As a DLI institution, and ready to admit international students, OCMT is updating its COVID-19 readiness to align with the Public Health guidelines. Our COVID-19 Readiness plan designed to manage the pre-arrival, and arrival of the International students. This plan also emphasizes the administration of COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment among the designated staff, the oversight, and monitoring of international students, as well as the management of outbreaks.
Under the initiative titled Your Health and You (YHY), the OCMT’s first priority is to protect its staff and students, by ensuring they observed the basic measure of wearing a mask, safely distance, and washing hands.
The world is racing to curb, and control the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in all its forms, and Canada is no exemption. Canada, through the Public Health has put in different measures to control the increasing rate of the deadly disease. By record, COVID-19 continues to be a challenging health incidence that threatens the socio-economic of nations.
According to Public Health, institutions and individuals can help control the spread of COVID-19 by observing basic preventive measures like washing hands, maintaining safe distancing, wearing masks and staying home, if sick, or exposed.
Public Health has also noted the importation of COVID-19 by visitors to Canada, and, or by Canadians arriving from other countries where COVID-19 is deemed very actively with either the first or the second variant. It is, therefore, critical that institutions welcoming foreigners (students or visitors) from abroad put in place specific measures as mandated by Public Health.
The following measures are incorporated into the institution’s COVID-19 readiness plan to ensure a consistency is maintained and efficiency is assured:
The Institution shall communicate with the international students and their co-arriving family members, as applicable, about:
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Per Public Health Guidelines, all individuals entering Canada are required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival to Canada. During this period, they are expected to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. They will be required to provide the address of where they will be in quarantine by the Canadian Border Service Agents (CBSA) when entering Canada and there will be follow-up to monitor for compliance with the quarantine requirements and for any illness during this period.
OCMT will work with the students ahead of their arrival to ensure there is accommodation in place for the students and the accompanying family members. Member of the college will call the owner or management of the accommodation to ensure it meets the requirements of the federal and provincial quarantine requirements.
The college will work with delivery service firms to provide necessities such as PPEs, groceries, medications, phone services, social and educational support. The College will meet these requirements by sending a checklist of all necessities to the students ahead of the arrival, then work with partner companies to ensure the needs of the students and their accompanying family members are met, adequately.
Throughout the quarantine period, the college representative shall maintain oversight on the students, to ensure they are complying with the quarantine guidelines. The College will duly inform the students about the quarantine policies and guidelines, as required by the federal, provincial and municipal governments during their quarantine period, and inform them about the penalties for non-compliance. The College’s policy regarding the quarantine period will be shared with all international students and their accompanying members.