COVID-19 College re-entry plan

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In response to resuming campus operations for Fall 2020, Keyano has created a COVID-19 operational planning committee.  This committee has worked tirelessly over the last few months to create a comprehensive COVID-19 Institutional Operational Relaunch Plan.  From this committee’s work, a series of work and health protocols have been developed and implemented based on Alberta Health recommendations. 

These include:

  • Campus wide relaunch risk assessment
  • Campus wide personal protective equipment (PPE) assessment
  • Campus wide ITS needs assessment
  • Schedule of additional online instructional support training (Linda)

To ensure a smooth transition back to campus, Keyano has arranged the following initiatives:

  • Online orientation for students
  • Townhall campus re-entry orientation for staff
  • Development of sell assessment app
  • Physical distancing and health related signage
  • Orientation bags, PPE
  • Supervisor hazard assessment for individual work areas
  • Ongoing support
  • Purchase of instructional resources
    • As part of the College’s COVID-19 response the decision was made to provide faculty with new laptops that will support flexible delivery options.  The laptops are expected to arrive August 6 or 7. The docking stations have already arrived.  The IT department will notify faculty when the devices have arrived and develop a schedule to remove the current desktop units from offices. 

What to expect when arriving at Campus

Prior to arriving at campus please ensure you attend or watch the recorded version of the Townhall Campus Re-entry Orientation.

Please ensure you perform the self-assessment upon daily arrival. (Use the Keyano Self-assessment app, orientation package checklist, or checklist posted on all doors).

Upon arriving to campus you are expected to don a mask if you cannot maintain physical distancing (two metres) and please proceed directly to your designated workspace.

Moving around Campus
  • Walk on the right-hand-side of the hallway wherever possible - creating one-way pedestrian traffic and minimizing contact with passersby. 
  • Keep to the right-hand-side of sidewalks and pathways as well, allowing faster walkers to pass you, just like a multi-lane roadway with a slow and passing lane.  
  • If a physical distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained a mask must be worn. 
Navigating common spaces 
  • Minimize the use of elevators wherever possible and use the stairs. 
  • Limit capacity to the number of people able to maintain a 2 metre distance while in use. Unless there is sufficient space for two people to stand diagonally, no more than one person may use the elevator at any time. 
  • Where possible, use an object to press elevator buttons. Be sure to immediately wash hands or use a hand sanitizer soon after exiting the elevator. 
  • Use automatic door buttons wherever possible to reduce touchpoints, otherwise open doors using hands and wash hands or use hand sanitizer soon after. 
  • Entry and exit doors as well as fire and smoke separation doors must not be propped open. This not only effects airflows and ventilation within building spaces but also presents a life safety hazard and is a violation of building fire codes. 
  • Follow any “In” and “Out” signs posted on building doors to allow people to keep their distance when entering and exiting. 
  • In the event of a fire alarm, follow normal evacuation procedures for that building while maintaining physical distancing protocols if possible. 
Hallways and Stairwells 
  • Practice walking on the right in stairwells and hallways. If there is not sufficient space to maintain a 2 metre distance, yield to oncoming traffic.  
  • Be sure to wash hands or use a hand sanitizer after touching handrails or other hallway or stairwell surfaces. 
  • Follow any directional tape or signage indicating traffic flow. 
  • Refrain from storing any office equipment or other material in hallways. 
Follow all signage indicating sink and stall closures to maintain proper distancing.
Ensure proper hand hygiene.  

Signage has been developed to help assist you navigate your way around Campus and also acts as a reminder to follow the protocols set out by Alberta Health.

Signage includes: 

Do Not Enter if you exhibit these symptoms:

  • All Entrances

Do Not Use:  

  • Water fountains
  • Assigned chairs in classrooms
  • Lounge chairs and couches
  • Hand dryers
  • Library computer equipment 

Please Sanitize Before and After Use/Wipe Down High Touch Areas:

  • Photocopiers
  • Filing cabinets
  • Kitchen Areas (Fridge, microwave, etc.)
  • Water Coolers

Help Prevent the Spread

  • Bathrooms
  • Common Areas

Maintain Physical Distance of 2 metres (floor sign)

  • Stairwells

Stand Here (Maintain Physical Distance 2 M)

  • IT Helpdesk
  • Used Bookstore
  • Clearwater Hall
  • Registrar’s Office
  • Elevators
  • Security
  • Bookstore
  • Health Services
  • Executive Office
  • Trades Office
  • Nursing Office
  • Arts, Science, and University Studies offices
  • Faculty Offices
  • Theatre Office
  • Syncrude Sport and Wellness Guest Services
  • Power Lab Office
  • Testing Services

Maximum Capacity

  • Boardrooms
  • Lecture Halls
  • Washrooms
  • Kitchens

NO Potlucks/Communal Meals

  • Kitchens

Mask required for entry

  • Bookstore

Do Not Move Furniture

  • Cafeteria

Please be seated until called

  • Suncor Energy Industrial Campus

STOP – Maximum one at a time

  • Mailboxes


Am I required to wear a mask? 
You should wear a mask when you cannot stay 2 metres apart and in designated areas. 
What happens if I get sick? 

