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March 31, 2022 - Return to Campus Communications

As of March 1, the provincial “work from home mandate” was lifted and Keyano College employees started to return to on-campus work.  The College has taken a transitional approach to return to our campus locations.  All employees have until the beginning of the Spring semester (May 2) to transition back to on-campus work. 

The primary work location for all College positions is in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB), specifically on-campus locations. Exceptions to the primary work location may be granted based on the employee’s employment contract or by authorization on a temporary basis.

 Remote work arrangements will be reviewed on an individual basis and may be considered in response to the following:

  • An employee requests a remote work arrangement for a specified period of time.
  • The employee’s employment contract specifies a permanent work location that is not on campus.

Please be advised should you wish to continue a remote working arrangement you will need to discuss this request with your immediate supervisor and work in collaboration with Human Resources.  In addition, this will be considered a short-term work agreement. Please review the remote work guidelines, and remote work agreement request form.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back to campus and while restrictions are relaxing and lifting, the health and safety of our Students and Employees are always our top priority. We continue to encourage the use of hand sanitizer, masks, and social distancing.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation and for respecting people’s masking choices.

Thanks for your understanding as we begin our transition back to pre-COVID operations.

 IMPORTANT:  These decisions are as of March 31.  We are subject to provincial and municipal bylaws and guidelines and these decisions may change pending further direction from the Alberta Chief Medical Officer, Alberta Health Services, and other provincial guidelines.

 

 

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Previous Updates

February 28, 2022 - COVID-19 Update

On Tuesday, February 8, the Government of Alberta (GOA) and Alberta Health Services (AHS) presented their “path to easing restrictions” plan and guidelines.  Please visit the Alberta Health Services website for the full list of changes.

As of March 1, the provincial “work from home mandate” will be lifted and Keyano College employees can return to on-campus work.  The College will be taking a transitional approach to return to our campus locations.  All employees which means employees will have until the beginning of the Spring semester (May 2) to transition back to on-campus work. 

The Protocol FAQs sheet is intended to answer any questions you may have.  If you have additional questions not on the sheet, please send them to Suzie.johnson@keyano.ca

In addition, as of March 1, Keyano College will not require a “proof of vaccination” QR code to enter the campuses.  We look forward to welcoming you back to campus and while restrictions are relaxing and lifting, the health and safety of our Students and Employees are always our top priority. We continue to encourage the use of hand sanitizer, masks, and social distancing.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation and for respecting people’s masking choices.

As part of the College’s return to Campus initiative, we are in the process of reducing our contracted security team to pre-COVID staffing levels.  Also effective March 1, we will no longer have five (5) guards and will reduce to a four (4) guard compliment.  The College is working with our provider to ensure that we optimize our security coverage within our current contract.

 Thanks for your understanding as we begin our transition back to normal operations.

 IMPORTANT:  These decisions are as of March 1.  We are subject to provincial and municipal bylaws and guidelines and these decisions may change pending further direction from the Alberta Chief Medical Officer, Alberta Health Services, and other provincial guidelines.

February 18, 2022 - COVID-19 Update

On Tuesday, February 8, the Government of Alberta (GOA) and Alberta Health Services (AHS) presented their “path to easing restrictions” plan and guidelines.  Please visit the Alberta Health Services website for the full list of changes.

After consultation with students, faculty, and deans, we have determined that a mixed delivery is warranted at this time.  This only applies to the completion of the Winter semester.  Delivery methods for the Spring and Fall semesters will be determined over the next few weeks as we continue to closely monitor this situation.  We will make those decisions closer to the Spring and Fall semester start dates.

Therefore, as of March 1, Keyano College will continue with several delivery modes to accommodate all learners. 

  • Some programming will return to in-person delivery. 
  • Please connect with your faculty and instructors to understand how the delivery for your courses will proceed on March 1 and for the remainder of the Winter term.
  • Students who are unable to return to in-person delivery will be accommodated.


In addition, as of March 1, Keyano College will not require a “proof of vaccination” QR code to enter the campuses.  Pending the relaxing of the masking guidelines, we will continue to encourage the use of masks and social distancing, however, they will not be mandatory.  We do however require you to be respectful of people’s choices.

It is our intention to continue to make informed decisions regarding the method of delivery that is best for the health and safety of our students and staff.

Further communication regarding a plan for employees’ return to campus will be shared next week.

