COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) Information

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COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) Information

We are committed to the health and safety of our campus community, we have created a COVID-19 Dashboard that includes the latest details about confirmed cases among our students, faculty and staff who are working and studying on-campus.

Latest Update

  • Posted October 14, 2021 at 10:33 AM

    On Sept. 20, 2021 Olds College implemented the Government of Alberta’s Proof of Vaccine Policy Program, as outlined under Health Order 42-2021 Exemption Request, in order to uphold the integrity of our learning environment by continuing to offer access to hands-on, in-person learning in a safe environment for our staff and students. 

    As outlined by the Government of Alberta: 

    • All post-secondary proof of vaccine programs must ensure:

    • You will be required to provide a negative rapid-test result if:

      • You only have one dose of vaccine as of Nov.1, 2021,

      • You are not fully immunized. Full immunization occurs 14 days after the second dose is received.

    • Students and staff who remain unvaccinated or are vaccinated after these dates must be able to show:

      • proof of medical exemption from vaccination or

      • produce negative results from COVID-19 tests that are conducted regularly (for example, twice weekly) by the institution or a private test provider.

    As part of the Government of Alberta’s Proof of Vaccine Policy Program for post-secondaries, masks remain mandatory for indoor public spaces. 

    Drop-In COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics on Campus

    All students and staff are welcome to attend the AHS drop-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic taking place at the AHS clinic located in the Ralph Klein Centre on campus on:

    • October 18, 2021 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
    • October 19, 2021 from 1 - 4 p.m.

    Vaccine appointments can also be made online through Alberta Health Services.  

    If you are sick, stay home.

    If you are feeling unwell, stay home and fill out the online COVID-19 Self Assessment or call 811. We must all continue to monitor our health and to practice good hygiene habits like hand washing. All staff and students must continue to follow the isolation and quarantine requirements. Any student who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition should fill out the Student Isolation Registration form. Employees should notify their managers.

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Confirmed Case Reporting (Updated Oct. 21, 2021)

Olds College Emergency Operations Team will continue to update the COVID-19 Dashboard that includes the latest details about confirmed cases among our students, faculty and staff who are working and studying on-campus.

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 (as reported to Olds College)
Confirmed Active Cases: 1
*Campus Exposure

1

Learning Resource Centre - Oct. 12 to 14, 2021

Recovered cases: 76

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Are masks still mandatory?

Yes, at this time masks remain mandatory for all indoor public spaces, with the following exceptions:  

  1. Working alone in an office or cubicle or where a barrier is in place.
  2. Working outdoors and there is a minimum of 2 metres between people
  3. Eating in Elements Dining Hall, the Crossing, student lounges or staff rooms.
What other measures are Olds College taking to ensure a safe campus?

Enhanced sanitation protocols, previously instituted, will continue. In addition the Facilities Maintenance team is installing enhanced air filtration (MERV 14) to all building mechanical systems. Masks remain mandatory in all indoor public areas.

Will my information be kept private?

Yes. All information collected will be kept confidential. Protection of Privacy - Personal information provided is collected in accordance with Section 33(c) of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (the FOIP Act) and will be protected under Part 2 of that Act. It will be used for the purpose of compliance with Government of Alberta directives to allow contact tracing in the event of a confirmed case of Covid-19.

Why did Olds College choose to implement the Government of Alberta’s Proof of Vaccine Policy Program

Olds College is committed to upholding the integrity of our learning environment by continuing to offer access to hands-on, in-person learning in a safe environment for our staff and students. By implementing the Proof of Vaccine Policy Program we are able to continue to offer in-person learning, and all of the extracurricular in-person activities to our students.

Who will monitor the Proof of Vaccine Policy Program for compliance?

The Emergency Operations Team,  with support from all People Managers across the campus, will monitor the program for compliance.

How long will the Proof of Vaccine Policy Program be in place at Olds College?

Olds College does not know when the Government of Alberta Proof of Vaccine Policy Program will end. In order to continue to uphold the integrity of our learning environment by continuing to offer access to hands-on, in-person learning in a safe environment for our staff and students, Olds College will continue to implement the Government of Alberta’s Proof of Vaccine Policy Program until the end of the program.

