COVID-19 Update for June 30: What you need to know about summer on campus

Posted: Jun 30, 2021 12:29 PM   |  Updated: Jul 26, 2021 12:15 PM

Stage 3 of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan begins on July 1 and will see public health restrictions lifted now that 70% of Albertans aged 12 and up have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. At the same time, the City of Edmonton will deactivate its mandatory mask bylaw.     

As we welcome students for the summer term and get ready for more vibrant campuses this fall, NAIT will follow provincial public health guidance and ease most restrictions on our campuses starting July 1, including  

  • distancing requirements 
  • indoor gathering restrictions 
  • the use of face shields 

NAIT continues to require masks in classrooms, lecture theatres, labs and workshops, as well as Health Services offices.  

We are keeping this requirement in place for now in high-occupancy learning spaces to minimize disruptions to in-class learning and to give members of the NAIT community time to get their second dose of a vaccine and for it to take effect.  

We continue to prioritize the health and safety of the NAIT community as we enter this new phase and will monitor the situation, adjusting measures as required. 

Although not required, we strongly encourage members of the NAIT community to wear masks in all indoor public spaces on our campuses. 

Safety is a shared responsibility 

Throughout the pandemic, staff and students have been safely working and learning on our campuses.  

Everyone coming to NAIT is reminded to 

New summer students, as well as any staff who did not sign the responsibility declaration in the spring term or take the safety training, should do so by July 9 

While the COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary in Alberta, we encourage members of the NAIT community to get their vaccine as soon as they are eligible. This is the best way to help protect yourself and others.  

NAIT continues to monitor the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and will share information on the COVID-19 vaccine page

You can learn more about other steps we’re taking to keep our campuses safe

Spread kindness  

As Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has said, we are entering a new phase of the pandemic and are learning to live with COVID-19 as restrictions ease.  

Each of us will feel differently as we enter this new phase. Some people will embrace this stage. Some will want to take extra precautions, either because they are at risk for severe outcomes, they haven’t yet received their second dose of a vaccine or they are more comfortable proceeding with caution.  

We ask members of the NAIT community to continue to be kind and understanding with one another – just as you have throughout the pandemic – as we make this transition.   

Summer services 

Over the summer months, we will gradually begin to see more in-person services available.  

We are pleased to announce  

  • the return of NAIT summer sports camps in August 
  • the reopening of Bytes, including Friday barbecues starting July 9 (weather permitting) 
  • the Student Service Centre will open Aug. 9 with limited staff and services 

We will share more information as reopening dates for in-person services are finalized and decisions are made on how our service offerings will evolve to continue to blend virtual and in-person delivery.  

The facilities and services page has the latest information on what’s open on campus and how to access NAIT services. Information is also available on the MyNAIT Portal

Fall term 

Information on safety procedures for fall will be shared in the coming weeks. As we make decisions, they will be informed by the needs of the community, the trajectory of the pandemic and the public health guidance we receive.  

Students have received information from their programs about how learning will be delivered this summer and fall. Students should contact their programs with any questions.  

Current work arrangements for staff will continue for now, and leaders are communicating with their teams about changes to work location required to support increased on-campus activity this fall. 

Stay informed 

You can find the latest information on NAIT’s response to COVID-19 at nait.ca/covid19

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep the campus community safe. 

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