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President's Update - October 4, 2021

October 04, 2021 – Don Bureaux

Hello everyone:

Today, Nova Scotia enters Phase 5 of the province’s reopening plan. Phase 5 has been updated and now requires mask-wearing for most indoor public places, province-wide. With this in mind, we are extending NSCC’s masking requirements until December 31, 2021. This requirement will remain in place regardless of any changes in public health’s guidance on mask-wearing. We will revisit the need to continue masking before the new year.

We are one week away from full implementation of NSCC’s vaccination requirements. I want to thank everyone who has already taken the time to submit their proof of vaccination. If you haven’t already done so, please follow this easy, step-by-step process as soon as possible.

  • Those who do not provide proof of full vaccination by Tuesday, October 12 will be required to complete a testing protocol.
  • If you did not receive your final dose in an approved vaccine series on or before Tuesday, September 28 you must complete the testing protocol until 14 days after you complete your approved vaccine series.

Testing protocol and seeking exemptions

Those who have not provided proof of full vaccination must complete this testing protocol. Rapid testing centres will be open at all NSCC campuses before Tuesday, October 12 to support ready access to rapid, self-administered testing kits. Individuals can seek an exemption to the testing protocol for medical reasons or on the grounds of religion or creed.

  • Individuals seeking an exemption to the testing protocol on the grounds of religion or creed should follow this procedure.
  • Employees seeking a medical exemption to the testing protocol should follow the Employee Workplace Accommodation policy.
  • Students seeking a medical exemption to the testing protocol should make a written request to the Manager, Student Services on their campus.

Continue taking practical precautions every single day

With evidence of community spread in areas of our province and reports of fatalities and individuals in our ICUs, please do your part to protect yourself and others. Please let’s continue to stay home if we’re feeling unwell, wash and sanitize our hands frequently, keep physically distant and check the COVID-19 exposure notifications daily.

Our overall well-being is important

I know these constant reminders and the prolonged public health requirements can be stressful, even overwhelming. Please take some time to check-in on your own mental and emotional well-being and consider the supports available to students and employees when we need them.

Sincerely,
Don Bureaux

Last updated on: October 04, 2021 12:41 PM

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