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COVID-19 Information

The health and safety of our campus community is our top priority.

Lethbridge College is currently open to all students and employees. As of Sept. 20, Lethbridge College has implemented a COVID-19 vaccination and testing protocol that matches the Government of Alberta's Restrictions Exemption Program, meaning everyone entering the campus must show proof of vaccination, provide a negative PCR or rapid test taken within 72 hours of being on campus, or have an approved medical exemption.

Employees and students must fill out a COVID-19 Vaccination Status Attestation Form before coming to campus.

Visitors are invited to campus by appointment only.

We know there are many questions related to our academic programming. For information about classes, educational delivery and much more:

visit our FAQ page

We continue to take proactive steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19 during this time. More information on the provincial response to COVID-19 can be found on the Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Government of Alberta web pages.

We will update this page whenever new information arises.

COVID-19 Guidelines for re-entry


 

Current conditions

How do enhanced provincial public health measures affect Lethbridge College?

The Government of Alberta introduced new public health measures on Sept. 15, 2021.

Lethbridge College has implemented COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements that match the Government of Alberta's Restrictions Exemption Program.

Everyone entering the campus must show proof of vaccination, provide a negative PCR or rapid test taken within 72 hours of being on campus, or have an approved medical exemption.

Employees and students must fill out a COVID-19 Vaccination Status Attestation Form before coming to campus.

Lethbridge College is aware of a change from the Government of Alberta that lists publicly-funded post secondary institutions as out-of-scope from the Restrictions Exemption Program. The Ministry of Advanced Education has clarified that new restrictions, specific to post-secondary institutions, will be introduced during the week of Sept. 20, which will still require post-secondary institutions to follow vaccination and testing guidelines. As such, Lethbridge College will continue with its vaccination and testing requirements as it promotes and enhances the health and safety of our entire community.

Masks are required in all indoor public spaces on the Lethbridge College campus.

All members of the Lethbridge College campus must stay home if they do not feel well and go home if they get sick while on-campus.

More information is available below.

What safety measures are in place on the Lethbridge College campus?

Lethbridge College has implemented the following on-campus safety measures:

  • The college's COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirements ensures all members of the Lethbridge College community must show proof of vaccination, provide a negative PCR or rapid test taken within 72 hours of being on campus, or have an approved medical exemption.
  • Masks are required in all indoor public spaces on the Lethbridge College campus.
  • All members of the Lethbridge College community must not come to campus if they are feeling unwell.
  • Vaccinations are strongly encouraged for all members of the Lethbridge College community.
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols remain in place, while the college is following Government of Alberta guidelines when it comes to public health guidelines and safety measures.

Everyone attending the Lethbridge College campus is urged to use respect for those around them. Your comfort level may not be the same as those around you. Compassion for others is key, and each individual should find their own comfort level and be courteous to those whose comfort levels may not match their own.

Individuals should continue to take care of their own health and wellness – make healthy decisions that are best for them and those around them, continue to practice good hygiene and very importantly, stay home if they don’t feel well.

 

See the following questions for more information on specific safety initiatives at Lethbridge College.

How does Lethbridge College respond to on-campus COVID-19 cases?

When alerted to a positive COVID-19 case in its campus community, Lethbridge College will activate its COVID-19 Rapid Response Team and follow Alberta Health Services guidelines.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must follow all mandated isolation requirements.

The Rapid Response Team will work with affected academic and/or service areas to facilitate quick notification to any people who are identified as close contacts of the affected individual. Lethbridge College will not publicly disclose any information about individuals who test positive for COVID-19.

What is the current COVID-19 situation in Alberta?

You can learn more by visiting the Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Government of Alberta COVID-19 information pages.

How is Lethbridge College monitoring and responding to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic?

Two of the important lessons we have learned throughout the pandemic are that we can’t predict the future, and that we are adaptable and flexible to be able to successfully handle whatever happens. With the health and safety of the entire college community as a priority, Lethbridge College has a number of teams and protocols in place to take steps to enhance campus safety should circumstances change.

