CoronaVirus Disease (COVID-19)
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illnesses.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol-based rub frequently and not touching your face.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette. (World Health Organization -WHO)
For more information about COVID-19 and its signs and symptoms, consult the Government of Canada’s website at www.canada.ca/coronavirus.
Government of Alberta
Capstone Edge College follows the Government of Alberta’s guidelines and relevant public health orders.
For more information on up-to-date details and requirements:
Capstone Edge College
Capstone Edge College has launched the ‘COVID-19 Relaunch Strategy’ in order to ensure a safe environment for all employees, faculty, staff, students and visitors.
COVID-19 Relaunch Strategy
If you have any of these symptoms you are legally required to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of your symptoms or until they resolve, whichever is longer:
- Cough (new cough or worsening chronic cough)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (new or worsening)
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
If you have any of these other symptoms, stay home and minimize your contact with others until your symptoms resolve:
- Painful swallowing
- Stuffy nose
- Muscle or joint aches
- Feeling unwell, fatigue or severe exhaustion
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite)
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye
Individuals with Symptoms:
- You are legally required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition.
- The mandatory isolation period is 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer.
Tested Positive for COVID-19:
- You are legally required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days if you have tested positive for COVID-19.
- Isolation period is for 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer.
Have symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19:
- If you tested negative and have known exposure to COVID-19, you are legally required to isolate for 14 days.
- If you tested negative and have no known exposure to the virus, you are not legally required to isolate. However, it is important to stay home until your symptoms resolve so that you do not infect others. Close Contact of Confirmed Case
- You are legally required to isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms if you are a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 (provides care, lives with or has close physical contact without appropriate use of personal protective equipment, or comes into direct contact with infectious body fluids).
- If you become sick with cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat during this time, you must isolate for an additional 10 days from the beginning of symptoms or until you are feeling well, whichever takes longer.
- You are legally required to isolate for 14 days if you returned from travel outside of Canada after March 12 and monitor for symptoms.
- If you become sick with a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat during this time, you must isolate for an additional 10 days from the beginning of symptoms or until you are feeling well, whichever takes longer.
Daily Initial Screening
If an individual answers ‘yes’ to any of the questions, in the Daily Checklist, they will NOT BE ALLOWED to attend or enter the facilities.
Responding to illness
Any individual experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition is required by law to follow Alberta’s isolation requirements. All attendees at Capstone Edge College should be familiar with and follow the institution’s rapid response plan if they start to feel sick while onsite. This should include:
- Immediately isolating the attendee from others.
- Cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces that may have come into contact with the symptomatic attendee.
- Requiring hand hygiene and masking of the attendee.
- The attendee must isolate as soon as possible.
Staff, students, and others should be reminded that anyone who starts to experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 while onsite or staying in residence must immediately isolate at home or in residence.
Symptomatic individuals should be directed to use AHS’ COVID-19 Self-Assessment or contact 811 for screening and testing, and notify Capstone Edge College or residence.
Public Health Orders
- Minimum mandatory 14-day isolation for returning international travellers or close contacts of people with confirmed COVID-19.
- Minimum mandatory 10-day isolation for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and people with symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat.
- COVID-19 orders and legislation
More COVID-19 information
Two metre distance between individuals.
- Placing barriers or partitions between attendees.
- Ensuring the two-metre distance between students by removing seats and tables.
- Placing barriers or partitions between attendees.
- Removing seats from waiting areas, lunchrooms and dining areas. Restrooms:
- Closing toilets or urinals that are less than 2 metres apart.
- Closing toilets or urinals that are less than 2 metres apart.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
PPE controls are the last level of defense and will be used with other controls. PPE is dependent on the type of activity and the risk of exposure to COVID-19. PPE will be necessary when the physical distancing of 2 metres or physical barriers cannot be maintained by administrative and engineering controls.
Face coverings and non-medical masks:
- Are required during work activities that require 2 or more people to come within 6 feet of one another and other controls are not in place.
- When you interact with members of the general public where physical distancing is not feasible (City of Calgary Bylaw).
- Hand hygiene to be performed before putting on and after taking off the mask. Hand Hygiene:
- Upon entering Capstone Edge College, individuals will be required to sanitize their hands.
If Capstone Edge College is alerted of an international student not fulfilling the quarantine requirement, the college will:
- Remind the person that not following the orders is against the law and puts people at risk;
- The college will submit a complaint to AHS public health inspectors online or by phone (1-833-415-9179) A
Protocols for Communication
- An integrated communication that considers all communication/messages will be sent to the campus community.
- Content will be consistent with provincial and local public health advice.
- Keep faculty, staff and students informed about what is being done to ensure safety and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
- Where appropriate, off-campus partners, such as Indigenous communities and institutes or organizations delivering experiential learning, will be included in the communication.
- College will be intentional about messaging. With consideration for the audience, equity and diversity, language, and tone.
- Communication will be accessible to the whole campus community, including those with low literacy.
- Communicate that acts of discrimination against people will not be tolerated.
- Reference will be made to: https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-orders-andlegislation.aspx
A. Before leaving your country
Any international student with COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to board their flight to Canada. If symptoms occur upon arrival, a health assessment will be performed by a Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Officer and the individual may not be allowed to enter Canada, or if necessary, the individual may be transported to a hospital for a medical examination. Among other requirements to be granted entry to Canada, an international student will be required to demonstrate to a Border Services Officer, or PHAC Officer, that they have a suitable plan for quarantine in place; otherwise, they may be refused entry. Any international student who is found to be in violation of the mandatory 14-day quarantine period may be penalized under Canadian law.
