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:

https://www.alberta.ca/post-secondary-learning-during-covid-19.aspx

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

Symptoms

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:

If you have any of these other symptoms, stay home and minimize your contact with others until your symptoms resolve:

Isolation

Individuals with Symptoms:

Tested Positive for COVID-19:

Have symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19:

Travellers:

Daily Initial Screening

COVID-19 Alberta Health Daily Checklist

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:

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

More COVID-19 information

Distancing Measures

Two metre distance between individuals.

Classroom setting:
Common area:
Restrooms:

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:

If Capstone Edge College is alerted of an international student not fulfilling the quarantine requirement, the college will:

Protocols for Communication

Advanced Education (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) will be notified of any changes to the plan

International Students

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.

Student Responsibility:

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:

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.

Transportation- Protocols

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:

If you're eligible, you'll be able to enrol in the program upon arrival in Alberta at:

Federal and Alberta Requirements for Quarantine

Federal and Alberta Requirements for Quarantine.

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.

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/covid19-stigma-guide.pdf) and anti-racisms supports

Re-start plan

To ensure a smooth transition back to campus, Capstone Edge College has arranged the following initiatives:

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