Faculty, Staff & Visitor Health Screening
This page outlines the self-screening process faculty, staff and essential visitors are expected to follow before coming to campus. If you are a student, please visit Student Health Screening.
COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization. Up-to-date information on COVID-19 can be found on the World Health Organization’s Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19), external link webpage.
Faculty, staff and visitors are required to complete COVID-19 Health Screening Form prior to coming to campus
The university continues to limit access to campus unless your position requires you to be on campus as part of your duties.
Employees and visitors who have been approved by senior leadership to access campus are required to complete the health screening form before they visit campus each time.
Essential visitors include service providers, contractors, suppliers, couriers/delivery services, and any other individuals providing a service on Ryerson campus. Please note that if you are coordinating an external essential visitor coming to campus, you are required to advise them of this process and share this form with them.
The form requires faculty, staff and visitors to:
- answer the questions outlined by the PDF fileMinistry of Health’s COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces, external link;
- provide contact information for a confirmation email;
- staff to indicate their direct supervisors/managers;
- faculty to indicate their dean;
- contract lecturers should list their chair/director
- TA/GAs should list their Supervising Instructor
- visitors/contractors to indicate their Ryerson contact’s email;
- input details of their visit to campus such as time and location, should they be required in the event of future contact tracing.
- Please note this does not replace the required department-specific contact tracing processes you may have developed.
Faculty and staff, as well as their indicated contact as outlined above (e.g. manager, dean, director, chair), will receive an email notification of the form submission and whether or not they have been cleared to access campus.
Essential visitors and their Ryerson contact will receive notification of the form submission and whether or not they have been cleared to access campus.
If you have not been cleared to access campus do not enter Ryerson campus, including any outdoor or partially outdoor spaces. Please go home and self-isolate immediately, and contact your health care provider or Telehealth Ontario (1 866-797-0000) to find out if you need a COVID-19 test.
Who will see the form responses?
Email confirmations sent to employees and their indicated contact for the confirmation email will not include individual responses or details about answers to the screening questions. It will only indicate whether or not someone has passed or failed the screening overall, and whether or not they have been cleared to access campus.
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.
If you are experiencing symptoms or have been in close-contact with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case
Employees should not come to campus if they:
- experience COVID-19 symptoms;
- have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 or someone who has symptoms of COVID-19;
- For information about what is considered close contact or a probable case, please visit PDF filethe provincial government’s case definitions., external link You may also wish to review Toronto Public Health Infographic on PDF fileWho is a close contact at work?, external link
- have returned from travel anywhere outside of Ontario or Canada in the past 14 days.
- someone in your household has returned from travel outside of Canada in the past 14 days.
In any of these circumstances, employees are advised to stay home andPDF file self-isolate, external link and complete the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 self-assessment, external link tool to determine how to seek further care.
Based on the instructions, if no further medical follow-up is required, employees should return to work or follow regular sick leave protocols and return to campus once they are no longer ill.
What to do if you feel unwell while on campus
If you start feeling unwell while on campus please:
- Stop your work and make reasonable effort to distance yourself from others.
- Ensure that your work area is in a safe state.
- Contact your supervisor and go home.
- Stay home andPDF file self-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 (tested positive)
General public health guidelines recommend that if you have been ill with COVID-19, you can stop self isolation 10 days from the day you were tested if you had no symptoms, or 10 days from the day you started experiencing symptoms. Individuals may return to campus/work after the required self-isolation period if they don't have a fever and their symptoms have been improving for 24 hours. You should maintain physical distancing measures and continue to follow health and hygiene best practices for preventing virus transmission.
...if you have been in close contact with a positive case
If you have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate for 14 days since your last exposure to that person with COVID-19, even if you have received a negative test.
...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 employees are still unwell after their 10 day isolation period they should be advised to contact Telehealth Ontario, external link or their health care provider.
Toll-free TTY: 1-866-797-0007
Toronto Public Health Hotline
8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.