Apr 22 2020

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NWC and COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

North West College is monitoring COVID-19 and following Saskatchewan Ministry of Health direction.

At this time, North West College has no confirmed cases.

At North West College, the health and safety of our community is our top priority. The information here will be reviewed and updated, as required. We encourage you to learn more at https://www.saskatchewan.ca/. 

After reviewing the material on this webpage, if you have questions about COVID-19 and North West College, please email COVID19@northwestcollege.ca and our team will work to find the right contact for your question.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions): HERE

CAMPUS UPDATE

APRIL 9, 2020

Dear Students:

I wanted to take this time to sincerely thank each and every one of you for all of hard work, commitment and dedication to your studies during this unprecedented time. Moving to online and alternative delivery programs is a challenge, and I can truly appreciate some frustrations you might all have experienced as we continue to navigate through these difficult times. I want to thank you for your cooperation, patience and resiliency during this global crisis. I’m confident that, along with all North West College staff, you are all doing your part to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

As of today, the Government of Saskatchewan is still operating under the premise of being in a State of Emergency and continues to focus on flat lining COVID-19 occurrences in Saskatchewan.  The College will continue to follow the recommendations of the Chief Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan, our health authorities, and guiding Ministries as we respond to the COVID-19 situation.  Our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our staff and students, especially during these times.

In the meantime, please continue to follow federal and provincial public health orders. Practice physical distancing, wash your hands frequently, and stay home as much as possible. And please be sure to take care of your health. Reach out regularly to your friends and family – by phone or online. 

I know you must have many questions about what this pandemic means for your time at North West College. In order to help answer some of these questions, our team has put together a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet which will be continuously available at our website and updated regularly. Please visit our website at www.northwestcollege.ca to access the FAQs and the latest updates regarding the College’s response to the current health crisis. 

These are unprecedented times, full of uncertainty and relies on all of us navigate through our days in ways that we may never have experienced before.  However, what I have witnessed over the past three weeks from our staff and students is unbelievable resiliency and a spirit of innovation in the face of this global crisis. Your ability to adapt in the manner that you have is truly inspirational and fills me with hope and optimism that whatever comes our way, the students and staff of North West College will face these challenges and work through them together. 

While the snow continues to fall outside, I would like you all to remember that spring is coming, and Easter is almost here. While this weekend might be one of the most difficult occasions to practice social distancing, please spend the coming long weekend by connecting with family and friends remotely wherever possible. 

Please stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Jay Notay

President & CEONorth West College 

April 2, 2020

The Province of Saskatchewan is still operating under a State of Emergency, and continues to focus on flatlining COVID-19 occurrences in Saskatchewan. North West College continues to follow the direction of the Chief Medical Officer of Saskatchewan, our health authorities and guiding Ministries as we respond to the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 situation.  At North West College, the health and safety of our staff and students remains our top priority.

As such, all North West College employees and students will continue with their current alternative working and learning arrangements until further notice. NWC campuses and computer labs will continue to be closed to the public. Classes will continue to be offered through online and alternate delivery methods.

North West College staff are working remotely and messages are monitored on a regular basis during the College’s regular hours of 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

North West College is working collaboratively with our Institutional partners and the Ministries to determine alternate assessment options for programming. North West College students will continue to be notified directly by college staff regarding alternative assessment options and program adjustments. 

If students need more information, we encourage them to contact their instructor or Coordinator directly. We want to extend our appreciation to all of you as we navigate these new circumstances together. 

If your students are having troubles managing home and school life balance, please reach out to our Student Service team for supports and resources. You can call to speak to someone over the phone or join the Facebook group:

Student Services South (Battlefords Campus) by phone (306) 937-5100 or

By Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/158461551948189/?source_id=83263502286

 

and Student Services North (Meadow Lake Campus)

by phone (306) 234-5100 or

by Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/158461551948189/?source_id=83263502286

 

Please join the appropriate group and reach out if you need support.  

