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The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is known to spread mainly by contact from person to person. Consequently, local, provincial and federal governmental authorities recommend various measures and prohibit a variety of behaviors, in order to reduce the spread of the virus. Every member and/or guest of Providence University College and Theological Seminary (hereafter Providence) must commit to abiding by the measures recommended by local authorities and by Providence in order to protect the health and safety of all members of our community. As followers of Jesus Christ, we recognize our responsibility to love all members of our community and the world by doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Providence and its members commit themselves to comply with the requirements and recommendations of national, provincial, and local public health and other governmental authorities, and to put in place and adopt all necessary measures to that effect. However, Providence cannot guarantee that members of this community will not become infected with COVID-19. Attending on-campus activities at Providence could increase a person’s risk of contracting COVID-19, despite all preventative measures put in place.

All protocols listed below are in compliance with Canada’s guidance for post-secondary institutions during COVID-19, provided to Providence by the Manitoba Government and found here. Providence is working with the mechanism established by the Manitoba Government through an ongoing dialogue with the Department of Economic Development and Training to ensure that our policy and protocols continue to meet all applicable requirements and to verify our adherence.

Note: All COVID-19 related policies and protocols are being managed through this policy, not the broader Providence Communicable Disease Policy.

This webpage will be kept up-to-date with any policy changes as we receive new guidance and information from Manitoba Public Health.

All On-Campus Protocols have been developed in accordance with current public health guidelines with the safety of our community members in mind. These protocols are expected to change throughout the year as the pandemic response level changes in Manitoba. Students and employees will be informed of any major changes to this policy and/or to the Manitoba pandemic response level.

Self-Screening
Prior to any visit to the Providence campus, all community members and guests must screen themselves by answering the following questions. (For further information and to ensure you are using the most recent version of the Shared Health tool, please regularly access the tool here):

  1. Am I currently experiencing a new onset of any of the following symptoms: severe difficulty breathing (e.g., struggling for each breath, speaking in single words), chest pain, confusion, extreme drowsiness, loss of consciousness, fever/chills, cough, sore throat/hoarse voice, shortness of breath, vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours, loss of taste or smell? (Note: Call 911 immediately if you are experiencing severe symptoms or difficulty breathing.)
  2. Am I currently experiencing a new onset of TWO OR MORE of the following symptoms: runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, conjunctivitis (pink eye), headache, skin rash of unknown cause, nausea or loss of appetite?
  3. Have I been in close contact in the last 14 days with someone that is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19?
  4. Have I traveled to any location outside of Manitoba in the last 14 days, or have Manitoba health officials recommended that I self-isolate or quarantine?

If the answer to ANY of the above questions is “yes,” you should immediately go home to self-isolate and you are NOT permitted to enter the Providence campus. You may be exempted from the requirement to self-isolate (quarantine) if you are fully vaccinated. Please see the list of exemptions here and here.

If you have answered “yes” to questions one or two, you must complete the self-screening tool or call Health Links at 1-888-315-9257 to seek medical advice and information about COVID-19 testing. Local public health officials will advise you of your next steps based on your test results and will be in contact with Providence if necessary.

Positive COVID-19 Tests at Providence:

If there is a Providence community member with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and it is determined that members of the Providence community are at risk, local public health officials will be in contact with Providence. Public health will assess the need for the institution (or part of the institution) to be closed for a period of time and provide any further direction.

Any communication notifying the Providence community will be done following the lead of local and provincial public health officials.

Providence is committed to respecting the privacy and protection of your health information and will never require you to disclose your private health information.

Vaccination Protocols

Effective for the 2021-22 academic year, Providence will require full vaccination and/or proof of negative testing at reasonable and appropriate intervals for all staff, faculty, and students who are engaging regularly with the campus community. This requirement will take effect at some point later this fall so as to give our people adequate time to respond. A specific timeframe is yet to be determined.

