COVID-19 

Last updated April 12, 2022

The content on this page is related to CMCC's response to COVID-19 to ensure continuity of education and healthcare. With the pandemic continuously evolving, CMCC will periodically update some of the resources provided here.

Our health and safety COVID-19 protocols remain in effect as of March 21, 2022 including wearing a mask when on campus or in clinics.


Health screening is mandatory for everyone coming to campus or clinic daily. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms, avoid coming to campus or clinic.

Students and employees must health screen using the CMCC App (Refer to CMCC Playbook for download instructions) .
Patients and Visitors will be actively screened upon arrival.
Visitors must also sign-in using the Visitor Form.

In absence of an active health screener, review screening questions posted at entrances.

CMCC guidelines in response to COVID-19 exposure or illness are in the table below. This information will change periodically as government guidance changes. Stay up to date by visiting this page regularly. In some cases, our guidelines are more rigorous than what you may find on the ON self-assessment or through Public Health with the intent to add a layer of protection for the CMCC community.

You must report your COVID-19 related absence online: Student or Employee and someone will follow up with you shortly.

Return to CMCC

OPTIONAL: Early return with Rapid Test (RAT)

I HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19

Fully vaccinated

Return to CMCC after 5 days and when you have no fever and symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms)

2 negative RATs taken 48 hours apart and symptom free

Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or immunocompromised

Return to CMCC after 10 days and return when you have no fever and symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms). 

2 negative RATs taken 48 hours apart and symptom free

I TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Fully vaccinated

Return to CMCC after 5 days and return when you have no fever and symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms)

N/A

Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or immunocompromised

Return to CMCC after 10 days and return when you have no fever and symptoms have been improving for 24 hours (48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms). 

N/A

I AM A HOUSEHOLD MEMBER (WITH SHARED LIVING SPACES) OF A SYMPTOMATIC OR COVID-19 POSITIVE INDIVIDUAL

Everyone

Return to CMCC after the last symptomatic person has completed their self-isolation period and their symptoms have been improving for 24 hours.

See exception below.

I AM A CLOSE CONTACT (WITHIN LESS THAN 2 METRES FOR MORE THAN 15 MINUTES AND NOT WEARING A MASK) OF A SYMPTOMATIC OR COVID-19 POSITIVE INDIVIDUAL

Fully vaccinated

Return to CMCC after 5 days from date of last contact.

See exception below.

Unvaccinated, partially vaccinated, or immunocompromised

Return to CMCC after 10 days from date of last contact.

See exception below.

FOR CLOSE CONTACTS WITHIN CMCC:

I AM A CLOSE CONTACT (WITHIN LESS THAN 2 METRES FOR MORE THAN CUMULATIVE 15 MINUTES AND WEARING PPE) OF A LAB PARTNER, PATIENT, OR PATIENT MANAGEMENT TEAM MEMBER WHO IS EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS OR TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19.

Everyone

Return if symptom free. Monitor for symptoms and consider rapid testing.

Test-to-stay protocol: 5 consecutive negative daily RATs. Take RATs prior to coming to campus.


Notes:

  • Onset of symptoms and date of last contact are considered Day 0.
  • Return to CMCC occurs at the end of Day 5 or 10.
  • Exception to self-isolation for household contacts and close contacts: Not required to self-isolate if asymptomatic and have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
  • For individuals eligible for PCR testing (e.g., those in a patient-facing healthcare role), a negative PCR test will allow for early return.
  • It is not recommended to use RATs if you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 30 days.


COVID-19 Integrated Testing & Case, Contact and Outbreak Management Interim Guidance: Omicron Surge. Ministry of Health. March 9, 2022.

Use of Rapid Antigen Tests during the Omicron Wave. Science Table COVID-19 Advisory for Ontario. February 10, 2022.

CMCC's Vaccination Policy outlines COVID-19 vaccination and rapid test requirements for students, employees and visitors. This policy was developed in accordance with government guidance for post-secondary institutions.

Updated April 1, 2022

Rapid testing at CMCC is optional unless if you are not fully vaccinated. Anyone at CMCC who is a student, employee or contract worker may choose to pick up a rapid test kit (5 tests) at no charge by contacting rapidtest@cmcc.ca. Indicate who will be picking up the kit, wait for the approval email and show it to the Bookstore for pick up. Tests are for the purpose of work or learning on campus or in clinic. Guidance on when to test is in the Symptoms and Exposure tab on this webpage. Persons who are not fully vaccinated must continue to rapid test as per the Vaccination Policy.



Usage

  1. Review kit instructions in the box. It is recommended that you follow updated swabbing instructions to collect your sample. Sample Collection for Omicron or refer to these steps. When the cheeks, back of the tongue or throat, and nostrils are also swabbed, the rapid antigen tests are better at finding Omicron.

  2. You should not be entering campus if you cannot pass health screening regardless of your test result.

  3. You should NOT use a rapid test if you have previously had COVID-19 within the past 90 days because it is likely that you will continue to test positive during this period.

Visitors are permitted on campus if essential or relevant. Each division is to ensure their visitors are complying with CMCC’s Vaccination Policy and that they complete the Visitor Form daily. Paper sign-in is also available at the main entrance only if required.

The Visitor Form is not applicable to Clinic patients, delivery personnel, persons on campus for less than 15 minutes, patrons of the Bookstore and Supply Centre.

CMCC's Return to Campus Playbook - Infection Control and Prevention 2021-22, reviews protocols related to COVID-19 for our community including use of the CMCC app for mandatory health screening. The content in this book is aligned with government guidance for health and safety measures.

Posted on January 28 2022

Sent on behalf of the Office of the Vice President, Academic

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

As we continue to monitor the pandemic conditions and follow all government recommendations, we are continually reviewing and revising scheduling assumptions to prepare for any changes in circumstance. Though the pandemic situation in the province is improving somewhat, there are still many complexities to consider. With that in mind, and to provide you with maximum notice, we are announcing the following:

Anatomy Labs will remain virtual for Years I and II
AN 1107 and AN 2102 labs will remain virtual for all of Module 3 for Year I and Module 7 for Year II.

Exams for Modules 3, 7 and 11
In addition, all exams for Modules 3, 7, and 11 (March 7-18, 2022) will be delivered virtually.

CE 3304 to be delivered virtually
Finally, the CE 3304 written exam will also be delivered virtually on Thursday, February 24, 2022.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. As we continue to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic, our priority is always to ensure that we deliver the curriculum with your health and safety as our first priority.

Office of the VPA

Christine Bradaric-Baus, PhD (she/her)
Vice President, Academic

Posted on January 19 2022

Hello everyone, 

January 24 marks the first day of an increased number of people on campus for labs and to support in-person learning. We wish to remind you of the measures in place in response to COVID-19 for everyone's health and safety. This helps all of us continue with education and operations on site.  

Screening and Protocols 

You are safe to enter if you can pass health screening using the CMCC App. If you are not a current user then download it now through the Google or Apple store as this is a requirement for employees and students who are arriving to Campus or Clinic. Screening must be conducted daily. 

All protocols we have been using to date remain in place. If you are unsure or have a concern, consult with your division leads on protocols specific to your activities. Additionally, review the Return to Campus Playbook that outlines various health and safety measures.  Promote adherence to protocols with your audience and team members to further assist in health and safety.  

Employees who are not deemed essential to work on campus will remain working from home.  

When you Arrive 

Arrive on campus wearing a mask. Students will change their mask at their lab and employees will continue to change their mask on entry. Three-ply procedural medical masks are supplied by CMCC for everyone. Cloth masks are not permitted unless your circumstances have been approved through Human Resources or Student Services.  Masks are mandatory on campus.  

Entry Points – No Changes 

Year IV 

Main Entrance 

Years I to IIII 

CCPA South and 100 South Entrances 

Employees 

Main Entrance and Lower-Level Covered Parking 

To avoid crowding, Years I-III must avoid use of the main entrance at all times. 

 

When Not to Come to Campus or Clinic - Regardless of your Vaccination Status 

1.           You are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or cold/flu-like symptoms.  

2.           You have been in close contact (within 2m in same room are area) with someone who has COVID-19 (confirmed by a PCR or     

rapid test) or has symptoms. 

3.           You are living with a symptomatic person or person in self-isolation. 

4.           You have tested positive for COVID-19 on a PCR or rapid test. 

5.           You have been advised to remain home by health authorities or CMCC. 

6.           You cannot pass health screening.  

What to do Next and Absence Reporting 

1.           Visit CMCC's COVID-19 webpage select the symptom and exposure tab for assistance 

2.           If you are unsure use the Ontario Self-Assessment 

3.           Contact Public Health 

4.           Report your absence online Student Form   Employee Form. Contact your Manager or year Director as well.  

 

Rapid Testing 

Testing continues for those who are not fully vaccinated or are exempt and will be conducted twice per week. The Rapid Test team will be in touch with participants to review. Note, obtaining additional supplies of rapid tests in Ontario are not readily available at this time for CMCC to distribute to a larger audience.

Vaccination 

CMCC remains in alignment with the province on the definition of fully vaccinated found here

Booster shots are currently not mandatory for post-secondary or clinical care.  A booster can be considered based on your circumstances and recommendations from the province. 

Ontario Government – Book vaccination appointments  

Toronto Public Health – Where to get vaccinated  

If booster shots become mandatory, CMCC will ensure that students and employees are provided with ample time to obtain one.  

Have a Concern? Please reach out to Student Services, Kimberley Kelly, kkelly@cmcc.ca or Human Resources, Sharlene Browne, sbrowne@cmcc.ca for a confidential discussion regarding your circumstances. 

Use the information and links on our COVID webpage for assistance. We appreciate your efforts during this time. Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe. 

 

Incident Command Team (ICT) 

covid@cmcc.ca 

Posted on January 7 2022

Dear students:

Along with the changes we have already made to move this week’s labs and all exams to virtual, we are making an additional modification to Year I and II schedules temporarily and will be moving the first two weeks of AN labs to virtual. This is being done to ensure your continued safety in areas where physical distancing is difficult to maintain.

All AN labs will move to virtual sessions for the weeks of January 24 to 28 and January 31 to Feb 4.

Currently, AN1107 labs are scheduled to be in person on Jan 28 and Feb 4th but they will move to virtual on those dates.

We hope that as circumstances improve surrounding the Omicron variant, we will be able to get you back on site for these labs afterwards.

Thank you for your patience. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your year director or class representatives.


Best of luck on your exams!


Christine Bradaric-Baus, PhD (she/her) Vice President, Academic

What are the latest public health measures?

Visit the Ontario government website to understand updates to measures in place for COVID-19. Measures that specifically apply to post-secondary are being monitored regularly and CMCC will inform you of changes via email. Announcements and links are posted on this web page.

How do I get a rapid test?

If you require a test kit after March 4th, please reach out to the Rapid Test rapidtest@cmcc.ca team with your request.

What is CMCC doing to help students who have missed labs due to COVID-19?

Continuity of education is a priority and therefore missed class time is to be discussed with your Year Director. CMCC will provide make up lab time for students who are absent due to COVID-19.

I may have been exposed to COVID-19, what do I do?

Please refer to the guidance on this webpage. You may also contact Public Health. If you are unable to pass health screening, complete the COVID absence form for Students or Employees and someone will follow up with you for next steps.

I am concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on my health, what should I do?

Speak to your doctor to understand your risks and concerns with regards to the pandemic and the benefits of vaccination. Additionally, there are mental health supports in place for you. You are welcome to contact Human Resources or Student Services for support in confidence.

Student Services, Kimberley Kelly, kkelly@cmcc.ca

Human Resources, Sharlene Browne, sbrowne@cmcc.ca

I have plans for personal travel, what should I do?

Travel measures and travel restrictions in relation to the pandemic can change periodically so remain up to date on guidance being provided to you by the provincial or federal government before you make plans. CMCC expects you to follow government regulations and recommendations regarding travel. CMCC recommends that you avoid travel to areas where COVID-19 is prevalent and when it is recommended by government to avoid unnecessary travel.

You must complete and pass a health screening questionnaire in order to come to campus. All screening includes questions on travel.

I am affected by travel restrictions and cannot return to Canada. What should I do?

