Updated: Mar 27, 2020 @ 9:25 am
Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs. They are most commonly spread from an infected person through:
In general, the best advice to help reduce your risk of infection and prevent the spread of infections is:
There will be no further face-to-face delivery of classes. Our buildings are closed until further notice. We are continuing to map a path forward for the remaining terms of this academic year with the aim of supporting students in completing the necessary coursework.
Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu. Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.
If you are concerned you have COVID-19, please contact Telecare 811 and follow the directions of health care professionals.
As part of its commitment to protecting the personal privacy of students and staff, NBCC does not reveal individuals’ medical information. Public Health contacts the employer/organization of any individual who is a presumptive case, with instructions about what to communicate to students and colleagues and what actions to take. Public Health does not contact the employer/organization of any individual simply being tested, i.e. not confirmed presumptive at that stage. Tested individuals are told to self-isolate for 14 days.
The federal government is now recommending that all travellers arriving in Canada from any international destination as of March 13 self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution.
There will be no further face-to-face delivery of classes. There will be no further access to our buildings until further notice.
We are continuing to map a path forward for the remaining terms of this academic year with the aim of supporting you in completing the necessary coursework.
Apprenticeship students should contact their field counsellors for updates and information regarding Block continuation and exams.
NBCC has been taking action to minimize the possible spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus. In accordance with the guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for New Brunswick, there will be no further face-to-face delivery of classes through to the end of winter term (April 17) and all NBCC buildings are closed to students until further notice. Alternate delivery of coursework began on March 23.
NBCC continues to map a path forward for the remaining terms of this academic year with the aim of supporting students in completing the necessary curriculum. Because coursework is continuing at this time, we are not currently accepting requests for refunds of student tuition and fees for reasons related to the COVID-19 closure of facilities for in-person classes. Information on NBCC’s standard refund policy and timelines can be found here: https://nbcc.ca/tuition-fees/refunds The whole NBCC team continues to make learners’ education a top priority even as we each do our part to support a global effort to respond to this unprecedented situation.
The current provisions of the provincial State of Emergency do not allow students to enter NBCC facilities. Therefore, for the foreseeable future you will not be able to access these items. If this means that you do not have course materials such as textbooks, you should reach out to your instructors to discuss alternate arrangements or sources of course materials.
Our Student Development team has been working hard to ensure that many of the supports our students count on remain available at this time:
Choosing whether or not to retain your apartment is a personal choice. You should remain in the province as you may need to return to the Campus or to an alternate site in the future for the work-integrated learning and/or for any hands-on practical learning that cannot be completed in an online or distance format. This could look different depending on your program, and we aim to provide more details by April 9.
We have temporarily suspended video recording for the Culinary Arts program, and local license services such as AUTOCAD, Miramichi Terminal services, ACOMBA and Accreditation Services.
Students can contact the help desk via telephone at 1-855-216-6688.
All work-integrated learning (practicums, co-ops, clinicals) is suspended until April 17, which is the end of this semester. We are working on developing alternative plans; further details will be communicated by April 9.
Please visit the Government of Canada’s website for up-to-date information regarding study permits. The Government of Canada has announced that "courses of study being delivered online on an exceptional basis due to COVID-19 will not affect Post-Graduation Work Permit Program eligibility for a post-graduation work permit.” For international students with questions about the provincial programs for permanent residency, the provincial government has set-up a direct email for your questions: email@example.com.
International students who were eligible to work on or off-campus, can continue to do so even if they have been forced to drop to part-time studies or take a break in studies due to COVID-19. However, these students are still subject to the authorized number of hours (up to 20 per week) they would have been permitted had they been full-time students.
The Government of Canada continues to process permits and has extended deadlines for applicants to provide required documentation. However, service delivery has been and will continue to be severely impacted, with many overseas missions down to essential staff and Visa Application Centres closed. Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), of which NBCC is a member, has asked the Government of Canada for flexibility in accepting non-traditional means of demonstrating language proficiency. The Government of Canada currently preparing mitigation measures to ensure a smooth resumption of normal operations once the situation stabilizes. They have noted, however, that it will be challenging to process a significant volume of applications before the fall semester.