IMPORTANT:  These decisions are as of March 1.  We are subject to provincial and municipal bylaws and guidelines and these decisions may change pending further direction from the Alberta Chief Medical Officer, Alberta Health Services, and other provincial guidelines.

February 9, 2022 - COVID-19  Update

Important Notice

On Tuesday, February 8, the Government of Alberta (GOA) and Alberta Health Services (AHS) presented their “path to easing restrictions” plan and guidelines. 

Please visit the Alberta Health Services website for the full list of changes.

As for returning to on-campus learning and working, the Government of Alberta has not lifted restrictions regarding the “mandatory work-from-home” order. Alberta Health Services will be closely monitoring hospitalizations and if they continue to trend downward, more restrictions will be lifted as of March 1. 

Keyano College Executive and the COVID Senior Leadership Team are closely monitoring the AHS guidelines and are in consultation with Student and Faculty Associations, as well as CUPE, and other post-secondary institutions around the province.  It is our intention to make informed decisions regarding the method of delivery that is best for the health and safety of our students and staff.

We ask that you remain patient as this situation unfolds and we will have answers as soon as possible.  

January 19, 2022 - COVID-19 Response Update

Please be advised, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant, Keyano College will continue to offer programming in an online/blended delivery until further notice. We encourage all staff and faculty to check their Keyano email regularly and the College Coronavirus webpage for ongoing updates.

 

• Keyano classes will be continuing to use the blended model; meaning, the theory portion will be delivered online, and required labs, practical, shop, etc., will be delivered face-to-face.
• Working from home is still mandated. Unless it is absolutely necessary for you to be at the College, we expect to see a minimal number of employees on Campus.
• Only faculty members that are required for labs, shops, and practicums are to be on Campus, and you must strictly observe AHS COVID-19 Guidelines.
• Programs and services that will require on-campus access may continue in-person, such as Continuing Education programs, Welder Recertification, 200-hour Power Lab course, Driver Training, etc.)
• We will aim to reduce services and deliver online where possible as long as there is no significant impact on students.
• The library and bookstore will proceed with in-person services as required, strictly following AHS guidelines for space and the number of persons allowed.
• The COVID-19 Senior Leadership Response Team meets on a weekly basis to determine any new requirements around restrictions and assess the current local and provincial situation.

 

If you are sick or show any symptoms, STAY HOME AND DO NOT COME ON CAMPUS!

• Reminder: The Omicron variant is HIGHLY transmissible. If you are required to be on Campus, masks are required in all indoor spaces and must completely cover your mouth and nostrils at all times. That means in the College, in the halls, classrooms, common areas, and buildings. No exceptions. Social distancing is required in all common areas, and we encourage good hand hygiene.
• Masks should fit well and be of high quality. People at risk of severe outcomes should wear medical masks when in settings with people outside of their household.
Please contact vaccineinfo@keyano.ca if you have additional questions.
• All guidelines and protocols are subject to change based on the latest information from Municipal Bylaws and Alberta Health Services.

December 29, 2021 - Omicron Variant Response Update

The health and safety of the College community are of utmost importance. 

In response to the increasing COVID-19 cases with the new Omicron variant, Keyano College will be pivoting to online/blended delivery for January 4, 2022. 

We encourage all students to check their Keyano email and the College Coronavirus webpage for any updates.

  • Keyano will be commencing classes on January 4 in a blended model; meaning, the theory portion will be delivered online and required labs, practical, shop, etc., will be delivered face-to-face.
  • Working from home for staff is still mandated. Unless it is absolutely necessary for you to be at the College, we expect to see a minimal number of students and employees on Campus.
  • Faculty members and students that are required to be on Campus for labs, shops, and practicums must strictly observe AHS COVID-19 Guidelines.
  • Programs and services that will require on-campus access may continue in-person such as Continuing Education programs, Welder Recertification, 200-hour Power Lab course, Driver Training, etc.)
  • We will aim to reduce services and deliver online where possible as long as there is no significant impact on students.
  • The library and bookstore will proceed with in-person services as required strictly following AHS guidelines for space and number of persons allowed.

You are reminded that should we need to pivot to a fully online delivery model, we will notify you as soon as possible. 

 

COVID-19 Symptoms: fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, new smell or taste disorders, nausea, etc The onus will fall on faculty and students to follow all the AHS guidelines around masking, distancing, and hand hygiene. 

 

The Omicron variant is extremely transmissible and we need to remain vigilant. 

