COVID-19

Your Safety on Campus

Posted: Jun 30, 2020 9:47 AM   |  Updated: Nov 25, 2020 9:12 AM

The health and safety of our community is NAIT’s top priority. Following provincial direction, we have adopted health and safety measures and introduced requirements for people coming to campus to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

Each of us has a shared responsibility to maintain a safe work and learning environment. By working together and doing our part, we can minimize the potential for exposure to COVID-19.

On this page:

Watch the following video and review the information on this page to learn more about how we're making our campuses safe and your safety responsibilities.


While on campus 

Keeping our community safe is a shared responsibility.

  • Wear a mask or face covering 
    • You are expected to wear a mask in all indoor publicly accessible spaces on campus.
    • Review and follow NAIT's expectations for wearing masks at nait.ca/masks.
    • Students, contractors and visitors are expected to provide their own mask or face covering (disposable or cloth) while on campus as required. 
    • NAIT is providing non-medical masks to staff who are required to work on campus. 
    • Links to videos on the use of masks are found in the training resource package
  • Complete the check-in form every day you come to campus and for each location in which you spend more than 15 minutes, even if you are scheduled to be on campus (this allows us to contact people who are considered close contacts of positive cases of COVID-19).
  • Follow signage when moving around campus and within instructional areas  -  only come to your scheduled activity and leave immediately afterwards, unless you require access to the Computer Commons. 
  • Understand and follow specific safety controls and protocols from your program or business unit. 
  • Remain vigilant to slow the spread of COVID-19 by following public health measures, practicing physical distancing and good hygiene. 

What to do if you're sick

Screening for illness is an essential part of NAIT’s strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Learn more about what to do if you are sick or have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. 


Health and safety measures during relaunch 

Reduced campus activity 

Activity on our campuses continues to be reduced following Government of Alberta direction. Keeping the number of people on our campuses limited to only those who absolutely need to be on site helps minimize the number of individuals those attending our campuses might encounter in a day, which reduces risk.   

And it allows us to focus our efforts to keep our campuses safe and clean by only reopening spaces that are required by schools and business units to meet the objectives in Turning the Dial, which outlines our approach to NAIT’s phased reopening.   

We are delivering classes and services virtually where possible in order to ensure manageable amounts of on-campus activity. Where hands-on outcomes can only be met through physical learning, we are offering blended classes that combine virtual learning with in-person instruction in shops and labs.  

Staff continue to work from home unless they need to be on campus to teach a lab or shop, conduct applied research or deliver a service where virtual delivery is not possible. 

Reporting and managing COVID-19 cases 

NAIT is prepared to respond to cases of COVID-19 impacting members of our community. Our response is outlined in our Rapid Response Planning Framework, part of our Communicable Disease Procedure, which describes how we will report and manage cases of COVID-19 at NAIT in accordance with provincial guidelines.

Enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols

Following Public Health Agency of Canada guidelines, we have increased cleaning we have made the following efforts to keep our campuses clean and safe for the NAIT community. 

  • Limiting activity on our campuses allows us to focus on cleaning spaces that are required by schools and business units.  
  • We are following an enhanced schedule for cleaning of high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces, including  
    • elevator buttons 
    • door handles and push bars 
    • stairwell railings 
    • vending machines 
    • water fountains 
  • Use of Avmor EP 66 or EP 50 disinfectant has been implemented for increased sanitation and improved longevity of disinfectant properties. 
  • Please contact Facilities Maintenance if you notice any locations that require additional cleaning. 

Preparing buildings

We have taken measures to safely reopen buildings. This included  a deep clean prior to reopening,  water quality testing and setting up guides and barriers to help you navigate safely while on campus.

Signage

We have posted signage to facilitate physical distancing and educate the NAIT community on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Training for staff and students

To help ensure our campuses stay safe, we have developed training for staff, students and contractors that will help:

Regular, timely communication

We are committed to keeping the NAIT community informed and up-to-date on nait.ca/relaunch and other platforms.

Sanitizer and disinfecting wipes

Sanitizer and disinfecting wipes are available across campus.


Thank you for doing your part to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and help maintain a healthy and safe environment. Continue to check nait.ca/relaunch for the latest information and updates.