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President's Update - September 24, 2021

September 24, 2021 – Don Bureaux

Good afternoon:

With the majority of the eligible population vaccinated in our province, Public Health has updated its guidance when a case of COVID-19 is reported within a community. Here’s what you can expect when a member of our community tests positive.

What to expect when a case is reported on campus

  • NSCC is contacted by Public Health (or Public Health confirms) when an individual in a campus community tests positive.
  • Public Health identifies individuals who are considered to have been in close contact with the individual. They provide letters to the individuals with advice and direction based on their vaccination status.
  • NSCC disinfects and cleans areas of the campus as needed.
  • NSCC Campus Principal informs the campus community of the positive case and steps that have been taken.
  • NSCC does not issue a public notification – Public Health will determine whether a public service announcement (PSA) is required.

Keeping ourselves and each other safe from COVID-19

Recent updates from the provincial government include references to community spread, especially among the unvaccinated. It’s an important reminder that we must continue to follow public health advice to stop the spread of COVID-19. These practices (getting vaccinated, staying home if unwell, sanitizing, masking indoors and keeping our distance) protect our health and can minimize disruption to our working and learning environments.

With this in mind, NSCC’s vaccine requirements are now captured as a procedure under our Occupational Health Safety and Environment (OHSE) policy.

Requirements for vendors, tenants, contractors and visitors

As noted in recent updates, NSCC requires that employees and students provide proof of full vaccination by Tuesday, October 12 or follow a testing protocol. Vendors, tenants and visitors must also meet these requirements to access NSCC campuses and sites.
  • Vendors (such as café services), tenants (such as day cares and adult high schools) and contractors (including consultants), will be required to acknowledge to NSCC that their employees on site meet NSCC’s vaccine requirements.
  • Visitors (such as guest speakers, external meeting attendees and members of the public accessing our testing centres or libraries) will be required, upon entry to a campus or site, to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative test result (within 72 hours prior to visit). Visitors who will be on site for quick transactions (such as bill payment, bookstore purchase and no longer than 15 minutes) will be required to wear a mask, regardless of current provincial or NSCC masking requirements, and keep physically distant.

For the duration of the fall term, it is very important that we continue to prioritize access to NSCC campuses and sites for employees and students as well as tenants, vendors and guests who are essential to our core business. This means limiting all other guests and visitors for the time being.

Important reminders

  • Employees have received an invitation from Monica Foster, VP College Services, to provide proof of full vaccination. Please complete this process as soon as possible.
  • Students should watch for invitations from their Campus Principal beginning the week of Monday, September 27 to provide proof of full vaccination. Please do not submit your documents until invited to do so.
  • Tuesday, September 28 is the last day to complete an approved vaccine series in time to be considered fully vaccinated by October 12. Check with your campus Student Services team on vaccine clinic availability.
  • Our masking requirement is still in place. Please continue to wear a mask indoors and follow other basic public health advice to keep one another safe (vaccination, staying home when you’re unwell, frequent handwashing, and distancing wherever possible).


Taken together, these steps will help create an environment where our safety and well-being are prioritized and where we are empowered to succeed in learning and in our work.

Sincerely,
Don

Last updated on: September 24, 2021 03:38 PM

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