If you are sick or show any symptoms STAY HOME AND DO NOT COME ON CAMPUS!

 

 

All students who are required to be at any Keyano College campuses must comply with one of the following four options for the Winter Semester (commencing January 4, 2022):

Option 1 – Provide proof of vaccination by showing a valid Alberta Health Services QR Code with photo identification.

Option 2 – Obtain and show your Campus Access Pass. To obtain the Pass you will need to upload a valid proof of vaccination in a form satisfactory to the Office of the Registrar.

Option 3 – Obtain a pre-approved Medical or Religious Exemption from the Office of Registrar prior to attending on any Keyano campuses (whereupon a Campus Access Pass will be provided- which may be subject to rapid testing requirements).

Option 4 – Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result which was administered no earlier than 72 hours prior to attending (each and every time) on any Keyano campuses. Students are required to arrange for their own test at their expense.  For testing locations click here.

To enter the college you need proof of vaccination, approved medical/religion exemption, privately paid for negative covid test within last 72 hours, or a campus access pass card

 

Access to campus will be limited to assigned doors.  Security will be stationed at those doors and will be checking to ensure your compliance with one of the 4 options listed above. Further details will be sent out closer to the Winter semester beginning including a map of campus.  Signage will be posted on all doors indicating the doors that are accessible.

  • Failure to provide one of the four options will result in denied access to Keyano College buildings.
  • Reminder: Masks are required in all indoor spaces and must completely cover your mouth and nostrils at all times.  That means in the College, in the halls, in the classrooms, in common areas, in the buildings. No exceptions.  Social distancing is required in all common areas and we encourage good hand hygiene.
  • Masks should fit well and be of high quality. People at risk of severe outcomes should wear medical masks when in settings with people outside of their household.

Please review the Student FAQs for more information or contact vaccineinfo@keyano.ca if you have additional questions.

Please note: Security will be checking for compliance at all accessible entrances.

  • All guidelines and protocols are subject to change based on the latest information from, Municipal Bylaws and Alberta Health Services.
 December 23, 2021 - Blended Winter Semester Information for Students

The health and safety of the College community are of utmost importance. 

In response to the increasing COVID-19 cases with the new Omicron variant, Keyano College will be pivoting to online/blended delivery for January 4, 2022 until further notice.  The COVID-19 Senior Leadership Response Team will meet on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, and we encourage all students to check their Keyano email and the College Coronavirus webpage for any updates.

  • Keyano will be commencing classes on January 4 in a blended model; meaning, the theory portion will be delivered online and required labs, practical, shop, etc., will be delivered face-to-face.
  • Working from home for staff is still mandated. Unless it is absolutely necessary for you to be at the College, we expect to see a minimal number of students and employees on Campus.
  • Faculty members and students that are required to be on Campus for labs, shops, and practicums must strictly observe AHS COVID-19 Guidelines.
  • Programs and services that will require on-campus access may continue in-person such as Continuing Education programs, Welder Recertification, 200-hour Power Lab course, Driver Training, etc.)
  • We will aim to reduce services and deliver online where possible as long as there is no significant impact on students.
  • The library and bookstore will proceed with in-person services as required.

You are reminded that should we need to pivot to an online delivery model, we will notify you as soon as possible. 

The onus will fall on faculty and students to follow all the AHS guidelines around masking, distancing, and hand hygiene.  The Omicron variant is extremely transmissible and we need to remain vigilant.

All students coming on to any Keyano College campuses must comply with one of the following four options for the Winter Semester (commencing January 4, 2022):

Option 1 – Provide proof of vaccination by showing a valid Alberta Health Services QR Code with photo identification.

Option 2 – Obtain and show your Campus Access Pass. To obtain the Pass you will need to upload a valid proof of vaccination in a form satisfactory to the Office of the Registrar.

Option 3 – Obtain a pre-approved Medical or Religious Exemption from the Office of Registrar prior to attending on any Keyano campuses (whereupon a Campus Access Pass will be provided- which may be subject to rapid testing requirements).

Option 4 – Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result which was administered no earlier than 72 hours prior to attending (each and every time) on any Keyano campuses. Students are required to arrange for their own test at their expense.  For testing locations click here.

