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Safety on Campus

We’ve worked with public health to ensure a safe learning environment. Select a topic to learn more:

Entering campus

We’ve worked with public health to ensure a safe learning environment. When you come to campus, you need to:

  • Self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms (do not come to campus if you're feeling unwell or have any symptoms).
  • Follow sign-in process - all employees and students entering our buildings must sign in/swipe in with our new process (principals will or have already shared the new how-to on this).


Any visitors and contractors will be required to check in with security and complete a mandatory questionnaire.

Mandatory vaccination

All students and employees need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 12, at the latest.

Full vaccination requirement

  • 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 receives their second dose 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.
  • Those who cannot be vaccinated, or choose not to be vaccinated, must follow a testing protocol.

Showing proof of 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.

Testing availability on campus

  • Rapid Testing Centres will open at every NSCC site prior to October 12.
  • 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.

Mask requirement

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.

  • We will continue to require mask-wearing in group settings (e.g., classrooms, meeting rooms and common spaces) including at all campuses and sites until at least Tuesday, October 12, even if/when Nova Scotia moves to Phase 5 of the province’s reopening plan.
  • We will evaluate the need to continue wearing masks by October 12.

Safety expectations and protocols

It’s important to follow all safety protocols and guidelines and agree that you've reviewed the self-screening document (PDF 126KB). Our protocols include:

  • Wash and/or sanitize your hands regularly.
  • Maintain safe physical distancing – 1 metre (3 feet).
  • Follow entry procedures and directional arrows and signage.
  • Follow cleaning and safety protocols in your area.
  • Keep updated on the latest provincial COVID-19 measures at
  • Be aware of occupancy requirements with each room you enter.