Rapid Response Team: This team monitors and responds to cases of COVID-19 identified in the Lethbridge College community. The role of the team may include providing supports to affected individuals, helping with contact tracing, evaluating Lethbridge College’s safety protocols in the event of on-campus spread and coordinating with Alberta Health Services in the event of an outbreak.

Access Team: This team evaluates all operations at Lethbridge College and makes recommendations to enhance the safety of the campus community.

Executive Leadership Team and College Leadership Council: College leadership is constantly evaluating all aspects of campus life and safety, including keeping up to date on the latest COVID-19 information. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, ELT and CLC will make decisions that are in the best interest of the campus community.

 

Vaccination or testing requirements

What are Lethbridge College's COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirements?

Lethbridge College has introduced new requirements for all students, employees and visitors to its campus.

All members of the Lethbridge College community must show proof of vaccination, provide a negative PCR or rapid test taken within 72 hours of being on campus, or have an approved medical exemption. These measures match those of the Government of Alberta's Restrictions Exemption Program.

College leadership agrees it is the right decision for our college, our community and our health care system to implement the Restrictions Exemption Program. We recognize vaccines as the best defense during the on-going pandemic. Provincial numbers show vaccinations significantly reduce the both the likelihood of catching COVID-19 and the severity of cases in those who do catch it. We recommend everyone in our community who is able to get vaccinated, does so.

How to report your vaccination or rapid test status?

Everyone attending campus must fill out a COVID-19 Vaccination Status Attestation Form before coming to campus.

COVID-19 Vaccination Status Attestation Form for students and employees

COVID-19 Vaccination Status Attestation Form for contactors, vendors and visitors

You should have either paper or mobile documentation (a photo or PDF of your vaccination records) of your vaccination status on you while on campus.

The attestation form is a temporary measure that will be in place while Lethbridge College develops an add-on to the LC Alert app, which will be able to track the vaccination status of our campus community easily and confidentially.

How do I find proof of my vaccination status?

Albertans are able to find and print proof of their vaccination status by visiting albertavaccinerecord.ca.

What counts as “being vaccinated”?

Students and employees are allowed to access campus via vaccination if:

  • They have received two doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine (or a single dose of the Janssen/Johnson and Johnson vaccine).
  • Between Sept. 20 and Oct. 25, individuals who have received a single dose of a Health Canada approved two-dose vaccine are able to access campus. Two doses will be required as of Oct. 26.
  • They have a medical exemption approved by Lethbridge College.
What do I need to know about rapid or PCR tests?

Unvaccinated individuals must provide proof of a privately-paid negative PCR or rapid test taken within 72 hours of coming to campus (tests from AHS or Alberta Precision Laboratories not allowed).

Rapid test appointments are available through Shoppers Drug Mart for $40 each.

How are the COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements being enforced?

Attestation forms will be randomly audited by Occupational Health and Safety, and selected individuals will need to show proof of their vaccination status, a negative PCR or rapid test result taken in the previous 72 hours, or an approved medical exemption. Students who are unwilling or unable to follow these steps should discuss options with their Dean.

Anyone found to be providing false information in the attestation form or not following the outlined steps may be subject to discipline through the Student Rights and Code of Conduct Policy (for students) or the Respectful Campus Policy (for employees).

Visitors to campus found to be providing false information in the attestation form or not following the outlined steps may be subject to fines under AHS Public Health Orders.

Full vaccinations are required as of Jan. 1, 2022

As of Jan. 1, 2022, full vaccinations or a medical exemption will be required to access the Lethbridge College campus. This means a negative rapid or PCR test, or partial vaccinations will be insufficient to access campus. We are committed to supporting the health and safety of everyone on our campus and providing a fully-vaccinated environment is a step we can take to enhance everyone’s safety.

How do I submit a medical vaccine exemption?

Individuals who are unable to get vaccinated due to medical grounds must request an accommodation by submitting a request via email to ohs@lethbridgecollege.ca

 

Masks

Are masks required on the Lethbridge College campus?

