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Safety on Campus

Anyone coming to campus must be in compliance with Public Health directives including responding to exposure notifications and reviewing our pre-screening document (PDF 125KB) which highlights key guidelines from our NSCC COVID-19 Self-Screening Procedure (PDF 143KB). 

Students are welcome to come to campus if they need to access any in-person supports or for any blended learning classes or labs. You can view the list of services and supports that are available online and on Campus. 

Safety considerations before coming to campus

If you feel unwell

  • Please do not come to Campus if you are feeling ill and review latest information from Public Health on symptoms and testing for guidance 
  • If you begin to feel unwell while on Campus, we ask that you go home and monitor your symptoms and review latest information from Public Health on symptoms and testing for guidance 
  • If you think you might have come in contact with COVID-19, visit for information on what to do.
  • If you’re sick and advised by 811 or your doctor to monitor symptoms, notify your faculty member and follow the Public Health protocols. Should you need a COVID test, you must wait until you have a negative result and are symptom free to return to on-campus activities.
  • If you have chronic, stable symptoms (e.g. cough, sneeze, runny nose, or nasal congestion) due to an existing medical condition such as asthma or seasonal allergies -- and you do not have any new or worsening symptoms -- you can attend class. If you’re experiencing new or worsening symptoms, we ask you to stay home and call 811 for guidance.

If you’ve been at a COVID-19 exposure site

If you were at a listed site at the date and time noted, follow Public Health directions. If Public Health has issued a self-isolation order, do not come to campus or attend your work placement. Notify your faculty member and/or your work placement supervisor based on your work placement absence protocol right away.

If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19

Please inform your faculty that you can't attend on-campus activities due to illness and follow Public Health protocols. Do not come to Campus.

If you’ve travelled

  • The Province of Nova Scotia, under the authority of the Health Protection Act, is requiring anyone who has travelled outside of Atlantic Canada to self-isolate for 14 days from the day they get back to Nova Scotia. View latest travel advice
  • NSCC has carefully outlined safe travel and arrival information including quarantine and self-isolation plans for any student travelling from outside Atlantic Canada. While some of this is intended for incoming international students only, there is relevant information in the documents for anyone travelling back to Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada.
  • As of November 26, 2020 at 12:01 am, the Nova Scotia provincial government is putting new directives in place for travel to and from Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). Attending college is considered essential travel – if you travel to and from HRM to attend college from within the province of Nova Scotia or from another Atlantic Canadian province, please continue to do so.

Safety while on campus

Upon coming to campus

Travelling to, from and between college campuses and locations is considered essential travel. Upon entering any NSCC campus, we ask that you pay attention to all new signage and follow all health and safety protocols.

Here’s what you can expect upon entering our facilities across the province:

  • You can access your campus through the main entrance only (unless and alternate entrance is indicated).
  • All employees and students entering our buildings must sign in/swipe in with security, must agree to follow all safety protocols and guidelines and agree that they have reviewed the self-screening document (PDF 125KB).
  • Visitors and contractors will be required to sign in and complete a mandatory questionnaire to help control potential exposures. Questions include symptoms, contact with COVID-19 and international or interprovincial travel.
  • Some cafeteria services will be open with limited hours and offerings. Please check with your campus for more details.
  • Daycare facilities operating out of campuses will be open and following all safety guidelines

Expectations while on campus

  • Follow all signage including wayfinding signage in hallways and common areas.
  • Maintain a distance of 2 m between you and other people. Exceptions may occur when instruction or learning requires closer distance, or when a narrow space cannot be avoided. It is in these situations that masks are absolutely required.
  • Masks should be worn inside at all times, unless you are alone, in a room with a closed door.
  • Be aware of occupancy requirements with each room you enter.
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow.
  • Wash hands frequently.

What we’re doing to keep you safe

  • Minimizing the number of people allowed in rooms and buildings
  • Requiring physical distancing - please keep 2m (6ft) between you and anyone else while on campus
  • Requiring that masks be worn at all times including classrooms, shops and labs in addition to physical distancing.
  • Providing sanitizing stations and sanitizing products throughout the campuses
  • Installing physical protective barriers (Plexiglass or Lexan) where service is provided from a counter (security or customer service desks)
  • Ensuring cleaning on high touch surfaces occurs regularly throughout each day
  • Improving air quality through changes in operation and improved filtration system
  • Ensuring thorough cleaning schedule for shared working and learning spaces
  • Placing signage throughout campuses including:
    • Directional signage
    • Physical distancing reminders
    • Hand washing and sanitizing station signs
    • Distancing cues/stickers
    • Occupancy signage for washrooms and other rooms

Contact tracing

If NSCC is asked by Public Health authorities to notify our community members of a confirmed case, we will do so. Notification of cases of COVID-19 within our community is managed by Public Health authorities, not by NSCC. The purpose of a notification is to alert any individual who may have been exposed to the illness.

Concerns about coming to campus

There may be on-campus activities required in your program. However, if you wish to withdraw due to personal or family health concerns associated with COVID-19, contact your faculty or student services advisor to ensure you make an informed decision. While we can’t guarantee alternative ways to meet a particular outcome, we’ll assess each situation on a case-by-case basis.