Conduct On-Campus

Providence is committed to following the fundamentals of infectious disease control recommended by public health. All people present on the Providence campus are expected to abide by the following protocols while they are on campus (including in residence and campus housing):

  1. Answer the self-screening questions (above) before coming to campus or before leaving your residence room.
  2. Maintain social (physical) distancing of two metres (six feet) from others in indoor public spaces.
  3. Non-medical masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces (e.g., in hallways, cafeteria line-ups, library, MTH Hub, and other shared spaces). Masks are also mandatory during classes. Exceptions may be made to this rule in specific circumstances, as determined by the COVID-19 Response Team. Providence expects that all members of the community will respect one another and only remove their masks in private spaces if all members present feel comfortable.

  4. Practice good hand hygiene throughout your time on campus and wash your hands frequently.
  5. Uphold the dignity of and respect all people, regardless of vaccination status, symptoms, or if they have received a positive COVID-19 test result. This includes referring to COVID-19 by its proper names, not referring to it as the “Chinese Virus,” the “Wuhan Virus” or similar nomenclatures.
  6. Monitor your Providence email address frequently in case of changes to Public Health guidelines or to the Providence COVID-19 Policy.

Note: For the purposes of this policy, "indoor public spaces" is defined as any space where people are free to enter and exit at will (e.g., library, MTH Hub, SLC). Offices, meeting spaces, and residence areas are NOT indoor public spaces.

Failure to abide by the COVID-19 Policy and Protocols will result in disciplinary action through the Providence Accountability Process or through Human Resources for employees. Disciplinary actions may range from warnings to prohibition from the Providence campus or expulsion from the institution. Providence may also notify public health authorities if members of the Providence community have violated public health orders (including failure to properly self-isolate or quarantine).

Distance Students 

Providence’s distance students should follow the provincial and institutional guidelines applicable to their location of study. 

Notes on Mask Wearing:

To be effective, reusable non-medical masks must be made of at least 3 layers, including 2 layers of tightly woven fabric, with a filter or filter fabric between layers, and fit securely with no gaps. Further, reusable non-medical masks should not have any holes or valves that are open to the air. Face shields are NOT an appropriate substitute for non-medical masks.

DO wear a non-medical mask or face covering to protect others.
DO ensure the mask is made of at least 3 layers, including 2 layers of tightly woven fabric, with a filter or filter fabric between layers.
DO inspect the mask for tears or holes.
DO ensure the mask or face covering is clean and dry.
DO wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after touching the mask or face covering.
DO use the ear loops or ties to put on and remove the mask.
DO ensure your nose and mouth are fully covered.
DO replace and launder your mask whenever it becomes damp or dirty.
DO wash your mask with hot, soapy water and let it dry completely before wearing it again.
DO store re-usable masks in a clean paper bag until you wear it again.
DO discard masks that cannot be washed in a plastic lined garbage bin after use.
DON'T wear masks with exhalation valves or vents.
DON'T wear a loose mask.
DON'T touch the mask while wearing it.
DON'T remove the mask to talk to someone.
DON'T hang mask from your neck or ears.
DON'T share your mask.
DON'T leave your used mask within the reach of others.
DON’T reuse masks that are moist, dirty or damaged.

Remember, wearing a non-medical mask or face covering alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. Stay at home if you're sick, wash your hands often and practice physical distancing.

Guests on Campus 

All guests in the Hanna Centre are required to sign-in at the Welcome Centre or at the Library. Guests who are invited onto campus by a member of the Providence community are required to leave contact information with the student or employee who invited them. This is required for contact tracing purposes. 

Amnesty
As a way of reducing barriers to reporting symptoms of COVID-19 or contacts with people who have confirmed cases of COVID-19, students will be exempt from discipline if they reveal that they have violated areas of the Community Life Policies and Procedures related to consumption of drugs, alcohol, open dorm hours, consensual intimacies, and other similar violations, insofar as they relate to possible exposures to COVID-19.

Athletics
Varsity athletics programming will follow the Return to Play guidelines outlined for each specific sport by the provincial sport organization (PSO) and/or the guidelines of the league in which they are participating. Where Providence’s policy is more strict than those of the PSO or the league, the Providence Policy may take precedence.

