authorities as outlined below.

Enhanced Screening

  • Campus access will be restricted to academically stranded students as outlined above, and the teachers, staff, assistants and cleaners required to support them. Campus entry points will be monitored by staff at all times.
  • Screening notices will be posted at entry points advising students, faculty, staff, and other visitors not to enter if they or someone they have been in contact with has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms such as fever, cough, or respiratory illness.
  • All students, faculty and staff and other visitors will be required to complete a health screening prior to every instance of campus entry consistent with screening guidelines by local public health officials.
  • Touch-less temperature checks will be taken of everyone prior to being permitted entry into the campus.

On-Campus Hygiene and Cleaning Protocols

  • CMU will ensure adequate access to soap and water and alcohol-based hand sanitizers and post reminders for all students, faculty and staff to wash their hands often.
  • CMU will increase the frequency and extensiveness of cleaning and disinfecting activities and ensure high touch areas and equipment are frequently disinfected.
  • CMU will implement enhanced cleaning protocols for the safe use of tools, equipment, and other shared items used in teaching settings.

Space Considerations and Physical Distancing Protocols

  • CMU will inform students, faculty and staff and implement measures to support physical distancing requirements. Signage and notices will be posted throughout our buildings to remind and keep students, faculty and staff advised of these requirements.
  • Arrival, break and departure times will be staggered to facilitate physical distancing upon entry and exit for faculty, staff and students.
  • Management, staff and faculty will have oversight responsibility to ensure compliance with physical distancing and other public health measures throughout the campus.

Protective Measures

  • CMU will ensure students, instructors and staff use face coverings (i.e., non-medical masks and face shields) to protect others around them when physical distancing is challenging or not possible.
  • If physical distance and separation cannot be maintained, instructors, staff and students will be required to use personal protective equipment (PPE) consisting of appropriate face masks, eye protection and/or nitrile gloves.
  • CMU will ensure that all instructors, staff and students are instructed and trained on the use, care and limitations of the PPE that they use.
  • Respirators, goggles and gloves will be provided for work in the lab where they are required for occupational health and safety.

Emergency Preparedness and Planning

  • CMU has completed a thorough review and analysis to assess the potential risks of viral transmission. This has informed our plan to implement enhanced health and safety measures to reduce the risks to our community.  All health and safety protocols and procedures will be strictly enforced.  CMU will continue to monitor and assess potential risks on an ongoing basis, consult with local authorities and implement any changes as may be required on a timely basis.

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