Covid Frequently Asked Questions

VACCINATION POLICY

What is Sault College’s vaccination policy?

Sault College has a vaccination policy to help keep our campuses and properties safe for staff and students. Those accessing campus/properties must satisfy one of the following requirements:

1. be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 

“Fully vaccinated” means having received (a) the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines, one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada and (b) having received a final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago.

OR

2. Granted an accommodation for an approved exemption (ex. medical exemption)

  • those with accommodation must provide a negative rapid antigen test result taken within 72 hours of accessing campus/properties
What  does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

“Fully vaccinated” means having received (a) the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines, one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada and (b) having received a final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago.

What happens if I am partially vaccinated or not yet vaccinated?

Any individuals without an exemption who are not fully vaccinated are not permitted onto campus/properties. 

Can I provide a negative rapid test to access campus/properties if I am not vaccinated?

No, you must be fully vaccinated to access campus/properties. Rapid tests will only be accepted for those individuals with an approved exemption.

I have an approved exemption. What are the requirements to access campus/properties?

Those with an approved exemption accessing campus/properties must provide negative test results within 72 of accessing campus/properties. Those with exemptions will be responsible for arranging and obtaining their own tests.  

What vaccinations will be accepted at Sault College?

All vaccines must either be approved by Health Canada and/or the World Health Organization (WHO). “Fully vaccinated” means having received (a) the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines, one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada and (b) having received a final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago.

Will I get reimbursed for rapid antigen testing if I have an exemption?

Those with exemptions will be responsible for arranging and obtaining their own tests.  

How do I provide proof of vaccination?

The Sault Safe app is a free app available for all Sault College students and staff.  You must upload you  proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the app for College access.

Where can I get the Sault Safe app?

The app can be downloaded through the following:
Sault Safe for iPhone 
Sault Safe for android SAULT SAFE - Apps on Google Play

What if I cannot use the Sault Safe app?

Staff and students who do have access to a mobile phone can complete the application through the a web browser, print off a copy of the approved badge to present to security when accessing the College.

What happens after I submit my proof of vaccination?

Once your proof of vaccination has been submitted and is under review, you will have a yellow QR code on the “View Application Status”. Once approved, you will have a green QR Code that you can show to security when accessing the College.

How long does it take for my proof of vaccination to be approved?

Our team is working diligently to review and approve proof of vaccination. Approval may take several days.

Will the College be storing my personal information?

The app is designed to ensure that health information submitted to the College is secure and confidential. Only Occupational Health and Safety sees the vaccination proof and it is then immediately deleted.  You will know it has been deleted once you receive the green QR Code on your app. 

We want to assure staff and students that personal health information will not be stored. Once proof of vaccination has been submitted, reviewed and approved, the system automatically removes it from the app and you get a green QR Code.

Where can I get my vaccination receipts?

Official vaccination receipts can be downloaded from Ontario’s Vaccination webpage, which can then be uploaded to the Sault Safe app.

What else can I do with the app?

In addition to proof of vaccination, the app has many great features, including:

  • campus maps
  • friend walk
  • report security issues or tips emergency contacts
  • resources for help
Where can I access the College-approved education session?

The College-approved education session is mandatory for staff who are not fully vaccinated. The training is available through the following link: COVID 19 Education Session.

I received one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. What type of vaccine can I get for my second dose to ensure I am compliant with the vaccination policy?

We recommend you contact Algoma Public Health to inquire about your options. APH also has additional information about vaccines on its website.

I received one dose of my vaccine out-of-country and it is approved by the World Health Organization. What are my options?

We recommend you contact Algoma Public Health to inquire about your options. APH also has additional information about vaccines on its website.

I received a vaccination that is not approved by the World Health Organization. What are my options?

“Fully vaccinated” means having received (a) the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or any combination of such vaccines, one or two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada, followed by one dose of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine authorized by Health Canada, or three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine not authorized by Health Canada and (b) having received a final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago.    We recommend you contact Algoma Public Health for further guidance. 

As an international student, can I get vaccinated when I arrive in Ontario?

Vaccines are now widely available across Ontario. We recommend you contact Algoma Public Health for further direction.

I will be living in residence, but my courses are online. Do I need to be compliant with this policy?

Yes, you will need to satisfy one of the requirements of this policy to live in residence.

I am a varsity athlete. How does this policy impact me?

All athletes must be fully vaccinated to participate in any college sport.

How do I request an accommodation?

Students requesting an accommodation should email Matt Trainor at matt.trainor@saultcollege.ca

What will happen if I choose not to comply with this policy?