If you are in crisis and need urgent mental health support, Crisis Services Canada is available by phone at 1.833.456.4566 and text 45645 or dial 911 for immediate support.

General updates will continue to be provided on our website, via Facebook and on the app. Continue to refer to saskatchewan.ca for up-to-date, accurate public health information and the latest updates. 

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate this pandemic together. Good health to you all. 

March 31, 2020

In response to COVID-19 North West College is advising employees and students to continue to work and study from home. North West College is following recommendations from the Chief Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan and the Ministry of Advanced Education. The College will continue to follow the advice of government and health officials in the coming weeks. This week students should continue to study at home. An update about arrangements for the week of April 6th will be shared later this week. 

Study groups: In response to COVID-19 many North West College programs are being offered online and through alternate delivery to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Learning from home individually also means you need to follow this protocol for group work. Any group project work needs to be completed virtually using technology identified by your instructor. North West College students are asked not to meet in person to study. Study groups would not be able to maintain the six feet of distance required for physical distancing. Stay socially connected by physically apart. 

Graduation postponed: North West College has made the difficult decision to postpone graduation ceremonies that were scheduled for this May. Additional information will be provided once we have evaluated options and determined the appropriate solution for this year. Graduation is an important milestone and exciting moment for our community. We are working diligently on solutions to ensure our graduates are recognized for their achievements. 

Exam Invigilation and Safety Training Certificates: In accordance with social distancing protocols. North West College is not currently offering Face-to-Face Exam invigilation. Safety Training has also been cancelled for the month of April. 

Student Wellness: During these times of uncertainty and change, we encourage you to connect with services and supports available to you. Facebook groups have been established for Student Services South (Battlefords Campus)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/158461551948189/?source_id=83263502286

and Student Services North (Meadow Lake Campus)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/158461551948189/?source_id=83263502286

Please join the appropriate group and reach out if you need support.  

If you are in crisis and need urgent mental health support, Crisis Services Canada is available by phone at 1.833.456.4566 and text 45645 or dial 911 for immediate support.

March 20, 2020

As of March 23, North West College will be open for limited services only.  We will operate as such for the next 14 days, until further notice (April 5).

Students have been contacted regarding the status of their individual programs. If students need more information we encourage them to contact their instructor directly. 

For general inquiries about the College, we ask that you please contact us remotely by the following means:

1. Refer to our website, www.northwestcollege.ca 

2. Contact specific program areas via email through the contact form at https://northwestcollege.ca/about_us/contact_us.html

3. Or call Meadow Lake Campus at (306) 234-5100 or Battlefords Campus at (306) 937-5100

Thank you for your understanding as we contribute to flattening the curve of COVID-19 occurrences in Saskatchewan.  

March 19, 2020 

The health and safety of our staff, students and community is of utmost importance, and continues to be our primary focus during our current situation.

As you are aware, the Premier has declared the Province of Saskatchewan is now in a State of Emergency https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2020/march/18/covid-19-state-of-emergency, and is focused on flatlining COVID-19 occurrences in Saskatchewan.

Based on our current situation in the province, as of March 23, North West College will be open for limited services only.  We will operate as such for the next 14 days, until further notice (April 5).

North West College will be implementing alternative program delivery options where possible effective March 23, 2020.  Over the next couple of days, students will be contacted regarding  details for their respective programs. 

Please be advised that the current situation is changing on a daily, if not hourly, basis.  The College, its Executive, and our institutional partners are implementing strategies based on what we know today and the information we receive from our respective Ministries and the recommendations of the Chief Medical Health Officer.

Please continue to visit our website for the latest updates regarding North West College and COVID-19.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this challenging and stressful time. 

March 16, 2020 (7:00 p.m.)

In partnership with the province’s other post-secondary educational institutions, Saskatchewan Regional Colleges are suspending all classes and programming for the remainder of this week.

In an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, North West College programs will be offered through alternative delivery options where possible, effective March 23.

Updated class schedule:

March 17-20: in-person classes are suspended.

