Guidance for the Tyndale Community: Students returning from areas affected by COVID19

By Tyndale Communications  /  Monday, March 2, 2020

a view of the Tyndale campus from the front lawn

As Tyndale University considers an appropriate response to the coronavirus outbreak we want to remind our community not to make assumptions about the risk of students, faculty or staff based on their ethnicity or travel history. Tyndale is monitoring the advice given by Ontario’s Chief Medical officer, which is that the risk of contracting the coronavirus in Canada remains low.

Symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Should you experience these symptoms AND have recently travelled internationally to an affected region, avoid contact with others and contact your health-care professional or nearest hospital.

You can be informed of new developments through the following websites:

Because of uncertainty, students or students who have family members in the same household returning from an affected area should:

  • contact their local public health unit within 24 hours of arriving in Canada
  • stay at home and avoid close contact with others, including those in their home, for a total of 14 days from the date they left the affected area
  • contact Telehealth Ontario at 1–866–797–0000 or their local public health unit if they experience symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus

Those who develop symptoms during the 14-day monitoring period should immediately self-isolate (stay in a room that is not shared with anyone else) and call their healthcare provider or the provincial health line at 8–1–1 to discuss any need for testing and follow up.

If students are unable to return to the university as a result of the travel restrictions, they should contact the Registrar or appropriate Dean to arrange for accommodations.

  • In consultation with the Registrar and at the Deans’ discretion it will be determined whether a student can attend class by electronic means.
  • Absences from class due to self-isolation or quarantine will be considered an excused absence.
  • The following options will be considered:
    • Joining the class via Zoom (Livestreaming)
    • By subsequently making available audio recordings of any lectures of the class with the understanding/awareness of students in the class
  • Faculty/Course Instructors will be asked to ensure that all of their Power Points from the classes in question are promptly posted on the course MOODLE page.

Students, faculty and staff travelling to an affected area are advised to check before travel.