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President's Update - May 29, 2020

May 29, 2020 – Don Bureaux

Good afternoon,

On Wednesday, the provincial government announced that businesses could reopen on Friday, June 5 providing they could meet public health requirements such as physical distancing and limits on gatherings. It has prompted many of you to ask, “What does this mean for NSCC?” I thought I’d take a moment to answer that question for you.

NSCC Buildings

Our buildings remain closed to all but essential employees and students who have appointments.

NSCC falls within the category of the large employers that require pre-approval by the Chief Medical Officer of Health before reopening. We are finalizing a plan for review by Public Health authorities. We need this confirmation in order for our campuses, learning centres and business offices to develop plans tailored to their individual working and learning environments. We will share information as soon as it becomes available about when and how our community can safely access our spaces.

NSCC programs and services delivery plan

Thank you to everyone still working to complete program outcomes for the current 2019-20 academic year online and remotely. I am so proud of the shared commitment by students and staff to ensure academic goals are achieved, whether the goal is graduation or continuing on to the next year of studies. We are finalizing our program delivery plans for the 2020-21 academic year and will have more to share on this in the next 10 days.

Daycares at NSCC campuses

Our facilities teams are onsite to ensure our buildings are safe, clean and ready for daycare operations located at our campuses as they determine their readiness to open by the new date, just announced by the Province, of June 15 (links offsite).

Social and Economic Recovery

NSCC will play an important role in the Province’s social and economic recovery.

Along with plans to reopen, the Provincial government announced a $230 million infrastructure program (links offsite) that will create 2,000 jobs and help stimulate the economy. As our economy recovers and as we continue as a community to fight this virus, employers will be looking for the skills our grads learn here, at NSCC.

To ensure we are all able to continue to support flattening the curve and the eventual recovery of our economy, we need to take care of ourselves and each other. Please continue to seek out the supports available to you as students and employees (links offsite).

As the good weather takes hold, as more establishments open, I encourage everyone to remember the importance of following public health guidelines. We’ve made tremendous sacrifices as Nova Scotians these past few months. We’ve shown that we’re stronger together.

With gratitude,
Don Bureaux




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