COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) Information

COVID-19 Updates: FULL DETAILS

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 January 17, 2022 at 01:21 PM

    The health and safety of the campus community remains our first priority. With COVID-19 Omicron variant cases and transmission on the rise, Olds College has decided to continue with our blended model of program delivery with some lecture classes remaining online until Tuesday, February 22, 2022. Some labs will continue, or may begin as scheduled, on-campus. Students will receive an email from the Office of the Registrar outlining the details for their specific program by end of day, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. 

    The campus remains open, including the learning commons, campus housing and dining. However, visitors and social gatherings are not permitted.

    Proof of Vaccine Program 

    As outlined by the Government of Alberta, and in Olds College’s Proof of Vaccine Policy and Procedures, all any student, employee or visitor who are on campus, or students living in campus housing, must:  

    • provide proof of vaccination (proof of vaccination is verified by submitting your provincial/territorial COVID-19 vaccine record with QR code), or

    • provide documentation of a medical exemption (PCR or rapid tests are required), or 

    • provide proof of an approved negative privately-paid PCR or rapid test result

      • For students and staff coming onto campus to be compliant with the negative test results option, a valid PCR or rapid test result must be submitted by the noon deadline every Monday and Thursday (tests results are valid if within 24 hours of the deadline).

    Work from Home Effective Immediately

    Work from home remains in place for employees whose positions allow for it. People managers may grant approval for employees to be on campus if their physical presence is required for the continued maintenance and operation of campus facilities, or they require access to specific resources or technology to do their job. We are asking all employees to limit in-person interactions with each other as much as possible, as such staff gatherings and in-person meetings are not permitted. 

    Travel for Olds College professional development is suspended for this period of time. 

    Masks 

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

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

    If you are sick, stay home.

    It is imperative that if you are showing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or are asymptomatic but tested positive on a rapid test, that you do not come to campus and follow the Alberta Health Services isolation and quarantine guidelines. Employees are asked to notify their supervisor immediately if they feel unwell.  Students are asked to continue to fill out the Student Isolation Form if they are experiencing symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19. ...more

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 has installed 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.

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.

I have an on-campus requirement for my course, but I am not fully vaccinated. How do I ensure compliance with the Proof of Vaccine (POV) Policy program?

If you are not fully vaccinated you will be required to provide proof of a negative privately-paid COVID-19 PCR or rapid test. Beginning January 10, 2022, to be compliant at all times a valid PCR or rapid test result must be submitted by the noon deadline every Monday and Thursday (tests results are valid if within 24 hours of the deadline).

My classes have been moved entirely online and have no requirement to be on-campus. Do I still need to submit negative rapid tests on Mondays and Thursdays?

If your classes are entirely online, and you will not be living in campus housing or  on campus for any reason, you do not need to submit a negative rapid test.

Can I access the campus if I am enrolled in online or off-campus courses only?

Students without on-campus requirements may wish to attend Olds College (e.g., access library, meet with faculty or staff, student services).  In these cases students are required to demonstrate compliance with the POV program by submitting proof of vaccination or rapid test. This is submitted through the Olds College Alert App.

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 am enrolled in on-campus courses and have only received one dose of vaccine. How do I ensure compliance with the Proof of Vaccine (POV) Policy program? Do I need to get rapid testing done?

If you only have one dose of vaccine you will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test result, until 14 days after you receive your second dose.

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

Third party contractors coming onto campus 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?

Guests coming onto campus must 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.

I have already submitted my proof of vaccination for the fall term, do I need to resubmit it for the winter term?

No, you do not need to resubmit your proof of vaccination for the winter term

Vaccine Status and PCR Testing Information

Where can I get a PCR or rapid test done?

Effective Jan. 3 rapid tests will no longer be available for purchase at the Health & Wellness Centre on campus. The following pharmacies offer rapid COVID-19 testing in Olds:

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

Walmart

Book Online
403-556-7202
Unit 400-6900 46th St, Olds, AB, T4H 0A2
Mon. - Friday  9:00AM - 8:00PM
Sat.  10:00AM - 4:00PM

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.