Stigma and Discrimination
Discrimination toward members of the Providence community who have symptoms of COVID-19, or who have received a positive test result, or those who may have been in contact with someone who has received a positive test result for COVID-19, or people from specific ethnic groups or areas with higher COVID-19 rates will not be tolerated. The Covenant of Community Life at Providence commits all members to upholding the gospel of grace, and this extends to people who have been exposed to COVID-19.

People who are found to be discriminatory or malicious (e.g., spreading rumours, avoiding people who no longer need to self-isolate, referring to COVID-19 as the “Chinese Virus,” etc.) will be held accountable.

The following resources regarding stigma and discrimination are available to all students:

WHO:  https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/covid19-stigma-guide.pdf

Public Health Agency of Canada:

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/covid-19-testing-reducing-stigma.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/corporate/publications/chief-public-health-officer-reports-state-public-health-canada/addressing-stigma-toward-more-inclusive-health-system.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/corporate/organizational-structure/canada-chief-public-health-officer/addressing-stigma.html

Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety:

https://www.ccohs.ca/images/products/pandemiccovid19/pdf/preventing_stigma.pdf

Institutional Steps to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19

Providence is committed to preventing the spread of infection on our campus. In addition to the above campus protocols (e.g., social distancing, masks), Providence is taking the following steps:

  1. Increased sanitation through the campus. Providence is partnering with Sodexo to ensure that all public spaces on campus are sanitized regularly and thoroughly.
  2. Increased hand sanitization stations throughout the campus and available sanitization equipment available in all areas.
  3. Increased signage on hand-washing, social distancing, and other COVID-19 information.
  4. Encouragement of vaccinations for all students and employees of Providence.
  5. Working with the mechanism Manitoba has put in place for ongoing dialogue with the Department of Economic Development and Training to continue to meet requirements and verify ongoing adherence to federal requirements.

The purpose of this policy is to guide faculty and students towards best practices and safe actions while together in a classroom. The implementation of these protocols is the responsibility of each employee and student. Each member of the Providence community is committed to working together graciously to create a safe space for learning. Each faculty member must save and/or print a copy of this policy so they may consult it regularly. 

This policy contains the following sections: guidelines before class, guidelines during class, guidelines after class, and important notes and definitions. 

 Guidelines Before Class 

  1. Students are required to wear a non-medical mask while in class. Professors may remove their masks when all students are seated and while they are in the marked teaching zone. 
  2. Professors and students must clean hands before and after in-person class. This cleaning should be especially thorough when using common equipment such as computers in the computer lab.
  3. Professors must bring their own whiteboard markers (available in the resource room) to class to limit common touch points. 
  4. Professors should arrive 10 minutes before the start of class. Please ensure that desks, chairs, and teaching podiums are spaced two meters apart as indicated by tape. No one should adjust these unless they are out of line. 
  5. Students should grab a sanitizing wipe upon entering to disinfect their desk and chair (and retain the wipe for disposal after class). They should fill the seats furthest from the aisle first. In this way, students are not walking by other students to reach a free seat. Professors should encourage this. 
  6. Professors should leave classroom doors open whenever possible to improve airflow and limit touch points. 
  7. Professors should leave windows open whenever possible and weather permitting to improve airflow. 

These points can be summarized in chronological order. First, don your personal protective equipment. Then, clean your hands. Next, gather your supplies (ex: white board markers, handouts, cell phone, etc) and set up the classroom (ex: open door and windows if they were closed, distribute handouts, turn on computer and projector, open Populi and be prepared to take attendance, etc.) 

