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FHS Return to Campus Timeline

 

Phase 1: Now

• Staff with pre-approval return to campus

Phase 2: Early August

• Gradual return of additional staff operationally needed for a full on-campus academic fall
• Health and safety restrictions still in place but starting to ease

Phase 3: September - December

• Gradual return of remaining staff to campus

Phase 4: January 2022

• New normal – all employees back to campus
• Those who wish to maintain remote/hybrid work arrangements must go through the formal process

Information for managers

Managers return to campus checklist

  1. Identify prioritized staff for phase 2 and phase 3 of the FHS return to campus timeline
  2. Complete unit safety plan and share with staff
  3. Develop a gradual return to campus plan for phase 2 staff
  4. Review daily active screening requirements for your staff
  5. Order necessary office supplies
  6. Schedule office orientation for newer staff who have never worked on campus
  7. Review HR Return to Campus Resources
  8. Develop a gradual return to campus plan for phase 3 staff
  9. Continually update unit safety plan as public health measures ease

Events

The university has developed event planning guidelines for Fall 2021. Planners of any event where food or drink will be served and non-educational events with over 100 people will be required to complete an Event Application form. This form must first receive approval from the Dean’s office by contacting Christine at Christine.irving@queensu.ca before being submitted to the Health and Safety group for approval. The event application form and more information can be found here

FHS Safety Plans

All administrative units are required to complete a safety plan.  Please note these plans do not apply to teaching or research space.

Unit with Pre-Approval

Administrative units with pre-approval to have staff operating on campus should consolidate existing information into the new safety template by July 31st.  Please see directions below.

Directions: Consolidate and Submit

  1. Prepare Your Plan (Optional)
    1. Use the word document template to consolidate your unit’s existing safety plan in collaboration with your team
  2. Submit Online
    1. Enter your plan into the online template – “Step 2 (Mandatory): Submit Online”
    2. In the Additional Recipient (Optional) section of the online form add

Units without Pre-Approval

Administrative units currently not operating on campus should create safety plans using the new template at least 1 - 2 weeks prior to the anticipated date of return.

If you plan to bring staff back prior to August 1st the safety plan must be reviewed and approved by the Health and Safety sub-group of the Campus Operations Group.

If you plan to bring staff back on or after August 1st the safety plan must be reviewed and approved by the Faculty of Health Sciences. Please see directions below.

Directions: Preparation, Approval and Submission of Safety Plans

  1. Prepare Your Plan
    Use the word document template to prepare your unit’s draft safety plan in collaboration with your team
  2. Submit draft for FHS approval
    Submit your unit’s draft safety plan to Christine Irving (Christine.irving@queensu.ca).. Please allow 48 hours for review and approval.
  3. Submit approved safety plan online (“Step 2”)
  4. Enter your approved plan into the online template - “Step 2 (Mandatory): Submit Online”
  5. In the Additional Recipient (Optional) section of the online form add

Masks

Medical grade masks are required for all FHS faculty, staff and trainees in Faculty of Health Sciences building.

Health & Safety Inspections and Reporting

Managers should ensure that any weekly, monthly or annual Health and Safety inspections and reporting that may have been missed due to the pandemic be completed in a timely manner.

HR Resources

Human Resources has developed tools and resources to assist you and your team during the Return to Campus transition period. These resources are available on the HR website.

The following resources below will be particularly helpful for managers as they develop their Return to Campus plans:

Guide to Gradual Return to Campus

The guide to gradual return to campus and the associated decision tree are designed to assist leaders in developing a gradual return to campus plan for employees through effective preparation for both the workforce and the workplace.

Learning and Development Sessions

Asynchronous virtual learnings sessions have been developed to support managers through the return to campus transition. The first session, Change Management is live and should be complete by managers prior to the other sessions.

In the fall, the focus will turn to the support of individual teams as they return to campus.  Online workshops (in-person when allowed) will be offered and can be scheduled directly with the Organizational Development and Learning team.

Remote Work Arrangements

As a manager, you may be approached by your employees about the possibility of a remote work arrangement. Remote work arrangements are supported by the University, where operationally feasible.

We encourage you to review the Remote Work Arrangements resources including the:

  • Guide to Approval and Implementation of a Remote Work Arrangement.
  • Remote Work Arrangement Procedure.
  • Remote Work Arrangement Checklist for Managers.
  • Return to Campus Decision Tree.

These resources detail the important steps to take should an employee request a remote work arrangement.

FHS RWA Approval Process

Remote Work arrangements require the approval of the manager, department head and dean/delegate. Once approval is received at the department level, please submit the completed RWA Assessment tool to Patti Evaristo, Director HR, Faculty of Health Sciences for Dean’s approval.  

Please contact your HR Advisor, Kristy Lodewyks or Greg Rochefort or HR Director, Patti Evaristo or Heather Kennedy, if you have questions about the Remote Work Arrangement Pilot Program.