If students or employees are unable to return to CMCC as a result of travel restrictions, follow the guidance provided by government/airlines on managing your return. Additionally, please contact Student Services or Human Resources to advise of your absence.

What happens if classes are cancelled?

CMCC will advise students with as much advance time as possible regarding class cancellations. The appropriate division(s), or Year Directors will follow up on next steps regarding the provision of missed education.

Why should I wear a mask?

A well-fitting face mask is one of the measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and required on CMCC campus and in clinics.

Why should I get vaccinated?

Vaccines help protect us against COVID-19. They enhance the body’s natural ability to fight infections. Protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community by getting vaccinated.

I work in a health care setting off campus. Are there additional precautions I should take?

For students who are in other health care settings, the Clinic Management Team will work with you and the clinic partners to ensure the appropriate precautions are taken to protect you and your patients.

For those who are in work settings unrelated to CMCC, it is expected that you follow the protocols as is required for healthcare.

How do I advise of my absence from campus or clinic due to COVID?

By completing the COVID Absence form, your information is provided in confidence to Student Services or Human Resources who will follow up with you.

Students or Employees

Contacts

Student Services, Kimberley Kelly, kkelly@cmcc.ca

Human Resources, Sharlene Browne, sbrowne@cmcc.ca

Incident Command Team covid@cmcc.ca

Public Health

416-338-7600  PublicHealth@toronto.ca

Rapid Test Team: rapidtest@cmcc.ca.

Posted on December 22, 2021

Hello Year IV 

In response to the rapid transmission of COVID-19 please note the information below to ensure continuity of patient care and safety for everyone. These measures may be stricter than what you may be told by public health as CMCC has chosen to be extra cautious in responding to COVID-19.

When to Avoid Campus or Clinic

Please do not come if you are ​experiencing one or more of the following whether you are fully vaccinated or not: 

  • You have been in contact with a COVID-19 case or suspected case
  • You are living with a symptomatic person or person in self-isolation
  • You are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms 
  • You have tested positive for COVID-19 on a PCR/lab-based test or rapid test
  • You have been advised to remain home by health authorities
  • You cannot pass health screening

 

What Next?​

  1. Take the Ontario Self-Assessment for next steps
  2. Contact Public Health
  3. Students and Employees must report a COVID-19 absence using the appropriate COVID absence form: 
  4. Student Form
  5. Employee Form

Additionally, you can contact your pod clinician or manager to ensure they are aware immediately

If experiencing cold symptoms, please also remain off campus and away from Clinic.

For more information on COVID-19 visit our CMCC COVID Update page.

Thank you for your understanding and help.

Incident Command Team

Posted on December 16, 2021

Hello CMCC Community,

As you are all now very aware, the pandemic continues to evolve at an accelerated pace.  We are close to the end of the year and once again in a state of uncertainty.  In response to these rapidly changing conditions, the leadership and Incident Command Teams are closely monitoring all public health, provincial and federal government directives including case counts, status of the Omicron variant, etc. 

We have met over the last few days to evaluate the risks involved and determine what changes are required in our curriculum delivery plans for January, 2022.  Our priority is to ensure that we stay one step ahead of the pandemic, keep students and employees safe while we deliver the critical elements of the curriculum.

As such, we need to modify the plans we released to you in November and are continuing in a similar model of delivery in which we began with in the first set of modules.  The following is an overview of what is to come in January as we return to CMCC to learn and work.

 

Week of January 3-7, 2022

  • No In-person labs.  All in-person labs on January 6th will now be virtual. Specifically, CT1102, CT2204 and CD2201.  Schedules will be updated and course announcements and Zoom links will be sent out in advance.

 

Examinations Years I-III

  • All examinations for the weeks of January 10-14 and January 17-21 will be delivered and taken virtually.  Further details will be provided to you via KIRO.

 

Start of the 3rd module of the year (January 24, 2022)

  • Year I and Year II:
    • CE courses (CE1101 & CE2203) that were scheduled to go in person on January 24, will instead remain virtual.  Please refer to posted “current” schedules on Canvas and disregard the “tentative” schedules.

 

 

  • Year III:
    • CE3304 Small Group Sessions beginning January 24 will commence in-person.  As communicated in November, Year III CE3304 small group sessions will be delivered in-person as of January 24 to ensure adequate preparation for transition to clinic later in the spring.  Please refer to posted “tentative” schedules on Canvas for Year III.

 

No Change to Learning Spaces, Learning Groups, Lockers, Work Out Facilities

  • Learning spaces and learning groups (cohorts) will remain the same as they have been for the first set of modules.  This will allow CMCC to minimize potential transmission, keep physical distance requirements and ultimately contact trace effectively and quickly if the need should arise.

 

  • Lockers and work out spaces will remain available as they are now unless circumstances dictate otherwise.

 

Employees

Employees will continue with current work arrangements until further notice.

 

Subject to Change

These plans are, of course, subject to change as we gather more information and guidance from our provincial and local health units.  Should circumstances change, additional planning updates will be shared early in the new year when we hope to have a clearer picture of the path the pandemic is taking and further arrangements required for CMCC.  We are optimistic and hope for the best, but we must be realistic and plan for all eventualities.

 

As we head home to family and friends for the well-deserved break, I remind you to be cautious and mindful, keep current and follow the guidance of our public health authorities and try to limit non-essential personal contacts to reduce levels of community transmission.

 

Stay safe, stay healthy,

 

Christine

 

Christine Bradaric-Baus, PhD (she/her)

Vice President, Academic

Posted on December 13, 2021

Dear CMCC

Thank you for supporting CMCC during 2021 and we look forward to a safe return in January of 2022. The pandemic has certainly been impactful to all of us and continues to be an influence on daily life.  It is important to remain aware of the measures you can take to protect yourself and others during the break. Friendly reminders are below.

  • Follow government measures and recommendations for the region in which you live or are visiting.
  • If travelling, plan ahead and prepare for travel requirements including testing and isolation.
  • Plan safely if you choose to be a part of indoor gatherings with anyone outside of your household. Continue to wear a mask and keep a safe distance when possible. Refer to How to Stay Safe During the Holidays.

Prepare for return to CMCC in the new year

  • Read the CMCC Playbook to stay up to date on protocols prior to your return.
  • If experiencing cold symptoms or COVID-19 symptoms, remain home, take the [ontario%20self%20assessment]ON self-assessment for next steps and report your absence.
  • Ensure you have downloaded the CMCC app (Refer to the Playbook on page 5) from the app store to your mobile device for daily health screening. Complete health screening each day you plan to be on campus.  
  • Understand protocols that apply to your work and learning activities beyond the Playbook. If unsure, students may contact their Year Director and employees may contact their Manager.
  • Visit our COVID-19 webpage if you are looking for a COVID-19 resource or previous CMCC announcement.
  • Wear a mask on campus and change into a new mask when you arrive. Years I-III will continue to change into a new mask at their lab.

If you are not fully-vaccinated, rapid testing will increase to twice per week in January. A notification from the Rapid Test team will be sent to you.

 

Helpful links:

How to Stay Safe During the Holidays

Report COVID-19 Absence - Employee or Student

ON Self-Assessment

CMCC's Return to Campus Playbook

CMCC COVID-19 Updates

CMCC App - Apple or Google (Refer to the Playbook for instructions)

Mental Health Support

Travel

 

We remain committed to the health and safety of our community. Please send any questions regarding the above to covid@cmcc.ca.

 

Wishing you a fantastic holiday season.

Incident Command Team

Posted on December 6, 2021

Dear Employees  

Effective Tuesday, December 7, 2021 visitors must now complete our online Visitor Form as proof of entry to campus - an online sign in process.  The purpose of the form is to gather contact information for COVID-19 contact tracing should this become necessary. The form outlines CMCC requirements regarding proof of vaccination and rapid testing in accordance with CMCC’s Vaccination Policy. This new digital platform allows CMCC to remain in line with guidance from health authority and government for post-secondary institutions in managing and reporting visitors. Any visitor to a CMCC facility must be pre-arranged and approved by the manager/director of the division hosting the visit.   

The Visitor Form does not apply to patrons of the Supply Centre and Bookstore, clinic patients, delivery personnel and persons here for less than 15 minutes. It applies to anyone else who is not an employee or student of CMCC such as contract workers, volunteers, guest instructors, guest students, etc. 

Steps for Divisions to Receive Visitors on Campus 

  1. Visitors are permitted onsite if essential and/or approved for business or educational reasons.  
  2. Send the form to your visitor in advance to complete, so they are aware of entry requirements.  Please ensure your visitors are in compliance.
  3. Visitors will sign in through the online form using their own device either ahead of time or when they arrive. Upon arrival they will health screen and check in with reception/security as per usual.  
  4. Visitors must present their full vaccination status to their CMCC host along with ID. Acceptable forms of proof are noted here (vaccine certificate or vaccination receipt) 
  5. If not fully vaccinated or exempt, visitors must submit a negative rapid test  prior to their arrival. Submission is once per week at a minimum for recurring visitors. A photo of the result with the date is acceptable and must be sent to the CMCC host via email. 
  6. Additionally, visitors who are exempt, must present a copy of their exemption to their CMCC host. 

Form location - CMCC's homepage and Playbook (Page 5) . Signage is posted at the main entrance as well with QR code. 

Paper sign-in is still available at the main entrance and to be used only if needed (e.g. no digital device, etc.).  

Reporting Weekly  

The Ministry of Colleges and Universities requires non-identifiable data regarding vaccination status. Each division must report on their visitors weekly to the Division of Institutional Planning and Assessment who will provide a cumulative report to the ministry. Please see the Visitor Report form for instructions and data submission.   

Report form location - See Quick Links when logged into MyCMCC 

Your questions can be sent to Sheri Butera sbutera@cmcc.ca or you may respond to this email. 

Thank you for your cooperation and support.  

Incident Command Team  

Posted on November 10 2021

Dear CMCC Community,

Just two weeks ago we wrote to you to share our plans for the next set of modules to take us to the end of this calendar year and beyond with the information we had at that time. 

In that message, we assured you that we would continue to actively monitor the pandemic restrictions and the reopening of all activities in the province to take a measured, phased approach to resume some of our non-academic activities on campus by January or sooner. We also committed to a detailed review of curriculum delivery in the next two sets of modules to determine how we could safely resume your in-person, hands-on learning experience as soon as we are able. The review and resulting plans have been based on feedback and concerns brought forward from Students’ Council, Class and Athletic representatives among others. 

I am sharing what I hope is welcome news for you today. We will indeed be resuming some limited non-academic activities on campus prior to the end 2021 (lockers and potentially athletic facilities) and will integrate more in-person learning experiences in the new year. 

In short, we will be delivering all CE courses (CE1101, CE2203 and CE3304) in-person, starting January 24, 2022 (for Years I - III).  All CD and CT labs will continue in person.

NOTE: These plans have been developed with the safety of the entire CMCC community as our first priority. Should circumstances in the province or on campus change at any time and require us to restrict access and activities once again due to potential rises in case numbers and transmission of COVID-19, we will reassess and make swift changes as required.   

NEW CURRICULUM DELIVERY CHANGES FOR YEARS I-III EFFECTIVE JANUARY 24, 2022

On October 29, 2021, we informed you that the modules beginning on January 24, 2022, following the in-person examinations would integrate CE3304 for Year III for in-person on campus instruction. As we promised, we continued to review and assess the curriculum and have finalized a new plan to also bring on-site all small group sessions for Years I and II in CE1101 and CE2203.  This entails changing all current learning spaces after the second set of modules.

  • CE small group sessions will all return to on-campus spaces for instruction that will be posted on KIRO course sites by room location and student lab numbers.
  • All CD and CT labs will be moved to the six technique rooms as in pre-COVID instruction.  Students will continue to maintain their groups of three for all in-person learning. 
  • CE and CD group sizes will consist of nine students (three groups of three) and one tutor.
  • CT labs will consist of two groups of 18 students per technique room plus two tutors. Due to class size, the largest rooms (5 or 6) could have one additional group of three students.  Learning spaces include the six technique rooms, both lecture halls, gym, histology room, micro room, DI labs on the first floor and room 120 as needed (across from the blood lab).

 No Change to PPE

All PPE requirements remain the same and cohorts of three will continue. This allows us maximum flexibility and maximum safety for all students, tutors and staff.

