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President's update - September 13, 2021

September 13, 2021 – Don Bureaux

Good morning everyone:

It has been an amazing beginning to the academic year as our campuses welcomed thousands of learners. I want to thank all students and employees for your contributions to a safe and welcoming start to September. We are continuing to finalize processes that support our new policy on COVID-19 vaccination requirements and I have a few important updates to share.

Defining fully vaccinated

As noted in previous updates, NSCC requires all students and employees to be fully vaccinated by Tuesday, October 12. Those who do not provide proof of full vaccination will be required to follow a testing protocol.

  • Nova Scotia’s Department of Health and Wellness considers an individual fully vaccinated 14 days or more after receiving the complete series of a Health Canada authorized or World Health Organization (WHO) authorized vaccine.
  • This means, that in order for NSCC employees and students to show proof of full vaccination by Tuesday, October 12, the last possible date to complete a vaccine series is Tuesday, September 28.
  • Anyone who completes their vaccine series after Tuesday, September 28 will be required to follow a testing protocol until they can show that 14 days have passed since receiving their full vaccine series.

Masking requirements

Wearing non-medical masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses and Public Health continues to recommend their use in indoor spaces. NSCC will continue to require mask-wearing in group settings (e.g., classrooms, meeting rooms and common spaces) at all campuses and sites until at least Tuesday, October 12. We will evaluate the need to continue wearing masks at that time.

  • NSCC’s mask-wearing requirement will remain in place until October 12 even if/when Nova Scotia moves to Phase 5 of the province’s reopening plan.
  • Exemptions for mask-wearing are outlined in our updated Masking Procedures (section 4.1) (intranet login required). Examples include faculty in instructional settings and individuals alone in rooms or cubicles.

Testing availability on campuses

  • Rapid Testing Centres will open at every NSCC site prior to October 12th.
  • These sites will provide access to secure, self-administered, rapid testing kits for every campus at no cost to students and staff.
  • Learn more about these tests and how to use them in this short video (links to YouTube).
  • Details on the process for unvaccinated students and employees to share proof of negative test results are coming soon.

Showing proof of full vaccination

  • We are working to provide a system that is familiar to our community, easy to use and that protects the privacy of users.
  • We anticipate rolling out this system in phases in late September. Your campus will share more information at that time.
  • Please do not send us proof of vaccine status until we request it.
  • Campuses are working with Nova Scotia Health to set up vaccination clinic opportunities at our sites through the fall.

Survey Reminder

For those who haven’t yet, a reminder that you have until Tuesday, September 14 to complete the very brief but important COVID-19 Survey. Participation is voluntary and completely anonymous. If you run into any technical issues, please contact , Institutional Research Analyst.

Once again, thank you for your continued cooperation in creating the safe and respectful learning environment that is so essential for the health and success of our NSCC community.

Don

Last updated on: September 13, 2021 11:23 AM