Safety on Campus
We’ve worked with public health to ensure a safe learning environment. Select a topic to learn more:
- Entering campus (self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms)
- Full vaccination requirement
- Proof of vaccination
- Testing availability on campus
- Mask requirement
- Additional safety expectations
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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 novascotia.ca/coronavirus
- Be aware of occupancy requirements with each room you enter.