It is your choice as to whether you wish to be vaccinated, however the vaccination policy does apply to all employees, students, contractors, volunteers, and visitors wishing to access the college. Further it is mandated by the Ontario Government. Should you choose not to be vaccinated and if you do not have an approved exemption you will not be allowed to access any college facilities.

Does this policy only apply if I am going to be inside of College properties? 

No, this policy applies to those individuals in all areas (indoors and outdoors) of Sault College campus/properties.

How can I find a record of my vaccination?

You can view and print your own vaccine receipts on demand at: https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/

After vaccination, individuals with an Ontario photo health card can log in to the provincial portal to download or print an electronic COVID-19 vaccine receipt (PDF) for each dose received. Receipts are available:

  • for first and second doses received in Ontario regardless of where you were vaccinated in Ontario (for example, at a mass immunization clinic, hospital, pharmacy, or primary care setting)
  • for doses received out of province, if reported to the local public health unit (and if approved international vaccines)

To log in, individuals will need:

  • a green photo health (OHIP) card (you will need numbers from both the front and back of the card, expired cards will be accepted)
  • date of birth
  •  postal code

If you have a red and white health card, call the Provincial Vaccine Booking Line at 1- 833-943-3900. The call centre agent can email you a copy of your receipt.

HEALTH AND SAFETY AND COLLEGE ACCESS

Who can access the college?

Students who have scheduled on-campus classes can access the College. Staff who are required and needed to support or deliver services on campus will be expected to return to work on campus. The College will not be open to the general public. 

COVID-19 training must be completed prior to entering Sault Ste. Marie campus/College properties for staff and students. This is required regardless if you completed training last year, this training must be re-taken.

ALL STAFF AND STUDENTS: Sault College COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

STUDENTS ONLY:  Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Student Informed Consent

For students studying in Brampton and Toronto, COVID awareness training will be covered during the online orientation sessions, and will also be available in Brightspace which can be accessed, with student login information here:   https://gateway.trios.com/sault-student/index.html.

What do I do if I am feeling ill and am supposed to be on campus?

If you are feeling ill, do not attend campus and complete the   self-assessment tool  for next steps.

Who do I contact to provide my negative test results so I can access the College?

As per the College’s Campus Contact Response Plan, please contact your Professor/Program Chair or direct supervisor to advise of your negative COVID-19 test result. If you are unsure of who to contact, please see the above ‘Contact Us’ with contact information by program area.

What entrance should we be using?

At this time, access to campus is restricted to the main F Wing door (Health and Wellness entrance).

What do I need to access the College?

You will need to scan your student card when entering the College. By swiping your card, you are completing all necessary screening questions. To view what you are attesting when entering campus/properties, visit the Latest Update page of our website.

If I have to attend campus, what precautions are being taken to ensure the safety of students?

The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority and is at the forefront of our decision making. Sault College will be implementing a number of safety measures including but not limited to: enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols, use of personal protective equipment,   physical distancing where required, utilizing technologies to minimize manual operations, creating new safer spaces for classrooms, and reviewing our HVAC systems to provide great air quality. The College will also continue to follow directions and guidelines by government and public health agencies to ensure the safety of all. For the health and safety of all, students and staff attending campus will be trained in protocols relative to COVID-19.

How do I access the COVID awareness training?

COVID-19 training must be completed prior to entering Sault Ste. Marie campus/College properties for staff and students. This is required regardless if you completed training last year, this training must be re-taken.


ALL STAFF AND STUDENTS: Sault College COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

STUDENTS ONLY:  Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Student Informed Consent

 

For students studying in Brampton and Toronto, COVID awareness training will be covered during the online orientation sessions, and will also be available in Brightspace which can be accessed, with student login information here:   https://gateway.trios.com/sault-student/index.html.

Do I need to wear a mask/face covering?

Yes, the use of face masks/coverings is required. Students are responsible for supplying their own masks.

What if I cannot wear a mask/face covering due to a medical condition?

If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, please contact Student Services at   studentsupport@saultcollege.ca  before coming to campus.

Where is physical distancing required?

Physical   distancing is required in all locations except in classrooms and labs    during    faculty    led    sessions that have been    scheduled    by    the    College    and    appear    on    a    student's    timetable.   

Has the College done a deep clean?

Yes.

Has the HVAC system been cleaned?

All the filters have been changed in the system and we have increased fresh intake by having the fans work on continuous intake as opposed to on-demand activation.

Are Designated Smoking Areas closed?

Yes,  all Designated Smoking Areas are closed.

 STUDENT  SERVICES


Will the Student Financial Assistance Office, Financial Services and Registrar’s Office be open?

