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Student Health Screening

A person holding a cellphone looking at the RyersonSafe app.

As a reminder, at this time students should only be accessing campus as required for the completion of their studies.

What to know before coming to campus

  1. Confirm any department specific protocol for visiting campus. 
    • Please note that most areas on campus will also have additional COVID-19 processes that must be followed in addition to health screening, such as booking an appointment in advance or completing local contact tracing logs. Please reach out to the area on campus you are visiting to confirm any additional requirements prior to visiting campus. 
  2. You are expected to complete the health screening detailed on this page prior to your arrival each day. 
    • You may be required to read and complete either an acknowledgement of informed consent or a waiver, depending on the scheduled activity.
  3. Masks are now required in all indoor spaces per Ryerson’s Face Mask Policy and failure to comply may impact your ability to be on campus. 

Complete health screening in RyersonSafe

Health screening can be accessed using the RyersonSafe mobile app:

  1. Download the RyersonSafe App if you do not already have it.
  2. Open the RyersonSafe app on your mobile device.
    • If you already have the RyersonSafe app downloaded, you may need to update your settings to view the health screening. To update your settings, tap the Ryerson logo at the top of your screen.  
  3. Select “COVID-19” > “Start Health Screening”
    • Students, faculty and staff will be required to enter your Ryerson credentials. 
  4. Complete the health screening questionnaire. 
  5. Once complete, you will receive a “badge” to show your completion and status of pass or fail. 
    • If you receive notification you have failed the screening, please do not enter Ryerson campus, including any outdoor or partially outdoor spaces. Please follow regular sick leave protocols. See additional information on what to do if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close-contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.
    • If you received notification you passed the health screening, please note you will be required to show your badge/proof of completion of health screening prior to accessing certain spaces on campus, such as the Student Learning Centre. Please confirm local department procedures prior to visiting campus.  

We encourage all students to download the RyersonSafe app as it is the university’s tool for mass notification that will send alerts in urgent situations that pose an immediate safety or security risk to the community. 

If you do not wish to download the app, you can also access the required health screening by visiting the RyersonSafe Health Screening webpage. After you complete the web form, an email confirmation of your screening result will be sent to you from  noreply@apparmor.com. This email can be used as proof of screening completion.

Frequently asked questions

Email confirmations are sent to students upon completion of the screening process. It will not include your responses or details about answers to the screening questions. It will indicate:

  • whether or not you have passed or failed the screening overall, 
  • the buildings you indicated you plan to visit, 
  • your indicated arrival/departure times.

The information collected is strictly limited to Ryerson staff who may need to know this information as part of their roles supporting Ryerson's COVID-19 response, such as performing contact tracing and possible reporting to Toronto Public Health if required.

Students living in residence are asked to complete the health screening prior to leaving their rooms each day if they are accessing spaces on campus. Examples include if you are attending classes, visiting booked study space in the SLC or the Dining Hall in Pitman Hall or ILLC. If you are leaving your room to access non-Ryerson space, such as to go shopping, you are not required to complete the form.

If students in residence fail health screening, they are asked to contact Housing and Residence Life at 1-888-960-1191 right away. This hotline is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Yes, health screening should take place before you access campus each day.

Unfortunately not. Health screening must take place on the same day you are visiting campus. Your badge confirming you have passed the screening is only valid on the day it was completed.

Any individual whose responsibility it is to screen and/or approve students participation in on-campus activity may ask to see the results of your health screening. This may include, but is not limited to, housing saff, faculty members, security and/or Ryerson employees in on-campus buildings.

If students are accessing campus as part of your employment relationship with the university, you should select “Employee” when completing health screening so your supervisor receives confirmation of your screening completion. 

If accessing campus as part of your student relationship, please select “Student”. If both, select “Employee”.

No, this form does not replace department-specific contact tracing logs or any other previously established COVID-19 measure implemented by the university or individual departments.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close-contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case

Students should not come to campus if they experience COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.

Students who have not been vaccinated should also not come to campus if they: 

In any of these circumstances, students are advised to complete the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 self-assessment, external link tool to determine how to seek further care, regardless of vaccination status. Based on the instructions, if no further self-isolation or medical follow-up is required, students should follow regular sick leave protocols and return to campus once they are no longer ill. 

If you are fully vaccinated, and unsure of whether or not you should self-isolate complete COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool, external link.

For additional guidance, review the PDF fileGovernment of Ontario’s You’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, now what?, external link Infographic. If you require an accessible format, please contact ehs@ryerson.ca.

What to do if you feel unwell while on campus

If you start feeling unwell while on campus please:

  1. Stop your work and make reasonable effort to distance yourself from others. 
  2. If applicable, ensure that your work area is in a safe state.
  3. If you’re in class or a work area, notify your instructor or supervisor.
  4. Go home. 
  5. Stay home and PDF fileself-isolate, external link and complete the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 self-assessment, external link tool to determine how to seek further care.

When to end isolation

If you have been ill with COVID-19

General guidelines recommend that if you have been ill with COVID-19, after 10 days you can stop isolating if you do not have a fever (and have not been taking fever-suppressing medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen) and your symptoms have improved. You should maintain physical distancing measures and continue to follow health and hygiene best practices for preventing virus transmission. 

If you have been identified as a close contact of an individual with COVID-19

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must self-isolate for at least 10 days from the last day they had close contact with the positive case. If you undergo testing and receive a negative test result, you must continue to self -isolate for the full 10 day period.

Close contacts who are fully vaccinated or tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days may not be required to self-isolate if they:

  • have no symptoms related to COVID-19;
  • are not immunocompromised;
  • are not a hospital inpatient; and
  • have not been otherwise instructed to self-isolate for 10 days by TPH.

Close contacts who are fully vaccinated or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days are advised to seek testing and should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

For additional information, visit the Toronto Public Health information on COVID-19: What to Do if You Are a Close Contact, external link.

If you have received direction from a health agency to self-isolate 

If you have received a recommendation to self-isolate, follow the directives of the health agency or medical care provider on when to end isolation. 

Returning to campus

There are no tests of clearance that are required to return to campus — you do not need proof or a doctor’s note. If students with COVID-19 are still unwell at 10 days, they should be advised to contact Telehealth Ontario, external link or their health care provider.

Telehealth Ontario 

Toll-free: 1-866-797-0000
Toll-free TTY: 1-866-797-0007

Toronto Public Health Hotline

8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Telephone: 416-338-7600
TTY: 416-392-0658