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OISE COVID-19 Protocols & Precautions: September 2021 and Beyond

**Protocol & Procedures Effective As Of September 7, 2021**

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, the University has continued to monitor public health guidance to ensure that measures are up to date and are informed by evidence. Some of the University’s key planning elements that guided OISE’s preparations for the Fall include:

  • The University's current policy on vaccination and coming to campus;
  • to limit occupancy and help slow the spread of COVID-19, access to University buildings is restricted to members of the U of T community; and
  • physical distancing requirements remain in place for non-instructional space.

As we prepare to welcome back students, faculty, and staff to OISE for another exciting term, here is how the Institute is planning for a safe return to campus and the procedures you need to know before visiting. The below is subject to change and may be updated as new information becomes available, or directives from the University of Toronto or Public Health agencies evolve.

Step 1

In advance of your visit, book space using the Online Building Access Booking Form. Bookings can be made in advance, or on the day of, depending on the available occupancy.

Step 2

On the day of your visit, complete the COVID-19 self-assessment via UCheck. UCheck must be completed prior to coming on-site, and for each day you visit. 

Show your completed, confirmed UCheck risk assessment screen to building security when you arrive on campus.

Step 3

While visiting the OISE building, be sure to wear your mask, follow the posted directional signs, and observe the physical distancing protocols. 

Preparing for Your Visit

Booking Space

In advance of your visit, book space using the Online Building Access Booking Form. Bookings can be made in advance, or on the day of, depending on the available occupancy. Class schedules with occupancy information will be available on the booking site to help you plan the best time and date for your visit.

UCheck

On the day of your visit, complete the COVID-19 self-assessment via UCheck. UCheck must be completed prior to coming on-site, and for each day you visit.

Accessible via web browsers on computers, tablets, and smartphones, UCheck allows you to generate a COVID-19 risk status by completing a quick and thorough self-assessment that is tailored to U of T. Once generated, this risk status will recommend if you should visit campus in person. UCheck must be completed prior to coming on-site, and for each day you visit.

UCheck is currently being updated to incorporate the University's current policies on vaccination and coming to campus. Learn more about U of T’s vaccination policy here.

Accessing the OISE Building

Effective September 9, Monday through Friday the two sets of west doors (main doors and doors by auditorium) will be open 8:00am-9:00pm. On Saturday and Sunday, building hours will be 9:00am-6:00pm

Click here for OISE Library hours

Upon arrival, users will continue to enter from the doors on the west-side of the building (West Corridor). Community members must show their completed green UCheck screen to building security in order to gain access. Regularly disinfected iPads will be available for those without an internet-enabled device to complete their UCheck self-assessment and to share their risk status with security personnel.

While community members are no longer required to scan a building access QR code upon arrival, users are encouraged to download Health Canada’s COVID Alert app which can alert of possible exposures at the University and beyond.

Other Entrances

The TTC St. George Subway entrance to the concourse level will remain closed until further notice. TTC users will need to exit the station and enter the building from the West Corridor.

The parking garage is open for use at this time. Users accessing the building will need to use the parking elevators to come to the main floor to check-in with building security.

OISE Library

The OISE Library will re-open its doors beginning on September 7th for current U of T students, faculty, and staff. The Library can be accessed using the main entrance doors, then entering using the main entrance into the Library on the ground floor.

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Staying Safe During Your Visit
Physical Distancing & Capacity Limits

In order to maintain a safe physical distance between community members, booking tool capacity is limited at this time to ten (10) users per half-floor with a maximum of two (2) users per elevator car.

Community members are directed to use the west stairs when accessing the 1st to 4th floors, with elevators dedicated to those accessing the 5th floor and higher, and for those requiring accommodation.  

Masks

The University’s policy requiring face masks to be worn in indoor spaces on University property continues, and the community is reminded that mask-wearing is a necessary measure to protect health and safety when attending class or working on campus.

READ U OF T'S MASK POLICY

Enhanced Cleaning

A crucial element in maintaining a safe and healthy environment is the cleaning and disinfection of shared spaces. In addition to daily routine cleaning of common use-areas, there has been increased cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces in common-use areas that have frequent contact with hands such as door handles, washroom fixtures, handrails and elevator buttons. In classrooms, this includes lecterns, desks, chalk rails and seat armrests. 

 

READ U OF T'S CARETAKING STRATEGY

Upgrading Ventilation/Air Filtration

To ensure a thorough approach to maintaining a safe indoor environment, the role of HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems and current maintenance practices are routinely assessed against emerging public health evidence and industry guidelines with regard to COVID-19.

The University's Classroom Ventilation Table lists the classrooms where the ventilation has been assessed. Filter the table by building to review the classrooms’ air change rates. The University also offers a Central Ventilation Table which provides updates on building HVAC system filters where they have been replaced with enhanced MERV 13 filters or the highest compatible with the existing HVAC infrastructure. These central HVAC system enhancements improve building ventilation, including areas such as offices, entryways, and common spaces.

For the latest COVID-19 information as it relates to building procedures and policies, please visit the Chief Administrative Officer’s community information page at: https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/covid-19