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COVID-19 vaccination policy and requirements for coming to campus

    Since announcing SLC’s vaccination policy on August 12, we have seen Ontario make vaccine policies a requirement at all post-secondary institutions in the province. This requirement, along with ongoing progress of province wide vaccination rates has enabled us to gradually lift previous public health measures, increase activity on our campuses and is why post-secondary institutions have been given amended guidelines for social distancing in instructional settings.

    While some previously existing health and safety measures are no longer required, other health and safety measures remain in effect to protect our SLC community.

    Please note that the protocols and information shared on this page are based on current information and can change at any time. Please bookmark this page and check back frequently as information will be updated.

    Requirements for Coming to Campus

    Your health and safety remains our top priority when you come to campus. Planning and decisions regarding campus academics and activities have and continue to follow Public Health and provincial Ministry requirements and advice.

    COVID-19 information signage continues to be located throughout the campus to remind the College community of the current public health measures, including health screening, hand hygiene, and wearing of non-medical masks or face coverings.

      Students coming to campus as part of their program delivery or to use campus services and spaces MUST complete the following steps in order to access campus.

      All students at this stage of the semester will have reviewed the Student Code of Conduct Policy upon sign-in to slc.me. Failure to follow guidelines, policies, procedures established by the College could result in sanctions under the Student Code of Conduct.

      1. Ensure the SLC SAFE app is on your phone or device.

      2. Before coming to campus, use the SLC SAFE app to confirm your vaccination status. Any students accessing campus are required to demonstrate they have completed the vaccine passport in the SLC SAFE app, or be able to prove you have a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test from within the last three days/72 hours.

      3. Use the SLC SAFE app to complete the required daily health screening questionnaire each time you access campus. You are required to confirm you are free from COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering campus. Note: Students will not be penalized for being absent from classes if they are ill and are required to stay home.

      4. Bring a mask or face covering to wear while indoors on campus.

      5. Allow extra time when coming to campus. Enter campus through the designated entrance:

      • Kingston: main entrance and E18 (Country Club Drive)
      • Brockville: main entrance
      • Cornwall: main entrance

      6. Display your vaccination status using the SLC SAFE app vaccination passport upon every entry to the campus.

      • Anyone who is fully vaccinated and shows their green QR code at the entrance can proceed to enter campus.
      • Anyone who is fully vaccinated, but who has not confirmed their status in the SLC SAFE app will need to do so on the spot in order to access campus.
      • Anyone who is not fully vaccinated (includes partially and non-vaccinated people) will be asked to confirm they have a negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test result from within the last three days, or 72 hours. To provide proof of your negative rapid antigen test results:
        • Take a photo of your test cartridge. The photo taken needs to include the test result (i.e. the rectangle result window), the date of the test (month/day/year) and your full (first and last) name. See photo example below:

        • Email the photo of your negative test result to covidtest@sl.on.ca with a subject line containing the following information: your last name, first name; your student ID if you are a student; the date (month/day/year) of the test result (e.g., Doe, Jane. Student ID ######. 09/15/2021.)

      To ensure the health and safety of the SLC community, please:

      • Check this site often as information may change on short notice
      • Follow the established protocols
      • Wear a mask or face covering while indoors on campus
      • Complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment if you:
        • Have COVID-19 symptoms 
        • Believe you were exposed to COVID-19
      • Continue to follow Public Health measures by practicing frequent and proper hand hygiene including washing your hands with soap and water or using the hand sanitizer provided

      Staff and faculty coming to campus must complete the following steps before accessing campus.

      1. Ensure the SLC SAFE app is on your phone or device.

      2. Before coming to campus, use the SLC SAFE app to confirm your vaccination status. Any employees accessing campus are required to demonstrate they have completed the vaccine passport in the SLC SAFE app, or be able to prove you have a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test from within the last three days/72 hours.

      3. Use the SLC SAFE app to complete the required daily health screening questionnaire each time you access campus. You are required to confirm you are free from COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering campus.

      4. Bring a mask or face covering to wear while indoors on campus.

      5. Allow extra time when coming to campus. Enter campus through the designated entrance:

      • Kingston: main entrance and E18 (Country Club Drive)
      • Brockville: main entrance
      • Cornwall: main entrance

      6. Display your vaccination status using the SLC SAFE app vaccination passport upon every entry to the campus.

      • Anyone who is fully vaccinated and shows their green QR code at the entrance can proceed to enter campus.
      • Anyone who is fully vaccinated, but who has not confirmed their status in the SLC SAFE app will need to do so on the spot in order to access campus.
      • Anyone who is not fully vaccinated (includes partially and non-vaccinated people) will be asked to confirm they have a negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test result from within the last three days, or 72 hours. To provide proof of your negative rapid antigen test results:
        • Take a photo of your test cartridge. The photo taken needs to include the test result (i.e. the rectangle result window), the date of the test (month/day/year) and your full (first and last) name. See photo example below:

       

        • Email the photo of your negative test result to covidtest@sl.on.ca with a subject line containing the following information: your last name, first name; the date (month/day/year) of the test result (e.g., Doe, Jane. 09/15/2021.)

