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COVID-19 Response

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Jerome’s is committed to doing what is necessary to keep our residents safe, while maintaining an excellent student residence experience. Any measures we might put in place are informed by recommendations from the Ontario government, Region of Waterloo Public Health, and the University of Waterloo. Open the drop-down menu below to learn more about how we’re keeping our communities safe.  

  

As the COVID-19 landscape evolves and changes, our measures will evolve and change in response to measures informed by the Ontario government, the Region of Waterloo, and the University of Waterloo. Should changes be implemented, students are expected to be flexible and adapt to the current state of the protocols. Continue to check back to this webpage for the most up to date COVID-19 response information.  

  

UW Health Services has opened a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic, Testing Assessment Centre, Information Hotline, and Rapid Test Centre. These services are available to all University of Waterloo students, postdocs, and employees. Find out more atCampus Wellness

Important Updates About Residence at SJU
  • We recommend students to download COVID Alert, which can let users know if they have been in contact with anyone that tests positive. For more information, including privacy and usage details, and to download click here
  • Programming and Events: All programming and events will follow all public health guidelines including but not limited to gathering limits and masking. 
  • Room Styles: We are only offering single-occupancy rooms, students will not share their room with another student in the Fall 2021 term.  
  • Facial Coverings: Students and employees are required to wear a face covering in common use areas of University buildings, and any areas where physical distancing is a challenge- this includes residence buildings.  
  • Common Spaces: Common spaces in our residence building will open for use by residence students.  Student must observe posted gathering limits and are encouraged to use the provided disinfecting wipes prior to and after they use these spaces. 
  • Guests: There will be no guests permitted in the SJU Residence Building. 
  • Cleaning: Residence will have daily cleaning from our professional cleaning staff. Major touch points, including but not limited to, door handles and elevator buttons will be disinfected thoroughly. 
  • Dining: Students are welcome to sit in the cafeteria for their meals. Tables will sit a maximum of four people at time and students are encouraged to be mindful of the capacity during mealtimes. Students who are uncomfortable eating their meals in the Community Centre are encouraged to reach out to the Residence Office and the Food Service staff to discuss alternate arrangements.

 

As the COVID landscape evolves and changes, students should expect measures to change throughout the year. Should these changes be implemented, students are expected to be flexible and adapt to the current state of the protocols. 

Mandatory Vaccines for Students Living in Residence

Every student moving into residence this fall will need to provide proof that they have received, at minimum, the first dose of an approved vaccine before the move-in period.  To ensure a smooth move-in process directly into your assigned room, please provide proof of your vaccination or an approved exemption by August 11, 2021.  

 

You must also get a second dose of an approved vaccine as soon as possible and provide proof that you have done so by November 1, 2021. 

 

How to submit vaccine verification 

 

Please submit your vaccination record using the following steps:      

  1. Log into eRezLife: https://sju.erezlife.com/ 
  2. Click on the “Proof of Vaccination” form on the left-side of your home page 
  3. Complete the form 
  4. Upload your vaccination record or receipt for your first dose. This process will be repeated for your second dose. Please ensure your proof of vaccination document includes: 
    • The details of your first dose including:   
      • Date received  
      • Country/location of vaccination  
      • Name of vaccine that you received  
      • Files must be in English, French, or a certified translation into English or French  
      • File formats accepted: PDF, PNG, JPEG or JPG of up to 32MB 
      • If you received two doses and they are both recorded on a single document, upload that same image or file for dose 1 and again for dose 2   
  5. Be sure to closely follow the submission instructions at the end of the Proof of Vaccination form  

 

Important Notes: 

  1. We will review your vaccination record as soon as possible, and if the information provided is satisfactory, you will receive a final confirmation of verification by email. 
  2. If there are any questions or concerns about your submission, the verification team will reach out to you directly.  
COVID-19 Information and Resources

The following web pages include helpful information about COVID-19, and how we can be responsible members of the University of Waterloo community, as well as members of the broader Kitchener-Waterloo community.  

  

Whether inside or outside of residence, we all reside in Waterloo Region, and have a responsibility to keep ourselves and others safe. 

Wellness Resources

It’s normal to feel increased stress and anxiety levels during a time when we are navigating an unprecedented and uncertain world pandemic. From the information overload of our news outlets and the quickly changing rules and procedures for socializing, our bodies and minds are doing the best that they can to adapt to a new reality. Here are some resources for support - both online and on your own time.