 Proof of vaccination, Keyano campus access pass, negative rapid test, approved exemption

 

  • Access to campus will be limited to assigned doors.  Security will be stationed at those doors and will be checking to ensure your compliance with one of the 4 options listed above. Further details will be sent out closer to the Winter semester beginning including a map of campus.  Signage will be posted on all doors indicating the doors that are accessible.
  • Failure to provide one of the four options will result in denied access to Keyano College buildings.
  • Reminder: Masks are required in all indoor spaces and must completely cover your mouth and nostrils at all times.  That means in the College, in the halls, in the classrooms, in common areas, in the buildings. No exceptions.  Social distancing is required in all common areas and we encourage good hand hygiene.

 

Please review the Student FAQs for more information or contact vaccineinfo@keyano.ca if you have additional questions.

 

Please note: Security will be checking for compliance at all accessible entrances.

  • All guidelines and protocols are subject to change based on the latest information from, Municipal Bylaws and Alberta Health Services.
Blended Winter Semester Information for Staff and Faculty
The health and safety of the College community are of utmost importance. 

In response to the increasing COVID-19 cases with the new Omicron variant, Keyano College will be pivoting to online/blended delivery for January 4, 2022 until further notice.  The COVID-19 Senior Leadership Response Team will meet on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, and we encourage all staff and faculty to check their Keyano email and the College Coronavirus webpage for any updates.

  • Keyano will be commencing classes on January 4 in a blended model; meaning, the theory portion will be delivered online and required labs, practical, shop, etc., will be delivered face-to-face.
  • Working from home is still mandated.  Unless it is absolutely necessary for you to be at the College, we expect to see a minimal number of employees on Campus.
  • Only faculty members that are required for labs, shops, and practicums are to be on Campus and you must strictly observe AHS COVID-19 Guidelines.
  • Programs and services that will require on-campus access may continue in-person such as Continuing Education programs, Welder Recertification, 200-hour Power Lab course, Driver Training, etc.)
  • We will aim to reduce services and deliver online where possible as long as there is no significant impact on students.
  • The library and bookstore will proceed with in-person services as required.
  • The COVID-19 Senior Leadership Response Team will meet next week to determine any new requirements around restrictions. Please be aware that restrictions or planned delivery may change next week, however, we wanted to ensure we are providing this communication to allow for adequate lead time to pivot to blended deliveries.

You are reminded that should we need to pivot to an online delivery model, we will notify you as soon as possible. 

The onus will fall on faculty and students to follow all the AHS guidelines around masking, distancing, and hand hygiene.  The Omicron variant is extremely transmissible and we need to remain vigilant.

  • Reminder: Masks are required in all indoor spaces and must completely cover your mouth and nostrils at all times.  That means in the College, in the halls, in the classrooms, in common areas, in the buildings. No exceptions.  Social distancing is required in all common areas and we encourage good hand hygiene.

Please contact vaccineinfo@keyano.ca if you have additional questions.

  • All guidelines and protocols are subject to change based on the latest information from, Municipal Bylaws and Alberta Health Services.
November 25, 2021

The health and safety of our staff, students, and college community is of utmost importance. Please note the following guidelines regarding COVID-19 vaccinations and rapid testing:

All students coming to Keyano campuses are required to be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption by November 30. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after your second dose. Additional information is available from Alberta Health Services.

Please review the following updates and reminders:

• If you have not been fully vaccinated, you must show proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid test every 72 hours. This will be accepted until the end of the Fall semester.

• Students in programs which were delivered in (1) a full online or (2) HyFlex where a student studies exclusively online, are exempt from the vaccine mandate requirement.

• Students must be able to provide their Campus Access Pass at all times to enter all Keyano College buildings. To obtain a Campus Access Pass, students must show proof of being fully vaccinated or an approved medical or religious exemption. Your Campus Access Pass can be picked up at the Registrar’s Office. Click here to upload proof of vaccination or exemption.

• Students who did not receive their second dose of vaccine by November 16 or those without an approved exemption may access campus with a privately paid for proof of a negative rapid test within 72 hours of accessing campus. Campus access with proof of a negative rapid test will be extended until the end of the Fall semester. For list of locations click here.

• Keyano College will not be providing on-campus rapid testing or reimbursing students for rapid testing.

• Fully vaccinated, approved exemption, or a negative rapid test result are the only options for in-person learning.

• Students will be required to show proof of vaccination, approved exemption, or a negative test result to write exams. Security will be checking at all exam locations.

IMPORTANT: Please come at least 30 minutes in advance of your scheduled exam time and expect line ups to enter. Exam times will not be adjusted and will start and end at the scheduled times.