      To ensure the health and safety of the SLC community, please:

      • Check this site often as information may change on short notice
      • Follow the established protocols
      • Wear a mask or face covering while indoors on campus
      • Complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment if you:
        • Have COVID-19 symptoms 
        • Believe you were exposed to COVID-19
      • Continue to follow Public Health measures by practicing frequent and proper hand hygiene including washing your hands with soap and water or using the hand sanitizer provided

      COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

      To support the continued health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, SLC will require students, employees, and contractors coming to an SLC campus or facility to be fully vaccinated. SLC will also require proof of vaccination to confirm individual vaccination status.

      View St. Lawrence College's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

      The vaccination policy came into effect September 7, 2021 and was updated on October 1, 2021.

      When we announced our COVID-19 vaccination policy on August 12, we indicated a deadline of October 15 for anyone coming to campus to have received their second dose. This deadline was put in place so our SLC community would be fully vaccinated by November 1.

      Under the updated policy, the College will allow additional time to become fully vaccinated or seek an approved exemption.

      However, as of November 22, 2021, access to campus will be granted only to fully vaccinated individuals or those with an approved exemption.

      If you are not yet fully vaccinated, here are important timelines to adhere to in order to be fully vaccinated by November 22. As a reminder, an individual is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their second dose of a vaccine approved by Health Canada.

      • October 11: First vaccine dose received by this date
      • November 8: Second vaccine dose received by this date
      • November 21: Individuals who do not yet have proof of vaccination or are unvaccinated with vaccination(s) pending will be able to access the College with the required negative rapid antigen test up to and including this date.
      • November 22: Access to campus will be granted only to fully vaccinated individuals or those with an approved exemption as of this date.

      SLC requires proof of vaccination to confirm individual vaccination status.

      If you were vaccinated outside of Canada, please refer to the table in the vaccination policy to confirm your next steps related to being fully vaccinated.

      Students with a medical exemption to being vaccinated need to contact wellness@sl.on.ca to begin the process of documenting your exemption. Regardless of where you are at in the exemption process, and after it is fully completed, you will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to coming to campus. The frequency and process for reporting test results will be shared directly with people who have documented an exemption.

      Employees with a medical exemption to being vaccinated are to email employeevacc@sl.on.ca to begin the process of documenting your exemption. Regardless of where you are at in the exemption process, and after it is fully completed, you will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to coming to campus. The frequency and process for reporting test results will be shared directly with people who have documented an exemption.

        campus safety protocols

        Enter campus through the designated entrance:

        • Kingston: main entrance and E18 (Country Club Drive)
        • Brockville: main entrance
        • Cornwall: main entrance
        • SLC has enhanced daily cleaning of common touchpoints such as door handles, elevator buttons, stair rails, etc. along with other recommendations provided by Public Health.
        • Hand sanitizer stations have been installed in key areas.
        • An adequate supply of liquid soap, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and waste receptacles are located throughout the campuses.
        • All employees and students are required to wear a mask or face covering while on campus in Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall.
        • Please bring your own mask to wear on campus. 
        • View the College's Mandatory Mask Policy.

        Commute Ontario has created an online guide for carpooling etiquette, cleaning/disinfecting a vehicle, and vehicle checklist.

        To keep everyone safe, here are some helpful tips:

        • Avoid carpooling, if possible 
        • Limit carpooling to a member of your academic cohort, if possible 
        • Stay home if the driver or the passenger is ill 
        • Wear a mask or face covering over the nose, mouth, and chin 
        • Maintain physical distancing requirements by limiting the number of passengers in the vehicle 
        • Follow hand washing and cough etiquette 
        • Have hand sanitizer in the vehicle 
        • Avoid recirculating air during transport and set the climate control system to circulate fresh air 
        • Disinfect the vehicle regularly 

        More information about physical distancing and COVID-19 symptoms can be found on the Government of Ontario’s website.

        Exposure to COVID-19 Process

        If you suspect you are ill with COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19 follow the appropriate Exposure to COVID-19 Process for SLC students, employees, and contractors.

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