Response to COVID-19 Cases

Posted: Aug 17, 2020 2:57 PM   |  Updated: Sep 14, 2020 12:54 PM

The health and safety of the NAIT community are our top priorities. 

NAIT is prepared to respond should there be cases of COVID-19 on one of our campuses – and it is reasonable to anticipate that there will be cases this fall as community transmission continues in our province.  

Our response is outlined in our Rapid Response Planning Framework, now a 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.  

NAIT’s response to a potential or confirmed case of COVID-19 is managed by NAIT Health Services, Health and Safety Services and the COVID-19 Coordinated Response Team. 

If someone who was on one of our campuses tests positive for COVID-19, NAIT will  

  • conduct a safety investigation  
  • support Alberta Health Services (AHS) information requests  
  • follow AHS guidance for contract tracing 
  • follow protocols for enhanced cleaning  
  • inform the NAIT community  

What to do if you are sick

Responding to multiple or linked cases on campus

If there are 2 or more linked cases of COVID-19, NAIT will take the measures listed above and will close any impacted spaces for 1 week to allow for an even deeper cleaning and sanitization. Any shops, labs or activities impacted by a closure may be rescheduled or temporarily postponed.  

A significant number of cases could have a greater impact on our people and facilities.  

Instructors and supervisors

Instructors and supervisors have several responsibilities under this framework, including to: 

  • protect the privacy and personal health information of student or staff member who informs you they are unwell or have tested positive for COVID-19 
  • participate in any safety investigations initiated by Health and Safety Services 
  • implement any corrective actions from the safety investigation 
  • maintain regular contact with the impacted individual 
  • support the student or staff member as they return to school or work  

Review NAIT’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Planning Framework to learn more about your responsibilities. You can also read the Relaunch FAQs for Staff (staff login required), which includes questions about the framework and NAIT's response. 

Reporting on cases of COVID-19 on campus 

As we safely and gradually resume activity on our campuses, we are committed to providing our community with timely and accurate information about active COVID-19 cases on our campuses.  

Active COVID-19 Cases Dashboard 

We may also, at times, inform members of the NAIT community who may be at risk after we learn of a positive COVID-19 test result. This will only occur after we inform the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner and the individual who has tested positive.  

Please note that personal information will not be disclosed as NAIT responds to or communicates about confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our campuses.  

Instructors or supervisors may share details of a situation with their leadership team for the purpose of contingency planning. Personal information will not be shared.