Reminder: Masks are required in all indoor spaces. That means in the College, in the halls, in the classrooms, in common areas, in the buildings. No exceptions. Social distancing is required in all common areas.

Security will be checking for compliance at all entrances.

Exams can be stressful and COVID-19 protocols add another layer to the stress. Please be reminded that all students have access to Wellness Services and the Academic Success Centre for support.

*Non-credit students please follow the process in place through the School of Continuing Education.

**Updated Student FAQs are available click here.

***Keyano College policies and procedures are subject to change with limited notice as Alberta Health Services’ guidelines require and new information is provided.

October 28, 2021

The health and safety of our staff, students, and college community is of utmost importance. All protocols that have been in place since our last notice on October 18, regarding masks and social distancing are still in effect; however, until further notice, the following additional protocols will be in place effective November 1, 2021:

  • All students are required to be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after your second dose. Additional information is available from Alberta Health Services.
  • Students must be able to provide their Campus Access Pass at all times to enter all Keyano College buildings.
  • To obtain a Campus Access Pass, students must show proof of being fully vaccinated or an approved medical or religious exemption. Your Campus Access Pass can be picked up at the Registrar’s Office. Click here to upload proof of vaccination or exemption.
  • Students with a second vaccine scheduled on or before November 16 or those without an approved exemption may access campus with a   within 72 hours of accessing campus. Campus access with proof of a negative rapid test will be extended until November 30. Keyano College will not be providing on-campus rapid testing or reimbursing students for rapid testing.
  • Students must have their second dose on or before November 16 to be fully vaccinated by November 30.
  • Students who are non-compliant by November 30 will be withdrawn with no further refunds.
  • Masks are required in all indoor spaces. That means in the College, in the halls, in the classrooms, in common areas, in the buildings. No exceptions. Social distancing is required in all common areas.

Please understand – All students still need to be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption. We are simply extending the deadline from October 31, 2021 to November 30, 2021.

Security will be checking for compliance at all entrances.

*Non-credit students please follow the process in place through the School of Continuing Education.

September 17, 2021

Student Services and the Office of the Registrar remain committed to providing quality service to students, while maintaining the health and safety of everyone. Effective Monday, September 20, 2021, services will be delivered as follows:

Service Areas 

Mode of Service Delivery

September 20, 2021 and Beyond

Academic Success Centre

  • Blended approach
  • Students can request in-person or virtual appointments by emailing academic.success@keyano.ca 
  • The Academic Success Centre will remain open from 8:30am - 4:30pm for drop-in support, Monday to Friday

Accessibility Services

  • Blended approach
  • Students can request in-person or virtual appointments by emailing accessibility.services@keyano.ca 
  • Accessibility Services will remain open from 8.30 am – 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday

 

Library

  • Limited hours
  • The Library will be open from 8.30 am – 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday
  • Students can request virtual appointments by emailing askthelibrary@keyano.ca 
  • Students and employees can access Library online resources off-campus, generate their Keyano Library account by following the steps here.

 

Office of the Registrar

  • The Office of the Registrar will remain open Monday – Tuesday from 8.30 am – 4.30 pm, Wednesday from10:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Thursday – Friday from 8.30 am – 4.30 pm for front desk services
  • For a virtual appointment with a Student Advisor, students can email Student.Advisors@keyano.ca 
  • For a virtual appointment with the Financial Aide Coordinator, students can email FinancialAide@keyano.ca 

 

Student Life and International Education

  • Events will be delivered predominantly online
  • Students can continue to reach the office by emailing studentlife@keyano.ca or international@keyano.ca 
  • The office will remain open from 8.30 am – 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday

 

Wellness Services and Navigator

  • Blended approach
  • Students can request in-person or virtual appointments by emailing wellness.services@keyano.ca 
  • Wellness Services will remain open from 8.30 am – 4.30 pm for drop-in support, Monday to Friday

 

Note: the student commons will remain accessible to students. However, all health protocols must be observed at all times.

 September 16, 2021
Last evening, the Government of Alberta declared a state of public health emergency.  New public health measures have been announced.  Keyano College leadership is reviewing the measures and will share an update as soon as possible.  To view these new measures, click here.
 September 4, 2021
 As of September 4, 2021: Mandatory mask requirements

• Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces and workplaces.
• Employees must mask in all indoor work settings, except in work stations.
• Schools are not required to implement masking, but school boards will continue to set COVID-19 management policies as deemed appropriate.
• Masks are not required while participating in a physical fitness activity, performance activity, or a worship service at a place of worship.