Information for Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff return to campus checklist

  1. Review your unit’s safety plan prior to returning to the office
  2. Book your IT Return to Campus Appointment (Virtual)
  3. Test out your office equipment – print, fax, scan, phone, etc.
  4. Update your voicemail and email signature line
  5. Consider transportation to and from campus – link parking, public transport, secure bike storage
  6. Check out the HR Website Resources including Employee Wellness and Support

HR Resources

Human Resources has developed tools and resources to assist employee through the Return to Campus transition period. These resources are available on the HR website.

Please contact your HR Advisor, Kristy Lodewyks or Greg Rochefort or HR Director, Patti Evaristo or Heather Kennedy, if you have questions or concerns about the Return to Campus process.

IT Return to Campus Appointment (Virtual) 

Each staff member must book a virtual appointment with the FHS IT team. This can be booked anytime in advance of your return to working on campus. The FHS IT team will use this appointment to collect information about the computer that you will be using back on campus, ensuring it has all the latest software and security installed and identifying any additional hardware needed to ensure your device works properly on campus.

Book now

Masks

Medical grade masks are required for all FHS faculty, staff and trainees in Faculty of Health Sciences building.

Events

The university has developed event planning guidelines for Fall 2021. Planners of any event where food or drink will be served and non-educational events with over 100 people will be required to complete an Event Application form. This form must first receive approval from the Dean’s office by contacting Christine at Christine.irving@queensu.ca before being submitted to the Health and Safety group for approval. The event application form and more information can be found here

Who to contact

Staff and Faculty who have questions should reach out to their manager.

Any other questions can be directed to fhscomms@queensu.ca.

Information for FHS Students

Revised Travel protocol and FAQ for students

Please note the following messages do not apply to postgraduate medical trainees. 

This protocol should be followed by students who are remaining in Canada. Students travelling internationally are required to follow the Government of Canada’s directives for mandatory quarantine.  

This policy applies to all students, including postdoctoral and research associates, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. At this time, we do not have specific guidance for individuals who have received one or two doses of COVID-19 vaccine as this is not yet available provincially; however we will continue to update this travel policy as guidance is provided by the provincial government and relevant public health agencies. 

Students who leave the KFL&A region and will be participating in on-campus activities must follow protocols identified by their programs. 

Students who have left the region and will be returning directly to non-campus activities in hospital or clinical settings are governed by the guidelines of the institutions within which they are working. 

Protocol for students participating in on-campus activities and who: (1) have travelled outside of the KFL&A, Hastings, Prince Edward, Leeds & Grenville or Lanark regions OR (2) had visitors in their home from outside these regions, OR (3) moved to this region in the last 14 days: 

  1. Follow program specific protocol if applicable. 
  2. Utilize enhanced precautions for 14 days. 
    • Self-monitor for fever twice a day.  This should be performed prior to, and following, on-campus activity. 
    • Travel to and from campus in their private vehicle. If a student must take transit, they should wear a procedure/surgical mask, and perform hand hygiene before and after their travel to campus. 
    • During on-campus activities, for the 14-day period, wear a procedure/surgical mask and any additional Personal Protective Equipment provided to them by their program. 
    • Minimize non-essential contact with classmates and others on campus. 
    • Do not eat meals or take their breaks in a shared space (e.g., conference room, lunchroom) with other individuals. 
    • Work in only one area/facility if possible. 
  3. Continue to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.  Should a student develop COVID-19 symptoms at any time, they must 
    • Use the Ontario Ministry of Health self-assessment tool to determine whether to seek care 
    • Visit of COVID-19 Assessment Centre for testing 
    • Inform their program office 

Without undertaking these measures, you will not be able to participate in curricular activities that involve contact with other students, instructors, volunteers, and patients. 

Asymptomatic testing is available for individuals who wish to have it after returning to the local region. It is recommended at 7-10 days after your return, particularly if you are visiting a region with a higher relative burden of COVID-19 infections. 

Should you have any specific questions about the protocol above, please reach out to the head of your program.  All information related to COVID-19 for the Faculty of Health Sciences can be found here.  

*Postgraduate medical trainees and Nurse Practitioner program learners should follow the protocol outlined by the heads of their respective programs and institutions where they work. 

Can I leave Kingston during the academic year to visit family and friends? 
Some programs will have travel restrictions based on clinical teaching units; before making travel plans, please check your program’s specific policies. Otherwise, follow provincial guidance on allowable travel. When you return, follow the 2021 Return to Campus Protocol.  

Can my family or friends visit me in Kingston?  
As with making travel plans, some programs will have restrictions based on clinical teaching units. If seeing visitors is permitted, students should strictly adhere to all other public health guidelines, including gathering size limits and masking as required by the Province. These guidelines from the Province are changing frequently, so ensure you review their guidance before visiting. 

What should I do if I feel unwell and have COVID-19 symptoms? 
Students who are feeling unwell and/or who are presenting with symptoms of COVID-19 should:  

  • Refrain from coming to campus, or if on campus, immediately return home and self-isolate  
  • Complete Ontario’s COVID-19 self-assessment and follow the direction provided there  

What should I do if I’ve been in contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19?  
Students who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should contact KFL&A Public Health and follow the advice that they provide. Students should refrain from coming to campus until given direction to do so. 

