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North West College is monitoring COVID-19 situation and continues to follow the recommendations of the Chief Medical Health Officer of Saskatchewan. The health and safety of our staff, students and community is of utmost importance, and continues to be our primary focus during this time.
On May 19, Saskatchewan will enter Phase Two of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, however, the Province of Saskatchewan remains in a State of Emergency.
Phase 2 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan includes:
The re-opening of retail businesses and select personal services that were previously not deemed allowable.
The size restrictions of public and private gatherings will remain at a maximum of 10 people.
A full list of retail businesses and select personal services that will be deemed allowable in phase two is included in the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan, along with guidance, protocols, and physical distancing measures that allowable businesses and services are required to observe.
North West College students and staff will continue to study and work from home, and access to both College campuses will remain restricted at this time.
Employees must continue to acquire permission from their Director to gain access to any College facility. Once permission is granted, the employee must discuss details with Harvey Anderson, Facilities Manager to ensure your request is properly accommodated within expected health and safety protocols in place. When on campus, staff are asked to limit their movements to their individual work stations. However, during this time, most, most services are still available. For more information, please call our main office at (306) 937-5100 or please visit our COVID-19 Update Page on how we can best support you.
State of Emergency Remains in Place
The Province of Saskatchewan remains in a State of Emergency. Even as active case numbers are low or zero in some regions of the province, our local region including Meadow Lake, North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort remains the second most active region in the province with 25 current cases (as of May 13). We would like to remind the North West College community that COVID-19 is still present and all public health orders remain in effect. Having few or no active cases demonstrates that personal protective measures are effective and continue to be the best defence against COVID-19. (Ministry of Health Press Release 20-3355)
Physical Distancing (No More than 10 people/ 2-3 friends or households)
As stated by the Ministry of Health, Physical Distancing is particularly important as businesses and services continue to cautiously re-open and the majority of infected individuals will experience very mild or no symptoms. Gatherings of more than 10 people are not permitted and physical distancing must still be practiced. It is highly recommended that you limit contacts outside the household to the same two or three friends or households. Wash your hands frequently and contact HealthLine 811 for an assessment to determine if you should be tested – even if you are experiencing mild symptoms.
Planning for the Fall semester is well underway. Although students’ learning experiences may look different this fall, the quality of education remains the same. Students of North West College already benefit from small class sizes and lower student to teacher ratios than at most post-secondary institutions. As we prepare for fall programs, we want to reassure our current/future students and staff that we are well positioned to meet the physical distancing recommended by Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer while offering high quality programming within our region. Applicants and current students are encouraged to continue to monitor the North West’s website at https://northwestcollege.ca/ for additional details about their specific program and classes. All details regarding the delivery of fall programs will be available in the coming weeks.
Fall Job Posting
We know many of you have questions about posting for Fall positions. There are significant challenges in finalizing the program plan for fall given the current unknowns and the numerous external factors to be considered. Therefore Fall positions will not be posted before June. Also we now need to seek approvals from the Ministry of Health pertaining the protocols we are proposing for any activities we plan on having in the fall. This is a new approval process that was imposed on the Post-Secondary system given the current State of Emergency. We don’t have a commitment on how fast or slow the process will take. We ask for your continued patience and understanding.
Canada Emergency Student Benefit – Applications Opens Today!
The Government of Canada is offering a number of programs to support students and recent graduates during this unprecedented time. The Canada Emergency Student Benefit program opens May 15th and offers students $1,250 to $2000 per four-week period from May to August 2020. Please go to Canada Emergency Student Benefit site for full details.
Innovation Credit Union Scholarship
Thanks to the generous support of Innovation Credit Union and Ministry of Advanced Education’s Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship program, we are pleased to offer our current students the opportunity to apply for four $2000 scholarships! Please check out the Innovation Credit Union website for full details. Deadline to apply is May 31, 2020.
Student Services – Here for You
Our Students Services teams are here to help you. Services available include job coaching, counselling and Student Emergency Fund resources and more. Please reach out by phone, Facebook, and check out the Battlefords Campus newsletter for the latest information from that Campus’ team. Extended isolation in a time of uncertainty can be extremely challenging to personal mental health. Please make sure you continue to check on your friends and colleagues. As always, our Student Services staff remain available for students in need.
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.
From the Executive Management of the College, thank you for your vigilance as we continue to flatten the curve of COVID-19.