For more details on these latest updates, please visit https://www.alberta.ca/masks.aspx#jumplinks-0 

 May 26, 2021
Government announced on May 26th, a 3-stage roadmap that outlines how health measure restrictions will be lifted in the coming months based on vaccination rates and hospitalization numbers. 

For the post-secondary sector, in-person learning will resume in stage 2, which will occur two weeks after 60% of Albertans who are 12 years old or older have received at least one vaccination dose and our hospitalization number in the province is below 500 and declining. This is expected to come into effect mid-June if trends of vaccinations and hospitalizations continue in the right direction. 

Until we have reached stage 2 in the re-opening roadmap, the post-secondary sector is still expected to offer online/remote learning wherever possible as per Health Orders 19-2021 and 20-2021. In-person activity on campus is still to be the exception not the norm, therefore we ask that you only continue in-person activities that are essential.  All in-person activities happening on campuses MUST continue to follow all applicable health guidance including physical distancing, mask wearing, personal hygiene and cleaning protocols, etc. 

For more details on Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan and the 3-stage roadmap, please visit this site: https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx  

 May 4, 2021
 

In accordance with the May 4, 2021 release from Government of Alberta, new mandatory health restrictions will be put in place to help stop the spike of COVID-19 and protect the health care system.  

Effective immediately, there are enhanced restrictions for high case areas. These new restrictions will be on outdoor social gatherings, schools, retail, restaurants, places of worship, personal and wellness services, outdoor sports and fitness, funerals, and post-secondary institutions. 

Must move all theory based learning to on-line delivery effective immediately. Currently, Keyano has theory based program components delivered virtually. Labs, shops, and practicums are permitted to continue in person when required for a student’s academic completion. Practicums may be affected where an employer restriction applies. 

For more information visit Alberta Health Services webpage and we encourage you to read the provincial new release or watch the news conference.

The health and safety of our students and employees remains our foremost concern and the College wants all employees and student to adhere to the following guidelines.

  • Working from home is mandatory, unless it is absolutely necessary for you to be at the College. We expect to see a minimal number of employees on campus. We expect only faculty members required for labs, shops, and practicums to be on campus and you must strictly observe AHS COVID-19 Guidelines.
  • The Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre’s gym facilities will remain closed until further notice and all Huskies practices are suspended other than in a virtual format.
  • Only necessary visits to the College campus is permitted, and Executive will be monitoring the Daily Log Insheet, but if you need to be on campus, you will be required to sign in.  All additional entrances will be locked
  1. Clearwater Campus - Security Entrance F
  2. Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre – Main Entrance
  3. SEIC – Main Entrance

 

It is imperative that you follow these guidelines to help stop the spread and protect yourselves and those around you. 

 

New Health Measures for Post-Secondary

 

Good Afternoon 

 

Thank you again for your patience. The latest Health Orders 19-2021 and 20-2021 have been released. Order 19 applies to all regions that are above the threshold of 50 active cases per 100,000 people and 30 or more active cases. Order 20 applies to all regions that are below this threshold. Please note that the restrictions for post-secondary institutions are the same in regions that are above and below this threshold.  

 

Order 19 prohibits students from attending post-secondary institutions except for under conditions found in Part 13.4. (In Order 20, see part 11.4) We still stress that we would like to see in-person activity being the exception not the norm, therefore we ask that you only continue in-person activities that are essential.  All in-person activities happening on campuses MUST continue to follow all applicable health guidance including physical distancing, mask wearing, personal hygiene and cleaning protocols, etc. 

 

Part 13 of Order 19-2021 (Part 11 in Order 20) outlines that that a student can attend a PSI if the student makes prior arrangements with the PSI officials in advance of attending the PSI for any purpose, and PSI officials support the attendance. In other words, if a PSI deems that a student needs to be on campus for any reason they can give the student permission to be on campus. The PSI does have obligations to ensure all safety precautions are taken (see 13.4 in Order 19 for the full wording – or 11.4 in Order 20), and the student is required to follow PSI instructions around COVID-19 precautions. 

 

Health orders specific to post-secondary education apply to Advanced Education’s stakeholders, including private/independent post-secondary institution, private career colleges, private institutions with international designation, First Nation Colleges, and Community Adult Learning Programs. We are working with Health to better define post-secondary institutions to reduce confusion in the future. 

