COVID-19 Updates: FULL DETAILS

Update 9: March 20, 2020

Online Classes Start Monday, March 23

Olds College is working closely with Alberta Health Services to respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our students and staff is always our top priority. 

Under the recommendations of the Government of Alberta, all in-person classes have been cancelled for the winter and spring/summer semesters. Classes will resume Monday, March 23 online. Your Instructors will be in contact with you by March 23, 2020 via email about the details on the new delivery of your courses.  As we move to this online world, we anticipate a high volume of questions. We wish to extend our appreciation to all of you for your patience and kindness as we navigate these new circumstances together.

Student safety continues to be our first priority and, as such, as of Friday, March 20 at 4:30 p.m. all faculty and student meetings will be done virtually. 

As stated by the Alberta Government, the March-April and May-June intakes for apprenticeship training are cancelled, this includes any Apprenticeship program that started after March 2, 2020. Students in these programs will be refunded their tuition. Watch your email for more details. For more information visit the Trades Secret website.


Campus Housing

The health and safety of our staff and students continues to be our top priority. We are asking all students who are still living in campus housing or have personal belongings in housing to vacate their residence by Sunday, March 22 at 10 p.m. Students who are unable to do so or who would experience a hardship should contact CHOC. Exceptional circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis. 

A refund for early withdrawal from residence will be applied to your account without penalty. Please allow 6 - 8 weeks for processing time. Students moving out of residence will also be removed from the meal plan and refunded from the move out day listed on the Move Out Notice form. 


Campus Remains Open with Restrictions

Based on the guidelines provided by the Alberta Government, the following spaces are closed: 

  • the Atrium located in the Land Science Building, Wetlands and Botanic Gardens
  • CLC Fitness Centre, riding arenas and gymnasiums 
  • The Crossing, Tim Hortons and Centre Court in RKC
  • All student lounges, such as the Hive
  • The Retail Meat Store
  • The Campus Store
  • Weekly Greenhouse Sale

The following spaces are open: 

  • Elements Dining Hall will have reduced hours, and limit capacity to 50 patrons at a time. New Hours: 7:00 - 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. daily.
  • The Learning Commons front desk is open, however the social spaces in the Learning Commons are closed. The computer lab located beside the Learning Commons will be open weekdays, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Social distancing protocol must be followed when using the computer lab.
  • The Health & Wellness Centre remains open, however all counseling appointments will now be done over the phone or through video conference. Doctors will not be on campus, the school nurse will be available. 
  • The Brewery will remain open, but limit patrons allowed in at one time.

Public Access Restricted

From midnight on Friday, March 20, most campus buildings will be locked with access only granted to College staff and Instructors via swipe cards or keys. If you need an external building key please complete the Kissflow key request and these will be fast-tracked to you. Security can also be called to provide access to staff. 


Staff & Faculty Working from Home

The health and safety of our staff and students continues to be our top priority. Beginning Monday, March 23 employees are asked to work from home when operationally possible. Employees who are required to perform a critical function and/or whose physical presence is necessary to perform their work as determined by their supervisor will need to continue to come to campus. 

If you would like to transition to working from home, please talk to your supervisor and fill out the Remote Working Assessment form.