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President's Update - September 28, 2021

September 28, 2021 – Don Bureaux

Good morning:

With cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise in our region, particularly among the unvaccinated, I wanted to share a few important reminders about steps we’re taking to keep ourselves and each other safe and, in so doing, guard against potential disruptions to in-person learning and work.

Vaccination requirements

Getting a vaccine is one of the most important steps we can take to stop the spread of COVID-19. NSCC requires all students and employees to provide proof of full vaccination by Tuesday, October 12.

  • Beginning this week, students will be contacted via email by their Campus Principal with steps to upload vaccination status. Please act on this email as soon as you receive it.
  • Thank you to the hundreds of employees who have already provided their vaccination status and a reminder to those who have not to please complete this process as soon as possible.
  • Today, Tuesday, September 28 is the last day to complete an approved vaccine series in time to be considered fully vaccinated by October 12. Campuses are working with Nova Scotia Health to host vaccine clinics for students and employees. Please check with your campus Student Services team to see what’s available.

Testing requirements

Employees and students who do not provide proof of full vaccination by Tuesday, October 12 will be required to follow a testing protocol. Each campus will have a rapid testing centre on site by October 12 – some sites have already opened. These centres will be a key part of the testing protocol for students and employees who cannot or choose not to provide proof of full vaccination. They will also be accessible to any NSCC employee or student who is asymptomatic and wants a test. Testing centre services will be available free of charge to students and employees. More information will be shared on our testing centres next week.

Masking requirements

Wearing non-medical masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. Masks are still required in group settings at all NSCC campuses and sites until at least Tuesday, October 12. A decision on continued masking will be shared closer to that date. More information about NSCC’s mask requirements, including exemptions, is available in the Mask Procedure within our Occupational Health, Safety and Environment policy.

Continuing proven public health practices

Regardless of our vaccination status, we can help protect ourselves and others by continuing to stay home if we’re feeling unwell, washing/sanitizing our hands frequently, keeping physically distant and following gathering limits set by Public Health.

Stay safe, stay informed and stay connected

In addition to these safety measures, we can stay informed of the latest NS Public Health advice, including COVID-19 exposure notifications. And, just as importantly, we can stay connected, as a community, by looking out for one another and demonstrating kindness, respect and compassion as we work our way through this phase of the pandemic.

Sincerely, 
Don Bureaux

Last updated on: September 28, 2021 11:03 AM

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