International Students are required to undergo the necessary health checks and MUST wear a nonmedical mask or face covering during travel.
B. Arriving in Canada
International Students entering Canada will require a PLAN for Quarantining for at least 14 days in advance of the first day of their program of study.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure there are appropriate arrangements in place for their quarantine, which includes physical distancing from others, and avoiding contact with vulnerable people such as people 65 years or older, or people with underlying medical conditions. Public living areas should be avoided. As such, hostels and residences with shared living accommodations are not acceptable for quarantine or isolation.
Capstone Edge College Responsibility
Capstone Edge College has individualized plans in place to provide necessary information and support to International Students in order to help them understand and manage current health restrictions and guidance. Capstone Edge College also has support resources and orientation information to familiarize our students with their new community, including information on how to comply with public health safety requirements.
C. International Student Resources
Capstone Edge College will provide the following support to our international students during isolation/quarantine and throughout their stay, including:
- welcoming international students;
- transportation to a suitable residence upon arrival;
- material supports for isolating/quarantining;
- establishing systems for monitoring student health and enforcing isolation/quarantine requirements;
- wrap-around supports; and
- providing ongoing monitoring of the students’ health and safety once isolation/quarantine is complete.
International students and their co-arriving immediate family members are encouraged to use the Government of Canada’s ArriveCAN application prior to arrival at the border.
- Taxis, limos, or rideshares might be used with the under-listed appropriate guidance. All drivers are required to mask. Students should sit as far away as possible from the driver and should not share rides with other students who are not part of their household unless the vehicle is large enough to allow students to maintain physical distance from one another (e.g. taxi vans). Vehicles that have plastic shields between the front and back seats are preferred.
- Rental vehicles: Students should not share a rental vehicle, unless with co-arriving family members.
- If students are taken to their quarantine location in a private vehicle, the driver may consider quarantining with the student. If the driver will not be quarantining, they should wear a mask and thoroughly sanitize all surfaces in the vehicle that may have come in contact with the student (both before and after the trip). The student should sit as far as possible away from the driver, and the number of people in the vehicle should be limited to the fewest possible to ensure physical distancing of 2 metres can be observed. A plastic shield between the driver and passenger(s) is recommended.
- Use of a chartered bus or van: When transporting international students to quarantine, the bus/van should not have any other occupants other than the driver; companies and drivers should follow applicable public health guidance. Drivers should mask, maintain 2 metres distance from students and consider the use of shields. Students should maintain 2 metres distance between themselves, the driver, and other students.
- Use of public transportation (e.g. public buses, light-rail trains) is prohibited.
- For all modes of transport, students should wear a mask for the duration of transit; should handle their own luggage; and if possible, should avoid stopping at any interim destinations. If they must stop for food or gas, they should seek venues where they can be served without leaving the vehicle and should wear a mask at all times while being served.
Alberta COVID-19 Border Testing Pilot Program
About the program
Starting November 2, 2020, travellers entering Alberta at select border crossings can take part in the Alberta COVID-19 Border Testing Pilot Program. The program is a partnership between the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta. It aims to reduce the length of mandatory quarantine for travellers entering Canada from international destinations. The program will also ensure Albertans stay protected from COVID-19 transmission.
Travellers arriving in Alberta on domestic flights aren't eligible.
The program gives eligible international travellers:
- 2 COVID-19 tests in Canada
- a shorter mandatory quarantine period
If you're eligible, you'll be able to enrol in the program upon arrival in Alberta at:
- Coutts land border
- Calgary International Airport
- See the link for more details: Alberta Border Pilot Program
Federal and Alberta Requirements for Quarantine
Federal and Alberta Requirements for Quarantine.
- Requirements for quarantine accommodation:
- Each student must have their own private room and a private bathroom.
- If students/their family members must share a kitchen, no one else must be in the space while the student or their family members are using it, and students/family members will be required to clean and disinfect the kitchen before and after using it.
- The college will be monitoring quarantined individuals during the 14-day period. Monitoring will be regular and robust to ensure that students are in their quarantine location through Email and text check-ins together with phone, video calls, and physically distant in-person check-ins.
- If Capstone Edge College becomes aware of two or more staff or students having become symptomatic and have a known location link (e.g. inhabit the same residence or attend the same class), the institution will notify AHS by calling 811.
Social Stigma Associated with COVID-19
The links below contain information sources that Capstone Edge College will provide to our students for COVID-19 related stigma.
To ensure a smooth transition back to campus, Capstone Edge College has arranged the following initiatives:
- Orientation for students & Staff
- Self-assessment Questionnaire
- Physical distancing and health-related signage
- Availability of PPE
- Supervisor hazard assessment for individual work areas
- Ongoing support
As part of the College’s COVID-19 response, the decision was made to provide students with new laptops that will support flexible delivery options.
What to expect when arriving at Campus
Individuals should ensure that they perform the self-assessment upon daily arrival.
Upon arriving to campus you are expected to don a mask if you cannot maintain physical distancing (two metres)
Signage has been developed to help assist you to navigate your way around Campus and also acts as a reminder to follow the protocols set out by Alberta Health.
Moving Around Campus
- Walk on the right-hand-side of the hallway wherever possible - creating one-way pedestrian traffic and minimizing contact with passersby.
- Keep to the right-hand-side of sidewalks and pathways as well, allowing faster walkers to pass you, just like a multi-lane roadway with a slow and passing lane.
- If a physical distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained a mask must be worn.