Mar 30 2020

12:00am - 12:00pm

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.

 

CAMPUS UPDATE

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

 

 

Campus Updates HERE

 

FAQ (TBA)

 

Reporting Absences HERE

 

How to Wash Your Hands POSTER

 

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