A new health protocol has been created if you exhibit symptoms. 

  • Anyone who feels ill, and particularly with COVID-19 type symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat, or any of the other symptoms identified by Alberta Health Services here must not come to the campus or a learning worksite.  
What happens if there is a second wave of the pandemic? 
In the event there is a resurgence in the COVID 19 pandemic, Keyano College will follow the direction as communication Alberta Health and the Chief Medical Officer. 
Will Keyano provide me with PPE? 
Prior to your return on campus there will be an Orientation bag placed in your workspace by your supervisor. This will contain:
• Three cloth washable masks
• Hand sanitizer
• Information card and daily self-assessment checklist
Should you require additional PPE items please communicate your need to your supervisor. 

Additional information 

Standard Practices
  • Maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from other people. 
  • Where adhering to physical distancing measures may not be possible, a non-medical mask should be worn. 
  • Avoid touching your face or rubbing your eyes. 
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, especially before and after coming into frequent contact with high-touch point surfaces like door handles, bannisters, elevator buttons, kitchens and equipment. 
  • If you are unable to wash your hands, use the hand sanitizer stations that are located around campus inside main building entrances, near elevators and office spaces. 
  • Practice respiratory etiquette including coughing and sneezing into bent elbow and prompt disposal of tissues in the trash. 
  • Proper usage of masks.
    • Follow the signage and floor markings when moving around campus spaces and buildings. 
    • Follow all public health guidelines with respect to restrictions on gatherings, both indoors and outdoors identified. 
Prepare to return to Campus 
  • Ensure you are familiar with the requirements laid out by your department/faculty. Familiarize yourself with the Hazard Assessment approved for your work areas – these will lay out the plan for occupancy, traffic flow and hygiene at your worksite and within your building. 
  • Hazard Assessment documents are to be completed by each Department lead in consultation with the workers in the department.
Considerations for making your way to campus 
  • To minimize the risk of exposure, consider cycling, walking or driving by yourself. 
  • Public transit providers have introduced measures to minimize passenger exposure including reducing capacity on buses and regular cleaning. It is important to take proper precautions when commuting via bus. This includes maintaining physical distance from others, consider wearing a protective mask and wash your hands thoroughly upon arrival to campus. 
Using your workspace 

Direction of Travel 

  • Follow the assigned direction of travel around your workspace, paying attention to relevant signage and floor markings.  
  • In the absence of signage or floor markings, stay to the right and yield to oncoming traffic. 

Shared offices and open-area workstations 

  • Unless a shared office is large enough to allow for 2 metre distancing, it must only be occupied by one person per work interval. 
  • Review circulation paths within open office areas to ensure circulation does not impede adjacent workstations.  
  • Where sit stand stations are used and physical distancing is not possible, make sure any dividers between stations work for the full range of heights.  

Office Kitchens  

  • Office kitchens are considered high touch areas. Fridges and sinks, etc. require sanitization before and after use. 
  • Do not use common dishes and utensils. 

Other Shared Spaces (i.e. lunchrooms, copy rooms, mail rooms) 

  • Limit the occupancy of shared spaces such as copy, mail and lunchrooms to allow for 2 metre distancing. This may mean that only one person can access the space at a time. 
  • Disinfect (e.g. wipe down) any equipment in the space before and after use.

Meetings & Meeting Rooms 

  • Every attempt should be made to continue the use of video-conferencing tools (such as Teams & Zoom) instead of physical meetings. 
  • Conference rooms will be organized to maintain a maximum occupancy and a physical distance of 2 metres. 
  • Where there are meetings required in enclosed offices, review the distance between the workstation and guest chair, if 2 metres cannot be accommodated remove the guest chair from the office. 

Use of Keyano Vehicles  

  • In Keyano vehicles, there should only be one person per vehicle, unless the vehicle is large enough to maintain 2 metres between occupants. 
  • If you are using a personal vehicle for Keyano business, please maintain the same social distancing measures as outlined above. 
Alberta Health Services resources 
Learn more about proper PPE use and wear and other health and safety information from Alberta Health Services: