Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)








Student Faq- COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

2020-2021 Academic Year- questions will be updated
weekly

 

What
is social distancing and what other protocols is Oulton College following to
ensure our safety?

Social
distancing is the act of maintaining a distance of 2 meters (6 ft) to prevent
the transfer of germs from the mouth or nose.

Classroom
spaces have all been measured and set up according to social distancing
protocols. Each work station must be disinfected after
daily use, or before a new group of students accesses the space.

The
Oulton College maintenance and janitorial team is working hard to ensure
increased sanitization measures, including the frequent disinfection of
commonly touched surfaces (including, but not limited to:
door handles, railings, taps, microwave panels). Hand sanitizer is abundant
throughout the campuses and frequent hand washing/sanitization is recommended
as the number 1 protocol for protecting yourself against harmful germs.

Masks
are mandatory in any space where social distancing cannot be guaranteed and the
hallways are marked to enforce movement in 1 direction, thus reducing the
occurrence of unmaintained social distancing. It is important to note that
wearing masks does NOT take away the need to maintain social distancing
wherever possible.

The
college works closely with and follows directives from Worksafe
and Public Health to be able to adapt plans based on the latest recommendations
for public safety at all times.

What
are campus hours?

Flanders- The front
doors will be unlocked no later than 7:45am each day (Mon-Fri) and the campus
remains accessible until 7pm.

Dental- The building
hours at the dental campus are 7:30am-8:00pm- Monday/Wednesday and
7:30am-5:00pm Tues, Thursday & Fri.

Norwood– The building
is accessible 15 minutes before lab or class and closes after class. If you
need a work space after class/lab, Flanders is
available as per hours above.

What
is the difference between active screening and passive screening?

When
you arrive to campus for classroom sessions where social distancing is in place,
you will participate in passive screening. On each entrance door you will find
the questions you must be able to answer before entering the facility. If you
are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have recently been told by a
health agency to self-isolate, please stay home.

For
those staff and students attending lab or clinic you will participate in active
screening whereby you are greeted by a designated staff member who will log you
entry time, your temperature (taken with the use of the infrared thermometer)
and will ask you a series of questions to ensure you are not a risk to enter
the facility. Those having their temperature taken must have a temperature no
higher than 38 degrees Celsius.

All
those entering the facility regardless of passive or active screening are asked
to immediately wear their mask and sanitize their hands at the entrances.

Do
I need to bring a mask each day?

Yes.
A community face mask is a requirement of all staff, students
and visitors when on site. It is recommended to carry a few
on you at all times
to be able to switch out in the event your mask
becomes dirty. We thank everyone for their attention to this important
protocol.

Disposable
masks are available in limited supply until the end of September for those who
forget. We ask that you begin getting in the habit of keeping masks on hand in
your backpack, car, etc so that you do not forget.
Extra masks will not be available after September 30.

What
is the protocol if I am feeling unwell?

You
should follow the protocol set out by public health:
https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/ocmoh/cdc/content/respiratory_diseases/coronavirus/coronavirusexposure.html

If
you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, please advise your
teacher that you will not be in (if scheduled onsite) and contact 811 for
further direction.

  • fever,
  • new cough or worsening
    chronic cough,
  • runny nose, headache,
  • sore throat,
  • new onset of fatigue,
  • new onset of muscle pain,
  • diarrhea,
  • loss of taste or smell

You can now request a COVID test online. To learn more, please visit: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/ocmoh/cdc/content/respiratory_diseases/coronavirus/coronavirusexposure.html#/app/symptom-checker/guides/399/what-to-do

If
you are experiencing symptoms but still feeling well enough to attend online
classes, please do so.

Can
we eat onsite?

Yes,
however food can only be consumed in the classroom at your designated work station. The cafeteria at Flanders is open daily from
7am-4pm and has a variety of take-away foods you can purchase. Note that
seating in the cafeteria is not available at this time.

How
do I access my course content and lesson delivery from home?

The
college is utilizing Microsoft Teams. Program specific information was communicated
to all students on first day orientation. If you are in doubt or having trouble,
please contact your lead instructor and they will be happy to help you.


I am experiencing anxiety over
concerns related to COVID-19. What should I do?

 

We
recognize that the pandemic situation can cause anxiety in students. We encourage
you to follow only credible news sources to prevent panic over misinformation. Limit
your exposure to social media to prevent increased fear from rumors and
unsubstantiated information. Note that as a student, you also have 24/7 access
to our confidential “inConfidence” support line
should you be experiencing uncontrolled fear or anxiety. To access this service
please call: 1-877-418-2181

 

I
need to see a doctor for non-emergent issues (ex; prescription refill). Where
do I go?

Visit https://www.evisitnb.ca/ to be able to connect with a doctor virtually for
minor medical issues.

What
etiquette are students expected to follow in the online learning environment?

We
ask that when participating in “live virtual” classes that you leave your
microphone on mute unless you being given the floor to
speak. This is to prevent significant noise and feedback.  Please keep all commentary live and through
chat channels professional and appropriate at all times. Keep in mind that use
of professional and appropriate language is essential.

Reports
of any online bullying or disrespectful behavior towards teachers and
classmates will not be tolerated. Those who are found to be engaging in any
kind of cyber-bullying or disrespectful behavior to others in the online
classroom will be addressed by management and may compromise their student
status.

I am planning upcoming travel outside of the Maritime bubble. What is the protocol for this?

Please advise your lead instructor no later than Wednesday, October 7th, if you plan to leave the maritime bubble over the Thanksgiving break as you will need to complete a self-isolation plan in collaboration with them for your return. Any staff or students leaving the maritime bubble will be required, as per provincial legislation, to self-isolate upon return to Moncton.

To learn more about self-isolation, please visit: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/h-s/pdf/self_isolation_guidance_asymptomatic_individuals-e.pdf

Am I required to follow the floor arrows?

Yes, we ask for your cooperation with this to reduce the instances where social distancing is not possible. Staff and faculty will be giving reminders as they see people failing to comply.

My
question wasn’t answered here, who do I contact?

Oulton College is monitoring
questions about college-specific impacts and will update this the Student FAQ
page weekly. Please direct any additional questions or concerns to
[email protected]