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Proof of Vaccination

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

Lethbridge College has implemented a COVID-19 vaccination and testing protocol. Everyone entering campus must show proof of full vaccination, provide a negative PCR or rapid test taken within 72 hours of being on campus, or have a medical exemption. Proof of vaccination or negative test results must be documented in the LC Alert app or the LC Alert web app for all students and employees. 

Students and employees have two options to provide your vaccination status:

A

Use the LC Alert app

After downloading the app to your mobile device, upload your proof of vaccination or negative PCR or rapid test results.

Step-by-step guide Download LC Alert

B

Register on our website

Use our website to upload your proof of vaccination or negative PCR or rapid test results.

Step-by-step guide Register

Visitors who are not employees or LC students

Visitors to campus don't need LC Alert app or the website. Please bring proof of vaccination and photo ID or a negative PCR or rapid test taken within 72 hours of being on campus. 

 

COVID-19 Information

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

Lethbridge College is open to all students, employees and invited guests. Lethbridge College has implemented its Pandemic Response Program, which meets the requirements of the Government of Alberta's CMOH Order 44-2021 for classes and the cafeteria, and CMOH Order 45-2021 for other on-campus services.

The program means everyone entering campus must have proof of full vaccination, provide a negative PCR or rapid test taken within 72 hours of being on campus, or have an approved medical exemption.

Students and employees attending campus must use LC Alert to upload proof of vaccination or negative PCR or rapid test results. All other visitors must provide proof of vaccination and photo ID or a negative PCR or rapid test results. Information and step-by-step guides to using LC Alert are available at the top of the college's We Are Ready page.

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.


 

Current conditions

How do enhanced provincial public health measures affect Lethbridge College?

Lethbridge College has implemented its Pandemic Response Program, which meets the requirements of the Government of Alberta's CMOH Order 44-2021 for classes and the cafeteria, and CMOH Order 45-2021 for other on-campus services.

The program means everyone entering campus must show proof of full vaccination, provide a negative PCR or rapid test taken within 72 hours of being on campus, or have an approved medical exemption.

Students and employees attending campus must use LC Alert to upload proof of vaccination or negative PCR or rapid test results. All other visitors must show proof of vaccination and photo ID or a negative PCR or rapid test taken within 72 hours of being on campus. Information and step-by-step guides to using LC Alert are available at the top of the college's We Are Ready page.

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:

  • Lethbridge College's Pandemic Response Program ensures all members of the Lethbridge College community must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, provide a negative COVID-19 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.

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.

Lethbridge College has implemented its Pandemic Response Program, which meets the requirements of the Government of Alberta's CMOH Order 44-2021 for classes and the cafeteria, and CMOH Order 45-2021 for other on-campus services.

All members of the Lethbridge College community must show proof of full vaccination, provide a negative PCR or rapid test taken within 72 hours of being on campus, or have an approved medical exemption.

College leadership agrees it is the right decision for our college, our community and our health care system to implement the Lethbridge College Pandemic Response 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?

Students and employees attending campus must use LC Alert to upload proof of vaccination or negative PCR or rapid test results. Information and step-by-step guides to using LC Alert are available at the top of the college's We Are Ready page. All other visitors must bring proof of vaccination and photo identification or a negative PCR or rapid test taken within 72 hours of being on campus.

Occupational Health and Safety will conduct random audits on members of the Lethbridge College community to ensure compliance with the requirements. Audits may happen through email or in-person. Anyone audited will be required to show:

  • A green “approved” status screen in the LC Alert app OR the verification email or a printed copy of the “approved” screen from the LC Alert web page.
  • Photo identification matching the name in the LC Alert app. (Government-issued ID or a Lethbridge College student or employee ID card will be accepted. Apply for your student or employee ID cards here.)
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”?

People are considered full vaccinated two weeks following their second dose of a two-dose Health Canada approved vaccine (or a single dose of the Janssen/Johnson and Johnson vaccine).

What requirements are in place for rapid tests?

Unvaccinated individuals must provide proof negative PCR or rapid test prior to coming to campus. Acceptable PCR or rapid tests must:

  • Be taken within 72 hours of coming to campus.
  • Clearly outline the laboratory that completed the test, time of sample collection and clear indication of a negative result.
  • Not be sourced from the Alberta Health Services public COVID-19 testing system.

Tests must be completed by a third-party. At-home testing kits will not be accepted.

Where can I find a rapid or PCR test?

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 are not allowed).

Here is a partial list of locations in Lethbridge offering PCR or rapid COVID-19 tests:

  • Shoppers Drug Mart - Book online
  • Real Canadian Superstore pharmacy - Call 430-331-2519
  • Wholesale Club pharmacy - Call 403-320-2368
  • Medicentres - Book online
  • The Medicine Shoppe - Call 403-380-3282

Students and employees are responsible for paying for their own tests. Students who are experiencing financial hardship because of this additional expense can contact awards@lethbridgecollege.ca to apply for financial aid bursaries.

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

Occupational Health and Safety will conduct random audits on members of the Lethbridge College community to ensure compliance with the requirements. Audits may happen through email or in-person. Anyone audited will be required to show:

  • A green “approved” status screen in the LC Alert app OR the verification email or a printed copy of the “approved” screen from the LC Alert web page.
  • Photo identification matching the name in the LC Alert app. (Government-issued ID or a Lethbridge College student or employee ID card will be accepted. Apply for your student or employee ID cards here.)

Students who are unwilling or unable to follow these steps should discuss options with their Dean.

Anyone found to be providing false information or not following the required 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.

What are the vaccination and/or testing requirements for the Winter 2022 semester (beginning in January)?

Lethbridge College's Pandemic Response Program will remain in place in its current form for the Winter 2022 semester, beginning Jan. 6, 2022. All employees, students and visitors to the Lethbridge College campus will need to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of being on campus. More information on the Pandemic Response Program is available above.

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 in a cubicle with plexiglass, a wall or other barrier between people and while not providing services to anyone
  • 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, along with community members.

    Everyone using the Fitness Centre 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. Lethbridge College expects all employees and students will use LC Alert to track and update your status. Those with proof of full vaccination will only need to show their status once and it will then be saved on their file. Those using negative test results must show their results every time they use the facility.

    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?