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GNWT Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Employees
Tips for Employees Working From Home

This message is sent to all staff on behalf of President Andy Bevan. A similar student-specific message has been sent to all students.

April 2, 2020

Information for Aurora College Team

This certainly has been a week like no other week for the Aurora College Team. Never before have we been required to change how and where we teach with a 10 day  turnaround.  The part you played in this is much appreciated.  

These uncharted waters will continue to change and I appreciate your commitment and dedication to student success. I hope that you will all use this as an opportunity to work together to develop solutions as challenges arise.

For those of you working at home, thank you for adapting to this new normal and continuing to support students and operations.

To those of you are required to be physically at our College buildings, and who keep them safe and in working order, thank you; you are a truly valued member of our college community always, and even more so now.

The situation is continually changing. Although I will no longer provide daily updates, you will continue to receive updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays moving forward.


Working from home

To protect the health and well-being of the few members of the College team who are required to be on site, please do not go to the campuses, community learning centres or research centres for any reason without direction from your supervisor.

We continue to determine how we can ensure all staff have the resources they need to work from home. As our new programming methods stabilizes, we will begin to address this issue.

Please continue to check your e-mail and voice mail, and respond to students as quickly as possible. 


All College buildings, learning centres and research facilities remain closed. Please do not go to the campuses, community learning centres or research centres for any reason without direction from your supervisor.

Aurora College residences or student housing units will remain open and operational until the end of each student’s scheduled semester, even if their classes are online, suspended or cancelled.

Please let students know they should be making plans to return to their home community when their program was scheduled to end, if they haven’t already.

Students who receive Student Financial Assistance (SFA) can call SFA to help their make travel arrangements. SFA Toll-free: 1-800-661-0793, Yellowknife: 867-767-9355 or by email nwtsfa@gov.nt.ca


By now you will have been in contact with all of the students in your programs – thank you for your efforts!

If you have been unable to reach any students please discuss options with your supervisor.

A summary of what is happening throughout the College, and more info, is available on our website.  www.auroracollege.nt.ca.

The latest program information is HERE.


If you have recently returned to the NWT you should be aware of the strict orders of the Chief Public Health Officer that can be found HERE.

The Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP) remains available to staff at 1-844-880-9142. 


You can keep up to date on other COVID-19 information on these websites:

Aurora College’s website has information about what the College is doing to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our communities.

The Chief Public Health Officer’s website has the latest health information, legal orders and recommendations. The biggest change recently has been the requirement for travellers to self-isolate after returning to the NWT. You are expected to respect this legal order whether it applies to you or to your friends and loved ones.

ECE’s website has information for post-secondary students. You may want to follow SFA on Facebook and/or Twitter.

The GNWT posts a daily update about government services.


Thank you all for your continued dedication and commitment to keeping our communities safe and continuing programming where possible. I will update you again on Tuesday.  




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