SUMMER 2020 PILOT BASIS REOPENING 

PARTICIPATION PLAN

OF

SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE OF HEALTHCARE 

 

As per  the guidelines from Ministry of Colleges & Universities (MCU) for Summer 2020 Pilot basis reopening for Post-Secondary Institution in Ontario,   Springfield College of Healthcare, Management & Technology (SCHMT) plans to participate in this Pilot project for reopening the campus in July 2020, for priority in-person education and training. This pilot approach is intended to support students who, as a result of COVID-19 emergency response measures, were unable to complete their programs and graduate. The goal of pilot is to ensure these students are able to graduate and be job ready.

Springfield College of Healthcare, Management & Technology (SCHMT) will follow the guidelines & criteria as put forward by MCU for Summer 2020 Pilot Participation and will follow the Ontario's Public Health guidelines in training activities at its campus.

  • SCHMT will only be providing the in-person teaching and instruction for students that are enrolled in the institution and would be eligible to graduate if they complete components of their program that can only be delivered through in-person teaching and practical instruction. This includes programs that support essential front-line, high labour market demand areas. For example, nursing, personal support work, healthcare, childcare, research and other critical professions.

  • SCHMT will not, under this pilot, provide in-person instruction for programs that can otherwise be completed virtually (in online format).

  • The pilot is intended to be small in scale; allowing a small number of students per campus to attend.

  • SCHMT will continue to work as per the guidelines of the local public health authorities and will implement plans in accordance with local public health advice, frameworks and guidance.

  • SCHMT administration will regularly review the health measures and will be responsible for addressing complaints from students, faculty and staff in the event that public health advice is not followed. The Health and Safety committee of SCHMT will review the measures every week.

  • SCHMT has introduced emergency and health measures (Details available at campus- SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE COVID PROTOCOL), including  (a) Enhanced Screening, (b) Posting signage of advising students, faculty, staff, and other visitors; (c) enhanced On-Campus Hygiene and Cleaning Protocols; (d) Establishing cleaning protocols for the safe use of tools, equipment, and other shared items used in teaching settings; (e) implementing Space Considerations and Physical Distancing Protocols; (f) presence of limited staff and student at any given time by scheduling the classes accordingly; (g) implementing protective Measures, like face masks, PPE consisting of surgical/procedure mask and eye protection (e.g., goggles or face shields) during practical; (h) follow all emergency preparedness and planning as per the guidelines from the health and regulatory authorities.

SCHMT Measures

SCHMT remains focused on critical prevention, workplace infection control and safety measures during this time; helping students and employers navigate the pandemic to ensure the safety of our community.

Under Ontario law, at SCHMT we strongly feel that it is our duty to take every reasonable precaution to protect students, staff and workers from hazards at the workplace. Hazards in the workplace should be controlled. Following the guidelines of Occupational Health and Safety Act, SCHMT has taken all precautions to keep students and workers safe, including keeping them informed, creating health and safety policies and procedures and ensuring that the staff use the right protective equipment.

BEST PRACTICES TO KEEP OUR STUDENTS AND STAFF HEALTHY AND SAFE

All measures will be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in compliance with requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and associated Regulations and public health directives issued by the Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. In addition, below are a set of resources, tips and best practices to be followed at Springfield College campus to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

 

  • The health and safety of students and staff is a top concern amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

  • We are using Health Canada & FDA approved Infrared Thermometer at the front desk to monitor visitors, students, and staff. The body temperature of all the staff and students will be monitored using Non-Contact Digital Infrared Forehead Thermometer upon arrival at the campus everyday.

  • keeping the small class group size, with no more than 4 students in one classroom to reduce exposure and stop the spread of COVID-19 from person-to-person.

  • The staff members have been trained and have attended  course learning about Pandemic Awareness by CCOHS (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety). 

  • During this crisis of pandemic all staff and students will place an increased focus on health and safety to keep our routine class and office services open and safe.

  • Hand Sanitizers (Alcohol-based sanitizer containing at least 70% alcohol) have been made available in all the classes and offices at the campus. Students will also be encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water whenever it is possible, as per the health guidelines. 

  • Limited the number of visitors in our office to only have visitors who we must see and keeping the visits short.

  • Ensuring that vulnerable people (seniors and people with chronic medical conditions) should minimize our office visit.

  • Staff and students will be encouraged to use a face covering (non-medical mask) to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the college premises. 

  • Everyone at SCHMT are trained to  practice physical distancing to reduce their exposure to other people — this means staying at least two metres away from each other.

  • Encourage our staff to use protective face shields wherever the required physical-distancing is not possible, while teaching or making class demonstrations to our students.

  • Clean office and classes, with recommended cleaners, while cleaning regularly touched items such as sink tap handles, doorknobs, chairs, computer keyboards and study tables twice in a day.

  • Staff and students will be encouraged to practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette (for example, sneeze and cough into their sleeves and avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth)

  • COVID -19 related informative posters, charts etc. are displayed at the campus.

  •  Regularly identify, monitor and reduce the risks of possible work-related exposure and health hazards to our students and staff members.

  •  Keeping the flexibility of policies and practices, such as teleworking arrangements, flexible hours, staggering start times, use of email and teleconferencing.

  •  Maintaining the process for ongoing communication with students and staff, while maintaining physical distances.

  • Develop a contingency and work continuity plan while safeguarding everyone at the college.

  •  Students and staff will not be allowed to share personal items with others, such as books, notebooks, stationaries, pen, food items, or electronic devices.

  •  Students and staff who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should not be allowed to visit Campus.

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