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To all members of the Carleton community,

This email aims to summarize the COVID-19 measures that will be in place for the summer 2022 term.

Masks

On the recommendation of Ottawa Public Health, Carleton will be maintaining the mandatory COVID-19 Mask Policy until further notice. Masks must be worn in all indoor university facilities including shared offices, meeting spaces, athletics facilities, classrooms and labs. Departments and units can order masks for faculty, staff, contract instructors, teaching assistants, etc. from Procurement Services in eShop.

Vaccination Requirements

Proof of vaccination is no longer required to access campus or participate in in-person Carleton activities. However, it may become necessary to bring back proof of vaccination requirements on short notice if the situation and public health advice changes. Everyone must attest to their vaccination status and if vaccinated, upload proof of vaccination and subsequent booster doses in cuScreen.

We strongly recommend that all members of the Carleton community get a full course of vaccination, including booster doses as soon as they are eligible, and submit their booster dose information in cuScreen as soon as possible.

Screening Self-Assessments

Remaining vigilant and not coming to campus when sick or with symptoms is critically important. Although no longer required, it is recommended that individuals continue to complete the COVID-19 screening self-assessment in cuScreen each day they come to campus.

 Symptom Reporting

The symptom reporting protocols for employees and students have been updated on the COVID-19 website. All individuals who have been on campus in the 5 days before the onset of symptoms potentially linked to COVID-19 or who have received a positive COVID-19 test result must still submit a COVID-19 Symptom Reporting Form through cuScreen.

The completion of this form provides all of the necessary information for Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and Health and Counselling Services (HCS) to do a proper assessment and follow-up. After completing this form, the individual will be provided with more information from EHS and HCS including next steps and when they are eligible to return to campus.

QR Location Codes

Scanning campus QR location codes with your smartphone camera is no longer required. Please leave all signage regarding QR codes in place should we be required to re-implement this in the future.

cuScreen Ambassadors

The cuScreen Ambassador program has ended and the Ambassadors will no longer be monitoring building entrances.

Physical Distancing and Capacity Limits

Although not required, we strongly encourage all members of our community to practice physical distancing where possible. Capacity limits for on-campus events and activities are no longer adjusted for physical distancing.

Events and Catering

Visit the Conference Services website for up-to-date information regarding event and catering guidelines.

Tunnel Access

Pending the installation of new ventilation equipment, access to the tunnels remains restricted to authorized individuals only and those with approval for accessibility purposes. Please visit the COVID-19 website for information on how to request tunnel access. Access to the tunnels is planned to resume once new ventilation equipment is installed.

Travel

While caution is still recommended when considering any university-related travel, university-related (including research and fieldwork) travel may resume as per our normal (pre-COVID19) travel approval processes.

Research Lab Capacity Limits

Capacity limits for research labs have returned to normal (pre-COVID-19) capacities. Physical distancing is encouraged and masks must be worn until further notice as per Carleton’s mask policy.

 Other Health and Safety Measures

We will continue to maintain our enhanced ventilation measuresHand sanitizer stations will continue to be placed at building entrances.

It is important to remember that the pandemic is not over. The situation can change at any time and, as we have seen several times, the risk of new variants and outbreaks is very real. We ask that you remain vigilant and supportive and continue to take a number of actions to reduce your risks. We will continue to adjust our plans as required to ensure everyone’s health and safety and to comply with public health advice or any applicable legal requirements.

Any questions you may have that are not answered by Carleton’s COVID-19 information website and its FAQ section should be forwarded to covidinfo@carleton.ca.

We know the last two years have been difficult as the pandemic has evolved. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we move forward together safely.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Blanchard
COVID-19 Lead