Yes, masks are required in all indoor public spaces on the Lethbridge College campus. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Classrooms
  • Labs and workshops
  • Computer commons
  • Buchanan Library
  • Study spaces
  • Meeting rooms
  • Service areas
  • Hallways, stairways, elevators
  • Washrooms
  • Sharing a vehicle when driving for college purposes

Wearing masks is one of the safety measures we have adopted on-campus this fall to protect the health and safety of our Lethbridge College community.

The Government of Alberta has an information page dedicated to masks, including what to look for in a mask, how to properly wear them and details about proper hygiene.

Where are masks exempt?

Masks are not required on-campus in the following situations:

  • In single occupancy office spaces
  • When working alone in a shared space
  • When working in a cubicle with plexiglass, a wall or other barrier between people and while not providing services to anyone
  • When meeting indoors with a minimum of 2 metres between people
  • In a classroom where there is a minimum of 2 metres between the instructor and their class, or among students
  • When in personal residence units
  • When engaging in athletic activities (masks are required to get to fitness centre, while in the hallways and in the change rooms. Mask are not required while in fitness centre, fitness classrooms or while taking part in activities in the Val Matteotti Gymnasium.)
  • If you have an approved accommodation for Lethbridge College’s mask requirement (see next question for more information about accommodations)
  • In designated eating areas, only while you are eating or drinking. Designated areas include:
    • Lethbridge College Food Court
    • Garden Court Restaurant
    • Founders' Square
    • Food Court overflow (hallway area in the Andrews Building)
    • The Cave
    • Cousins Building "Fish Bowl"
    • Niitsitapi Gathering Place
    • Pride Lounge
    • International Lounge
    • Employee Lounge
How to request an accommodation to wearing a mask?

Individuals who are unable to wear masks or face coverings due to medical grounds must request an accommodation through the following process:

  • Submit a request via email to ohs@lethbridgecollege.ca and include a mask exception form signed by your healthcare provider.
  • Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) will review accommodation requests with either Accessibility Services (for students) or Human Resources (for employees)
  • Once accommodations are approved, the requestor will receive a signed card as proof of the accommodation from the OHS office.
  • If an accommodation request is denied, the reason(s) for denial will be provided in writing.
What types of masks can be worn?

You should wear a non-medical disposable mask or reusable cloth mask in all indoor public spaces on campus.

Reusable cloth masks should:

  • have multiple layers of fabric (three-ply is recommended)
  • fit securely against your face
  • allow for clear breathing
  • be able to be laundered

As per public health guidelines, the following types of face covering are not permitted on the Lethbridge College campus as they do not sufficiently stop the spread of respiratory droplets:

  • face shields
  • neck gaiters (neck warmers)
  • masks with exhalation valves
  • scarves
  • bandanas

More information about masks is available on the Government of Alberta website.

What should I do if I see someone not wearing a mask on campus?

Employees and students are not required or expected to enforce mask use in public places (such as hallways, washrooms and eating areas).

Please be respectful if you see individuals on campus who are not wearing masks or face coverings, as they may have received an accommodation from Lethbridge College.

Instructors or supervisors will remind their students or employees about Lethbridge College’s mask requirements and process for seeking an accommodation if one is requested, while respecting the individual’s privacy.

Continued non-compliance may be subject to discipline through the Student Rights and Code of Conduct Policy (for students) or the Respectful Campus Policy (for employees).

 

Vaccination information

Where can I get more information about COVID-19 vaccines?

If you need more information about vaccines and wish to talk to a medical professional, please contact Wellness Services by email, by calling 403-320-3289 or by stopping by their office in CE1380.

Learn more about Alberta's COVID-19 vaccination program here

 

Staying home when sick

What do I do if I feel unwell?

All members of the Lethbridge College campus must stay home if they do not feel well and go home if they get sick while on-campus.

Students should notify their instructors that they will be absent. Employees should notify their supervisors. All members of the Lethbridge College community will be supported during their absences.