New Schedules on KIRO now

Schedules are now available on KIRO. They reflect the current schedules we are using for the second modules of each year and the new January schedules for the remainder of the year.  Both schedules are posted so that students and faculty can compare and plan for the upcoming changes. If there are changes that arise due to a new pandemic wave, or restrictions from the province that require we scale back our plans, we will provide updates as needed. We are ready for all eventualities but we are now operating with renewed optimism that with the care we have all taken, we will continue to move forward in the right direction.  

YEAR IV

There are no changes to the clinics or clerkships at this time. We continue to work with our external clinic partners for hosted clinics, and will be lifting restrictions when possible.

Q: WHY WAIT TO JANUARY 2022? With the province continuing to open up, why is CMCC waiting until January to implement these changes and why not change mid-module?

A: As we have stated throughout the numerous changes and pivots beginning in March 2020, schedule changes will be made if and when possible on a module by module basis and not midstream. This gives everyone a module’s notice to change personal and professional schedules. Midstream changes will only be considered if mandated by the province. This practice allows students sufficient time for planning and personal arrangements, allows faculty time to adjust their schedules and materials accordingly and allows CMCC administration time to make all necessary changes to the facilities.

RESUMPTION OF NON-ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES ON CAMPUS

NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 2021

Lockers: With winter just around the corner and more gear to carry, we know that this is not a moment too soon.  We can now safely resume the use of lockers throughout the campus. Student Services will be assigning them by year and by student lab numbers and will contact all students accordingly. Locker assignments will begin for all years commencing the week of November 15 in an orderly and controlled manner.

Athletic Facilities: We are in ongoing discussion on the best and safest ways to resume some athletic activities on campus, such as the use of the weight room and aerobic equipment for students who are fully vaccinated. We are working through details with your Athletic Reps and will be able to announce arrangements and logistics to you in the next week or two. Stay tuned.

Entrances and Zones: When locker use takes effect the week of November 15 and onward, the entrances that have been assigned will continue to be used and health screening will still occur. What will no longer be in effect is your assigned exit points and zones. This also means traffic flow will return to normal throughout campus and floor directional markers will be removed.

Years I-III are asked to avoid use of the main entrance at all times unless it is the only entrance available for access to the building. Students are expected to be on campus for essential reasons only including use of the fitness facilities when they become available.

Health Screening remains in place on campus and it is expected that everyone self-screens prior to coming to campus or clinics.

JANUARY 2022

Rapid Testing: Due to the increase in population on campus, employees and students who are not fully vaccinated regardless of any exemption, will be required to complete a rapid test twice per week instead of once per week.  Our policy requires rapid testing even for persons who are exempt from vaccination.  Participants will receive a follow up email with details from Dr. Sahar Bassaly who leads the Rapid Test Team.

Food Services: As we have more students on campus effective January 24, potentially 400 to 600 students per day, we are now considering arrangements for food service provisions and space in the CCPA Hall once the learning spaces are partially relocated for the January start. Discussions are ongoing with our service provider.

Library: With the gradual return of more students to campus, we are actively reviewing an increase in Library capacity and will be able to provide more details in the weeks to come.

Protocols: CMCC Return to Campus Playbook will be updated to reflect the upcoming changes. It is essential everyone continues to follow the protocols in all activities. While the public is subject to less restrictive measures, CMCC must operate in accordance with government authority and layer in caution to ensure continuity of our operations as both a post-secondary and healthcare institution.

CMCC’s Interim Vaccination Policy can be found online and is linked in the CMCC Playbook should you need to refer it.

Attention Faculty TUTORS!

With this change to in-person instruction for all CE small group sessions, please ensure you check your availability and schedules on KIRO well in advance. Please direct any issues or concerns to your Director.

For All Employees

At this time, there is no change to arrangements for in-person or remote work to the end of this calendar year. As we ramp up on-campus teaching activities in January 2022, we expect that divisions and departments will be planning for the flow and return of staff to ensure that there is adequate support both on-site and remotely for these increased activities. Please begin to plan and think about what changes you may need to make in your work arrangements as we slowly begin to increase and eventually resume in-person work. Please direct any issues or concerns to your Director or to Sharlene Browne, Director, Human Resources at sbrowne@cmcc.ca.

I hope you are as excited as we are to see these positive changes toward having increased activity on campus. We will continue to work with the student body, faculty and administration to provide updates and opportunities for all as we plan our slow, cautious return to normal.

Be well,

Dave

Posted on October 29 2021

Dear CMCC Community,

As we are at the end of the examination period for the first modules of each year and gearing up for the start of the next set of modules on November 1, we are writing to you today to provide information on how we will progress for each year of study.  We are also providing delivery changes that are in planning stages for subsequent modules that commence on January 24, 2022.

Our priority remains the continued health and safety of our entire community of students, faculty, staff, and patients. Even before the school year began, we stated that as the public health situation evolves throughout the fall, CMCC is ready to adapt and expand upon our safety and wellness protocols, when needed. As a gentle reminder, please note that we are still in what the province calls a phase of the fourth wave and with temperatures cooling and more indoor activities anticipated, we know that risks could be slightly increased. We should all take great pride in the fact that we have not had any on-campus transmission and with our strict protocols and your collaboration, we hope to remain in that status.  

NO CHANGE IN PROVINCIAL REGULATIONS FOR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS – DELIVERY OF THE 2ND SET OF MODULES IS UNCHANGED FOR YEARS I-III

To date, Health and Education Ministry regulations for teaching institutions, with a component of essential in-person interaction such as CMCC, have not changed. You can find that information here: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200364As such, we will continue to deliver the curriculum for the second modules for each year which begins on November 1, 2021, as we have for the first -- with limited in-person instruction and in the same groups and cohorts you have been assigned for your in-person labs. Lectures, small groups, etc., will continue to be delivered online. Please see KIRO for your schedules which have been posted accordingly.

This format will continue to the end of the second modules for Years I to III that end on January 7​, 2022 for all years.

Examinations: Exams, beginning the week of January 10 and running to January 21, 2022 will again be delivered in person as we have done for the first module exams.

Year IV

There are no changes foreseen for Year IV curriculum delivery at this time. NOTE: The written component of the Clinic midterm will be held on campus as planned. Arrangements and room assignments will be provided to Year IV students in advance. 

SMALL BUT IMPORTANT CHANGES IN THE 3RD SET OF MODULES (MODULE 11)!  YEAR III -- INTEGRATION OF IN-PERSON LEARNING IN CE3304

Though we cannot predict exactly what the winter season may bring, CMCC is confident that the addition of CE3304 for Year III students is essential for proper preparation for clinic and can be safely added to in-person on-campus activities in the new year. The in-person delivery of CE3304 will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  All current groups and cohorts will be maintained. Further details will be available on KIRO in class schedules.

Years I and II

No changes to in-person instruction for the 3rd set of modules are planned at this time. All groups and cohorts will continue as they are today. We will continue to assess the science and risks to determine if changes may be possible.

ATTENTION FACULTY TUTORS!

With this change to in-person instruction for CE 3304, please ensure you check your availability and schedules on KIRO well in advance. Please discuss any issues or concerns with your coordinator.

For All Employees

At this time, there is no change to arrangements for in-person or remote work. Employees deemed essential will be on campus and all others will continue to work from home or with periodic entry to campus as needed. We will continue to review regulations and requirements and should changes be introduced, they will be phased in slowly beginning in January 2022 with plenty of notice and consultation.

RESUMPTION OF NON-ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES ON CAMPUS

To date, we have not been able to safely resume certain non-academic, on-campus activities. Our priority has remained the safe delivery of learning activities, patient interactions, and other essential events. However, following the announcements made earlier this week by the province relating to the gradual lifting of pandemic restrictions (primarily in the business community),  we can now take a measured approach and begin to plan the gradual resumption of some non-academic activities. Those plans will take into consideration the pandemic restrictions still in effect, and our own space and priority requirements. We will weigh the options and risks and hopefully be able to resume certain activities by January 2022 if not sooner. For the next short while, we will be in a holding pattern, but a very optimistic one as the situation in Ontario is improving. 

FURTHER UPDATES TO COME

The Executive and Incident Command Teams are committed to the active assessment of provincial regulations and pandemic risk as it relates to curriculum delivery, student experience, patient care, and workplace health and safety. We will provide an additional update before the end of November and again prior to the holiday season to let you know how our plans for early 2022 are progressing.

We appreciate your understanding and your patience. This has not been easy on any of our community members, students, faculty, and staff alike. Your dedication and commitment to your studies and your work are very much appreciated. Thank you.

Be well,

 

Dave

Posted on September 4 2021

Dear CMCC Community,

As you are now fully aware, in accordance with new provincial mandates from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities issued August 31, all postsecondary institutions are required to have COVID-19 vaccination policies in place effective September 7, 2021.

The CMCC COVID-19 Vaccination (Interim) policy has now been finalized and is considered to be in full effect with no exceptions as of September 7, 2021.

Under the terms of the policy:

As of September 7, 2021, all CMCC students, employees and visitors (excluding patients) who wish to enter the campus building or one of the CMCC-operated clinics are required to be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 infection or have negative results from weekly COVID-19 testing.

Ø  Employees and students must submit proof of vaccination, either by attestation or provision of official receipts, to the division of Human Resources (employees) or Student Services (students).  

Ø  Persons declining to be vaccinated must notify CMCC of this decision by September 7, 2021 and will be required to complete a CMCC-approved vaccination education program unless medically exempted.  These persons will be required to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing for entry to CMCC premises.

Ø  Partially vaccinated persons and unvaccinated persons, including persons with medical or religious exemptions, will be allowed entry only after providing evidence of a weekly negative result from an accepted COVID-19 test.

Ø  Rapid antigen COVID-19 tests will be available at CMCC at no charge on select days, however other approved tests may be used at the person's expense. Negative test results will be required at a frequency of no less than once per week for any person on campus.

By October 29, 2021, attestation will no longer be acceptable and a person’s fully-vaccinated status will be substantiated only by official receipts from the Ministry of Health or other approved vaccine provider that have been submitted to CMCC.

This policy is a key part of CMCC’s COVID-19 safety protocols which include the wearing of masks in all indoor spaces and on all CMCC property outdoors, social distancing, class size restrictions, wearing of PPE and other safety measures which have, to date, kept the CMCC community safe. See CMCC Return to Campus Playbook.

Our plans and protocols are consistent with other institutions of higher education - in particular those whose instruction and teaching cannot be effectively provided if physical distancing is maintained (i.e., direct patient care and technique, etc.).

To review the full policy details, please visit:  https://www.cmcc.ca/about-cmcc/documents/CMCC-COVID-Vaccination-Policy-interim.pdfProcedures to accompany the new policy are being developed and a revised policy will be issued in the near future. 

Based on feedback to date, we have prepared a Frequently Asked Question document (see attachment) to address some of the immediate questions you may have.  This will be updated over time as additional questions are asked.

Thank you for your patience and your cooperation

Stay safe,

Dave

Posted on September 3 2021

Dear CMCC Community,

On August 31, as part of the Post-Secondary Education (PSE) sector, we were advised by the Ministry of College and Universities (MCU) that a new Postsecondary Education Health Measures Framework for Fall 2021 was released. This framework is intended to support the continued health and safety of students, faculty, and staff.

Developed in consultation with the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (OCMOH), the Framework includes very specific instructions for mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies.  In accordance with these instructions we are required to have COVID-19 a vaccination policy in place effective September 7, 2021. Additional information was provided today during a technical briefing by the MCU.

In compliance with the new Ministry instructions delivered to us just TODAY, all persons entering CMCC must provide documentation to reflect their vaccination status at the time the policy is effective. That means that beginning September 7, employees and students must have submitted proof of their COVID-19 vaccinations to date. Any person not yet vaccinated or who is exempt (with proof) must submit to a rapid COVID-19 test at least once per week to be able to continue to enter any CMCC premises.  Only fully-vaccinated individuals will be allowed to enter without additional testing. CMCC and all institutions are obligated to report regularly to the Ministry, our vaccination status for all employees and students. 

