Queen's University Continuity of Education Plan, 2021-2022

In compliance with the Ministry of Colleges and University’s July 16, 2021, Fall 2021 Planning for the Postsecondary Education Sector memo, the Continuity of Education Plan (CEP) for Queen’s University includes the following:

  1. Information about protocols (i.e., health and safety) in the event of an emergency;
  2. Information on continuity of education in the event of a disruption to in-person teaching and learning; and
  3. Links to useful resources in the event of an emergency

Section 1: Information about protocols in the event of an emergency

Definition: For the purposes of the CEP, a COVID-19 related Emergency is defined by local or provincial public health authorities.

Accountability

The University’s Incident Command Team (ICT)[1] is responsible for making decisions about the appropriate response to Emergencies, based on the advice of public health, to ensure a coordinated and centralized response.  Independent decisions should not be made at the unit level.   

The Department of Environmental Health & Safety will be the lead with contacting KFLA Public Health when there are concerns related to contact identification and notification.  

Individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, should follow Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Heath’s (KFLAPH) Instructions for Individuals tested for COVID-19 and/or with Symptoms of COVID-19.  Individuals with symptoms are responsible for notifying close contacts.

Close contacts[2] include:

  • Those who had contact with the ill individual within the 48 hours prior to their symptom onset and until they started self-isolating; AND
  • Were in close proximity (less than 2 metres) for at least 15 minutes or for multiple short periods of time without appropriate measures as masking and/or use of personal protective equipment (as per Management of Cases and Contacts of COVID-19 in Ontario). 
    • If the symptomatic individual attends group settings (e.g., childcare, school, in-person work), generally, contacts in those settings (e.g., the classroom cohort) would not be considered close contacts due to the health and safety measures in place in these settings. However, specific individuals in those settings may be identified by the case as close contacts based on their prolonged, unprotected, close interactions with the case either in or outside of the setting.
    • Since classes, and other formal organizational settings, are not considered environments for close contact COVID-19 exposure, the university will not be contact tracing in those environments. 

Contact the Department of Environmental Health & Safety (ext. 32999 or safety@queensu.ca) for further guidance on determining close contacts if needed.

Close contacts need to follow the Instructions for Close Contacts

Students living in residence experiencing COVID-19 symptoms need to follow the COVID-19 Residence Student Isolation Protocol 2021-22 Academic Year

Section 2:  Information on the CEP in the event of a disruption to in-person teaching and learning

Class and on-campus activities will be conducted in person unless directed otherwise by public health or provincial regulations. A university-wide interruption to in-person teaching and learning will only occur at the direction of public health or provincial regulations. 

Individual COVID-19 cases

Students who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, should follow Instructions for Individuals tested for COVID-19 and/or with Symptoms of COVID-19 and the Student Guidelines from the Protocols for In-Person Classes on the Kingston Campus.  

Instructors who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, should follow Instructions for Individuals tested for COVID-19 and/or with Symptoms of COVID-19 and the Instructor Guidelines from the Protocols for In-Person Classes on the Kingston Campus. Instructors should contact their department head or dean to determine the appropriate approach to ensure course continuity.   

Staff who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, should follow Instructions for Individuals tested for COVID-19 and/or with Symptoms of COVID-19.   

In the event of multiple COVID-19 cases or significant community spread as determined by KFLAPH

In the event that multiple positive cases (considered an outbreak) or significant community spread is identified by KFLAPH, Queen’s will take direction from the Medical Officer of Health for the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Health Unit in responding to the situation and the CEP will vary according to the circumstances. The Incident Command Team along with our own public health advisors will determine the appropriate response, fulfilling any recommendations made by the Medical Officer of Health, to ensure a coordinated and centralized response. Independent decisions should not be made at the unit level.  

Section 3:  Links to Emergency Resources

Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) at safety@queensu.ca or 613-533-299

COVID-19 Integrated Testing & Case, Contact and Outbreak Management Interim Guidance: Omicron Surge

Queen’s Emergency Management Plan

Queen’s Safe Return website

Information on Queen’s COVID-19 Health and Safety protocols and requirements

COVID-19 Safety Plans for On-Campus Operations

COVID-19 Residence Student Isolation Protocol

Safe Return to Campus FAQ

Queen’s Mandatory Vaccination Requirements

Protocols for In-Person Classes on the Kingston Campus

 

[1] More information is available in Queen’s Emergency Management Plan

[2] From Ministry of Health COVID-19 Integrated Testing & Case contact and Outbreak Management Interim Guidance page 10