March 20: more information will be provided to students regarding online or alternative delivery, where possible.

March 23: alternative delivery programming for students will begin, where possible.

Updated information for students will be provided by email from each program.

We appreciate that this is challenging time for student, faculty and staff.  We will continue to work with you to share information as soon as it becomes available.

Scheduled Safety training will continue as is until further notice.

North West College campuses are not closing.  However, services may be limited at each campus.  Please refer to our website for more details. 

March 16, 2020 (1:00 p.m.)

Please see the latest press release from the Government of Saskatchewan here. https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2020/march/16/class-suspensions We will keep you informed of any changes to college programs and services as they happen. 

March 16, 2020 (9:00 a.m.)

North West College is meeting daily and continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation.Current information for each programming area is:

1. ABE students will continue regular classes unless otherwise informed. 

2. Students in our Trades, Health, Business and Community Service Post-Secondary programs brokered through Saskatchewan Polytechnic will continue regular classes. 

3. University students: The U of S and U of R have cancelled all on-campus and off-campus classes until Thursday, March 19. 

Please note that Colleges are also making adjustments to deal with the closure of off-campus partners and community centres, where our current classroom space is impacted.  We will contact you with more information as it becomes available.

March 15, 2020

Last night Saskatchewan found 4 new presumptive cases, still all relating to travel.  The Chief Medical Officer has recommended new travel guidelines and they are as follows:

The Federal Government and Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Officer recommend returning to Canada and avoiding non-essential international travel until further notice.

If you are currently outside of Canada, commercial transportation options may be more limited. You should identify commercial or personal options still available, and consider returning to Canada earlier than planned. 

When you return to the province after a period of time in another country, including the United States, you are strongly advised to take the following measures:

  • Self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Self-monitor for respiratory or flu-like symptoms for 14 days.
  • Consider preparations you can make in advance to ensure your comfort during this 14-day period.
  • Avoid visiting a long-term care facility or hospital.
  • Call HealthLine 811 if you develop respiratory or flu-like symptoms.
  • For general questions on travel recommendations and prevention measures, email COVID19@health.gov.sk.ca 

At this time NWC remains business as usual; however we are asking all staff and students to follow the guidelines set out by the government at www.saskatchewan.ca.  Please report your absences following the instructions here https://northwestcollege.ca/gallery/news/COVID_Reporting_Absences.pdf.

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN CLASSES

Also, at noon on Sunday March 15th, all University  of Saskatchewan classes at the Off-campus sites including Regional Colleges, PA campus and St. Peters have been cancelled until Thursday, March 19th. 

At this point, we are not sure how this decision will impact future off-campus face-to-face classes and are waiting for further information. Updates and information is available at https://updates.usask.ca/

March 14, 2020

NWC continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation.

We are focused on ensuring the health and safety of faculty, staff and students at all of our campus locations and program delivery sites, and we are making COVID-19 decisions based on recommendations from the Chief Medical Officer of Saskatchewan.

At this time, North West College continues to operate as usual. Please go to https://northwestcollege.ca/gallery/news/COVID_Reporting_Absences.pdf for information about illness reporting.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to check www.northwestcollege.ca regularly for the latest information as well as www.saskatchewan.ca

March 13, 2020

An email was sent to all staff and students regarding the establishment of a COVID-19 Information ‘event’ on the main page of the website. This campus event will be updated on a regular basis to ensure our community has the latest information regarding the pandemic on an easily accessible platform.

A dedicated email (COVID19@northwestcollege.ca) has been created to ensure questions are addressed in a timely and organized manner.

The College Executive Management continue to meet with provincial officials to coordinate efforts in regards to campus health and safety.

 

 

 FEEL ILL? Stay home, Call 811

NEED TO LEARN MORE? Ministry of Health Updates

 

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions): HERE

 

Reporting Absences: HERE

 

How to Wash Your Hands: POSTER

 

About COVID-19: HERE  (Useful Links including Public Agency of Canada)