Get your vaccination proof in now
We urge you to submit your vaccination receipts as soon as possible:

Students: Submit a copy of your vaccination dose receipt (dose 1 and dose 2) from the Ministry of Health as a .jpeg or .pdf attachment via email to studentserv@cmcc.ca.
For information regarding exemptions, please contact Kimberley Kelly 
kkelly@cmcc.ca.

 

Employees: Copies of vaccination receipts can be uploaded to HROnline.

Once logged on, under the Personal menu tab, there are two new selections in the drop down menu (1. Document Review 2. Employee Documents). This is two step process – Select Document Review, select your attestation option, then, go to the Employee Documents selection, and upload your Vaccination Receipt. If your receipts are in separate files, you will need to repeat the upload process for each receipt.

For additional employee information, including disclosure and exemption, please contact Sharlene Brownesbrowne@cmcc.ca.

 

To facilitate additional vaccination opportunities, we have arranged for the GO-VAXX bus, the Government of Ontario’s mobile unit to be on campus on WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the CMCC upper parking lot. Details will be sent shortly.

In the coming days, we will finalize the Interim COVID-19 Vaccination policy and communicate it to you with full details and Frequently Asked Questions. In the meantime, for those who are vaccinated, partially or fully, please send in your proof as above and for those who have yet to book, visit the provincial portal or come to campus when the GO-VAXX bus is here next week.

Please be reassured that we are far ahead of many institutions and organizations who are in the first stage of policy development and planning for mandatory vaccinations, yet we still have some work to do. We will continue to move swiftly and remain vigilant to protect the health and safety of all members of this community.

Thank you for your patience and your cooperation.

Stay safe,

Dave

Posted on August 27 2021

Dear CMCC Community,

We have come to the end of our first week of this academic year. Thank you all for your patience and cooperation in following the new requirements and protocols recently introduced and outlined in the CMCC Return to Campus Playbook

I am writing to you today to reassure you that CMCC has the continued health and safety of our entire community of students, faculty, staff, and patients as our top priority. On Monday, August 23, we reopened campus for limited in-person instruction and in compliance with all provincial regulations to date. Thank you to all those who contributed to our reopening plans. As you know, the circumstances and provincial restrictions in response to the pandemic tend to change frequently which provided additional challenges to the already complex planning scenario.  

On August 17, 2021, the Chief Medical Officer of Health in the province indicated that mandatory vaccination policies will be required for post-secondary institutions, with specific minimum requirements. The Ministry of Colleges and Universities has not yet issued a directive but we anticipate this will be coming very soon. Over the past few weeks, dozens of colleges and universities in Ontario have implemented new mandatory vaccination policies. The CMCC vaccination policy and requirements for any individual (employee, student, or visitor) coming to a CMCC facility is currently under final review and we will be making a formal announcement to you in the coming days.  

I cannot stress strongly enough that our vaccination against COVID-19 is the single most effective public health measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Vaccination along with the other essential public health measures (physical distancing, capacity limits, indoor mask use, and full PPE for direct patient care) are essential in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This ensures that we are able to resume additional activities on campus and active in-campus life at some point in the near future.   

We reached out to provincial public health services to investigate the possibility of bringing a mobile vaccination unit (GO-VAXX) on campus to facilitate vaccinations (Pfizer) for the community. We just received notification that the mobile unit will be present at CMCC in early September. Dates will be confirmed shortly. If you have not yet received your first or final dose of the vaccine, this will provide you with a very convenient means.

As the public health situation evolves throughout the fall, rest assured that CMCC will be ready to adapt and expand upon our safety and wellness protocols, as needed, to ensure the health and safety of all the members of the CMCC community. 

 

Vaccination status disclosure

Further details on vaccination status disclosure will be announced once the policy has been finalized and approved.

Students: Please continue to submit a copy of your vaccination dose receipt from the Ministry of Health has a .jpeg or .pdf attachment via email to studentserv@cmcc.ca.

Employees: Once the vaccination policy has been announced, should you require additional information regarding vaccination status disclosure, please contact Sharlene Browne, sbrowne@cmcc.ca.

 

Stay safe,

Dave

Posted on July 29 2021

Hello CMCC Community,

Time has flown and here we are, just a few weeks from the start of the academic year. I am writing to you today to re-confirm our plans for the start of the new academic year on August 23, 2021 in a hybrid format, i.e. online, live on-line and limited in-person hands-on labs for the first set of modules with a few important changes.

Increasing lab sizes and resuming In-person Anatomy labs

We are happy to announce that with the easing of some restrictions over the summer, we have been able to revise our initial school opening plans. CMCC will be starting the new academic year August 23 in a hybrid format AND we will increase our in-person lab sizes and resume in-person Anatomy labs. These are small but important changes that can enhance your learning experience while still maintaining the safest possible environment for students, employees, and patients.   

Updated details for the first set of modules:

  • In-person diagnosis (CD) and technique (CT) labs will be held on campus in 12 separate instructional spaces (approximately 18 students + one tutor per space) with full PPE and safety protocols. Students will still maintain their assigned groups of three. Group sign-up information and detailed instructions will follow in a separate email.
  • Anatomy labs will resume in-person.
  • Lectures will continue to be online and will be a mixture of recorded and live presentations.
  • Small groups will continue to be online. A gradual phasing in of in-person small group instruction will begin after the first sets of modules.
  • Group gatherings and activities will not yet be permitted on campus until vaccination rates in the province and at CMCC have reached a higher level. Vaccination is a very powerful tool that will ultimately allow us to slowly and safely transition to more in-person activities on campus. As the second set of modules begin in mid-October, we are hopeful that we will have reached our target goals of vaccination among students and employees and be able to consider opening fitness facilities, the Eatery, lounges, lockers and lecture halls.
  • Self-assessment screening via the CMCC App will continue.
  • Direct patient care will continue with full PPE and safety protocols.
  • CMCC Library is now available for use with some restrictions.
  • Lockers will not be issued until further notice.

Class schedules

New updated class schedules based on these new group sizes and in-person labs are now posted on KIRO.

Details by Year for on-campus arrival and start of classes beginning August 2021 (Updated)

Year I:

  • Monday August 23 -- Orientation Week (virtual)
  • Monday August 30 – Online recorded lectures begin
  • Monday August 30 -- In-person labs begin in groups
  • Wednesday Sept 1 -- Live virtual sessions begin
  • Thursday September 2 – In-person Technique lab begins for full class

Year II:

  • Monday August 23 – Online recorded lectures begin
  • Monday August 23 – Live virtual sessions begin
  • Monday August 23 – In-person Anatomy lab begins for full class
  • Tuesday August 24 – In-person Technique lab begins for full class

Year III:

  • Monday August 23 – Online recorded lectures begin
  • Tuesday August 24 – In-person Technique lab begins for full class
  • Thursday August 26 -- Live virtual sessions begin

Year IV:

  • No change to current arrangements and schedules

Transition

Following a successful opening in August, all measures will be regularly evaluated for the potential addition of in-person academic, social and recreational activities. We are taking a cautious approach during the first set of modules to obtain a clear picture of the overall vaccination rate in the CMCC community. Once we have that, we will be able to determine additional activities and facilities that can be safely added for the second set of modules and beyond. 

Vaccination is critical

COVID vaccinations are now widely available across the country. We thank all of the employees and students who have already received theirs and are fully or at least partially vaccinated. High vaccination rates will play a critical role in ensuring that CMCC can bring a full student life experience back to campus sooner.

Our goal is to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our CMCC community and deliver the high quality academic experience you deserve.  We will continue to work with public health partners and the provincial government to ensure that our reopening plans prioritize your health and safety above all.  CMCC supports and encourages vaccination. Though it is a personal choice, we call upon students and employees to get vaccinated. Help us protect those at risk, lower the chances of future outbreaks and return to an active in-person campus life.

Reminder: In order for CMCC to maintain a record of vaccination for students, we ask for your assistance and cooperation. When you have received your record of vaccination (dose receipt) from the Ministry of Health, please submit a copy as a .jpeg or .pdf attachment via email to studentserv@cmcc.ca.

 

If you have further questions or concerns please contact:

Students: Kimberley Kelly, kkelly@cmcc.ca

Employees: Sharlene Browne, sbrowne@cmcc.ca

 

I look forward to beginning this new academic year and seeing you in person in the near future.

 

Be well,

Dave

Posted on May 7 2021

Hello CMCC Community,

We have somehow arrived at the final weeks of this academic year and have headed into final exams. Year III students have begun their orientation to clinic, while the Class of 2021 looks ahead to graduation, CCEB exams and transition to practice.

Along the way, we had to make some quick changes and pivots in response to short notice modifications in provincial restrictions. Though they were inevitable, they were none-the-less inconvenient and uncomfortable and we empathize with each of you, understanding the additional stress this has caused.

Recognizing that having information early in the process allows us all to make sound decisions and arrangements for family, housing, travel back to the province, etc., our academic and leadership teams have taken time to plan the return to campus in August 2021. In planning, our priority is the continued health and well-being of the CMCC community while remaining adaptive so as to meet changing conditions and responses to COVID-19.

Where/how do we begin?

At this point in time, we are comfortable in announcing that CMCC classes will begin as scheduled on August 2021 in a hybrid format, i.e. online, live online and limited in-person hands-on labs. So that means: 

·         In-person labs will be held on campus in groups of 10 per instructional space (nine students + one tutor) with full PPE and safety protocols.

·         Lectures will continue to be online and will be a mixture of recorded and live presentations.

·         Small groups will continue to be online. When provincial restrictions begin to ease, a gradual phasing in of in-person small group instruction will begin after the first sets of modules

·         Group gatherings and activities will not be permitted on campus until provincial restrictions allow.

·         Continued self-assessment screening via CMCC App and remaining home when required to do so.

·         Direct patient care will continue with full PPE and safety protocols.

·         Essential employees only on campus and all others to continue to work remotely.

 

Preliminary class schedules will be posted on KIRO after written exams have finished and no later than the first week of June.

Note:  For students who missed some in-person lab time, there will be makeup time for those scheduled in the fall.

Planning your return to campus

We expect that as vaccination programs ramp up across the country and conditions improve, all provinces will begin to ease restrictions. However, to simplify planning for students and for employees, CMCC will continue this hybrid format through the first set of modules.

Details by Year for on-campus arrival and start of classes beginning August 2021

Year I:

·         Monday August 23 -- Orientation Week (virtual)

·         Monday August 30 – online recorded lectures begin

·         Monday August 30 -- In-person labs begin in groups and occur daily that week until the whole class has had a lab by Thursday September 2.

·         Wednesday and Friday Sept 1 and 3 -- Live virtual sessions begin 

Year II:

·         Monday August 23 – online recorded lectures begin

·         Monday August 23 – Live virtual sessions begin

·         Tuesday and Wednesday August 24 and 25 – in-person labs begin with 50% of class attending each day

Year III:

·         Monday August 23 – online recorded lectures begin

·         Thursday August 26 -- Live virtual sessions begin

·         Tuesday and Wednesday August 24 and 25 – in-person labs begin with 50% of class attending each day 

Year IV:

·         No change to current arrangements and schedules

 

We hope that by sharing these details now, everyone will have time to properly plan through the summer.

Expected easing of restrictions and impact to class schedules

Q. So, what happens if and when restrictions ease this summer?

A.  The academic and leadership team is mindful of the importance of adaptability and has developed scenarios and schedules to respond to what we hope will be improvements going forward. 

Should conditions improve, and provincial guidance allow, following completion of the first set of modules and dependent on core provincial health measures, CMCC could begin to add small groups on campus, increase in-person lab sizes, and resume select Anatomy labs.

We will continue to share additional information as it becomes available in the next months.

Vaccination

COVID vaccinations are becoming more widely available across the province. CMCC strongly supports and encourages you to get vaccinated, although ultimately this is a personal choice.

Note: Currently, vaccinated individuals are not exempt from public health restrictions and protocols. CMCC continues to monitor data provided. Protocols and measures must remain in place until science and government provide more guidance in this regard.