 

Guidelines During Class 

  1. All students and professors are required to ask themselves the screening questions (see 'On-Campus Protocols' section) before entering the classroom. If the answer to any of the questions is “yes,” they must immediately leave the Providence campus and should begin self-isolation. 
  2. Professors must stay inside the taped off teaching zone in their classroom. 
  3. Professors must take attendance for every in-person class, ideally using the 'Attendance' tab in Populi. These records will help contact-tracing efforts if a positive case arises. 
  4. Professors are encouraged to pause to clean their hands whenever necessary (e.g., after sneezing, coughing, or touching your face). 
  5. Close conversations and group work are prohibited. This violates social (physical) distancing. 
  6. Professors are encouraged to interact with students in creative and physically distant ways. This may involve small white boards for students to write on; video introductions and discussions in FlipGrid; collective annotations in Perusall; polls and games in Kahoot; online chat forums like Poll Anywhere, the chat feature in Office 365 Teams app, or the chat feature in the Populi webpage; and others. 
  7. Professors must dismiss in-person class if a student presents with persistent (e.g., constant coughing, not just a single cough) COVID-19 symptoms (see self-screening questions). Professors can use their discretion to assess the situation. To protect the student who is symptomatic, they should not be called out publicly in class. Instead, they should be spoken to immediately after class. Remind them to stay home whenever they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. 

These points can be summarized in chronological order. First, guide students as their enter and take their seats. Then, take attendance in Populi. While teaching, pause whenever necessary to clean your hands. Refrain from passing around items or requiring close conversations or groupwork. Prioritize active learning in class; faculty are strongly encouraged to accept assignments electronically. Dismiss class if persistent symptoms are evident, but in a way that does not place blame on any particular student. 

 

Guidelines After Class 

  1. Students seated closest to the aisles should exit first through the exit door and dispose of their cleaning wipe on their way out. Students seated furthest from the aisles should exit last. This creates a logical flow of movement that prevents students crossing in front of one another.  
  2. Professors must close windows after class. 
  3. Students and professors must clean hands with either soap and warm water, or ethanol based disinfectant after class. 
  4. Professors must end on time. The class must leave the room as soon as class ends. Socially (physically) distant conversations can occur elsewhere, while keeping hallways clear. This efficient exit provides time for the room and touch points to be cleaned. 
  5. Cleaning staff will thoroughly sanitize the following items with spray or wipes at least once a day. 
    (a.) Desks 
    (b.) Chairs 
    (c.) Teaching podium 
    (d.) Keyboard(s) 
    (e.) Mouse/mice 
    (f.) Computer monitor button(s) 
    (g.) Remote(s) for projector or computer 
    (h.) Light switch(es) 
    (i.) Door knobs 
    (j.) Window opening cranks 

These points can be summarized in chronological order. First, leave the classroom promptly to allow the cleaning staff time to clean the common touch points. Clean your hands and remind your students to clean theirs.  Replace your mask if necessary. 

 

Important Notes & Definitions 

  • Science labs will have different regulations than other classrooms for the wearing of masks. 
  • In-person attendance should not count towards the student’s grade, as this provides incentive for students to ignore symptoms and attend class when they should be staying home. If attendance is important in your class, adopt ways to grade attendance that considers the current pandemic. For example, allow students to attend by videoconferencing, consider dropping the lowest two grades, and more.

Providence is committed to creating a safe space for our students to live in residence. Here are the steps we are taking to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in residence:

