Provincial Government COVID-19 Requirements for Students Entering Nova Scotia from Outside Atlantic Canada
As the start of the fall semester nears, we understand that some students, who have been living outside of Atlantic Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island) during the summer months for employment or other reasons, may be planning to return to Cape Breton to begin or resume their studies at CBU for online delivery this fall.
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To help keep communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Province of Nova Scotia has introduced new rules for Nova Scotia post-secondary students that you should be aware of and will need to follow.
Please note that the Canadian border remains closed and international students wishing to begin their studies at CBU should register for online courses this fall and begin the academic year from their home country. We look forward to the day that we can welcome all our students back to campus. Until then, please use the resources and virtual supports available to you, designed to help you thrive online at CBU this coming semester.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working closely with public health officials to help ensure our Cape Breton University community is safe for our students, staff, and residents of the surrounding community. We all have a role to play to ensure Nova Scotia continues to be safe.
To prevent the spread of this virus in our communities, the Nova Scotia provincial government has established rules for post-secondary students arriving in the province from outside Atlantic Canada. These rules are the law in Nova Scotia as part of the public health order under the Health Protection Act.
REQUIRED TRAVEL FORM
All students entering Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada must complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in. This includes students coming from all other Canadian provinces/territories and from other countries. Once you submit the form, you will be given directions about steps you need to take as required under the public health order.
All students entering Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. You must complete a daily digital check-in.
All students should note that if you leave Atlantic Canada (for Thanksgiving, for example) and return to Nova Scotia, you must self-isolate for 14 days upon your return and complete the daily digital check-in.
REQUIRED COVID-19 TESTING
Students arriving up to and including September 21, 2020:
- Must complete three COVID-19 tests during your self-isolation period and receive negative results before you can attend in-person classes.
- After you complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in, Nova Scotia Health will email you three COVID-19 test appointments and tell you the location for them.
- Your appointments will either be on campus or nearby. On-campus testing sites will remain open until October 5 to accommodate testing for these students.
Students arriving on or after September 22, 2020:
- Are not required to get COVID-19 testing during your 14-day self-isolation period if you do not have symptoms.
- If you already completed the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in with an arrival date of September 22 or later, you may receive communication that says you must get tested. If so, you can disregard this direction because testing will not be required in your case.
If you have flu-like symptoms, please complete the COVID-19 self-assessment online. If you, or family members, need a COVID-19 test, a Nova Scotia Health or IWK representative will call you within 24-48 hours. They will tell you where you need to go for the test and your appointment time.
Canadian students are reminded to bring their provincial health card when they come to Nova Scotia.
OTHER PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES
There are many other mandatory public health measures in place in Nova Scotia, such as staying 2 metres/6 feet apart from others and wearing a non-medical mask in indoor public places. Please familiarize yourself with the rules in Nova Scotia. For more information specifically for students and their parents, please read the post-secondary fact sheet. We encourage you to also follow @nsgov and https://www.facebook.com/nsgov/.
Everyone has to play their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Students have a responsibility to protect each other, the staff at their institutions, and the communities where they live. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with the self-isolation and testing requirements, and all the public health measures in place to help keep us safe.
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 902-574-5425.
Check out the Frequently Asked Questions provided by Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education below for more information.