Nurses are available to validate Rapid Testing at the following times:

  • Monday - 7:15 am to 12:00pm
  • Wednesday - 12:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Thursday - 7:15am to 12:00pm

You must supply your own tests. Tests must be a Canadian approved rapid test

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

Prices vary by provider. Pharmacies range from $35 to $50.

Where should I submit my negative PCR or rapid test result?
  1. You can submit your negative PCR or rapid test result through the Olds College Alert App. Click on “Vaccine Policy Program Document Submission” 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

  2. 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. 

  3. Beginning January 10, 2022, to be compliant with the POV Program at all times a valid PCR or rapid test result must be submitted by the noon deadline every Monday and Thursday (tests results are valid if within 24 hours of the deadline).

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

You can submit your proof of vaccine(s) and medical exemption, through the Olds College Alert App. Click on “Vaccine Policy Program Document Submission” 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.

What proof of vaccination status is accepted?

To confirm your vaccination, you must submit your provincial or territorial QR code.  Alberta vaccine records with QR codes (paper or digital) is now the valid Alberta-issued proof of vaccination.  To download your vaccine record, please visit myhealth.alberta/ca.

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. Beginning January 10, 2022, to be compliant with the POV program at all times a valid PCR or rapid test results must be submitted by the noon deadline every Monday and Thursday (tests results are valid if within 24 hours of the deadline).

What types/brands of Rapid Testing are valid and approved by Olds College.
  • We accept 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

  • 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 / pharmacy that completed the test, if applicable. Photos of a rapid test result taken offsite is not sufficient.

  • At-home testing kits are only accepted if brought to the Health and Wellness Centre. 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 Thursdays until further notice and is subject to change.

  • Rapid testing verification will be available Monday and Thursday from 7:30am-12:00pm

  • 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 are fully immunized, you do not need to participate in rapid testing. Full immunization occurs 14 days after you have received two doses of a WHO approved COVID-19 vaccine.

What if I provide false information about my vaccine status or rapid test?

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.

Can I use the free rapid tests that the Government of Alberta has made available as of Dec. 17, 2021?

The free rapid test kits that the government is providing are for at-home personal use for regular screening in asymptomatic people. The rapid test kits provided for free through Alberta’s rapid testing programs cannot be used for the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP) or Proof of Vaccine Policy Program, which requires privately paid test results.

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. 

  • Beginning January 10, 2022, to be compliant with the POV program at all times a valid PCR or rapid test result must be submitted by the noon deadline every Monday and Thursday (tests results are valid if within 24 hours of the deadline).

Olds College Students

Will classes continue to be offered online for the winter term?

Currently, all classes, where possible, will be delivered online until Feb. 22, 2022. This approach is being implemented by the majority of post secondaries in Alberta and supported by the Government of Alberta. There are some programs that may still have an in-person requirement. Students will receive an email from the Office of the Registrar about their specific program delivery.

When is the course add/drop deadline for Winter Term?

The course drop deadline is specific to each course. For full 15 week term-based courses, the drop deadline remains as January 23. The fee deadline for programs that started January 10 has been extended from January 14 to January 23. 

Course Add/Drop deadline

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

You must show proof of full immunization, proof of a medical exemption or a valid negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test result.

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

You must show proof of full immunization or a valid negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test result.

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

No, currently guests are not permitted in campus housing. 

Olds College Employees

Will the College be implementing working from home?

Yes, currently all employees who can work from home should do so. 

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.

Are there any travel restrictions?

Provincial and Federal travel restrictions must continue to be followed. The Government of Canada released a travel advisory on December 15, 2021 to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada. Olds College employees are not permitted to travel for professional development purposes. All meetings should be held virtually.

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