  1. Single room occupancy only - All residence rooms have space for two students, but only one will be allowed in each room this year, unless a request is approved by the RLD. Residence spaces will operate at 50% capacity.
  2. Shared bathroom spaces - (a.) Bathrooms shared by more than four students will be sanitized at least three times daily; and (b.) All bathrooms will be provided with appropriate sanitization products to allow students to clean the space themselves as desired
  3. Common areas and recreational spaces - (a.) Daily sanitization of lounges and study spaces up to three times daily for spaces shared by more than 15 students and for other high-touch surfaces (e.g., the communal kitchen in MTH); and (b.) Social (physical) distancing signage throughout communal spaces (e.g., occupancy signage in elevators).
  4. Self-isolation and quarantine spaces - Spaces are set aside with individual bathrooms for students requiring self-isolation or quarantine due to travel, exposure to COVID-19, or illness.
  5. Meal-time processes - (a.) Sodexo will follow all current public health guidelines for restaurant spaces throughout the school year in the cafeteria and dining hall; (b.) Table seating is limited to ensure social (physical) distancing; (c.) Floor stickers are in place to ensure social (physical) distancing when students line up; (d.) Removal of all self-serve stations from cafeteria (e.g., fountain drinks, ice cream, salad bar, soup, etc); (e.) Food delivered to all students required to self-isolate or quarantine (no contact).
  6. Off-campus visits - All residence students will be expected to practice the recommendations of Public Health when they are off-campus.
  7. Hand hygiene - Hand hygiene stations will be placed at all entrances to Providence buildings and in strategic locations throughout the building (e.g., outside of residence rooms and in study rooms).
  8. Increased signage - (a.) All entrances to Providence buildings will include screening posters to help ensure that people who are ill will not enter the buildings. All faculty have been instructed to provide alternative options so that students are not expected to come to class if they are feeling ill; (b.) Signage will be posted throughout all Providence buildings with guidelines on social (physical) distancing and other infection prevention protocols; and (c.) Social (physical) distancing signage will be placed throughout Providence buildings to ensure that people are not congregating in spaces (e.g., direction arrows in hallways, limits in elevators, signs on couches and common areas).

FOR COMMUTER STUDENTS

If you are required to self-isolate or quarantine by Public Health based on your responses to these screening questions or by Health Links (1-888-315-9257), you are not permitted on the Providence campus.

You should seek medical advice and information about COVID-19 testing through Health Links. Local public health officials will advise you of your next steps based on your test results and will be in contact with Providence if necessary.

Please advise your professors that you will not be attending classes in-person.

FOR INCOMING STUDENTS REQUIRING QUARANTINE

Providence students requiring quarantine upon entry into Manitoba will be provided with accommodations, including a private bathroom and food services, on the Otterburne, MB campus for the duration of their 14 day quarantine. Charges for food will be applied to the student's account.

International and interprovincial travel to the Province of Manitoba require a 14 day quarantine period, with some exemptions, including for fully vaccinated individuals. Fully vaccinated travellers, who meet all requirements, are now exempt from quarantine. However, all international travellers must still provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine in case it is determined, at the border, that they do not meet the necessary requirements. For more information regarding travel and quarantine, please see the Federal Government's travel resource, and information from the Province of Manitoba.

Any non-compliance with the 14-day mandatory quarantine under the federal Quarantine Act subjects students to fines and penalties established by the Government of Canada and Manitoba Government, and could result in reporting of quarantine breaches to the Canadian Border Services Agency.

Campus Arrivals for Students Requiring Quarantine (All International Travellers and Unvaccinated Interprovincial Travellers)

Contact a member of Student Life to inquire about available accommodations for quarantine a minimum of three to four weeks in advance of their anticipated arrival. You will be required to quarantine on-campus for the full 14-day period. All international travellers will be required to create a quarantine plan, regardless of vaccination status. However, fully vaccinated individuals may be exempt from the quarantine requirement, as determined by border officials. Students who are exempt from quarantine requirements do not need to follow the instructions below.

Note: If you wish to stay somewhere other than on the Providence campus for your quarantine period, you may contact a member of Student Life who will work with you to ensure that your accommodations are acceptable and meet the requirements of the Province of Manitoba and the Government of Canada. Providence will continue daily wellness checks with you, if you are off-campus, to ensure that government guidelines are being properly followed and to check on your COVID-19 symptoms, if any.

Give the appropriate Student Life staff your arrival information a minimum of two weeks in advance of your arrival.

