Brescia campus

Phased Return

Brescia will follow Western's protocol and beginning immediately revert to a modified Phase 3 of our reopening plan.


Brescia will remain open to our students. All in-person classes and labs will continue to run as scheduled. Clare Hall residence and the Mercato will remain open. All in-person non-academic activities will be paused. Some access restrictions may be placed on common spaces across campus.

Access to Brescia’s buildings will continue to be monitored and students visiting campus are reminded to complete the “Take Care Western” COVID-19 questionnaire. Students may be required to provide proof of completion of the questionnaire to gain access to campus.
 
Learn more about on-campus activity within Phase 3 below.
 

Phased Timeline

Phase 1
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Closed to the public


Brescia employees from the following departments/groups may return to campus. Staff and faculty who can complete their work at home will continue to do so. Only those employees required to come to campus will be notified by their manager.

  • Members of Cabinet and senior administrative leadership
  • Select Admissions staff
  • Facilities Management and staff as needed
  • Residence staff
Phase 2
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Brescia employees from the following departments/groups may return to campus. Staff and faculty who can complete their work at home will continue to do so. Only those employees required to come to campus will be notified by their manager.

  • Select Hive and student-facing staff
  • Faculty who need access to their office, or access to course materials
  • Business Office staff as required
  • Select Advancement staff as required
  • Select Communications staff as required
  • Select Food & Nutritional Sciences staff as required
  • Library staff supporting faculty resource access, fall planning and “foyer pick-up”

*Library to begin curb-side pickup (for internal audiences only – faculty/staff)

*Signage created including traffic flow

Phase 3: (Modified: Effective September 17, 2020)
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Brescia will follow Western's protocol and beginning immediately revert to a modified Phase 3 of our reopening plan.

Brescia will remain open to our students. All in-person classes and labs will continue to run as scheduled. Clare Hall residence and the Mercato will remain open. All in-person non-academic activities will be paused. Some access restrictions may be placed on common spaces across campus.

Access to Brescia’s buildings will continue to be monitored and students visiting campus are reminded to complete the “Take Care Western” COVID-19 questionnaire. Students may be required to provide proof of completion of the questionnaire to gain access to campus.

Please see below for list of student services and hours:

  • Clare Hall Residence: will remain open
  • The Mercato: will remain open
  • The Hive: will remain open for in-person inquiries (8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday -Friday)
  • Beryl Ivey Library: will run in current system until 4:00 p.m. today (September 17). Beginning tomorrow, services will be offered by appointment only, please visit the Beryl Ivey Library website for the most current status.

As a reminder, Brescia’s Phase 3 of reopening outlined that Brescia employees from the following departments may be working on campus. Staff and faculty may access materials from their offices as needed, however those who can complete their work at home should continue to do so.

  • Members of Cabinet and senior administrative leadership
  • Registrarial staff as required
  • Brescia’s Hive staff and additional student-facing staff
  • Business Office staff as needed
  • Facilities Management and staff as needed
  • Residence staff
Phase 4
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The majority of student facing service employees may return to campus. Staff and faculty who can complete their work at home will continue to do so.  Employees required to come to campus to complete their work will be notified by their manager.

Though Brescia will open to the public, not all services will be fully operational and may have modified hours.

Return to campus plan

Ensuring a Safe Campus

The health and safety of our campus community is our top priority. We are taking every precaution necessary to ensure you’re safe on campus. Visit Western University’s Health & Safety site for more details on what Western and the affiliate campuses are doing to ensure your safety.

Here are safety measures specific to Brescia’s campus:

Non-medical masks & Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
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All staff, faculty, students and visitors to campus are required to wear a non-medical mask/face covering if medically able. Masks are required when in the presence of others and in common/shared spaces on campus, including lounges and classrooms. Employees will be supplied with two washable Brescia-branded non-medical masks/face coverings when returning to campus. These masks are available for pick-up at the St. James Welcome Desk reception area. 

For visitors on campus who do not have a mask, disposable masks are available and can be picked up at the front desk in the reception area of the St. James Building.

Brescia has secured a sufficient number of masks, gloves and where required, face shields for our community members who require or feel more comfortable wearing the appropriate PPE.

Required Self-Declaration Form
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All staff and faculty working on campus are required to submit a form prior to each work shift or each visit to campus. This form will be facilitated through a Qualtrics Survey and will be submitted to Human Resources.

Submit Questionnaire

Signage and traffic flow
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To ensure that our community follows recommended physical distancing protocol, new traffic flow measures on campus have been introduced to ensure safe movement through buildings, classrooms and lounge spaces.

Entrances and exits may have changed and potentially may be designated as “one way” only.  Please watch for signage that will guide the community on using the correct doors and entrances.

Each of our classrooms will have a maximum capacity marked with clear signage on entrance/exit procedures. Work spaces, desks and seating will be clearly marked to ensure physical distancing measures are followed.

The Mercato
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The Mercato will be open to serve our students and community starting Saturday, September 5th at 12:00 p.m. Hours of operation for Fall/Winter will be posted soon. To ensure the health and safety of the community:

  • New traffic flow measures will be introduced to respect distancing measures
  • Dining and seating areas in the Mercato will be modified to accommodate physical distancing
  • Current plans for reopening the Marche (food service area) will model a reduced capacity with approximately 20-25 visitors at a time
  • Priority access meal times will be provided to Clare Hall residents to enable small cohorts of students to dine in the Mercato
Cleaning and Sanitization Protocol
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Please review our routine cleaning and disinfecting requirements, prepared by Facilities Management which outlines Brescia’s cleaning and disinfecting procedures.

Return to Campus Questionnaire

Prior to your return to work on campus, and on a weekly basis, all staff and faculty should follow the steps noted below:

Complete the Ontario Health Self-Assessment
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On the recommendation of the Middlesex-London Health Unit, and to protect the campus community, prior to completing Brescia’s “return to campus form”, you should complete a self-assessment via the Ontario COVID-19 Self-Assessment Link . This assessment will help determine whether it is safe for you to come to campus without exposing others to COVID-19.
If you answer “yes” to any of the questions on the self-assessment, please stay home and do not return to campus until you have consulted with a health care practitioner.
Complete Brescia’s Return to Campus Online Form
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All staff and faculty working on campus are required to submit a form prior to each work shift or each visit to campus. This form will be facilitated through a Qualtrics Survey and will be submitted to Human Resources.

Submit Questionnaire

Protect yourself and others

Follow these helpful tips:

  • Practice physical distancing. When possible, stay two metres apart.
  • Brescia requires the use of non-medical masks/face coverings in the workplace. These act as a personal hygiene measure to protect others from potential infectious droplets. All staff, faculty, students and visitors are required to wear a mask or non-medical face covering to protect themselves, members of our community, as well as those members of our community who are not able to wear masks due to medical reasons. Should you require a non-medical mask/face covering, please contact the Hive or St. James Welcome Desk.
  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell.
  • Wash your hands, thoroughly and often.
  • Avoid touching your face.

If you’re concerned you may have COVID-19, take a self-assessment on Ontario’s COVID-19 Checkup site.

If you’re concerned someone you know has COVID-19, visit the Government of Canada COVID-19 Awareness Resources site for more information.

Thank you

Ensuring the health and safety of our campus community is paramount. As we gradually transition back to campus, this page will be kept up-to-date with information you need to know about safely returning to  campus. 

Brescia appreciates the continued flexibility of the community as we return to campus. Information and plans may change due to directives issued by local and provincial government and health authorities. Decisions are being made carefully, one step at a time, to ensure Brescia follows proper protocol and local public health and safety guidelines.