 

If you have further questions or concerns please contact:

Students: Kimberley Kelly, kkelly@cmcc.ca

Employees: Sharlene Browne, sbrowne@cmcc.ca

 

Be well,

Dave

Posted on April 28 2021

Dear CMCC Community

Further to the recent provincial restrictions and CMCC’s decision to move all hands-on labs to remote learning, we recognize that the majority of our staff and students are now working and learning from home.  However, in order for us to keep track of all COVID-related instances that may affect our members who are active on campus and in clinics, we are asking that you continue to report such instances (e.g., exposure, symptoms, travel, or positivity) into our online forms, to continue to keep our CMCC community safe. 

Please continue to report any COVID-related instances that may occur under the following conditions:  

  • You engage or will be engaging in an activity on campus (includes patient care, screening, course content creation, research, work, etc.) 
  • You are required to be on campus as part of an essential activity or service
  • You are in close contact with others who are required to be on campus 
  • You are a student and unable to participate in online classes 
  • You are an instructor and unable to participate in online classes 

COVID-Related Tracking Reporting Forms: Students     Employees 

Please contact SharlenBrowne in Human Resources sbrowne@cmcc.ca or Kimberley Kelly kkelly@cmcc.ca in Student Services if you have any questions.  

Thank you

Incident Command Team

Posted on April 16 2021

Hello CMCC Community,

As many of you are aware, the COVID-19 situation in Ontario and the rest of the country is becoming increasingly worrisome. Today, experts with Ontario’s COVID-19 science advisory table presented the new modelling data at a news conference amid record-breaking COVID-19 infection rates and as an unprecedented number of people fight the deadly disease in intensive care.

Dr. Adalsteinn Brown, the co-chair of the advisory table, stated that with the new modelling numbers, the chances of Ontario having a more normal summer with lower daily case numbers are slim and highly dependent on vaccination rates and stricter public health measures.

In response, late this afternoon, Premier Ford announced an extension and strengthening of the stay-at-home orders for an additional two weeks (to May 20) and imposed much stricter guidelines that include restrictions of inter-provincial travel, closure of outdoor recreational facilities, reduced limits on customer capacity and more.

More detailed information on these restrictions is available at: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/61192/ontario-strengthens-enforcement-of-stay-at-home-order

Following these announcements, the CMCC Leadership and Incident Command teams met to discuss and plan next steps for CMCC to ensure the safety and continued health of our community. We are writing to you this evening to inform you of these changes that become effective on Monday April 19, 2021.  We have carefully considered the new modelling data, the increased cases and transmissibility of the Variants of Concern and have weighed the risk versus benefits of continuing to offer in-person teaching for Years I to III for the remainder of the academic year. With your safety as our first priority, we have decided to move all lab instruction exclusively to virtual for the remainder of the academic year.

In-person Labs transition to virtual for Years I to III

Effective Monday April 19, 2021, CMCC will cease all in-person labs and transition to online. Thankfully, we are almost at the end of the academic year and the move to virtual will still allow us to provide you with the full curriculum as planned, keep you and your classmates and colleagues safe, and eliminate or greatly reduce any potential risk of COVID transmission. 

Note: in-person labs, CT1105  scheduled for Saturday April 17 at CMCC will run as planned from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Library closure
In compliance with stricter provincial guidelines and for the safety of students and employees, the Library will be closed as of Monday April 19 and will not reopen until further notice.

Year III students transition to Clinic
Year III students will complete labs virtually and will be able to transition to clinic orientation and in-person patient care as planned on May 10, 2021.

Year IV students
Direct patient care will continue as usual with all PPE and protocols in place as they have been to date.

Employees

Faculty teaching labs will transition to virtual teaching. And as we have stated time and again, we stress that all employees, unless essential and required to be on site, continue to work safely from home. Only essential staff/faculty should be on campus. 

Please also remember that outdoor gatherings/CMCC clubs including open practice are also not permitted until these restrictions are lifted.

Self-Care 

We recognize the impact that COVID-19 has had on our mental health. We are all tired and stressed and anxious, but if we can get through this rough period for the next weeks, we will begin to see the changes for the better and cases and rates begin to take a downward curve.

For any additional questions or concerns please contact:

Students: Kimberley Kelly, kkelly@cmcc.ca

Employees: Sharlene Browne, sbrowne@cmcc.ca.

We wish we had better news to share today. It has been a very challenging academic year -- that is an indisputable fact. And we are all fatigued. We have pivoted and transitioned and changed and endured so much together. And yet, we can take pride in the fact that, in spite of repeated challenges, we have worked together, thoughtfully and professionally, to arrive here today. 

Please continue to be mindful of your interactions, to follow the public health guidelines to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

 

Dave

Posted on April 8 2021

Good afternoon CMCC community,

This afternoon, Premier Ford followed up last week’s Emergency Brake Shutdown with a new province-wide announcement. As COVID-19 cases surge at an alarming rate, particularly those involving the variants of concern, and Ontario ICU departments are now at capacity, the Premier has declared a third state of emergency under the advisement of the Provincial Medical Officer of Health and the province’s COVID-19 Science Advisory Table and has issued a province-wide Stay-at-Home Order as of Thursday, April 8 at 12:01 a.m. for four weeks. This order is similar to that issued after the winter break.

The Details

As of April 8, 2021, all non-essential retail operations will be closed (delivery and curbside pickup only) and large retail operations (big-box stores) will have further restrictions and also will be limited to essential items only. Grocery stores and pharmacies remain open with restrictions already in place.

As before, all inside gatherings with people other than those in your household are prohibited and all social gatherings are highly discouraged.

We recognize that all of the chatter in the media along with mixed messages from different governments and offices is causing confusion and anxiety.

Here is what we do know: 

Are schools closing?

NO with exceptions. Under the Stay at Home orders, schools in the elementary and secondary years remain open for now except in TORONTO and PEEL where the top public health doctors have ordered JK-12 students to move to virtual instruction until at least April 18, 2021. Changes to post-secondary institutions have not been initiated.

Are CMCC in-person labs affected?

NO. Based on the announcement today, CMCC can continue to offer scheduled in-person labs as we have done for months with the limit of nine students and one instructor per instructional space and with full COVID-19 protocols in place as before. 

Are CMCC clinics affected?

NO. These orders will not affect our clinic health care services. Direct patient contact will continue with the strict COVID-19 protocols we have in place now and which have kept CMCC clinicians, interns, patients and clinic staff safe.

How does this affect CMCC faculty and staff?

Faculty teaching in-person labs will continue with the schedule and in-person labs as planned and as communicated on April 1. Limited research activities are able to continue with all safety protocols in place. All employees unless essential and required to be on site, must continue to work from home until further notice. Only essential staff/faculty should be on campus. 

For full details on provincial restrictions in the Stay-at-Home Order, please visit: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/61029/ontario-enacts-provincial-emergency-and-stay-at-home-order.

For any additional questions or concerns please contact:

Students: Kimberley Kelly, kkelly@cmcc.ca

Employees: Sharlene Browne, sbrowne@cmcc.ca

Let’s hope that as the enhanced provincial restrictions take hold and cases begin to decrease, that vaccinations will continue to ramp up, and we will begin to see the light at the end of this very long tunnel.

Again, please be mindful of your interactions. Stay at home as much as possible and leave home only for essential purposes. Restrict travel outside of the region where you currently live and follow the provincial orders.

Stay safe and healthy.

Dave

Posted on April 1 2021

Good afternoon CMCC community, 

Just hours ago, Premier Ford and his Ministers made an important announcement to implement an Emergency Brake Shutdown for the entire province of Ontario.  In a few short weeks, Ontario has seen an alarming rise in the number of COVID-19 cases across the province. New modelling released this morning by the Science Advisory Table indicates that the spread of variants of concern is dangerously outpacing Ontario's COVID-19 vaccination campaign. At this rate, health experts advise that admissions to intensive care will likely top 800 in April. The variants of concern are proving to be highly transmissible and the highest rates of cases are in younger populations, directly affecting CMCC, our students, patients and employees.

Under the Emergency Brake Shutdown orders, in effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday April 3, all inside gatherings with people other than those in your household are prohibited and all social gatherings are highly discouraged. Outdoor gatherings are limited to groups of no more than 5 and always with social distancing in place.

Further restrictions have not been announced for schools in Ontario at any level, but the province is closely monitoring the situation. This could mean adjustments to the delayed March (April) break and a return to virtual learning for elementary and high school learners after the break.

How does this new order affect CMCC in-person teaching?

At this juncture, with the majority of our exams being planned to be virtual and our in-person labs limited to nine students and one instructor per instructional space, we do not anticipate any changes to the Undergrad schedule

How does this new order affect direct patient care in our clinic environments?

Again, there is no further restriction imposed on health care services which means that our clinics and direct patient contact will continue with the strict COVID-19 protocols we have in place now and which have kept CMCC clinicians, interns, patients and clinics staff safe.

How does this affect CMCC faculty and staff?

Faculty teaching in-person labs will continue with the schedule and in-person teaching as planned. We continue to advise all other employees unless essential and required to be on site, to work safely from home. Only essential staff/faculty should be on campus.

Emergency Brake Shutdown restrictions include:

  • Prohibiting indoor organized public events and social gatherings, and limiting the capacity for outdoor gatherings to a five-person maximum — except for gatherings with members of the same household or gatherings of members of one household and one other person from another household who lives alone.
  • Limits on in-person shopping, including a 50 per cent capacity limit for supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, indoor farmers' markets, other stores that primarily sell food and pharmacies, and a 25 per cent limit for all other retail including big box stores.
  • No personal care services.
  • No indoor and outdoor dining. Take out, delivery and drive thru options are still allowed.
  • Prohibiting the use of facilities for indoor or outdoor sports and recreational fitness with very limited exceptions
  • The closure of day camps
  • Limiting capacity at weddings, funerals, and religious services to 15 per cent occupancy per room indoors, and to the number of people who can maintain two metres of physical distance outdoors. This does not include social gatherings associated with these services such as receptions, which are not permitted indoors and are limited to five people outdoors.

For full details on provincial restrictions, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/enhancing-public-health-and-workplace-safety-measures-provincewide-shutdown

For any additional questions or concerns please contact:

Students: Kimberley Kelly, kkelly@cmcc.ca

Employees: Sharlene Browne, sbrown@cmcc.ca

This is a holiday weekend and we all deserve a break, so I hope that in spite of some challenges with this new situation, you can find safe ways to recharge and enjoy the outdoors and the time off.

Please be mindful of your interactions, follow the provincial orders and stay safe and healthy. 

Dave

Posted on March 29 2021

Dear CMCC Community 

Spring is finally here and we hope that you can take some time during the upcoming April breaks to reset and relax after this long winter.  The Easter long weekend on April 2-5, as well as the public school spring break now scheduled for April 12-16, may both offer much needed time away.    

However, with COVID-19 remaining a challenge and COVID-19 variants spreading even more rapidly, we wanted to remind you of the importance to continue to be mindful of your actions during the break(s) so that you are able to return to CMCC safely. 

Here’s a recap of the safety protocols for your convenience: 

    1. If you are a CMCC employee who works on campus, follow the Toronto Grey Lockdown measures.

    1. Avoid unessential travel. Travel poses a risk to the people you visit with and return to. If you have plans to travel outside of Ontario, you will have to quarantine as per the Ontario guidelines for 14 days upon your return. Please ensure you also complete the online CMCC COVID tracking form if you find yourself in this situation.

    1. For your health and wellbeing, it is important to enjoy the outdoors and the warmer weather. However, please always wear a mask outdoors when you are unable to physically distance more than 2 metres.

    1. Stay home if you are ill, even if symptoms are minor.

    1. If you have reason to suspect or have concerns that these symptoms may be due to an exposure to COVID, please complete the online CMCC COVID tracking form and send it to Human Resources before you make any plans to return to campus.

    1. See additional guidance on the “Do's” and “Don'ts” for the Greater Toronto Area.

    1. You must follow CMCC protocols whether or not you are vaccinated. Protocols at this time do not differ in any way for vaccinated individuals and are in place to protect all of us.

    1. Review the CMCC Playbook to understand amendments and note the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) section has been updated with more specific instruction.

    1. Only come to campus if you are deemed an essential onsite worker.

  1. Active onsite screening continues with use of the CMCC app. You must complete the self-assessment and self-declaration via the CMCC app as proof of safe entry whether a screener is present or not.

If you have any questions on the above, you may reach out to your director, hradmin@cmcc.ca or reply to us at covid@cmcc.ca.

