Guidelines for staff and students

Guidelines to follow for individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID‑19

Any individual who has symptoms of COVID-19 must self-isolate and follow the guidelines corresponding to their situation before attending any educational institution.

Guidelines to follow for individuals with COVID‑19

Any individual who has COVID‑19 must self-isolate and follow the guidelines corresponding to their situation in order to avoid spreading COVID‑19 to others.

General guidelines for all educational institutions

Health measures

Educational institutions must continue to enforce health measures on campus (disinfection and ventilation of spaces, installation of hand hygiene stations and contactless garbage bins, etc.). They must also have procedures for managing individuals who develop symptoms or test positive with reference to isolation guidelines.

Course attendance

As many activities as possible should take place in person for all students, while maintaining appropriate prevention and protection measures.

At registration, colleges and universities determine the format of courses (e.g. in person, hybrid, distance education) and students choose accordingly. However, colleges and universities are advised to ensure flexibility for students with medical issues.

Student residences

Educational institutions are responsible for managing student residences and must comply with the guidelines issued by the public health authorities. Additionally, health measures (e.g. disinfection and ventilation of spaces, installation of hand hygiene stations and contactless garbage bins) and a procedure for managing residents with symptoms related to COVID-19 and residents with COVID-19 must be implemented in student residences.

Other specific guidelines

Practicums in the health and social services network

Students engaged in practicums in the health and social services network that involve direct contact with patients or with other workers who come into direct contact with patients must be adequately protected against COVID‑19. Proof that they are adequately protected must be sent to their educational institution.

Students who are not adequately protected against COVID-19 cannot start or continue with their practicums. Moreover, they cannot request compensation or other remedial measures due to this restriction.

Members of the teaching staff who are supervising practicums are not required to be adequately protected, even if they may have direct physical contact with people who receive health and social services (patients) or have direct physical contact with the people who provide these services (students and people doing practicums), as a result of sharing common spaces, for example.

Absences related to the pandemic for staff at public colleges 

All guidelines concerning working conditions that apply to absences related to the pandemic for staff at public colleges were communicated to the directors general of the colleges. 

With regard to any absence, please communicate with your employer by contacting the Human resources department at your CEGEP. 

These working conditions do not apply to staff at private colleges and universities. They are encouraged to contact their Human resources department.