We know you’re wondering what COVID will mean for your college experience this fall. We’re here to keep you safe and so we’ve put procedures in place to limit physical contact while ensuring you experience the hands-on learning we’re known for. These are the current protocols, but please be prepared to adapt to new circumstances as the pandemic situation evolves.
The most important thing to remember when entering any college building is that you need to wear your community mask whenever you are away from your designated physically- distanced work station. Before you enter a college building, pop your mask on. Use hand sanitizer upon entering and always scan your key-card upon entering. If we’re in Zone Red, you’ll likely have your temperature taken and you will be asked to head home if it is elevated. Likewise, if you are experiencing any symptoms, please do not come to school. (But don’t worry – we will make sure you can continue to study from home.) Please note that all of our washrooms are single occupancy, even when there are multiple stalls, so remember to flip the vacancy sign when you enter and exit.
Follow the arrows to move through the halls where applicable. In particular, keep in mind that in the main building, the front staircase is designated for upward moving traffic, while the back staircase is designated for downward or exiting traffic. Elevators can go both ways but are limited to one occupant at a time. In case of a fire or other emergency, ignore the arrows and use the nearest exit.
Now you’ve arrived at your class and you can sit at your designated physically-distanced workstation, which in most cases will have barriers in place between people. When at this workstation you will be permitted to remove your mask but be sure to keep it handy so you can put it on any time you stand up and move away from your station.
A note on mask etiquette: remember to wash your mask regularly and avoid touching it while it is on your face. Hold your mask by the ties or elastic when putting on or taking off your mask. This should be a community mask and not a medical grade mask. Get creative and consider supporting local craftspeople by buying unique handmade masks or by making your own. You’ll also receive an NBCCD mask in your welcome package. Please keep us updated any time you change your contact information so that we can get ahold of you quickly if we ever need to do contact tracing.
To sum up:
- stay home if you are sick,
- wear your mask when away from your workstation,
- use hand sanitizer upon entrance and exit,
- follow the signage to move through the building,
- and scan your key card upon entering. That’s it!
Any staff member will be happy to help if you have any questions, and please keep an eye on your emails for any updated safety protocols throughout the year. Thank you for helping us to keep our campus, faculty and students safe.