Choose one of the following transportation options:

  1. Make your own arrangements to have your personal vehicle dropped off at airport parking so you can drive yourself to the school.
    • Any necessary campus keys will be left inside your personal vehicle, along with a mask and gloves.
    • Coordinate arrival time with Student Life so that touch points can be sanitized after you enter your quarantine space.
    • Drive straight from the airport to your campus quarantine space.
    • Wear a mask and gloves from the time you leave your car to when you finish moving in.
  2. Make your own arrangements for someone to come and pick you up from the airport.
    • This person will be asked to deliver your campus keys, masks and gloves to you.
    • Coordinate arrival time with Student Life so that touch points can be sanitized after you enter your quarantine space.
    • Drive straight from the airport to your campus quarantine space.
    • Those picking you up from international or interprovincial travel must also wear their own mask and gloves in the vehicle and while helping you move into your campus quarantine space.
    • After dropping off you off, this person must immediately leave the Providence campus.
  3. If you are unable to make your own pick-up arrangements, you must contact the appropriate Student Life staff a minimum of two weeks in advance to discuss other arrangements. Providence will arrange to pick you up from the airport and transport you to the Providence campus for quarantine. If Providence is picking you up from the airport, the following procedures will be followed:
    • Students arriving must be transported to Providence alone. The only exception will be for students who are arriving with immediate family members they were living with before arrival.
    • All students will be asked the screening questions to determine if they are showing symptoms of a respiratory illness. Students who are symptomatic WILL NOT be transported to Providence. Instead, they will be required to call Health Links to assist with developing a plan to get to a health facility.
    • Drivers will be screening themselves prior to driving.
    • You will be required to wear a mask and to sanitize your hands before entering the vehicle. You must sit in the furthest seat from the driver for the duration of the trip. Touch the interior of the vehicle as little as possible.
    • You will be required to load and unload your own belongings into the trunk.
    • All people in the vehicle should avoid touching their face, practice good cough etiquette, and clean their hands before and after getting in the vehicle.
    • The vehicle will be fully sanitized after you have arrived at your destination.

Your quarantine space will come stocked with the following things:

  • Kitchen – 1 dish set (plate/bowl/cup/cutlery/mug), dish soap/brush, paper towel, hand towel, extra garbage bags.
  • Bedroom/Bathroom – 1 set of bedding (twin sheets/blanket, pillow), laundry detergent (for hand-washing clothing), shampoo, conditioner, bar soaps, toothpaste, toothbrush, face cloth/hand towel/bath towel, toilet paper, pads/tampons, bathroom cleaners, extra garbage bags.

You will not be permitted to leave your campus quarantine space during your two-week quarantine except for a medical emergency or to be tested for COVID-19, or for a building emergency, such as a fire.

You will be provided with all of your necessities in your quarantine space (listed above), and you will have access to Wi-Fi in the space. If you require other amenities during your time in quarantine, please let a member of Student Life know in your daily wellness check or via email or the emergency on-call phone (204-746-4785). Student Life will ensure that you have everything you need during your quarantine.

Meals will be delivered to your quarantine space at least once per day each weekday. Weekend meals will be delivered all at once each Friday or more frequently. You are required wear a non medical mask when picking up your meals outside your door.

You cannot have any guests in your quarantine space during your two-week quarantine period.

A member of Student Life staff will be in communication with you daily during your quarantine to check in on the your symptoms and mental health (and those of your immediate family who are quarantining with you), and to see if you need anything brought to you. They will also remind you to take the self-assessment. The member of Student Life will determine with you the best form of daily contact (e.g., email, phone, video call, etc).

All students are required to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 using the Manitoba Self Screening Tool or Health Links (1-888-315-9257). If a student experiences any symptoms of COVID-19 during the quarantine period, they must follow the directives of the Province of Manitoba.

If you experience any symptoms associated with COVID-19 while in quarantine, you should use the online Screening Tool or contact Health Links at 1-888-315-9257 to determine if you require testing. Note: Providence is required to inform public health authorities if incoming international students develop symptoms of COVID-19 during self-isolation.

  • If testing is recommended, you must discuss arrangements for transportation to and from the testing facility with the appropriate Student Life staff.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 during the 14-day quarantine period, you will need to self-isolate unless you require medical attention and/or hospitalization. International students should refer to their Guard.Me Insurance policy for information on eligible expenses or speak with the International Student Services Coordinator with any questions you may have. Additional quarantine costs due to testing positive for COVID-19 will be the responsibility of the student and/or Guard.Me as applicable. Providence may be advised by the local public health authority if you test positive, and Public Health will assess the need for the institution or part of the institution to be closed for a period of time, and provide any further direction.
  • If your test results come back negative, you must still remain in quarantine until the end of the 14-day period because of your recent travel.

