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NSCC's response to COVID-19: view updates

NSCC pauses on-campus learning

Apr. 27, 2021 – Don Bureaux

Good evening,

Late this afternoon, in response to the highest number of COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, the provincial government announced a province-wide, two-week lockdown which will begin tomorrow (Wednesday, April 28) at 8 a.m.

In the interests of safety, NSCC will pause all on campus learning to align with the provincial lockdown (Wednesday, April 28 – Wednesday, May 12). Online learning will continue. It is important to note that instructors may need some time to adapt to this lockdown announcement and students should watch for communications from their faculty. We will make a decision about the resumption of on campus learning before May 12.

All employees who can work from home are expected to do so. Employees whose work is essential to College operations and must be completed on site will still have access. This includes but is not limited to, work that supports building operations and maintenance, year-end financials, payroll, purchasing and technical support. If you have concerns or questions about your requirement to be on site, please contact your supervisor.

Campus Access

All NSCC buildings will close to everyone but essential staff beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, April 28 at 8 a.m. Students may access our buildings by appointment through Student Services or through live chat on Connect.

  • Our revised access hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Some campuses host day care providers. These operations can continue as usual according to today's provincial announcement. Parents and clients should contact individual operators with questions about these services.
  • Any student with an on-campus supplemental should contact their faculty to discuss alternatives.
  • Our testing centres will pause operations until at least May 20. This includes GED testing.
  • Women Unlimited will postpone all on campus activity until at least May 20 but where we can continue to support virtually we will.
  • Construction and inspections will be permitted to continue.

Work Placements

  • These are permitted to continue.
  • We understand that today’s announcement will affect a number of employers and this may affect work terms. Students whose work terms are affected should contact their faculty or placement coordinator so that we can work through options to support you.

Vaccine Clinics

  • Vaccine clinics will continue at Lunenburg, Burridge and Truro Campuses as Public Health's roll-out of vaccines is vital to helping curb the spread of COVID-19.

I know this is an increasingly stressful time and people are anxious with the growing case numbers, but we will continue our operations as a post-secondary education institution to support our learners through to safely achieve their goals.

As the Premier and Dr. Robert Strang noted, we are currently in a 'critical race between the vaccine roll-out and the variants.' Let's continue to do our part to help support getting ourselves and our province to the finish line. Please take care and continue to follow the guidance of Public Health to keep you, and those around you, safe.

Don Bureaux

Last updated on: Jun. 23, 2022 01:57 PM

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