Thank you for the effort you have made so far to help keep our community safe! 

The Incident Command Team 

 

Posted on March 19 2021

 Hello Years I-III

We hope that you will take the time to reset and relax over March break. In-person learning resumes on March 29 as scheduled. With COVID-19 remaining a challenge and COVID-19 variants spreading even more rapidly, we caution you to be mindful about what you do and where you go over your break so that you are able to return to CMCC safely.

Here are a few friendly reminders:

To date, we have been very flexible in accommodating special conditions and circumstances for many students. However, at this time, given the balance of the program left to deliver, accommodations such as exam deferrals will be more difficult to schedule during the weeks left, and will be subject to deferral fees except in extenuating circumstances. We simply have less time to make up for missed labs or exams due to quarantine requirements and still meet our commitment to you to finish the program on time in May.

If you have any questions, on the above, please contact Kimberley Kelly at kkelly@cmcc.ca

Use of CMCC Student Entrances

Monday to Friday

Use 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. whether you are here for labs or other essential reasons.

Accessible for entry after 5:00 p.m. if labs are scheduled.  

Saturday:

Use the Main entrance if you are required to be here. You may be instructed in a given week to access the building via student entrances on a Saturday if large groups are scheduled for labs.

Screening

Active onsite screening continues with use of the CMCC app. You must complete the self-assessment and self-declaration via the CMCC app as proof of safe entry whether a screener is present or not. 

Thank you for the effort you have made so far to help keep our community safe!

The Incident Command Team

Posted on March 2 2021

Hello students and employees,

We are about to go into two weeks of exams for Years I to III, and as much as that might be on your mind, you are no doubt already thinking of how you will relax and take a well-deserved break immediately afterwards 

As I write this, Toronto is still under a full lockdown. However, we do expect that as of March 8, 2021, should conditions allow it, we will be moving into a Grey or Red zone. Though that transition does bring some easing of restrictions, I remind you that the pandemic is still very much active and still of great concern around the world. And, to clarify, regardless of where you may live, attending work and classes at CMCC is dependent upon following all regional restrictions for the City of Toronto, where CMCC campus is located.

The Good News
CMCC positive case counts have been very low. I attribute that to your ongoing efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in our CMCC community by strictly following all CMCC, regional and provincial protocols. Thank you. We are doing well, but this is not the time for us to relax and let our guards down. Given the recent discovery of highly transmissible variants of COVID-19 and the slow, but consistent rise of cases of these variants, our protocols and adherence to them have never been more important.

TRAVEL continues to pose significant risk
As we approach this March break, you are reminded that though provincial guidelines may vary, the one consistent message is that travel during the pandemic poses a significant health and safety risk to all of us, as well as to those you spend time with while away.

If you recall, in our message to you before we left for holiday break in December, we asked you to give careful consideration to the safety guidelines and protocols and to limit any plans for the Spring Break. You are certainly not alone in this as many University and graduate students across the country are being asked to avoid unnecessary travel.

LIMIT any travel outside your region or province
For your safety, and to ensure we are able to continue to provide you with in-person labs to the maximum allowable level by the province, we are asking you to carefully consider the risks and consequences before making travel plans. 

Any travel away from Ontario will require quarantine
If you must travel outside of your CMCC home in Ontario for essential purposeswhich is the only reason you should be travelling, you will be required to self-isolate for 14 days when you return. You may also want to consider a self-quarantine or reduction of close contact with others 10 to 14 days before you depart. Should you travel outside the country, there will be additional quarantine and test measures that are mandated federally, and with which you must comply. This may not be what you want to hear, but remember that making safe choices now can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and avoid transmission.

To date, we have been very flexible in accommodating special conditions and circumstances for some students. However, at this time, given the balance of the program left to deliver, accommodations such as exam deferrals will be more difficult to schedule during the weeks left, and will be subject to deferral fees except in extenuating circumstances. We simply have less time to make up for missed labs or exams due to quarantine requirements and still meet our commitment to you to finish the program on time in May.

We are all tired of COVID and restrictions, but the last thing we want to do is put any member of the CMCC community and their loved ones at risk. This is not the time to let our guards down.

I know that as health professionals and future health professionals you will understand, and I have confidence that you will make the right decisions to keep yourself and your colleagues and families safe.

Should you have any questions or require further guidance, please reach out to:

Students: Kimberley Kelly
Employees: Sharlene Browne

Stay safe, stay healthy and best of luck to all students on your upcoming exams!

Dave

Posted on January 19 2021

Dear CMCC Students and Employees,

Last week, after making the decision to move all exams to our virtual platform, we took the time to fully review and understand the implications of the Premier’s announcement on the additional health measures being implemented in Ontario. We concentrated on those specific to the Greater Toronto Areas, to determine their impact on our return to in-person labs the week of January 25 and going forward.

In-person labs resume on January 25 as planned

We have reviewed all documentation available and received input from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities at the end of last week.  Moving our exams to a virtual platform has served us well and we are pleased to report that we will be resuming in-person labs beginning on Monday, January 25 as planned. We will continue to use the protocol of 10 person per instructional space.

Our ability to resume in-person teaching, even in this limited way, is completely dependent on our collective behaviors both on and off site. We recognize that with the completion of exams this week, many may be tempted to socialize and celebrate in some small way. But remember that we are all still in a precarious situation in Toronto and will still be held to the strict restrictions and protocols that are so very important in keeping COVID-19 away and our in-person teaching ongoing. Any lapse in judgement and what even seems like a small ‘cheat’ could have a huge impact on CMCC’s ability to continue with in-person teaching and your fellow students’ ability to go to scheduled labs as they will be required to isolate. 

Increased exposure and the need to be even more mindful

Since the break, we have already reported increased exposures, several positive cases and an increased need for staff and students needing to isolate or quarantine -- more than we had seen in the first wave of the pandemic. We are following recently reported positive cases in our community. Those cases are being worked through carefully, with local public health officials, to determine where they occurred, and whether or not they constitute the definition of an outbreak. To date, the cases are isolated and we do not have an outbreak.

We cannot stress enough that our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our entire community, and that we need everyone’s cooperation.

Continuation of remote work

As per the government lockdown restrictions announced last week, employees who do not have essential work that can only be done at CMCC, will continue to work remotely until further notice.

Protocols, screening and mask compliance, etc.

  • Students, employees and patients arriving on site for an in-person lab, essential work, or a clinic appointment will continue to be screened, via the self-assessment/ CMCC App
  • Masks must be worn in all areas both inside and outside on CMCC property
  • Proper hand hygiene and social distancing must be practiced at all times<.li>
  • If you must car pool, please ensure masks are worn properly and that windows in the vehicle are open for maximum air flow
  • All high-touch areas will continue to be frequently cleaned and monitored
  • Toronto Public Health will be notified if/when CMCC learns of two or more people who have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Rest assured -- Any individual at CMCC who may have come into contact with a suspected case will be informed directly and will be followed up by either Student Services or Human Resources as applicable.

Together, we have managed to keep things moving forward to the best of our ability. We recognize the outstanding dedication and flexibility of our students, faculty and employees as CMCC continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s keep it up!

If you have questions or concerns, please contact:

Students: kkelly@cmcc.ca  Interns: pdecina@cmcc.ca

Employees: sbrowne@cmcc.ca

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home. 

Christine Bradaric-Baus, PhD (she/her)

Vice President, Academic

Posted on January 12 2021

Good evening CMCC students and employees,

Here we are in the second week of January and the beginning of exams. We all came back to CMCC excited to begin 2021 with optimism and renewed energy to create the best possible experience for our students.

As has been the case over the past 10 months, each week has brought us new challenges. With your patience and cooperation, we have managed to keep CMCC and our community safe and continue our operations and curriculum delivery. In spite of the repeated efforts to blunt the pandemic curve, the province of Ontario is experiencing steep and deeply worrying increases in COVID-19 case numbers and this has brought new decisions and restrictions for many parts of Ontario.

Today, the province released new modelling information showing that the COVID-19 situation has drastically worsened following the holiday break. The data indicated that growth of the pandemic is particularly acute and is accelerating. New daily case rates are regularly above seven per cent and despite current restrictions, mobility and contacts between people have NOT decreased in Ontario. In his announcement today, the Premier declared a provincial state of emergency and issued a stay at home order for 28 days for all Ontarians. Every organization and workplace has now been tasked with doing whatever it can to minimize the risk of transmission by reducing travel outside of the home to the bare minimum for essential needs. 

January 18, 2021 examinations for students in Years I to III move to virtual

Though we have successfully mitigated much of the risk for transmission through our strict protocols, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to sustain this trajectory. In line with other institutions and workplaces, we are seeing an increasing number of instances where students and employees are reporting possible contact or are self-isolating to ensure that on their return to in-person learning and work at CMCC, their colleagues, friends and families are safe from any potential exposure or transmission of COVID-19.

In the interest of safety of our entire CMCC community, and out of an abundance of caution, the Incident Command and Executive Leadership teams have collectively made the decision to move all examinations for the week of January 18 to our virtual platform as we have done for this examination week. Further information regarding virtual exam rooms for week 2 will be forthcoming.  Our preference has always been to provide you with as much in-person assessment and learning as permitted by provincial and public health guidelines. We strongly believe that to ensure the safety of all of our students and of our employees, this is a necessary step to safeguard the resumption of in-person labs once provincial and public health guidelines permit. These important decisions were made in consideration of our students and in consultation with faculty, administration and local public health agencies. Our priority at all times is the safety and wellbeing of our community.

Resumption of in-person labs and learning

As we communicated to you on December 22, 2020, our plan has been to resume in-person labs on January 25, 2021 provided provincial guidelines allowed us to do so. We are in the process of reviewing that plan and our faculty availability, and will reach out to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities for further guidance. Once we have greater clarity, we will provide you with CMCC’s plan for in-person lab resumption by early next week. 

CMCC Clinics and on-site operations

At this time, all CMCC clinics will continue to operate as they have been to date with a few exceptions that are being handled on a case by case basis. Should we be required to make any changes due to circumstances at a hosted clinic, we will advise clinicians, interns and patients accordingly. As before, we are urging that only employees that have essential activities and business on campus or at a CMCC property be on site and only provided they are have been screened and cleared for entry.

We will get through this together

We recognize that many of you, students and employees, have had to make very difficult decisions along the way and these changes have caused stress and perhaps hardship. And yet, despite the difficulties and last minute changes that we have imposed at times, you have always been willing to rise to the occasion to support CMCC’s efforts to provide a safe working and learning setting.  And we are so grateful.

This has been a trying time. We still have many more challenges ahead, but we will continue to face them together as a strong, resilient CMCC community.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact:

Students: kkelly@cmcc.ca Interns: pdecina@cmcc.ca

Employees: sbrowne@cmcc.ca

For additional details on what the restrictions and measurements mean, please visit: https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/20448861/enhanced-provincewide-shutdown.pdf

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home

Dave

Posted on January 7 2021

Hello CMCC, 

Over the coming weeks, additional students and employees are returning to CMCC campus and clinics. To continue our operations and teaching, we must collectively work to protect the entire CMCC community by reducing risk of transmission of infection to others.

CONDITIONS FOR ENTRY

1.      Complete Ontario COVID-19 self-assessment via the CMCC app or Ontario website

2.      Complete the self-declaration on the CMCC app.

3.      Students are scheduled to be on campus for learning.

4.      Employees are required to be on campus for work as deemed necessary by your manager.

5.      Employees must sign in and out if not using the CMCC app.

6.      Students in attendance for paid work must sign in and out at the Main entrance.

7.      You have completed self-isolation if required.

8.      Arrival to campus means that you comply with regional restrictions in place and CMCC protocols.

The following will help you understand if you are safe to enter CMCC campus or clinics. This guidance must be followed.


Travelled to another province (Interprovincial)

 

Self-isolation

COVID Test

Students and Employees

 

Required to remain home upon return for 14 days as per Ontario government.

See travelling and returning

 

Not required.

 

Self-isolation must be completed even if you went for testing and received a negative test result.

Travelled outside of Canada (International)

 

Self-isolation

COVID Test

Students

 

You must contact Kimberley Kelly kkelly@cmcc.ca in Student Services

for a follow up.

