St. Jerome's is working towards a gradual reopening of campus. We are working hard to make the campus safe and welcoming for everyone within the guidelines set out by the Ontario Government, Community Public Health, and the University of Waterloo to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
SJU Leadership continues to support work-from-home arrangements where possible. For staff and faculty with authorization to return to campus, SJU’s safe return protocols are designed to keep you and those around you safe.
Effective August 2020 these are the protocols that must be followed on campus.
- Restricted campus footprint. Review the Navigating SJU page for building access information. If you require access, contact Cristina Vanin or Mike Gourlay.
- Increased facility sanitation measures are in place, including elevator panels and 2x daily washroom sanitization.
- Hand sanitizer stations are placed at all entry points into buildings and shared spaces.
- Observe all posted occupancy limits in rooms and elevators. Follow posted visual cues with respect to hygiene practices and physical distancing.
- Faculty and staff are to continue to arrange courier deliveries to your own home until Front Desk is staffed.
- One-way entrances, exits, and stairwells are designated.
- Masks are required inside buildings at all times except when alone within your personal office.
- Only authorized staff and faculty may access on-campus offices.
- A mandatory self-assessment must be completed the same day as you are heading to campus.
- The manatory self-assessment can be found here or at covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/.
- When you are in your personal office alone, you may remove your mask.
- To maintain air circulation, keep your office door open, and open windows when possible.
- No more than 1 unmasked person may be in a staff or faculty office space at a time. If there is more than 1 person in an office, masks must be worn and physical distancing must be maintained.
- Avoid meetings or gatherings where physical distances cannot be maintained and continue to meet virtually whenever possible.
- Use provided sanitizing wipes to clean computer keyboards and mouse, desk surfaces, doorknobs, and other high-touch areas before you begin to work and before you leave.
- Maintain recommended physical distancing furniture layouts in common spaces.
- Masks are mandatory in all common spaces. If physical distancing is unavoidable, limit the time spent in close proximity.
- Bring your own dishes and utensils and refrain from using dishes in kitchenettes.
- Refrain from providing or consuming communal foods.
- Where possible leave communal doors open to reduce contact with door handles.
- Avoid sharing equipment such as pens, staplers, headsets, or computers. If sharing is unavoidable, sanitize between users.
- Remove non-essential communal items such as pamphlets, candy, magazines, etc. in shared spaces.
- Disinfecting wipes will be made available at shared equipment locations. Each individual is asked to clean and disinfect after each use.
- Minimize non-essential in-person interaction by continuing the practice of virtual meetings.
- Campus visitors are restricted to essential contractors/service providers.
- All requests for visitors must be authorized by the VPAD (Cristina Vanin) and/or the EDFA (Mike Gourlay) before they are permitted on campus.
- Once approval has been received the employee responsible must communicate the university safety protocols to the visitor.