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Quarantine Details & Requirements

Legal Requirement for a 14-day quarantine


International students arriving from any other country, who are not fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine, are required to comply with the legal government requirement to self-quarantine for the required 14-day period before moving into boarding. Student families will communicate their arrival and quarantine plans to the Director of Boarding and Health Services. Students are provided with an entry letter from Pickering College outlining the agreed upon plan. 

Students who are fully vaccinated with a Health Canada approved vaccine are required to quarantine until the results of their arrival COVID-19 test is back and is negative. They are then permitted to move into boarding.  

Consequences for breaching quarantine


Families who breach the Quarantine Act 14-day self isolation will be reported to the Ontario Public Health Authority (1-866-797-0000) and local law enforcement and will not be permitted to move into boarding as pre-arranged.
Students who opt not to participate in the 14-day self-isolation and not join in person classes can opt to withdraw through the Admission/Business Office.

Signed Pledge


All students participating in the Pickering College Self-Isolation Program are required to have signed Consent form/pledge that outlines all the expectations and requirements of the Self-Isolation Program and includes costs and an attestation confirming their understanding the requirements.

Institutional Policies


Arrangements have been made to provide quarantine services to our students and any accompanying family members. The Quarantine Program is an additional cost for families as outlined in the consent form.

Mandatory 14-day quarantine for international students - Details


Pickering College has partnered with the Comfort Inn - Newmarket; located at 1230 Journey’s End Circle, to provide a quarantine program that will allow international students to stay in a private hotel room for the required 14-day quarantine period that is required by the Quarantine Act Emergency Order.

The cost of this option is $2500. This cost is communicated to families prior to their departure to Canada and they have signed a consent form.

Students who opt not to participate in the school 14-day quarantine program may make their own arrangements to quarantine or can opt to withdraw through the Admission/Business Office. Any student who chooses not to proceed with their education as a result of the additional costs of the self-quarantine requirement will be refunded any other fees and tuition paid in accordance with the Pickering College refund policy.

International students will be under the supervision of Pickering College staff who are on duty at all times that the student is in the quarantine.

Accessible accommodation is available upon request.

The Comfort Inn follows strict COVID-19 cleaning protocols as set up by their offices.

All International Students, whether under the age of 18 years or not, are required to have a Custodian in Canada as indicated on their Custodian Appointment Form.

Post Arrival Logistics for supporting students


The hotel quarantine program includes a single room with washroom, meals and snacks delivered to the room, Wi-Fi, and access to Pickering College staff and all services.

The quarantine program will also include an evening boarding program virtually using MS Teams and Zoom, including such things as fitness and yoga, to ensure international students feel included in the boarding program.
Students will have access to a PC staff member at the hotel 24 hours per day via phone.

The Pickering College staff will conduct twice a day health checks on the students and record the results.
While in self-isolation, Admission will complete a virtual registration. Boarding staff are responsible to collect documents from students.

Students will also have individual time with the staff during the day to ensure they are doing well and that they are coping with the isolation program. Mental health is very important. Students and their arriving family members have access to the Health Centre staff virtually.

During the isolation program students will participate in the boarding orientation and team building virtually.
If laundry services are needed, Soap Box Laundry Services will pick up, wash, dry and fold laundry before returning it back to the hotel. Students are required to change their bedding as needed.

The program is flexible enough to allow for use anytime and to use in the event that someone needs to isolate for longer than 14 days.

Protocols in the event students develop symptoms during quarantine


Students who develop symptoms during quarantine will be assessed by the Pickering College Health Centre staff.
The York Region Public Health guidelines for an ill individual is used as the basis for decision making.

  • Ill individual will remain isolated in quarantine for as long as is necessary
  • A COVID-19 test will be conducted by the Pickering College Health Centre staff and sent for testing
  • Pickering College staff will provide ongoing care of ill individual using the required PPE – including an N95 mask
  • The Health Centre staff will oversee the care of the ill individual.
  • Test results will be reported to Public Health immediately if they come back positive
  • Symptomatic treatment will be provided based on orders received from the Pickering College School Doctor – Dr. Karen Enriquez MD (CPSO #100407)
  • If emergency treatment is required, the individual will be transported via a personal vehicle or ambulance as needed to the nearest emergency department using all necessary PPE
  • Communication with parents/custodians and anyone else deemed necessary will take place in consultation with Public Health

Post Quarantine Requirements

 

Protocols for maintaining records of the student and their immediate co-arriving family’s completion of the quarantine period.


Students and immediate co-arriving family participating in the Pickering College Isolation Program will be supervised by Pickering College staff at the Comfort Inn, Newmarket. They receive twice daily documented health checks. All health records are maintained by the Health Centre including details of health checks, COVID-19 test results and any other significant information.