What mental health supports and resources are available to students right now? In addition to the supports offered by some programs, Student Wellness Services’ mental health care is available to all students. More information can be found here

Masks

Medical grade masks are required for all FHS faculty, staff and trainees in Faculty of Health Sciences building.

 

Who to contact

Please contact the head of your program with any further questions.

Any other questions can be directed to fhscomms@queensu.ca

Research Protocol

Information related to research

Masks

Medical grade masks are required for all FHS faculty, staff and trainees in Faculty of Health Sciences building.

Laboratory Research

Faculty, trainees and staff working in FHS buildings are required to use the Elentra Screening program for daily screening of symptoms, reporting on building access, and for contact tracking if required. Faculty, staff and trainees not receiving notifications from the Elentra system should advise their PI or researchcovid@queensu.ca to request being added to the system.

Please contact Gladys Smith in the FHS Research Office if you require further information on the opening or increasing capacity of laboratory research. Ph: 613.533-6627 | email: Gladys.Smith@queensu.ca

Human Participant Research

Human Participant Research, including recruitment to and follow-up on clinical trials, has also restarted. Investigators and research staff will undertake remote/virtual contact with patients/research subjects when feasible, but must seek approval for in-person contact before beginning or restarting a project. 

Dr. Steven Smith, the FHS Vice-Dean of Research/KHSC Vice President of Research, reviews and approves applications to start or restart human-participant research, and will consult with colleagues at the Hospital (Infection Prevention, Planning) and at Queen’s leadership (Campus planning, Physical Plant Services, Vice-Principal Research), and the KFL&A Medical Officer of Health when required. 

Requests to restart human participant research projects which were halted because of the pandemic are submitted using two forms:

  1. Request to Undertake Research-Human Participant-Form
    Complete the details on the form, date and sign the form and present to your Department Head for their review and approval/signoff.
    • PLUS –
  2. FHS SOP for opening human participant research during COVID-19 pandemic
    The form should be reviewed by the PI and research team, modified with specific details of the project being requested to restart, signed and submitted along with the Request to Undertake Research On-Site Form. 

Requests to start new human participant research projects, which were initiated after the pandemic began, have full internal and Hospital Operational Directors’ approvals through TRAQ DSS, have received ethics clearance to conduct the research using appropriate wording and instructions for research subjects about COVID, and have received a financial project number (from Queen’s Research Accounting) or fund number (from KGHRI finance) are submitted using the:

  • FHS New Human Participant Project Start-Up Approval Form
    Complete the details on the form, including the TRAQ DSS # and the financial Project # (from Queen’s Research Accounting) or financial Fund # (from KGHRI); review the Standard Operating Procedure section and provide details on your project; date and sign the form. 
    • PLUS  -
      • Attach a copy of your Ethics Clearance/Approval to the email

Requests to restart projects shutdown, or start new human participant research projects, should be submitted by email to Dr. Steven Smith and his assistant Gladys: Gladys.Smith@queensu.ca

Frequently Asked Questions

It is expected as we enter into the next stage the maximum sizes and physically distancing will be lifted. Timetabling has been built so that physical distancing won’t be required.

Once Ontario lifts the requirement for physical distancing, we don't anticipate offices that offices will continue to have capacity limits.

Buildings will be unlocked as we get closer to the fall semester. The Elentra screening that is done now is monitored, however active screening won’t be required by August and the faculty will shift to self-screening.

Elentra screening will likely no longer be in place post-phase 3.

Currently, medical masks are required in FHS buildings, however, we anticipate that by the fall we will return to non-medical masks. We will communicate that change when it happens.

The Invista vaccination clinic, along with mass immunization clinics, closes on August 2nd. Vaccine distribution will shift to pharmacies, primary care offices, and outreach options.

Vaccines are not being mandated; however, the plan is to get as many students vaccinated as possible and to track the numbers. Students will be encouraged to get their vaccine in August before they come to campus, but they will also be widely available on campus should students choose to be vaccinated on arrival.

For information on research related travel, please visit the VP Research COVID website and use the field request form, to have your travel request assessed.

Individuals returning to Kingston from outside of KFL&A will not be required to quarantine, but enhanced precautions are required.

You can find more details about them here. Enhanced precautions while on campus include:

  • Self-monitor for fever twice a day. This should be performed prior to, and following time on campus
  • Travel in university vehicles should be alone
  • While on campus during the 14-day period, wear a medical grade mask and any additional personal protective equipment that may be required based on your activity
  • Minimize non-essential contact with others on campus
  • Do not eat meals or take breaks in a shared space (e.g., conference room, lunchroom) with other individuals

Work in only one area/facility if possible

We are expecting that international students will continue to be allowed entry with appropriate quarantine measures in place. At this time, there is no plan for hybrid teaching. Unless previously specified, courses will be delivered in person.

While we may see case counts rise, they should not be imported by international students as they will be required to quarantine if they are not fully vaccinated. Student Wellness Services will facilitate rapid vaccination of those who have not had access early in September.

This is done by the federal government. It is not an honour system -- there is extensive scrutiny at all border crossings for all international travelers who are not fully vaccinated.