If feeling unwell, complete a self-assessment from Alberta Health Services. Get tested for COVID-19 if recommended by the self-assessment. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must follow all mandated isolation requirements. If you are not eligible for testing, or test negative, you must still stay home until your symptoms have passed.

What symptoms should I monitor for?

We recognize many people have common coughs, allergies and other symptoms unique to them. It is important to monitor for symptoms not common to you and stay home if you feel unwell, even if your symptoms are mild.

Everyone should complete a daily screening for symptoms before coming to campus.

Will I be penalized if I stay home sick?

Students will not be penalized for being cautious and staying home from classes when not feeling well. Alert your instructor(s) that you will be absent, and accommodations will be made to ensure you get time to complete any missed assignments or tests. Flexibility is key to ensuring the safety of our community.

Support for employees: All employees must remain home when not feeling well. Additional flexibility will be available this year to ensure no one is penalized for remaining home when they are not feeling well. Alert your supervisor if you will be away and discuss potential accommodations.

 

Mental health supports

How do students access mental health supports?

All students have access to 24/7 mental health supports through Shepell Counselling Services.

Free, remote mental health and well-being support is provided via Shepell Student Support. To access this support:

  • Call 1-855-649-8641 (or 001-416-380-6578 if outside Canada or the USA - call charges apply)
     
  • Download the free My SSP app from your device's App store
    • Real-time chat and telephonic consults are available 24/7 via the app.
    • After downloading the app, ensure your profile is up to date and that you have allowed push notifications as a way of staying in touch with relevant support.
       
  • Visit mystudentsupport.com

    If you are experiencing a mental health crisis you can call the Distress Line of Southwestern Alberta at 403-327-7905 or 1-888-787-2880.

    Please note that given this time of heightened concern, call and chat volume may be high and wait times may be longer than usual. Shepell Student Support appreciates your patience and understanding.

    How do employees access mental health supports?

    All employees have access to 24/7/365 mental health supports through LifeWorks from Morneau Shepell.

    Free, remote mental health and well-being support is provided via LifeWorks. To access this support:

    • Call 1-844-880-9142
       
    • Visit login.lifeworks.com
       
    • Download the LifeWorks app from your device's App store
      • Real-time chat and telephonic consults are available 24/7 via the app.
      • After downloading the app, ensure your profile is up to date and that you have allowed push notifications as a way of staying in touch with relevant support.
      • The app helps employees to access and book counselling services including 24/7 counselling, financial advice and more.

    If you are experiencing a mental health crisis you can call the Distress Line of Southwestern Alberta at 403-327-7905 or 1-888-787-2880.

    Please note that given this time of heightened concern, call and chat volume may be high and wait times may be longer than usual. LifeWorks appreciates your patience and understanding.

     

    College operations

    How are classes being delivered?

    We know you have many questions about academic delivery. To learn more about the academic year, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

    Is the Fitness Centre open?

    The Fitness Centre, Val Matteotti Gymnasium, squash and racquetball courts, dance studio and other amenities are currently available to all Lethbridge College students and employees, and members of the public.

    Everyone entering the campus must show proof of vaccination, provide a negative PCR or rapid test taken within 72 hours of being on campus, or have an approved medical exemption.

    All workout blocks and facility rentals must be booked in advance through lcfitness.ca – there will be no drop-in times available. All users must also fill out a COVID-19 waiver on lcfitness.ca prior to every use of the Recreation Services facilities.

    The top goal of Lethbridge College’s Recreation Services team is to keep all users healthy and safe, so enhanced cleaning of all areas will continue between workout blocks. The use of masks is mandatory while moving around the facility, unless actively working out.

    To learn more or to book workout times or facility rentals, visit lcfitness.ca or call 403-382-6903.

     

    Student supports

    Support for students

    We are committed to the success of our students. To learn more about program delivery, student services, financial aid and much more, visit the college's FAQ page.

    What do international students need to know?

    We know there are many questions for international students interested in beginning or continuing their studies at Lethbridge College. For more information, visit the Information for International Students section on our FAQ page.

     

    About COVID-19

    Where can I get more information about COVID-19?