COVID-19 Health & Safety Policy

Effective date: March 21, 2022

COVID-19 Health & Safety Policy

Purpose: To continue to protect the health and safety of the HiMark community from the spread of COVID-19.

Scope: This policy applies to all HiMark employees, contractors, volunteers, and students on HiMark campuses. We can be reached at (416) 781-8000 or toll free at 1-877-444-6275.

Prior to coming to class or attending co-op (if applicable) note the following:

• You are to complete a daily self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms. If you have symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing condition, do not come to campus, or attend your scheduled to attend co-op.

• If you have come into close contact with anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 14 days, DO NOT come to class, practical or attend any scheduled co-op placements.

• Symptoms may include:

                                   o 1 of the following: fever or chills, cough, difficulty breathing, decrease or loss of taste/smell,

                                   o 2 or more of the following: sore throat, headache, extreme fatigue, runny nose/nasal congestion, muscle aches/joint pain, vomiting or diarrhea

• If you have symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19

                                  o And you are fully vaccinated, you must complete your 5 days of isolation before returning to class and/or attending your scheduled co-op                                                                 (as applicable)

                                  o And you are NOT fully vaccinated, you must complete your 10 days of isolation before returning to class and/or attending your scheduled co-op                                                   (as applicable) 

• If you reach the end of your isolation period and have a fever and/or other symptoms, you must continue to isolate until your symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours if the symptoms affect the digestive system) and you have no fever. ** these guidelines may change as dictated by the Ontario Ministry of Health.

Throughout the day:

• Wearing a mask is optional.

• Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, use alcohol-based sanitizers when soap and water are not available.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Co-op Students:

• Ask the co-op sponsor about their specific COVID policies, i.e. masks, gloves, travel to and from job sites.

• Follow the policies and purchase all PPE required.

• If you cannot attend your co-op for any reason, contact us at your local campus number below.

Hand sanitizer will be provided at multiple areas throughout your campus.

Public health guidance on measures for dealing with COVID-19 may continue to evolve and could affect this policy.

FAILURE TO ADHERE TO THIS POLICY WILL RESULT IN YOU BEING SENT HOME.