 

Required to remain home upon return for 14 days as per Ontario government.

See travelling and returning

 

Required in addition to self-isolation.

 

Self-isolation must be completed even if you went for testing and received a negative test result.

 

Required as per the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Employees

Required to remain home upon return for 14 days as per Ontario government.

See travelling and returning

 

Not required.

 

Self-isolation must be completed even if you went for testing and received a negative test result.

Engaged in high risk activities i.e. Socialized with others outside of your home

Note If this condition

restricts your return to campus or clinics due to circumstances that need to be further discussed or evaluated, please contact Human Resources or Student Services.

 

Self-isolation

COVID Test

Students and Employees

CMCC requires you remain home for 14 days due to provincial restrictions to avoid social circles outside of your household during lockdown. 

Update:

Self-isolation must be completed even if you went for testing and received a negative test result as per CMCC.

 

Tested positive for COVID-19

 

Self-isolation

COVID Test

Students and Employees

Required to remain home as per Toronto Public Health. Number of self-isolation days to be provided by Toronto Public Health.

Follow additional guidance from Toronto Public Health.

Are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19

 

Self-isolation

COVID Test

Students and Employees

Required to remain home as per Toronto Public Health. Number of self-isolation days to be provided by Toronto Public Health.

CMCC recommends you get tested. Follow guidance from Toronto Public Health.

Are a close contact of someone who may have or has COVID-19

 

Self-isolation

COVID Test

Students and Employees

Required to remain home as per Toronto Public Health. Number of self-isolation days to be provided by Toronto Public Health.

CMCC recommends you get tested. Follow guidance from Toronto Public Health.

You live with household members who are self-isolating

 

Self-isolation

COVID Test

Students and Employees

Required to remain home as per Toronto Public Health if co-habitant’s self-isolation is due to exposure to someone who has COVID-19, has symptoms and is awaiting their test results.

CMCC recommends you get tested. Follow guidance from Toronto Public Health.

Not required to remain home if co-habitant is isolating due to travel.  Isolation is being done correctly. You are wearing a mask and keeping a two-metre distance.

Not required.

Follow guidance from Toronto Public Health.

 

Tested negative for COVID-19

 

Self-isolation

COVID Test

Students and Employees

Refer to Toronto Public Health. See Follow up Instructions after being tested. There are scenarios listed where you may have to remain home although your test was negative.

Not applicable.

Follow guidance from Toronto Public Health.

You received notification on the COVID Alert App and await test results

 

Self-isolation

COVID Test

Students and Employees

Required to remain home as per Toronto Public Health. Number of self-isolation days to be provided by Toronto Public Health.

Not applicable.

Follow guidance from Toronto Public Health.

Report a COVID Related Absence Online:

Student Form

Employee Form

 

If you are unsure about your safe entry to campus, contact Toronto Public Health.

Alternately, employees may contact Sharlene Browne sbrowne@cmcc.ca in Human Resources and Students may contact Kimberley Kelly kkelly@cmcc.ca in Student Services.


Thank you,

Incident Command Team

Posted on December 23 2020

Dear students,

Following the email sent from the President’s Office on December 22 that communicated important exam and in-person lab changes in response to the Premier’s announcement of province-wide changes, a number of you have reached out with questions and concerns. We understand that some students were troubled, particularly those who planned to leave the province for the holidays and who are now affected by the travel restrictions and mandatory self-isolation requirements. To be clear, these restrictions are put in place by the province (including but not limited to the 14-day self-isolation to those doing interprovincial travel). And for that reason, we were obligated to respond by modifying our exam and in-person lab delivery plans for January 2021.

The hybrid delivery of exams is the best way for CMCC to maintain the integrity of these high-stake exams and also ensure your safety by building in a sufficient period of self-isolation. We understand that some of you have made decisions to return later. Should this be the case, and you do not arrive on time to safely sit for an exam, you will need apply for a deferral through the usual channels. Please refer to the Deferral of Academic Requirements Policy.

In all of the communications you have received, we have emphasized that you must remain flexible in your plans. The Province has the power to impose additional restrictions, as they did on Monday December 21, at any time, for the protection of Ontarians. As recently as December 3, at the Undergraduate Advisory Council meeting, which includes class representatives from all years, I stressed that all students needed to be prepared to deal with travel and border restrictions. Just weeks ago, both Alberta and BC were discussing the potential of closing provincial borders, and you were asked to plan ahead for this to allow time for isolation prior to resuming on-campus activities.

As professionals, each of you will be responsible for the wellbeing of others who put themselves in your care. Today, those individuals are your fellow students and the instructors, each of whom depends on all of you to provide a safe environment during this unprecedented time.

We have spent hundreds of hours planning for all potential scenarios including a full lockdown, which fortunately has not been necessary. Unlike the previous lockdown in March, health care practitioners are still allowed to practice. Colleges and universities with on-campus labs are able to continue provided they stay within the 10-person limit. CMCC is still able to deliver in-person labs and exams and have done everything possible to alter the schedule to avoid extending the academic year past the end of May. Earlier in November, we also made concessions and developed alternate schedules for students who had to leave campus early for the holiday break. We have planned ahead so that in spite of the circumstances brought on by changing provincial restrictions, we have been able to pivot and adapt our curriculum delivery. And, even though time permitted, we were able to push back the January 7-8 in-person labs to the week of the 18th, to ensure that those who left the province would have the time needed to self-isolate to take in-person exams. Otherwise, they would have had to return by December 23rd .

Since early December, both the city of Toronto and the Province of Ontario have advised persons to stay home as much as possible, to stay within their household and region and leave only for essential purposes such as work, health care, groceries, etc. They discouraged travel, and even family visits, repeatedly.  For students who purchased airline tickets some time ago, prior to the introduction of these new provincial restrictions, airlines may be willing to waive changes fees as they did in earlier phases of lockdown, and this option should be explored sooner rather than later.

We have been so fortunate at CMCC in that we have been able to continue to deliver the curriculum in challenging conditions and keep everyone on track to fulfill the requirements for each Year. We will continue to adapt as required to keep everyone safe, which may also result in further curricular modifications should future restrictions be implemented. We thank each of you for your continued commitment to the wellbeing of your fellow students and faculty as you move forward to take your places among Canadian health care professionals.

Dr. Christine Bradaric-Baus

VP, Academic

For more information on the details of the December 21 announcement from the Premier, including travel and self-isolation requirements, please review the information available at the Ontario Government website. Full details are also available to download in a pdf document

Posted on December 22 2020

Good day CMCC Community,

Yesterday, Premier Ford announced sweeping new public health measures as Ontario tries to curb a climbing number of COVID-19 cases, which is increasing the strain on our hospitals. These changes and restrictions go into effect on December 26, 2020 and will now have an impact on our plans for reopening and resuming classes, examinations and work at CMCC in January 2021.

In his announcement, Premier Ford underlined the importance of taking extraordinary measures and actions now to break the increasing volume of cases, protect public health and the health care system, and spare our hospital system and lives. New modelling announced today indicate that this is a critical time in the province. The restrictions are intended to curb the rates, slow the spread and reset the province. 

Important points for Greater Toronto Area:

Education

o   Elementary: resume on January 11, 2021 in person + remote

o   Secondary:  resume remote learning only on January 11 and return to in-person + remote January 25, 2021

o   Post-Secondary: Resume for virtual instruction with limited exceptions where in-person instruction is required, subject to physical distancing. In-person teaching (each instructional space at the institution at one time) and in-person examinations cannot exceed 10 persons.

Other measures include:

  • Restricting indoor organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household (the people you live with)
  • Prohibiting in-person shopping in most retail settings - curbside pickup and delivery can continue.
  • Restricting indoor access to shopping malls
  • Prohibiting indoor and outdoor dining.

Full Ontario Press Release

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR CMCC STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES?

Students Years I-III

All students who have traveled outside of Ontario are required to return to Ontario by January 4, 2021 to be able to comply with the required 14-day self-isolation period in time for the resumption of in-person labs and exams.

Institutions of higher education offering hands-on learning, such as CMCC are able to proceed with in-person learning provided there is compliance to a maximum of 10 individuals per instructional space and social distancing. However, we have modified scheduling to ensure that all students have adequate time to isolate prior to beginning in-person attendance.

In-Person Labs January 7 and 8 ONLY cancelled (applicable to Year I-II)

With the provincial restrictions announced today and to keep students, faculty and supporting staff healthy and safe, we have made the decision to cancel in-person labs scheduled for January 7 and 8, 2021. These labs will be made up the week of January 18, 2021. A revised schedule will be posted shortly. 

Exams Hybrid Model (Virtual + In-person)

To ensure that all students have had adequate time to return and isolate if necessary (if travel has occurred)

·         Week 1 exams – January 11-15 will be delivered virtually

·         Week 2 exams – January 18-22 will be held in person. We are confident that we will be able to deliver in-person examinations as planned and practiced the week of December 14. (This week will also be used to make up the January 7 and 8 labs).

Please be prepared with two devices for remote exam writing and proctoring.

In-Person Labs resume January 25, 2021 (applicable to all years)

In-person labs resume the week of January 25, 2021 provided provincial restrictions are not extended further. Please ensure that if you have travelled, you have satisfied all provincial and regional requirements for self-isolation before you return to your student groups.

No change to online lecture and virtual small group sessions

Regardless of whether or not we return to full closure, or 10+ individuals per instructional space, all online lectures and virtual small group sessions and labs will continue as scheduled.

Library

Library will be operating remotely to continue providing full access to online collections and research and reference services. Study space reservation in the library (to a maximum of 28 seats) to resume the week of January 25, 2021 to accommodate the Year I-III students attending in-person labs and approved by Student Services.

Students Year IV – no change

The restrictions announced on December 21, 2020 by the Premier do not affect our ability to offer patient care in our clinic system. Health care and social services are permitted to be open. As you are aware, CMCC clinics are closed throughout the CMCC Clinic system from December 24, 2020 to January 4, 2021 with the exception of urgent care services at Campus Clinic on December 29 and 30. Those services remain available.  Please work with your PMT to ensure that you are able to meet all requirements to allow you to resume patient care on January 4, 2021 or have made advance alternate arrangements with your clinician.

Employees

Again, we stress that only essential employees are to make plans to be on site during this period of January 4 to January 25, 2021. That means that if you don’t teach an in-person lab, are proctoring or giving an exam, or have facilities or other duties where you MUST be on CMCC property, please continue to work from home.


REMINDER for Students and Employees RETURNING TO CMCC IN JANUARY 2021: Updated Screening and Attestation

Upon resuming operations in January 2021, the CMCC App Attestation has been updated to include a declaration that you have followed all public health guidelines including social gathering guidelines and close contact guidelines to ensure minimal risk of transmission to our community.  This includes the provincial mandate for self-isolation following any out-of-province travel.  You must complete the attestation with or without a screener present at the entry point. This is required for our records regarding your safe entry onto campus. 

NOTE: Anyone arriving at campus or a clinic who has engaged in activities that are deemed to be of high risk transmission (inside activities with members outside of your household for example), within a 14 day period, will be declined entry. You will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days and/or get tested to avoid risk of transmission within the CMCC community. If this is the case, you will need to make appropriate arrangements with Student Services or Human Resources for this absence.

It is up to each one of us to preserve the safety of this community. Let’s remember why we are taking these extraordinary measures which will keep our CMCC community and our loved ones safe.

Relax, take care, recharge and we will see you one way or the other in January, safe and healthy and ready to take on 2021.

Dave

Posted on December 16 2020

Dear Year I-III Students,

As you prepare to take your holiday season break beginning next week to return to CMCC on January 4, 2021 I wanted to reassure you that our academic and administrative teams have been planning ahead to respond to any challenges we may still face, should the COVID-19 caseload situation worsen after the holiday period and result in a full lockdown of all educational activities.

As I stressed last week, our preference is to run in-person exams in small, safe groups under 10 per instructional space beginning January 11, 2021 and therefore it is important that you are here and ready to write.  However, if provincial and public health guidance, once again force us to pivot to full virtual education, cancelling in-person labs for a period of time, we have built out the schedule and scenario that will allow CMCC to deliver the educational experience we are obligated to provide and still allow the academic year to end on schedule (May 2021).

