The plan presents the measures put in place at the Université de Sherbrooke to welcome students from abroad. It meets all of Canada's public-health requirements. Moreover, it complements the University's emergency protocol for dealing with the pandemic.
Preparedness Plan for International Students in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic (PDF)
The University corresponds with all international students—both those already registered and those new to the upcoming semester—to inform them of the steps to be taken if coming to Sherbrooke or returning home, as the case may be. The following information is always available on the University’s website:
Students must also use the declaration form from the University to warn, prior to their arrival, that they are arriving from abroad and are quarantining themselves.
Please note that it is imperative to find out by yourself about entry requirements into Canada as they may change between now and the time of your departure, depending on the evolution of the health situation in Canada and / or at your departure point.
In response to pandemic-related needs, the University’s housing department has set aside 118 single rooms in four residences dedicated solely for student quarantine. These rooms, available to all Sherbrooke students, meet all public-health quarantine requirements.
Instructions and measures have been put in place to protect everyone's health and limit the spread of the virus. Any quarantined person must comply with these instructions. Visitors are prohibited from entering these residences.
When the quarantine takes place in a University residence, the housing department will contact the student before his or her arrival.
Each resident must complete the "Les essentiels de ma vie en résidences" training (Université de Sherbrooke or Estudiantine, as the case may be) before his or her arrival. A section is devoted to the sociosanitary rules and measures in effect in the residences.
In addition, the housing department contacts students prior to their arrival asking them to buy the following:
These items may be provided to students upon arrival as required, at their expense.
Appendix C presents the quarantine rules for University residences.
When the quarantine takes place in off-campus housing, the University reminds people of the health measures to follow. A thermometer, face covering, and disinfecting cloths can be provided, if required. The arrival protocol presented in the following section is used to monitor compliance with quarantine instructions.
In addition, a temporary room will be assigned to any person who is symptomatic, requires preventive isolation (arriving from outside of Canada), has had close contact with a positive person, or has received a positive diagnosis.
Once students arrive at the quarantine site, the University will match them with a mentor who will accompany them throughout the quarantine period. Mentors have the following tasks:
If they have not already done so, students must complete the declaration form in order to avoid being placed in isolation for 14 days.
Mentors must stay in daily contact with their charges during the quarantine period. They must see to the general well-being of students, remind them of the importance of screening for symptoms, and guide them to appropriate resources. Indeed, upon arrival and for the duration of their education, international students have access to orientation and psychological-support services, financial-aid funds, and a sponsorship service to accompany them in their social integration.
An emergency assistance fund is available to enable students to obtain the necessary resources to feed themselves and to obtain items needed to fight against COVID-19 infection.
Students can also be loaded telephones to maintain contact at any time.
Measures are in place to ensure quarantine compliance for students taking online courses during their quarantine without them being academically penalized.
The University has implemented the following screening measures:
While the quarantine is 14 days in length, it cannot be ended until the student tests negative for COVID-19. Students must remain under quarantine until the results come back, even if that takes more than the 14 days of quarantine.
Mentors stay in touch with the students and ensure their smooth integration into their academic activities and social life.
All persons entering Canada must have a written plan for placing themselves in quarantine for 14 days, failing which, they may be returned to their country of origin. This requirement remains in effect until at least October 31 and may be extended beyond that date.
A sample quarantine/isolation plan is provided as a courtesy at the end of the instructions. Please note that you may still be refused entry into Canada due to the discretionary power of the Canada Border Services Officer. Don't forget to personalize this plan and print it out so you have it on hand when you need it.
During Your Quarantine
For more details on travel instructions and mandatory quarantine conditions:
Government of Canada
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Travel restrictions, exemptions and advice
Gouvernement du Québec
Instructions for travellers during the COVID-19 pandemic