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President's update - June 2, 2021

June 02, 2021 – Don Bureaux

Good morning,

Nova Scotia is emerging from our province-wide lockdown, with daily direction from the provincial government. As you know, we suspended all on-campus learning and activities five weeks ago and asked employees who could work remotely to do so, until Friday, June 11, the period of the provincial lockdown. Teams around the Province made changes to our delivery to comply with this direction. As always, you were thorough and thoughtful in your efforts to preserve academic continuity for our students. Now that Provincial direction has changed, we want to keep pace without complicating the work that’s taken place. 

On-Campus Learning

  • Plans put in place by Academic and Campus teams to safely resume on-campus learning activities before Monday, June 14 can and should continue.
  • Any other Faculty who wish to return with students for on-campus activities before Monday, June 14 must confirm with their Academic Chair in advance.
  • Testing Centres remain closed but continue to book appointments beginning Monday, June 14.

Campus Access

  • We will increase employee and student access to campuses beginning Monday, June 7.
  • As of Monday, June 7, students will no longer require an appointment to access a campus during campus operating hours. Student Services will be available as per the plans in place prior to the third wave lockdown.
  • As of Monday, June 7, employees who worked on-site before the province-wide lockdown may do so.
  • The sign in process or QR process at NSCC sites will remain in place.
  • Generally speaking, standard business hours will return to 8 am – 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday beginning June 7. Campus principals will update their communities about access beyond these hours, specific to their sites, before Monday.
  • COVID-19 protocols are still in place. Masks must be worn at all times on site and physical distancing is still required.

Our collective efforts to turn the tide made a difference. Restrictions are easing and we can look forward to seeing more of our colleagues, friends and loved ones; that said, I know it does cause some concern as we find ourselves, once again, in a position of having to revise our plans. And, once again, I find myself thanking this extraordinary learning community for responding to this challenge with patience and perseverance – thank you.

With gratitude,

Don Bureaux

Last updated on: June 02, 2021 11:50 AM