We recognize that this evolving situation may be stressful and we encourage you make use of NBCC’s wellbeing resources. Students can reach out to a Wellbeing Counsellor or consult NBCC’s Wellbeing App. International students are also encouraged to use Keep Me Safe.
More questions? Please contact StudentQuestions@NBCC.ca
In accordance with the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for New Brunswick, NBCC’s Admissions Centre will be closed until further notice; consequently, we are expecting a significant delay in processing applications. We are working towards solutions to mitigate the situation and ensure our clients are served as quickly as possible.
There are currently no impacts on programs beginning in fall 2020 or winter 2021. Applicants who have been accepted but have not paid their confirmation fee to date will not be removed from their program if payment is not received by the deadline. NBCC is reviewing ways to mitigate this in our system data until CAS is fully operational.
Please be assured that, as per NBCC’s First Qualified First Accepted policy, your completed application (including payment and transcript of marks) will be processed based on the date and time stamp that is received once normal operations resume.
At this time, we ask that Grade 11 students not apply until further notice.
Please apply online at the following link https://nbcc.ca/admissions/how-to-apply. At this time we can only accept online applications. Application fee payment must also be paid online when you apply.
Applicants who have not paid their confirmation fee to date will not be removed from their program if payment is not received by the deadline. NBCC is reviewing ways to mitigate this in our system data until CAS is fully operational. You can pay your confirmation fee through your Student Self Service account if you choose to do so at this time.
Please note there will be no movement on your application during this time. Once regular operations resume, we expect significant delays in further processing of ALL applications and you will be notified accordingly.
We are continuing to map a path forward for the remaining terms of this academic year with the aim of supporting students in completing the necessary coursework.
We are following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for New Brunswick and asking all employees to work from home where possible, with exceptions for those who perform critical functions that require support in person.
All NBCC facilities will be closed effective immediately. This is as a result of the Province of New Brunswick declaring a State of Emergency. We will continue to update you as this situation evolves.
For urgent access, please contact your Regional Operations Manager.
We recognize that you may have questions related to work, leave, etc. as a result of this ongoing situation. We have established a dedicated email HRquestions@nbcc.ca to receive those inquiries.
We have temporarily suspended the following services:
You can contact the help desk via telephone at 1-855-216-6688 or submit a help desk ticket via the online portal. https://helpdesk.nbcc.ca/
Please work with your Department Head to provide the appropriate information in a Word document.
All employees and members of the public will be screened before being allowed to enter any NBCC facility. At the entrance, you will see a questionnaire posted. If you answer YES to any of the questions, you will not be permitted to enter the facility. Those who answer NO to all questions can enter and must proceed immediately to the nearest washroom for hand washing.
If possible, please email materials to students. Please connect with your Department Head to identify a workaround.
In accordance with the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s recommendation that everyone stay home, we have decided to suspend all practicum, co-op and clinical placements until March 27. Further communication will follow on this.
Dave Kell will be sending information on this and will be available to faculty to provide tips/tools/webinars /one-on-one assistance, etc. to those who would like support. We will not be requiring course evaluations from this week until further notice.
Under the circumstances, we have made some adjustments to our process for casual payroll. Until further notice, there is no need to complete timesheets for casuals.
Each Friday, please forward an email to Arrah-Lee McKinley at Arrah-Lee.Mckinley@nbcc.ca listing your casual employees and how many hours they were scheduled to work. NBCC will continue to pay those who were scheduled to work prior to the directive to send employees home on Monday, March 16. Scheduled to work refers to those employees with regular hours as outlined in a letter of employment, or who, at the beginning of this week, prior to being sent home, were verbally told they would have hours this week. It does not include casuals who are hired on an “as needed basis” with no scheduled, regular hours of work.
This new casual payroll procedure will be in place until further notice. Please send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recognize that this evolving situation may be stressful and we encourage you make use of NBCC’s wellbeing resources. Staff are encouraged to consult NBCC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program for additional support of your overall wellbeing.
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