Keeping you safe

How is NorQuest keeping people safe from COVID-19?

Since March, NorQuest has switched from in-person classes to online delivery to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to deliver education and services virtually wherever possible. For the Fall 2020 term, we are offering limited in-person classes and labs where necessary, and have re-opened select in-person student services. The college is following direction from Alberta Health Services and has the following safety measures in place:

  • physical distancing and barriers between employees and students
  • Personal protective equipment required for all students and employees
  • enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols on campus
  • students are required to complete a COVID-19 Return to Campus course before coming to campus

Is it safe to come to the NorQuest campus?

NorQuest College is following Alberta Health Services guidelines. Any person entering the NorQuest College campus must complete an Alberta Health Services self-assessment, wear a mask, check in with security, and only enter and leave the college through the main entrance on 108 Street NW. These safety measures are in alignment with the measures recommended by Alberta Health Services to enhance safety and minimize risk.

Are students or employees at risk?

The health and safety of NorQuest students and employees are our top priorities. Alberta Health Services will be in contact with individuals if they determine there was a risk of transmission. If Alberta Health Services identifies a risk at the college campus they will communicate with us and we will inform the college community.

What is considered close contact?

Alberta Health Services defines close contact as close physical contact without consistent and appropriate use of personal protective equipment (including face masks, gloves, and Plexiglas shields). Every NorQuest employee is required to use personal protective equipment if they are on campus.

How is the college involved in contact tracing?

When an individual tests positive for COVID-19, Alberta Health Services starts a contact tracing investigation to determine close contacts (defined above).
If a college community member has been on campus within 14 days and develops symptoms of COVID-19, they are required to email trackingcovid@norquest.ca. This information is used by the college for two purposes:

  1. to assist AHS in their contact tracking investigation, should they request it;
  2. to inform AHS if two or more symptomatic individuals with a known location link were on campus together. This information will be used by AHS to determine if an outbreak on campus has occurred.

When will the college inform us of COVID-19 cases on campus?

Alberta Health Services will be in contact with NorQuest College in the event of an identified risk of transmission or an outbreak. At this point, we will inform the college community.