I would also like to remind you of the Vaccination Information Session Scheduled for tomorrow, May 11th at 2:00pm to 3:00pm. 

If you haven’t already, please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9uNN0TLxTCerOZ3-D32cQw

Thank you. 

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Advanced Education at AE.CampusAlberta@gov.ab.ca. We will continue to keep you informed of any additional information relevant to your campuses as it becomes available.

 

Good afternoon,

 

Thank you for your patience. As you know, on May 4, it was announced that post-secondary institutions would be required to move to online studies immediately. We are aware that many of our post-secondary providers deliver programs and courses that can only be done in-person. We also know our institutions have strong plans in place to support alternate class delivery and protect the health of their campus communities. 

 

Although we are waiting for final confirmation from Alberta Health, we are pleased to communicate the following activities will likely be allowed to continue under the new public health measures: 

 

  • Final examinations that require in-person, hands-on delivery. 
  • Classes, labs, practicums, field work, courses and/or programs that MUST be hands on / in-person. 
  • Student access to facilities on campus (e.g. research labs, horse arenas, animal care facilities, etc.) for the purposes of maintaining equipment/specimens, and providing for animal care or exercise. 

 

Once we have definitive confirmation that these events can proceed, either through Chief Medical Officer of Health Order or through exemption, we will notify you immediately. In the meantime, we ask for your continued patience. 

 

During this time, we would ask that post-secondary providers thoroughly examine what learning activities and experiences absolutely need to occur in person, and which can be delayed or placed online. We would like to see in-person activity being the exception not the norm, therefore we ask that you only continue in-person activities that are essential.  All in-person activities happening on campuses MUST be specifically permitted by CMOH Order or an exemption to those orders, and MUST continue to follow all applicable health guidance including physical distancing, mask wearing, personal hygiene and cleaning protocols, etc. 

 

Further guidance details for specific in-person learning activities are still being determined. These include, but are not limited to: 

  • Programs and courses that require students to interact with the public as part of their in-person learning (ex. Personal and wellness services). It is being determined if students will be allowed to interact with the public. 
  • Fitness and performance activities that require in-person learning and access to facilities. It is being determined if further guidance such as increased distancing or smaller groups is required.  

 

We know this situation is frustrating, but we must do everything we can to continue to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and their families. Taking action today will protect lives, and help support a return to campus learning this fall.

 

Thank you

 

Classification: Protected A

April 25, 2021

In a Special Meeting on Sunday April 25, RMWB Council passed a motion to declare a State of Local Emergency (SOLE) to support the efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

We must continue to do our part to curb the rise of COVID-19 positive cases. Please observe all AHS COVID-19 restrictions. 

The health and safety of our students and employees remains our foremost concern and the College wants all employees and student to adhere to the following guidelines.

  • Meaningful work from home is mandatory unless otherwise required by your position or by direction of your supervisor. 
  • Labs and clinical work will continue to happen on campus strictly following AHS COVID-19 guidelines. 
  • The Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre’s gym facilities will be remain closed until further notice and all Huskies practices are suspended other than in a virtual format.
  • We want you to limit your visits to College, and Executive will be monitoring the daily log in sheet, but if you need to be on campus, you will be required to sign in. The following entrances are open, all additional entrances will be locked.
  1.  Clearwater Campus - Security Entrance F
  2. Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre – Main Entrance
  3. SEIC – Main Entrance
  • Please use the COVID-19 Health Check App daily even if you are working from home.  The Keyano Executive is monitoring the use of this App.
  1. Downloading the app from your app store. 
  2. You can use this link to find the app on your app store
    https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/

 

We are taking this opportunity to remind our students and employees to be diligent about the day-to-day measures we can do to help prevent the spread.  

  • Wearing a mask in public spaces
  • Hand hygiene
  • Social distancing/2 metres apart
  • Coughing or sneezing into a tissue/or elbow
  • Work and stay at home as much as possible 

It is imperative that you follow these guidelines to help stop the spread and protect yourselves and those around you.  

April 7, 2021

The latest Government of Alberta COVID-19 measures that came into effect at 11:59 p.m. April 6 are affecting areas of Keyano College. Here are the latest operations impacted:

Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre:

The Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre (SSWC) is temporarily closing. The closure will also affect one-on-one training as this service will not be offered. All memberships will remain on hold, and no payments will be taken during the closure. Any questions can be directed to Guest Services. During the SSWC closure, personal training will be offered one-on-one virtually. To sign up, contact Taylor Cote.  

