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NSCC's COVID-19 response: view updates

President's Update

NSCC response to Omicron/COVID-19 outbreak

December 16, 2021 – Don Bureaux

Today marks the final day of the Fall Term and brings us closer to the start of our holiday break. However, with the troubling spike in COVID-19 cases and shifting public health measures on everyone’s minds, we are making some changes for the remaining days before the break:

  • All employees who can work remotely, should do so. If you have questions about this approach, please discuss with your supervisor.
  • Any student activity including Apprenticeship classes and academic recovery should be moved online unless otherwise approved by the School Dean. Students will hear from their faculty or academic chair.  
  • Apprenticeship exams scheduled for Saturday, December 18 will proceed as scheduled.  
  • All student services, including counselling, are available online. Students can contact Student Services to make an appointment.
  • Live Chat (login required) is available to students Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. until NSCC closes for the break.
  • Testing centres, including GED testing, will close end of day Friday, December 17 until further notice.
  • Front desk and business offices will offer limited in-person service until NSCC closes for the break.
  • Most Rapid Testing Centres on campuses will close tomorrow, Friday, December 17 as planned. Rapid testing kits will only be made available to those employees and students who are required to be on campus.
NSCC campuses and sites will close at the end of the business day on Wednesday, December 22. This means there will be no access to campuses and sites by students and employees beginning Thursday, December 23.
 
As shared in my update earlier this week, only essential travel between campuses is permitted, holiday gatherings are postponed, fitness centres are closed and visitor access is limited to campus business only until further notice.

Winter Term

We are actively reviewing plans for the Winter Term based on updated guidance from Public Health. We will share more information about the Winter Term as soon as possible and before the holiday closure. Please monitor your email for updates. Information will also be posted on our website and our social media channels.

Out-of-Province Travel

The provincial and federal governments are discouraging non-essential travel. If you do travel over the holidays, please make yourself aware of changing government advice and rules. Self-isolation requirements for people who travel from another Canadian province or territory (outside Nova Scotia) are based on vaccination status and testing. You can find more on self-isolation requirements here.

Stay alert

Please continue to do your part to protect yourself and others. Continue to stay home if you’re feeling unwell, keep physically distant, wash and sanitize your hands frequently and check COVID-19 exposure notifications daily.

Be well

In addition to taking steps to protect ourselves, our loved ones and communities from the spread of COVID-19, I encourage you to also continue to care for your mental and emotional well-being during this time. Remember, supports are available to students and employees should you need them.

Last updated on: December 16, 2021 09:09 PM

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