 


On Campus Health and Wellness Support:

 

  • UW Counselling Services is currently offering remote online and phone appointments. You can reach them by email at counserv@uwaterloo.ca or by phone at 519-888-4567 ex. 32655.
  • UW Health Services is offering COVID-19 testing for staff and students (beginning Oct. 1. 2020) in addition to regular health and medical appointments you can reach UW Health Services by phone at 519-888-4096.

 

Online and Telephone Mental Health Support:

 

  • Beacon Mental Health is an online therapy program available at no cost to residents of Ontario. Beacon Mental Health supports with issues like anxiety and depression. 
  • Bounce Back is a free, online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) program for adults aged 15 and older in Ontario. A doctor’s referral is required. 
  • Empower Me is available to University of Waterloo students across Canada in partnership with Campus Wellness. Request online and telephone appointments with qualified therapists.
  • Good2Talk is a free helpline for post-secondary students in Ontario, available 24/7. Reach them by phone at 1-866-925-5454.
  • Here24/7 is a free Waterloo-based helpline consisting of network of local agencies ready to support you. Reach them by phone at1-844-437-3247.

 

Websites and Good Reads:

 

  • Mental Health at Home has a compiled list of resources, exercises, and worksheets that may support you at your own pace. 
     


 

I'm experiencing illness, what should I do?

If you are experiencing illness, you must: 
 

  1. Self-isolate in your room. Please do not leave your room until you have completed the following 3 steps. 
  2. Take the Ontario COVID-19 Self-Assessment online
  3. Inform your Don, in a contactless way (text, online message) or call the Duty Don 519-884-8111 ext. 28331, and they will help connect you with Residence Office staff.   
  4. Residence Office staff will follow-up with you via phone to chat further. We’ll talk about your situation, review your COVID-19 Self-Assessment and your "COVID-19 Plan". From there, we'll determine if there are any on-campus self-isolation needs, including food delivery and washroom access, as well as any additional support or resources you may need until you feel better. 
I Have Had a COVID-19 Exposure, OR I Have Tested Positive for COVID-19. What should I do?

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, or tested positive for COVID-19, you must:  
 

  1. Self-isolate in your room. Please do not leave your room until you have completed the following 3 steps. 
  2. Take the Ontario COVID-19 Self-Assessment online
  3. Call the Duty Don 519-884-8111 ext. 28331, and they will help connect you with Residence Office staff.   
  4. Residence Office staff will follow-up with you via phone to chat further. We’ll talk about your situation, discuss your “COVID-19” plan, and review your COVID-19 Self-Assessment and the recommendations that have been provided. From there, we'll determine if there are any on-campus self-isolation needs, including food delivery and washroom access. 
  5. Call UW’s COVID-19 hotline, 1-833-UW-COV19 (1-833-892-6819) for support, resources and to speak with a health care provider directly. This can be done individually or in coordination with Residence Office staff. 
I've arranged for self-isolation with the Residence Office, what should I do?

If you are self-isolating on campus, you must: 
 

  • Stay in your assigned room or isolation space,   
  • Use the sink in the room exclusively,   
  • Use the washroom assigned for your use, and   
  • Do not leave your room to access any other spaces or buildings.
  • If you need to leave the building for a medical appointment, testing, or building emergency, please ensure that you are wearing a face mask and that you have thoroughly washed your hands before leaving your room
  • Place any garbage in the provided garbage bag and ensure it is placed outside of your isolation room for pick-up by 11am each day
  • Food will be delivered to your room once per day at 4:45pm, including a hot dinner, cold breakfast and lunch, and snacks
  • Keep regular contact (via email and phone) with Residence Office staff on how you are doing and any support needs you have
  • Not return to your assigned residence room until approved to leave isolation
     

Our staff will work with you and the local Public Health department to determine when you can safely return to your residence room. 

I've returned home to self-isolate. When can I return to my residence room?

If you are self-isolating at home, before returning to SJU, you must:    
 

  • Be free of symptoms for a minimum of 48 hours,  
  • Complete a COVID-19 Self-Assessment online,    
  • Complete a full 14-day self-isolation, if recommended   
  • Get a COVID-19 test if recommended, and   
  • Receive a negative test result. 
  • Email info@sju.ca to connect with Residence Office staff to discuss your return to residence
  • Our staff will work with you and the local Public Health department to determine when you can safely return to the residence community
     

Our staff will work with you and the local Public Health department to determine when you can safely return to the residence community.