Keyano College Library:

 Keyano College Library, study spaces, book stacks, and computer labs will be closed until further notice. Scan-on-Demand, arrangements for collection pickup, Book-a-Librarian, and all other virtual reference services remain available Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. You can visit the Keyano Library COVID-19 Information page for the latest information.

Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre:

The Keyano Theatre and Arts Centre studio rentals are being adjusted based on AHS guidelines. Adult dance classes and all other programs are cancelled. Kids dance (10 or less) and music classes (one on one) are still proceeding with appropriate measures and guidelines. The April Theatre bookings have been cancelled or postponed.

One-on-one music instruction will proceed with measures in place.

The Oilsands Rotary Music Festival is cancelled.

Keyano Theatre has partnered with Theatre; Just Because to co-present the play Purge in July. In-person auditions and the rehearsal schedule starting at the end of April are being re-addressed to virtual means.

The Theatre is working with its spring clients to discuss contingency planning. It is also continuing dialogue with the Multi-Cultural Association to address their recurring Financial Literacy course and determine if a change needs to take place.

Keyano College Continuing Education:

Rental space in Keyano College Continuing Education is based on the Guidance for Post-secondary Institutions (PSI). Representatives from Continuing Education will contact any booking affected by these new guidelines.   

For further information on these updated restrictions, please visit the Alberta Health page. 

 

Provincial Update Details in Full

 

On April 7, 2021, new provincial measures came into effect.  Read all of the details here:

 

Alberta Health COVID-19 Update

News Updates

Provincial Government News
 COVID-19 Possible Response Scenarios
 

COVID-19 Response Scenarios

Employee exhibits COVID-19 symptoms before coming to work
Employee exhibits symptoms
Employee becomes sick while at Keyano 
Employee becomes sick
Negative test result
Negative result
Employee or student receives a positive result 

Employee or student test positive 

Student in residence requires self-isolation 
Student in residence must self-isolate
Student becomes sick while at Keyano 
Student becomes sick while at Keyano 

Housing Responses 

Housing response

You receive a call about a sick resident

Things you need to do

 

Security response
Housing security response guide
Student response

If you feel sick

Things you need to do

Grab and Go Kit
It is always good to be prepared
What Keyano is Doing

Enhanced cleaning procedures

Enhanced cleaning procedures are being undertaken throughout the college, and a new disinfecting cleaning solution is being used. Information on the cleaning solution is available here: Safety Data Sheet 

For a demonstration of the equipment please view this YouTube video.

What is COVID-19 

Coronavirus can cause respiratory illness in people, ranging from mild common colds to severe illnesses. Symptoms are similar to influenza and include fever, cough, extreme tiredness, and difficulty breathing. In some cases, COVID-19 can cause more severe symptoms.

Studies suggest that the virus generally only lasts a few hours on a surface, though it may be possible for it to last several days under ideal conditions. While there is person-to-person spread, current evidence indicates the virus is not airborne through long distances or times.

What Keyano is Doing

Keyano College has formed an internal response team to prepare for operational contingencies. Additional prevention measures are being taken, including enhanced cleaning procedures for all offices and common areas within the College.

On March 15, the College followed the direction of Alberta Health Services and cancelled all face-to-face classes. Four days later, blended delivery of courses began. The College transitioned each course, where feasible, by building pathways for learning using virtual tools.

College administrators report the transition has proceeded well.

The College has also launched the SchoolMessenger system to directly and effectively communicate with employees, students, and lease holders.

AHS Advice

Prevention

To protect yourself and others, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer is asking Albertans to:

  • use good hygiene practices, such as frequent handwashing
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sneeze or cough into your elbow 
  • dispose of tissues properly
  • avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • clean frequently touched surfaces regularly
  • stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill
  • contact your primary health provider or Health Link 811 if you have questions or concerns about your health

AHS Advice 

If you have COVID-19 symptoms and have travelled outside Canada or were exposed to someone who has the virus, stay home and call Health Link 811 for instructions. 

Do not go to a health care facility without consulting 811 first.

For up-to-date information on the situation within Alberta, visit the Government of Alberta's or Alberta Health Services websites.

GoA COVID-19 Information AHS COVID-19 Information