Limited in-person services will be available; however, the preferred method of communication is as follows:

Financial Services   financialservices@saultcollege.ca

Registrar’s Office     registrar@saultcollege.ca

International Admissions   international.admissions@saultcollege.ca

Student Financial Assistance Office   student.financial.assistance@saultcollege.ca

I am worried about online/remote delivery and being able to complete my studies this way?

We understand your concerns. Faculty and staff are available to help you adapt to online/remote delivery learning. We encourage you to reach out to your faculty, the Student Services team at   studentsupport@saultcollege.ca  and review the resources on the Student Portal within the Student Support section.

What student services are available for students?

Student services will offer a mix of remote and face to face delivery of services.

Counselling and Accessibility Services appointments will continue to be delivered remotely. The I.M. Well App and other free web/phone/text supports are available for students as well. For more information, contact studentsupport@saultcollege.ca or visit our office on campus in E1101.  Our friendly staff are available to assist you on campus and remotely.

Testing Centre services will continue to be delivered remotely and in person, including entrance, challenge exams, apprentice exemptions tests and support for students requiring accommodations. Out of Class Testing will be available within the Testing Centre with capacity limits in place. Evening testing hours will be available on Thursday evenings starting September 23rd. For more information, contact   Accessibility.testing@saultcollege.ca  or   testing@saultcollege.ca

The Student Support Centre and Testing Centre (E1101) will be available Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. –  4:30 p.m. (starting September 23rd the Testing Centre is open until 7:30pm)

The Student Job Centre team will be available in person and remotely to support student employment enquiries.  Email at studentjobcentre@saultcollege.ca or visit E1101 on campus.

The Student Success team will continue to be available remotely.

I am a student who had an IEP in highschool and received accommodations for in- class learning and/or testing. How do I access these services remotely?

Students with disabilities will need to make an appointment with one of our Counsellors to set up their accommodations. Please contact   studentsupport@saultcollege.ca   or visit E1101 to set up an appointment as soon as possible. It is important that students with disabilities use the accommodations that they need to ensure their academic success, particularly while we navigate this new learning environment.

I am returning to school after many years. Is there any assistance that I can access to help me be better prepared for success?

You are not alone! Please contact   studentsupport@saultcollege.ca  or visit E1101 for assistance.

Will the library be open and peer tutoring available?

Online resources: the library will be available via Teams, email (library@saultcollege.ca ) and our chat service on our website.  We have over 90 online academic database for your studies that are available remotely.  You will receive an email with your ID (your student #) and PIN to access our online resources off campus (this can be in your hometown, another country or down the street from the college.  More information can be found through these links:

Library website: www.saultcollegelibrary.ca
Online Learning & Videos on How to Use the Library: https://saultcollegelibrary.ca/OnlineLearning

The Library is being renovated as we continuously improve our services for students, please check out our renovation page.  Our team is able to provide access to our physical collection through our library material pickup service. These services are only available to Sault College faculty, students and staff members. The library staff will be available for material pick up Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and will require a pick-up appointment.  Please note this time may have to be adjusted due to the construction/renovation but we will inform you ahead of time.

To make an appointment simply email library@saultcollege.ca  and provide the following information:

Date (Tuesday or Thursday)

Time (between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) at 15 minute intervals. i.e.: 10 a.m., 10:15 a.m. etc. Please note: due to social distancing requirements we may not be able to accommodate the exact time requested but will do our best to provide a time as close to your requested time as possible. Should this occur we will contact you via email with a re-assigned time. Book title, author and catalogue #  Your name and student card #


When using the Library material Pickup Service, as part of Sault College Health and Safety procedures, you will be required to wear a mask at all times, maintain physical distancing, and follow all instructions and on-site signage. Please note: access to services such as the library could change without notice due to orders from Algoma Public Health

Peer tutoring group drop-in sessions and one-on-one/small group tutoring will continue to be offered through MS Teams. For more information, visit   www.saultcollegelibrary.ca    or contact   peer.tutoring@saultcollege.ca.

The library will need a days’ notice to process the request.  Please be sure to have your request in no later than 8 p.m. the night before.

At your confirmed date and time please visit the library book drop window (located in the H wing just to the right of the library doors) and present your student or staff card to library staff.  Once we have confirmed the correct individual is picking up the material, we will pass the book to you through the drop box.  Please return all material to the new drop box inside the F Wing (An appointment is not needed to drop off material and can be dropped off anytime the College is open.)  

 Due to construction students and faculty are not allowed in the library. 

Are computer labs open for use?

Computers labs will be available for use.

What is happening with athletics and is the fitness centre open?

