COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) Information

New information as of December 10, 2020

On Tuesday, December 8, 2020, Alberta announced new measures to protect the health care system and reduce the rising spread of COVID-19. Alberta's government, under the guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is not recommending further measures or restrictions specifically targeted to the post-secondary sector at this time. For more details, see details below.

 Provincial update details in full
 

On Tuesday, December 8, 2020, Alberta announced new measures to protect the health care system and reduce the rising spread of COVID-19. Alberta's government, under the guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is not recommending further measures or restrictions specifically targeted to the post-secondary sector at this time.

 However, a few of the enhanced measures will impact Alberta campuses until at least January 12, 2021. Please read the following for clarification on how the new measures apply to the post-secondary and adult learning sector:    

  • Post-secondary providers may continue providing classes and learning experiences as long as they follow the Guidance for Post Secondary Institutions and all other applicable guidance.  
    • This includes providing in-person exams.
  • Mandatory mask wearing now applies across the province in indoor public spaces and workplaces, except when working alone in an office or a safely distanced cubicle or an appropriate barrier is in place.
    • For post-secondary institutions, the classroom is also considered a workplace and therefore masking is required. The instructor can unmask while teaching, but must mask before and after. Students must wear masks at all times in indoor areas of post-secondary institutions. 
  • Working from home is now mandatory unless the employer requires a physical presence for operational effectiveness.
    • It is up to the employer to determine if staff need to be physically present to continue operations, such as research, effectively.
    • This also means that it is up to the employer to determine which operations should continue, and which should be suspended.  
  • In all areas of the province, indoor and outdoor social gatherings are prohibited.
  • Group studying is not allowed except in situations where two or more students must be physically present for the purpose of practice or a practical activity (e.g. lab practice, massage practice).
    • Students should opt for virtual study groups instead.
    • If two or more students must be physically present to practice a specific activity, the students should stay 2 metres apart from each other at all times and be masked.
    • Students who must come within 2 metres of each other for practice, rehearsal, or study must wear a mask, even if they are outdoors.
  • The performance activity exemption for school settings also applies to post-secondary institutions. However, although performance practices and rehearsals can occur, performances, concerts, and inter-school performance activities are not allowed at this time.
    • Streaming a live performance for an exam is permissible if there is no live audience involved.
  • Residences can remain open, so long as they follow the Guidance for Post-Secondary Institutions and the Guidance for Multi-Family Dwellings, Condominiums and Apartment Buildings.
    • Note that residents and visitors must wear a mask while in public spaces of the residence and keep 2 metres distance from anyone who is not part of their household.
    • For students in residence, their household is considered to be anyone who shares their room, suite, or apartment. A residence itself is not considered to be a household.
    • No gatherings are allowed in public indoor and outdoor spaces at the residence.
  • Tutoring is not considered a private social gathering and can continue in-person, although wherever possible we encourage people to move their tutoring sessions online to minimize the risk of disease transmission.
    • If tutoring is done in person, the number of students and tutors participating in a tutoring session should be limited to the fewest possible (one-on-one is best).
    • Tutoring is one of the few activities that can be done in private dwellings (e.g. a tutor can attend a private dwelling to provide services).
  • Any post-secondary student planning to return to their primary residence for the holidays can do so if it is in Alberta.
    • If their home is in another province or country, they are permitted to leave Alberta but should consult the rules for travel in their home jurisdiction before doing so. 
    • If they are coming from another country back to Alberta,  they must follow travel rules upon reentering the country.
  • Post-secondary institutions are not required to start the winter semester later than originally scheduled. This measure only applies to K-12 Sector.

 Effective December 13, the following closures and restrictions on campuses need to occur:

  • All libraries province-wide are ordered to close, including libraries in post-secondary institutions. This means that students cannot access post-secondary libraries for any purpose, although they can do front door pick-ups and drop-offs of books and materials.
    • Study spaces outside of libraries can remain open to solo study only, or group practices (see group studying information above for when these can occur).
  • Campuses with buildings that house multiple businesses, such as restaurants, cafes, pubs, retail space, etc. can stay open. However, they must limit capacity to 15% of fire code occupancy (instructions to calculate that number can be found here) in all public spaces and follow all applicable guidance.

This includes:

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    • Masking and physical distancing in indoor spaces and buildings is mandatory.
    • Retail spaces and retailers can still open but with a reduced customer capacity limit of 15% of fire code occupancy.
    • Restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, meal halls and food courts must close to dine-in service, but can continue to provide take out, curbside pickup and delivery services.
    • Signs should be posted in public and study spaces to remind students not to gather with people outside of their own household.
    • People in these areas must maintain 2 metres distance from each other at all times.
    • In-person social gatherings of any size cannot occur in indoor or outdoor campus spaces.
  • Post-secondary providers offering programs in personal, wellness and health services may continue in-person classes as appropriate. However, all personal and wellness services, including hair salons and massage clinics, must close. If these services are part of the students’ practicum/program, they can continue to operate in a limited capacity as long as they remain closed to public access.
    • Students could practice on mannequins or each other.
    • Students must mask at all times.
  • All recreation centres in Alberta are ordered to close, including those located at post-secondary institutions.

  The Ministry would encourage post-secondary providers to communicate to students and staff how the new restrictions apply to the post-secondary and adult learning sector. 

 Although tough, we are confident these restrictions will help alleviate the pressure facing our health care system and keep Albertans safe. It is unknown what January will look like and we understand that classes will resume in those first few weeks of the New Year. The best source of information on the new measures is the following Alberta Government websites:

Keyano College is closely monitoring COVID-19 and is following the advice of Alberta Health Services and other reliable agencies as the situation evolves. Please note, this webpage will be updated regularly as part of the effort to keep you informed with the most accurate and up-to-date information, but due to rapidly changing situations, events sometime outpace us. 

The Coronavirus situation is changing quickly which can result in misinformation being shared. Below are a number of resources from AHS, Government of Alberta, and other trusted sources to help you stayed informed.

News Updates

Keyano News
Provincial Government News

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.

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

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