Here are answers for students to frequently asked questions about the College’s prevention measures for limiting the spread of respiratory infectious diseases. The information provided reflects the latest Public Health recommendations for the higher education sector and will be updated as needed. Marianopolis counts on everyone’s collaboration to maintain our campus as a safe and healthy environment in which to learn and work.
Students who have questions can contact Maria Elena Abraham in the Office of the Associate Dean, Student Success (A-267B), or Josie Cavaliere in Student Affairs (A-106). The Student Guide is also an indispensable resource for all students.
Should I wear a mask?
Wearing a mask is recommended, but optional in post-secondary institutions. The choice to wear a mask remains at the discretion of each person and remains an effective measure to help reduce the risk of infection. Wearing a mask is particularly recommended in common areas where many people may be circulating. If you choose to wear one, the mask should fully cover your mouth and nose and should be changed if it becomes wet, dirty or damaged. Replacement masks are available at various stations throughout the campus.
What steps can I take to protect myself and others?
Although most Public Health restrictions have been lifted, viruses and respiratory infections continue to spread widely. Here are steps you can take to limit the spread of respiratory infections.
How is the building cleaned and ventilated?
Marianopolis continues to match or surpass the Public Health cleaning standards for post-secondary institutions. Hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout the building.
The College has a campus-wide, state-of-the-art, fully-automated HVAC system that continually monitors air quality, including air flow, CO2 levels and temperature fluctuations. The computerized system automatically adjusts and optimizes air filtration according to the number of occupants in a room and the building. High-quality filters capture aerosols and the entire volume of indoor air is exchanged with fresh air several times per hour.
Maintained by an expert team of technicians, the system’s numerous sensors and automated alerts enable any issue to be quickly addressed. The College’s ventilation practices are in full compliance with the Ministry of Higher Education’s recommendations, which are based on research and guidelines from Quebec’s Public Health authority.
In which situations do I need to self-isolate?
You are no longer required to self-isolate for a specific number of days following exposure or infection with COVID-19. However, here are steps you can take to limit the spread of respiratory infections:
- If you have a fever, stay at home until it disappears.
- If you have a cough, sore throat or nasal congestion, wear the mask until the symptoms disappear.
- For 10 days following the onset of symptoms, avoid contact with vulnerable people as well as non-essential social events, keep your distance from others and favour online activities, when possible.
What happens if I’m absent because I’m sick?
Rules regarding absences and missed evaluations are spelled out in the IPESA, the Institutional Policy on the Evaluation Student Achievement, which is the College main policy on academic matters.
You must notify the College if you need to be absent. Send a MIO to Maria Elena Abraham, Assistant to the Office of the Associate Dean, Student Success, indicating the reason for your absence and providing any supporting documentation that is requested. All of your teachers will be informed of your absence. Ms. Abraham can answer any questions you may have.