The Fitness Centre, gym facilities and Waterfront Adventure Centre are open for student use with COVID restrictions limiting capacity. Visit https://www.saultcougars.ca/landing/index for more information.   As per the announcement by the Government of Ontario on September 1st with new regulations for fitness facilities, beginning September 22nd, only those individuals who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after the second dose) will be allowed to enter the Sault College Fitness Centre. You will be required to show proof of vaccination in order to enter the facility.

Varsity and in person club sport competition will be available.

E-sports and virtual campus recreation activities continue to be offered for all students. Activity information can be found at   www.saultcougars.ca    or email   athletics@saultcollege.ca.

Is the Health Centre open?

The campus Physician will be available for virtual appointments. Students requesting a virtual appointment should contact Anne Erechook at Anne.Erechook@saultcollege.ca. Remote services will be delivered through tele-health (https://dialadoc.ca). International students can access remotely via Guard Me Insurance.

What are Sault College Students’ Union Services and contact Information? 

Effectively September 7, the Sault College Students’ Union will be open for in-person visits with adjusted hours and limited capacity during the Fall 2021. The SCSU team is still available Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Our primary means of communication is email. Staff can be reached as per below contact information or via email at SCSUInfo@saultcollege.ca. 

 For updates please visit: 

https://www.facebook.com/SCstudentsunion/www.instagram.com/myscsuwww.myscsu.ca 

SCSU Contact Information: 

SCSU President - Ahmad Alkosani – Ahmad.Alkosani@saultcollege.ca – Phone 705-989-8260 

Executive Director - Sue Pedace Misasi – Sue.Misasi@saultcollege.ca – Phone 705-987-0850 

Program Manager – Jamie Rogers – Jamie.Rogers@saultcollege.ca – Phone 705-943-1161 

Office Assistant - Tiffany Agliani – Tiffany-Jo.Agliani@saultcollege.ca  – Phone 705-542-3758 

VP Campus Connections – Virat Katwal  – Virat.Katwal@student.saultcollege.ca 

VP Student Life – Roshan Katwal – Roshan.Katwal@saultcollege.ca 

ISU President – position currently not filled – contact SCSUinfo@saultcollege.ca 

 SCSU Services: 

Student Advocacy – Contact: SCSU President 

SCSU represents and advocates for students’ rights. We are here to provide guidance through academic and sanction appeals. Please email SCSU President to set up a remote appointment. 

Emergency Student Food Bank – Contact: SCSU President 

Events and Awareness Weeks – Contact: Program Manager 

Student events and awareness weeks will continue to be delivered remotely. 

Health and Dental Plan – Contact: Executive Director 

SCSU Health and Dental Plan offers affordable health, dental, vision, and travel coverage. The plan is in effect from September 1 to August 31 of the following year. All full-time domestic fee-paying students are automatically covered. Please visit: www.studentcare.ca for further details or email contact above. 

Student Handbooks (Agendas) – Contact: Program Manager 

Student Handbooks are free to Sault College students. Keep an eye on SCSU social media to find out how you may get your handbook or email above contact. 

Chapters and Clubs – Contact: Executive Director or Office Assistant 

A Chapter is a group of students within the same academic program. A Club is a group of students who share the same interests. To find out how to initiate a Chapter or Club please go to SCSU website or email contact above. 

Volunteer Opportunities – Contact: Program Manager 

Students may sign up for volunteer opportunities (on-campus, local and community opportunities) at www.myscsu.ca/volunteer. 

Grad Photos and Flowers – Contact: Program Manager 

SCSU works with Studio Nostalgia to provide students with Graduation photos. Please visit https://mygradphotossault.com or email contact above. 

Used Book Sales – Contact: Program Manager 

SCSU receives donation of books and other items and in return sells it to students at a great discount. Please visit http://www.myscsu.ca/buy.html 

 SCSU services being re-introduced this Fall

Sault Transit Bus Pass – Contact: Office Assistant 

Discounted Photocopying – Contact: Office Assistant  

Bulletin Boards Postings (Posters) – Contact: Office Assistant  

Student Employment Opportunities – Contact: Executive Director  

SCSU services currently suspended until further notice: 

Equipment Loan-Out – Contact: Office Assistant  

Student Work-Stations – Contact: Executive Director 

The Breakfast Program – Contact: Executive Director 

The Lounge – Contact: Executive Director 

Odeno Pub – Contact: Executive Director

 

 

 

We are committed to reviewing the latest resources and adapting the latest guidelines to our facility. We are promoting the implemented practices through communication and education. We are proactive with all hands on deck and are committed to being flexible under the guidance of public health officials. We are ready!
See our planned approach on re-opening our campus. Please check our website frequently for updates on program delivery, campus re-opening plans and updates on our precautions to a safe environment.