 

Here's what you need to know if:  

  1. Gathering restrictions are extended for 2-4 weeks and end on January 18, 2021 (10 person max per space still allowed)

CMCC will continue with in-person exams and return to labs with groups of 10 afterwards. 

  1. Complete lockdown beginning December 21, 2020 for 4 weeks, and ending January 18, 2021

All exams scheduled for January 11-22, will be conducted virtually.  Return to in-person labs when/if cleared by provincial and public health guidelines.

  1. Complete lockdown beginning January 18, 2021 for 4 weeks, and ending February 22, 2021

Closure of in-person labs.  All educational activity will be virtual and follow a modified schedule to February 22, 2021.

If we are able to return to groups of 10 after this period, schedules have been completed to bring us to the end of the academic year with no missed time.  BUT all missed in-person labs will be rescheduled to the two weeks of March exams (March 8-12 and March 15-19) and Spring Break week (March 22-26).

There will be no change to online lecture and virtual small group sessions.

Regardless of whether or not we return to full closure, or 10+ individuals per instructional space, all online lectures and virtual small group sessions and labs will continue as scheduled.

That may be a lot to take in today, but we suggest you give this careful consideration and limit any plans for the Spring Break.

So far this year, in spite of huge challenges and obstacles, we have been able to maintain the overall curriculum schedule due to planning ahead and will continue to do so.  Our last resort will be the extension of the academic year; however, at this point in time, we do not anticipate that to be a necessary step.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.  We are committed to providing you with the best educational experience possible in these very trying times.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your Year Director.

 

Christine Bradaric-Baus, PhD (she/her)

Vice President, Academic

 

Posted on December 14 2020

Dear CMCC Community,

‘Tis the season – winter holidays have begun, and like you, I am looking forward to taking some time off to shake this COVID fatigue and enjoy the holiday season. 

No matter what traditions you have and holidays you celebrate, this is usually an important time to spend with family and friends. This year, the celebrations may be very different; at home and with fewer people, but will provide us with a good break to revitalize before we return to CMCC in January -- healthy and ready to take on 2021. 

But we can’t do that, unless we take the restrictions and public health guidelines intended to slow the spread of this pandemic to heart, and follow them to ensure we do not put ourselves and others in our community at risk. This is the only way that we will be able to resume our studies and work without risk of transmission to our colleagues, classmates and patients.

I know that none of us at CMCC would intentionally put someone at risk, so I ask you to be mindful of all of your activities over this holiday break, and think about the health and wellbeing of this entire community. As you make your holiday plans, please read the current public health guidelines for Toronto, and for any region in which you plan to spend time before returning in January. As I have said before and will say again, together, we have done an extraordinary job of keeping our entire CMCC community safe.

This holiday season will be a major challenge, but as current and future leaders in health care, we have the knowledge and power to continue to make CMCC an exemplary model of health and safety during this extraordinary time.

Before implementing your holiday plans to be with family, friends and loved ones, here are a few things to consider: 

 

  • BE INFORMED: Read and follow the gathering and winter celebration guidelines from the local public health authority: Ontario, Guidance and links for all public health authorities in Canada. Ensure that you are aware of the current COVID-19 activity in your immediate community to make an informed decision about whether you should revise your plans.

 

  • SELF SCREEN: Continue to self screen to ensure you are not putting yourself or anyone in your household at risk.

 

  • SOCIAL GATHERING: If planning to gather with family and friends (per the allowances in your community), think about a virtual event, or plan low risk activities outdoors where everyone can social distance. Keep the size down to the limits allowed in your community.
  • TRAVEL: If traveling, always practice social distancing and hand hygiene, and wear a mask or face covering. Consider the risk of COVID-19 transmission where you are going and check all rules and regulations of that region, province or country. Avoid gathering with those who are from areas of high COVID-19 activity.
    • Self-quarantine or drastically reduce close contact with others for 10 to 14 days before travelling to other provinces and after returning home

RETURNING TO CMCC IN JANUARY: Updated screening and attestation

Upon resuming operations on January 4, 2021, and to add a layer of protection for students, faculty, staff and our patients, we are updating the CMCC App Attestation. The Attestation will includes a declaration that you have followed all public health guidelines including social gathering guidelines and close contact guidelines to ensure minimal risk of transmission to our community. 

NOTE: Anyone arriving at campus or a clinic who has engaged in activities that are deemed to be of high risk transmission (inside activities with members outside of your household for example), within a 14 day period, will be declined entry. You will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days and/or get tested to avoid risk of transmission within the CMCC community. If this is the case, you will need to make appropriate arrangements with Student Services or Human Resources for this absence.

It is up to each one of us to preserve the safety of this community. I know we can count on each other to keep the CMCC community safe.

Enjoy the break. Happy holidays.

Dave

Posted on December 4 2020

Hello CMCC community,

It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2020, and one of the most extraordinary and challenging years we’ve had in recent history. Who could have imagined what 2020 had in store for us these past 12 months?

We have been challenged in so many ways and yet, together, with courage and determination, we have come very far.

You have all worked tirelessly with us as we changed almost everything we do -- from curriculum delivery, hands-on learning and patient care, student recruitment and support, facilities management, workplace collaboration, events, and all day to day operations just to name a few. You have all gone above and beyond and we are grateful.

Thank you for your dedication, your understanding and your willingness to innovate and explore new ways of learning, teaching and working. We have covered a lot of ground, but I’m sure you are as eager as I am to usher in a new chapter with 2021.

With a break approaching, I hope you can each take time to relax and restore, and to enjoy the holidays in preparation for the New Year.

For Years I-III students: your last official class day ends on December 18 and we will see you back in class on January 4, 2021. Exams are running as scheduled beginning the week of January 11, 2021.

For IV students: all CMCC clinics will be closed from December 24, 2020 and reopen for patient care on January 4, 2021. However, several interns and a clinician will also be available for urgent care at Campus Clinic. More details will be provided as they are finalized. 

For employees: we will be closing the campus for the holiday period on December 23, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. with all clinics closing at 8:00 p.m. I greatly appreciate all the long hours and extra work our employees have done to ensure that we could continue to provide a safe working and learning environment and continue to deliver a quality academic program, and I know that everyone could use a little extra time to relax.  So instead of closing down at noon on December 24th as we have for the past few years, we are going to close the campus and clinics for the entire day.  If you have already requested vacation time off for the 24th, please work with your manager to have this date reversed in HROnline.  Any questions can be directed to HR should you run into any issues.

CMCC is closed December 24, 2020 to January 3, 2021
Campus and all CMCC operations including the Library will be closed beginning December 24, 2020 and will resume on January 4, 2021. Aside from the statutory holidays, the balance of the days during this period are CMCC designated days are not considered in your vacation time allotment.

Exceptions: December 29, 30, 31
T
he week of December 29, there will be a small group of essential employees on campus to attend to facility needs.

We hope that you take this holiday time as an opportunity to recover, renew and prepare for 2021.  If you are travelling at all, please do so safely and comply with provincial and national guidelines. Remember that upon return, you may be required to self-isolate or quarantine.

Above all else, please take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Dave

Posted on November 23 2020

Dear CMCC students and employees:  

This evening, CMCC received a memorandum from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities providing additional guidance and restrictions to private colleges in Toronto and Peel during the imposed LOCKDOWN.  In the memorandum received at 5:30 p.m. this evening, we were advised that though CMCC may continue in-person teaching for clinical education, we will now be limited to 10 individuals per instructional space.

Our safety protocols of hand hygiene, distancing and PPE use are strong and within the mandate, but the limited gathering numbers is a challenging adjustment. This has a major impact on our current schedule and staffing requirements which is under revision this evening with our Incident Command, Executive and Academic Teams but which we are confident we can resolve within the next 24 hours.

What does this mean for you? 

All Labs for Monday Nov 23, 2020 are CANCELLED

All in-person laboratories are cancelled for Monday November 23, 2020 while we work on the schedule, and faculty and facility changes required to manage this late-breaking mandate. We will need this time to finalize our plans and ensure we have adequate faculty and reconfigured spaces available to deliver the next four weeks of restricted in-person labs.

In-person labs will resume with an updated schedule by Tuesday November 24 which will comply with these new restrictions of 10 individuals to an instructional space.

A new schedule for make-up labs and open practice will also be posted later this week.

Will Library be open?

The Library will be closed for all services except drop-off and pickup. 

What does that mean for Year IV and clinic?

Fortunately, there will be no change to Year IV schedules and clinic operations.

What about Student Services appointments?

Student Services will be operating strictly on a virtual basis. If you require any information, accommodation or have any further questions, please contact Student Services by email at studentservices@cmcc.ca.

 Thank you for your continued patience with the often untenable situation. We will be providing a further update and in-personal lab schedule by end of day Monday, November 23, 2020.

Please stay safe, be patient and we will do our best to minimize any inconvenience this late development has brought on. 

Dave

Posted on November 20 2020

Dear CMCC students and employees,   

In today’s COVID-19 briefing, Premier Ford, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health, and other health experts, has moved the Toronto and Peel public health units from RED to LOCKDOWN for the next 28 days ending Monday, December 21, 2020.  

This action is part of a targeted regional approach to prevent a province-wide lockdown and to avoid overwhelming the hospital system which is already under strain. As you have heard each and every day this week, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in the province, but particularly in these areas where we live, study and work, continues to rise.

Keeping the health of our students, employees, patients and the greater community is our highest priority. We therefore request that all employees who are not involved in in-person instruction and able to work from home do so. Please only arrive on campus if you are engaged in in-person teaching or essential on campus services or for scheduled appointments for treatment in Clinic. Together, we have been managing incredibly well despite increasingly difficult circumstances. We have been successful in keeping our community safe and we must continue to do so. 

Campus Operations + In-Person Labs

Campus will remain open during normal operation hours and in-person labs will continue as scheduled in line with what is happening in other health care education programs in Toronto. There may be some reduction in personnel onsite. 

 Clinic Operations

CMCC Clinic services will continue to operate to provide in-person patient care with full protocols in place as usual.

We will continue to observe careful safety and disinfection protocols in all CMCC facilities as we have been doing and if additional measures are needed, we will not hesitate to take them.

Thank you for your continued diligence in reducing the spread of the virus by ensuring you practice good hand hygiene, physical distancing, wear a face covering and take all necessary precautionary measures when out in public. But please do your best to stay home as much as possible and leave only for work, study, or essential trips for groceries, medical appointments, etc. 

We thank everyone for doing their part in protecting our community and helping to reduce and control the spread of COVID-19. 

Please stay safe, follow the public health guidelines and stay home as much as you can. 

Dave

Posted October 19 2020

Hello Students and Employees,

Screening for COVID-19 is an essential step in protecting us when we come to learn and work at CMCC. As an added layer of protection, we are introducing a new process that combines the Ontario online self-assessment plus a self-declaration. This can all be done in under a minute through the CMCC Mobile App beginning today.

The CMCC Mobile App, introduced last year to students, is available for Apple and Android mobile phones or tablets. It has been enhanced to allow students and employees to login with their CMCC credentials, complete the online self assessment and present their self-declaration. This adds just a few seconds to the self-assessment process, but provides CMCC with important attendance and record keeping information for daily attendance on campus and health screening as mandated by the province.

It’s easy and intuitive and may save you time at screening and avoid lineups!

1.      Download the CMCC Mobile App if not already on your phone (Apple and Android) and login using you CMCC credentials.

2.      Select the Ontario self-assessment logo.

3.      Complete the Ontario self-assessment, select DONE

4.      Click on the Self-Declaration logo, Select YES or NO and SUBMIT

5.      Show Self-Declaration result page to screener.


CLEARED TO ENTER       

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ENTRY DENIED

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It’s Mandatory: The CMCC App is available to download today and will be the only accepted screening tool beginning Thursday October 22. Self-assessment using the CMCC Mobile App is mandatory for all employees and students and must be completed once per day upon entry at any CMCC site. This includes entering campus outside of normal operating hours when a screener is not present.

Save Time and Avoid Lineups: Have your CMCC app result ready before you arrive on campus. 

What information is CMCC collecting? Name, date, self-declaration result, time. NOTHING ELSE.

If you don’t have a mobile device, you will screened verbally at the entrance and you must sign in.