Olds College Campus & Community

Can I attend campus if I am sick but vaccinated?

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have received a positive COVID-19 test result, you are required to follow Alberta Health isolation regulations and guidelines.

Can I come onto campus if I am not vaccinated?
  • As of Monday, Sept. 20, if you are not vaccinated you will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test to access campus. The test is only valid for 72 hours. You will need to have a valid negative test result to be on campus. 

  • Rapid Tests are available for purchase at the Olds College Health & Wellness Centre located in lower-level LRC. 

I have specific questions about the vaccine and if it’s the right choice for me, who should I talk to?

Please visit Alberta Health Services for all up to date information.

I have received one dose of vaccine, can I come onto campus? Do I need to get rapid testing done?

Effective Nov. 1, 2021, if you only have one dose of vaccine you will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test result.

Do third party contractors have to provide proof of vaccination before coming on campus?

As of Monday, Sept. 20 third party contractors coming onto campus will need to sign a declaration of  acknowledgement that they understand Olds College’s COVID-19 restrictions and are in compliance. This form will be available on OC Connect. We do NOT require third party contractors to submit proof of vaccination. 

Do guests have to provide proof of vaccination?

As of Monday, Sept. 20 guests coming onto campus will need to sign a declaration of  acknowledgement that they understand the College’s COVID-19 restrictions and are in compliance. This will be done through the swiped-on guest sign-in ipad stations located around campus.

Will retail spaces stay open on campus?

Yes, capacity requirements have been adjusted. Social distancing and masks are required.

Vaccine Status and PCR Testing Information

Where can I get a PCR or rapid test done?

Rapid tests are available   at the Health & Wellness Centre on campus. Tests are $35 each. Debit, Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Alternatively, these pharmacies offer rapid COVID-19 testing:

Olds

Olds Community Pharmacy

  • Monday - Friday 8:30am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday - 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm

5014 53 Street
(587) 872-8384

No Frills

  • Monday - Friday 9:00am-6:00pm

6509 46 St #100
1 866-987-6453

Didsbury

Universal Pharmacy

  • Monday-Friday 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm (Closed Saturday)

2034 19 Ave
(403) 335-8473

Airdrie:

Shoppers Drug - Tower Lane

  • Sunday - Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm

505 Main Street Sw Unit 302
(403) 948-5858

Shoppers Drug - Coopers Town Promenade

  • Sunday - Saturday 11:00am - 8:00pm

401 Coopers Blvd SW Unit 801
(403) 912-0246

Students and staff who have purchased at-home testing kits can come directly to the  Health and Wellness Centre to have them validate the test results. The at-home test must be unopened and administered in front of a health and wellness team member. Walk in appointments are available on a first come first serve basis. This is a temporary service that will be offered until Friday, October 1, 2021.

How much does it cost to get a PCR or rapid test done?

Prices vary by provider. At the Olds College Health & Wellness tests are $35 each. Pharmacies range from $35 to $50.

How do I get reimbursed for my PCR or rapid test?
  • Olds College will reimburse the cost of the PCR or rapid testing for those students and staff who received their first dose of the vaccine between Sept. 7 - 20, 2021 (up to $60 per test). Proof of 1st and 2nd dose of vaccination will be required.
  • Staff can submit for reimbursement through Fusion. 
  • Students can submit their request for reimbursement through the OC Alert App between October 11-22, 2021. Eligible students can expect to receive a confirmation of their reimbursements by November 1, 2021 with refunds to follow shortly after.
Where should I deliver my negative PCR or rapid test result?
  • You can submit your negative PCR or rapid test result, and proof of vaccine(s), through the Olds College Alert App. Click on “Vaccine Policy Restriction Program Documentation” to fill out the form and attach a photo or PDF.  To download the Olds College Alert App visit the app store on your device. Students can provide proof in-person to the Health and Wellness Centre at Olds College (lower level, LRC) Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:30. Staff can provide proof in-person to HR. 

  • Valid test results should be a written or printed copy that clearly outlines the type of test, time of sample collection, clear indication of a negative result, and laboratory that completed the test, if applicable.

