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Northern Lakes College holds the health, safety, and well-being of students and employees as a priority in its continued response to COVID-19. The Government of Alberta declared a State of Public Health Emergency and announced new measures to increase vaccination rates, reduce transmission, and protect the health care system. The province also introduced a sector-specific exemption for Alberta post-secondary institutions.

Beginning October 4, 2021, to create a safe on-campus environment for students and employees, the College will be launching NLC COVID-19 Safe Campus, requiring all students, employees, contractors, partners, and visitors, 12 years-of-age and older, coming to any Northern Lakes College campus to provide either a proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours, or an approved exemption.


September 20 to October 3, 2021

Masking, physical distancing, and capacity limits will be observed at all Northern Lakes College campuses.

Employees

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Mandatory work-from-home measures are in place unless the employer has determined a physical presence is required for operational effectiveness. Northern Lakes College employees are to work from home, unless operational needs require the employee to be onsite. Employees are to discuss with their supervisors. If employees are working on location, masks and two-metre physical distancing is mandatory. Masking is not required while alone in your work stations. Employees are to review the Northern Lakes College version 8 COVID-19 Hazard Assessment for Employees.

Students

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Many Northern Lakes College students access their courses from home. For those who access their courses from a campus, or who are on campus for a lab or practical portion of their program, masks and physical distancing of two metres from others is mandatory.

Employees and students at partner institution sites

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Northern Lakes College employees and students working/studying at a partner institution (i.e. Athabasca University, Lakeland College, etc.) must comply with the highest level of restrictions, either that of the partner institution or Northern Lakes College. 

Visitors/Contractors/Partners

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Masking and physical distancing of two metres is mandatory at all times when indoors at a Northern Lakes College campus. Please note that the College is asking visitors to only come to campus if there is a real need. External groups or organizations with space on any NLC campus must adhere to all NLC requirements.

NLC COVID-19 Safe Campus

Mandatory work from home will end on October 3, 2021. All employees will return to their regular place of work on October 4, 2021, as long as the employee meets the NLC COVID-19 Safe Campus requirements. Employees should talk with their supervisor if they have any further questions.

Masking and physical distancing will continue to be observed at all Northern Lakes College campuses.

October 4 - November 14, 2021

Beginning Monday, October 4, anyone accessing a Northern Lakes College campus will be required to show proof of one of the following:

  • partial vaccination (one dose) accepted until November 14; 14 days must have elapsed since the dose was administered.

  • negative PCR or rapid test completed within the past 72 hours. Negative test results will only be accepted until November 14, except in extenuating circumstances.

Effective November 15, 2021

  • full vaccination beginning November 15; to be considered fully vaccinated, 14 days must have elapsed since the second dose was administered (November 1 or earlier).
  • exemption on medical or protected grounds recognized by the Alberta Human Rights Act.
  • Please note negative test results will no longer be accepted, except in extenuating circumstances.

Be prepared to regularly show your documentation (proof document and one piece of identification) upon arrival at any NLC campus. You may also be asked to show your documentation after arriving on campus – i.e. entering a classroom, etc.

Obtaining your vaccination record

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The easiest way to obtain your AHS COVID-19 vaccination record is at www.albertavaccinerecord.ca. Please note that a MADI (MyAlberta Digital ID) or MyHealth Records account is NOT required. You will need your Alberta Health personal healthcare number, date of birth, and month/year of dose. You can save the document to your phone or print it.

We will also accept the document you received upon receiving your COVID-19 vaccination at a pharmacy, health clinic, or First Nation or AHS clinic.

Other forms of proof of vaccination include:

  • valid Government of Alberta vaccination QR code;
  • an immunization record from another Canadian province or territory displaying the name, type of vaccine and date of administration;
  • Canadian armed forces immunization record, displaying the name, type of vaccine and date of administration.

Testing

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If you are unable to provide proof of vaccination or an approved exemption, proof of a negative PCR or rapid test taken within 72 hours prior to accessing a campus will be required. Negative test results will only be accepted until November 14, after which only proof of vaccination or exemption will be accepted.

Exemptions

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Northern Lakes College will consider, on an individual basis, requests for accommodations based on medical or protected grounds recognized by the Alberta Human Rights Act, to the point of undue hardship.

Northern Lakes College encourages members of our College community to keep our community safe by getting vaccinated. We strongly encourage anyone who has not yet received a COVID-19 vaccination to proceed with doing so. You may visit the FAQ page on the AHS website or book a vaccination appointment.

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must not come to campus. Please view the Government of Alberta COVID-19 info for Albertans page for full details regarding symptoms and testing, isolation and quarantine requirements, the vaccine program, and more.

Northern Lakes College adheres to all public health measures in effect. Please view the Government of Alberta COVID-19 public health actions page for full details regarding public health measures and restrictions in effect.

Q&A

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Is it a violation of human rights for Northern Lakes College to request confirmation of vaccination?

No. Please refer to the Alberta Human Rights Commission webpage, Human rights, vaccines, and medical testing.

Is it a violation of privacy laws for Northern Lakes College to request confirmation of vaccination?

No. Northern Lakes College is subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (“FOIP”) of Alberta. FOIP sets out what personal information the College can collect and how it can use and disclose such information. FOIP allows the College to collect personal information that is necessary for operating programs or activities of the College. The College has an obligation to safeguard this sensitive personal information, as it does with all personal information it collects. This information, once collected, can only be shared with employees of the College who need to know this information to complete their job duties at the College.

Notification statement:
Protection of Privacy - The personal information that you provide to Northern Lakes College is collected pursuant to section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Alberta) (“FOIPPA”). The proof of vaccination, COVID-19 test result, or exemption record provided will not be stored or retained by Northern Lakes College, but will be viewed for the verification of vaccination or testing status. Personal information that will be retained is an individual’s name, date, time of verification, name of employee who viewed verification, and vaccination status (vaccinated, negative test result, or exemption). The information collected will be used for the purposes ensuring compliance with provincial laws and programs, determining safe attendance on Northern Lakes College campuses, and related purposes. Collected personal information is protected from unauthorized access, use, and disclosure in accordance with FOIPPA and may be reviewed subject to the provisions of the Act. Questions regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information can be directed to the FOIP Coordinator, 780-751-3259 or foipcoordinator@northernlakescollege.ca.