Students and immediate co-arriving family who have opted for an alternate 14-day Quarantine Plan will have to communicate the details of their plan to Pickering College including all contact details (address and phone number, any other people at the address etc.). Once reviewed they will be reminded about the requirements of the 14-day quarantine and provided with any resources they need (e.g. online grocery shopping contact etc.). Alternate Quarantine Plan participants will receive a daily follow up from the Health Centre over the phone to ensure they are well and following the protocols. They will also be required to provide a COVID-19 test result prior to moving into boarding. They will be provided with all testing centre information.

Protocols for ongoing communication and resources on COVID-19 provided to students following quarantine.


All members of the Pickering College community are included in the communication plan and will be kept informed regarding PC and the pandemic. Everyone has access to the Pickering College COVID-19 web page with previous communications and access to health professionals if they have questions or concerns.

Communication with the community is provided in various forms, through email notifications, website information, in person education during Advisor/Homeroom Meetings, Morning Meeting (virtual assemblies), biweekly newsletters (division specific), monthly staff newsletter, social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), signage up around the school that includes graphics for easy understanding, boarding community meetings, staff meetings and in person one-on-one reinforcement of the policies and protocols as needed.

Protocols and mechanisms for ensuring that students and their immediate co-arriving family members have access to, or are linked to culturally appropriate:

Primary care health services;


Pickering College has an on site Health Centre staffed by a Registered Nurse Monday to Thursday from 0730-1930 and Friday from 0730-1730. There is a nurse on call overnight and on weekends.

In addition there is a School Doctor, a School Social Worker and Guidance counsellors x2.

Students and families who are not participating in the Pickering College Isolation Program have access to the Health Centre staff who can provide them with any necessary information they require. e.g. nearby testing centres, medical practitioners etc.

Mental health services and supports;


Pickering College students and their immediate co-arriving family have access to the Pickering College Health Centre staff and the School Social Worker as well as the School Doctor. If additional supports are required the staff will provide them with referrals as indicated.

Social services and community organizations as relevant to each student’s needs;
Pickering College has partnerships and relationships with community organizations and can refer students and families as required.

These include but are not limited to:

  • Canadian Mental Health Association York and South Simcoe
  • The mental health and well-being of our community is very important. We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful on society and on members of our community. We are committed to supporting members of our community.
  • Students have access to Guidance and Health Services (School Counsellor and Nurses) to address any concerns they may be having.
  • Faculty and staff are reminded that they have access to the Employee Assistance Program – LifeWorks and can be accessed at www.lifeworks.com
  • This year students, faculty and staff are also facing extraordinary circumstances relating to the pandemic and infection control and prevention measures. To support the Pickering College, staff and community in addressing stress related to back-to-school plans, Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) developed a suite of evidence reviews, resources and tools. Back-to-school Mental Health Kit
  • The Canadian Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health has excellent resources to help children during this time.
Social services and community organizations as relevant to each student’s needs;


Pickering College has partnerships and relationships with community organizations and can refer students and families as required.

These include but are not limited to:

The mental health and well-being of our community is very important. We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful on society and on members of our community. We are committed to supporting members of our community.

  • Students have access to Guidance and Health Services (School Counsellor and Nurses) to address any concerns they may be having.
  • Faculty and staff are reminded that they have access to the Employee Assistance Program – LifeWorks and can be accessed at www.lifeworks.com

This year students, faculty and staff are also facing extraordinary circumstances relating to the pandemic and infection control and prevention measures. To support the Pickering College, staff and community in addressing stress related to back-to-school plans, Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) developed a suite of evidence reviews, resources and tools. Back-to-school Mental Health Kit.

The Canadian Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health has excellent resources to help children during this time.

School Mental Health Ontario has resources for Educators, Parents and Families and Students.

Anti-racism, and COVID-19 stigma supports; 


Pickering College’s Equity and Inclusive Education policy appears in the Parent Portal of the school website. This policy commits to enabling every student to learn effectively, and to improve learning outcomes for all, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status, or disability.

Pickering College has a large international population from various countries around the world. We have over 30 countries represented at the school. Diversity, Equality and Inclusion are very important and have and will continue to be part of the education provided to our students through Advisor and Morning Meetings. Below are resources available to:

CAMH – Canadian Association of Mental Health – Stigma and Prejudice
CDC – Reducing Stigma
World Health Organization (WHO) – Social Stigma Associated with COVID-19

Mitigation of social barriers to support student compliance with individual COVID-19 infection control practices.


International students are provided with pre-arrival instructions and information about COVID-19 and school protocols. Infection control aspects are built into all aspects of the school day and boarding. Students are responsible to disinfect their surfaces in their dorm room daily under the supervision of the boarding staff. Cleaning and disinfecting practices follow the ministry guidelines as outlined in the Pickering College Safety Plan.

Confirmation that DLIs and/or their host designates are prepared to continue providing all necessary quarantine supports as outlined in Section C should the student and/or their co-arriving family members require an extension of their quarantine period (i.e., tested positive for COVID-19)

See next Section – COVID-19 Testing for Institutions Welcoming International/Domestic Students from Outside Canada.