I have a vaccine appointment scheduled, can I come onto campus?
  • Yes, but you must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test result from within 72 hours before coming on campus. The test is only valid for 72 hours. You will need to have a valid negative test result to be on campus. Negative test results will be required until two weeks after your first dose.

Where should I deliver my proof of vaccination or proof of medical exemption?

You can submit your proof of vaccine(s), through the Olds College Alert App. Click on “Vaccine Policy Restriction Program Documentation” to fill out the form and attach a photo or PDF.  To download the Olds College Alert App visit the app store on your device. Students can provide proof in-person to the Health and Wellness Centre at Olds College (lower level, LRC) Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:30. Staff can provide proof in-person to HR. 

What if I provide false information about my vaccine status?

Providing a false statement concerning your vaccine status is considered misconduct and individuals will be subject to disciplinary action according to the Employee Code of Conduct and the Student Code of Conduct.

What if I choose not to disclose my vaccine status?

If you choose to not disclose your vaccine status, you will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test result from within 72 hours before coming on campus. The test is only valid for 72 hours, and will need to be repeated. 

What types/brands of Rapid Testing are valid and approved by Olds College?
  • We accept Rapid Antigen Teletest tests that can be purchased at the Health and Wellness Centre at Olds College, and third party validated results that include name, time, date and result (for example a test result from a local pharmacy).

  • As stated on the Government of Alberta’s website, tests must be privately-paid, Health Canada approved rapid antigen, rapid PCR or lab-based PCR test completed within the previous 72 hours.

  • Valid test results should be a written or printed copy that clearly outlines the type of test, time of sample collection, clear indication of a negative result, and laboratory that completed the test, if applicable. Photos of a rapid test result taken offsite is not sufficient.

  • Students and staff who have purchased at-home testing kits can come directly to the  Health and Wellness Centre to have them validate the test results. The at-home test must be unopened and administered in front of a health and wellness team member. Walk in appointments are available on a first come first serve basis. This service will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays until further notice.

  • Do not bring completed self-tests or rapid tests to businesses due to communicable disease risk.

  • Tests must not be from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories.

Do I need to get a rapid test done if I have two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine?

No, if you have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, you do not need to participate in rapid testing.

Do I need to get rapid testing done if I have a medical exemption?

Yes, rapid testing will be required for people who have a medical exemption from the vaccine. Requests for consideration to be reimbursed for the rapid testing due to medical exemption will be processed on a case by case basis. Students contact Health & Wellness, staff contact HR.

Olds College Students

Will classes continue to be offered in-person?

Under the Proof of Vaccine Policy Program, classes will continue to be offered in-person.  Students should consult their class schedule at myoldscollege.ca for updates.

Do I need to be vaccinated to live in campus housing?

You must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test result every 72 hours.

Do I need to be vaccinated to play on a Bronco’s sports team?

You must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test result every 72 hours. 

Can I still have a guest over in campus housing if they are fully vaccinated?

Yes, guests are welcome who are vaccinated. As of Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 guests coming onto campus will need to sign a declaration of acknowledgement that they understand the College’s COVID-19 restrictions and are in compliance. This will be done through the swiped-on guest sign-in ipad stations located around campus or through the QR code on the guest sign-in posters.

What is the deadline to withdraw from my program? Will I get a tuition refund?

The deadline for program withdrawal has been extended to Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 5 pm to withdraw with a refund. Any completed classes are not refundable. Tuition and Fees - Tuition and fees will be refunded (including tuition deposit). If you are living in Campus Housing, room and board will be refunded on a prorated basis (based on actual usage).

Olds College Employees

Will the College be following the Mandatory Work from Home initiative?

Under the Proof of Vaccine Policy Program, mandatory work from home is no longer in effect Sept 20, 2021. The Dynamic Work Model that is being piloted this year is still in place.

What if I am an employee who is unable or unwilling to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test result?

You may be able to continue to work remotely with the agreement of your supervisor through the Olds College Dynamic Work Model Program. If you are not able to work remotely, you may choose to take vacation days (if accrued) or be put on an unpaid leave of absence. All alternate work arrangements must be approved by your supervisor.

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