What to do if you're sick

Instructions for students, faculty and staff

Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 should stay home (not attend classes or on-campus work) until they are no longer infectious.

Even though self-isolation is no longer a Public Health requirement, we continue to ask our Dal community to make the right choice and stay home to avoid bringing COVID-19 and other illnesses into classes, workspaces and campus services.

Everyone is strongly encouraged to exercise caution in their activities while absent: maintaining appropriate distancing from others; following standard hygiene best practices; following Public Health guidelines for mask-wearing. For more information on what to do in case of infection, visit the Nova Scotia Health website.

If you have symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19:
Follow instructions at nshealth.ca/coronavirus.

If you test positive for COVID-19:
Follow provincial instructions at nshealth.ca/i-have-tested-positive.
Complete the Nova Scotia Report and Screening form to help identify if additional supports are needed.

Additional instructions for students

Follow your course and/or program’s policy for student illness and missed classes, including the Student Declaration of Absence process as applicable.

Information for students in residence will be shared with those students in the weeks leading up to move-in.

Additional instructions for employees

Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 should refrain from working on campus. Employees who are able to work from home are encouraged to do so if they are feeling unwell. If an employee is required to miss work due to COVID-19, they should take sick leave in accordance with the provisions of their collective agreement or handbook.

In instances where a COVID-19-related absence exceeds five (5) working days, the employee and the supervisor should engage with Accessible Employment and use available leave banks (sick leave, vacation, time accumulated, family illness leave, if applicable) as per the relevant collective agreement or handbook.

The university will continue to provide up to four (4) paid sick days for employees who cannot work from home and who are not covered by leave provisions under a collective agreement or handbook, or where the employee has exhausted all of their existing sick leave. The purpose of COVID-19 paid sick leave is to provide some relief in the form of paid sick days for temporary, casual, Grant-Paid, and student employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are ill and unable to work remotely.


Students, faculty and staff whose circumstances require them to seek out a longer-term disability or human-rights accommodation related to COVID-19 are encouraged to do so.

Proof of recovery

How to request of a Proof of Recovery letter for travel purposes