Note: If a student is quarantining with immediate family member(s), and the student or their family member(s) tests positive for COVID-19, the person who tested positive will be separated from their family members. Family member(s) will be moved to another room and will be monitored for symptoms of COVID-19 during wellness check-ins by a member of Student Life staff. These family member(s) should expect to be contacted by Manitoba Public Health officials and will be considered a close contact to this case. They may need to continue to quarantine beyond the 14-day quarantine period. Additional quarantine costs due to testing positive for COVID-19 will be the responsibility of the student and/or Guard.Me as applicable.

At the end of the quarantine period, you must vacate the quarantine space by 8 am the morning after your last day in quarantine. You must leave the quarantine space as clean and tidy as possible. If any significant physical damage is found in the quarantine space, your account will be charged for the cost of materials and time for repairs based on the estimation of the Facilities Department.

If a student is believed to be non-compliant with quarantine requirements or any other requirement of the Emergency Orders, Providence has been advised by the Government of Canada to contact the local police. In addition, Providence may report incidences of non-compliance to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Compliance and Enforcement Team.

For Mid-Year Students in Residence

If you experience any symptoms associated with COVID-19, contact the Residence On-Call phone as soon as symptoms begin at 204-746-4785.

Student Life staff equipped with proper PPE will bring a COVID-19 Kit and help you move out of your accommodations and into an isolation space. Some students may stay in their rooms for self-isolation if they have a private bathroom. Student Life staff will inform you if you are required to move.

You will be required to wear a mask and gloves from the time you leave your regular accommodations to the time that you move into your isolation space. A Providence employee will also follow behind you, sanitizing all touch points after you have entered your isolation space.

Your isolation space will come stocked with the following things:

  • Kitchen – 1 dish set (plate/bowl/cup/cutlery/mug), dish soap/brush, paper towel, hand towel, extra garbage bags.
  • Bedroom/Bathroom – 1 set of bedding (twin sheets/blanket, pillow), laundry detergent (for hand-washing clothing), shampoo, conditioner, bar soaps, toothpaste, toothbrush, face cloth/hand towel/bath towel, toilet paper, pads/tampons, bathroom cleaners, extra garbage bags.

Meals will be delivered to your isolation space at least once per day each weekday. Weekend meals will be delivered all at once each Friday or more frequently. You are required wear a non medical mask when picking up your meals outside your door.

Once you are in your self-isolation space, you will be directed by Student Life regarding tracking your symptoms, providing contact information, as well as information about food delivery. This information will be passed on through the appropriate channels to ensure that necessary professors, Student Life staff, and Food Services staff are properly informed.

A member of Student Life staff will be in communication with you every day during your isolation to check in on your symptoms (if any), your mental health, and to see if you need anything brought to you. The member of Student Life will determine with you the best form of daily contact (e.g., email, phone, video call, etc).

If you are in self-isolation due to a possible COVID-19 exposure and develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should use the online Screening Tool or contact Health Links at 1-888-315-9257 to determine if you require testing.

  • If testing is recommended, you must discuss arrangements for transportation to and from the testing facility with the appropriate Student Life staff.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 during the 14-day quarantine period, you will need to self-isolate unless you require medical attention and/or hospitalization. Providence will be advised by the local public health authority if you test positive, and public health will assess the need for the institution or part of the institution to be closed for a period of time, and provide any further direction.
  • If your test results come back negative, you must still remain in isolation/quarantine until public health advises you that your self-isolation is complete.

You must receive confirmation from a member of Student Life about when you will be permitted to leave your quarantine/isolation space at the end of your time in quarantine/isolation.

You must leave the quarantine/isolation space as clean and tidy as possible. If any significant physical damage is found in the quarantine/isolation space, your account will be charged for the cost of materials and time for repairs based on the estimation of the Facilities Department.