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Past COVID-19 UPDATE  
from the Aurora College President


STUDENT UPDATE (JUNE 17, 2020)
President’s Update

This Sunday, June 21, is National Indigenous Peoples Day, and although the celebrations won’t be quite the same this year with the limitations on the size of gatherings, I hope you all have an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the day. 

Graduates

While we have been unable to hold the usual ceremonies and celebrations to provide you with a proper send-off, we are proud of every one of you. We have created an Aurora College GRAD 2020 Facebook page, and would like to include you. Please snap a picture in your cap and tassel, or as you would like your family, friends and classmates to see you, and send it to   info@auroracollege.nt.ca with the subject line:  GRAD2020 – your name.  You can access the page here or search Aurora College Grad 2020 on Facebook.

Students

September 2020 Programming & Applications
On June 2, an email was sent to all students with myAuroraCollege email addresses that contained details of what programs we will be offering in the fall 2020 semester and how they will be delivered. I have included them again with this email. The information is also posted on our website 
www.auroracollege.nt.ca, along with a Frequently Asked Questions document that we hope will help answer many of your questions. Please feel free to share the list of fall 2020 programs with your friends and family.

Most of our programming during the fall semester will be by distance learning, with specific programs delivered by a blended method of both distance and face-to-face learning to ensure that critical skills and learning outcomes are completed. Our focus remains on providing quality programming for our students while our priority is keeping everyone in the Aurora College community safe and healthy.

For those of you who don’t have access to technology, we are working with the GNWT and other organizations to find ways to  assist you and will provide updates as we get them

We are confident in our ability to deliver our programs by distance learning, however, we are offering a tuition refund for students who may not be satisfied with their distance learning experience. Students will be able to withdraw by October 9, 2020 with a full tuition refund and no academic penalty, or withdraw by November 6, 2020 with a 50 percent tuition refund and no academic penalty.

If you, or someone you know, are thinking about applying to Aurora College for the fall, applications are still being accepted online at www.auroracollege.nt.ca, or contact one of our campuses to receive a paper application.

Student Financial Assistance 
The SFA program is accepting applications for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year.  The deadline to apply is June 30, 2020.  Late applications are accepted, but payment is not guaranteed for the start of the semester. Since in-person services are not available for the submission or acceptance of paper applications, students are encouraged to submit their application by:

Applying Online
If this is your first time applying online, you will have to submit a request for a Web Access Code.  Once the Web Access Code has been issued, you can sign up for a MyECE account and submit your application online. If you have previously applied online, simply log on to your MyECE account.

Requesting a Call Back
First time students, students that do not have reliable access to internet or students requiring assistance in completing their applications, can request a call back from a SFA staff member.  By choosing this option, you can request and receive a call back from a SFA staff member who will assist you in completing your application and answer any questions or concerns you may have about the SFA program.

To request a call back, please visit here or you can call 1-800-661-0793 to set up an appointment. 
Although the SFA office is encouraging students to apply online or to request a call back, we will continue to accept paper applications by fax, mail or email.  For contact information, please visit here. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the SFA program, please do not hesitate to contact the office by calling 1-800-661-0793 or email at nwtsfa@gov.nt.ca.



INFORMATION FOR AURORA COLLEGE TEAM (June 17, 2020)

President’s Update
As we wrap up the 2019-2020 Academic year, I would like to take a moment to say thank you to all of our instructors and the College team who have been working so diligently for the past few months to respond to our ever-changing situation and to put the needs of our students and their success first. We have asked a lot of you in a very short time, and will continue to ask you to change the way you work and deliver programs and services for at least the fall 2020 semester.

This Sunday, June 21, is National Indigenous Peoples Day, and although the celebrations won’t be quite the same this year with the limitations on the size of gatherings, I hope you all have an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the day. 

We have created an Aurora College GRAD 2020 Facebook page, and would like to include your students. Please encourage your grads and completing students to snap a picture their cap and tassel, or as they would like to be seen, and send it to  info@auroracollege.nt.ca with the subject line:  GRAD2020 – their name.  You can access the page here or search Aurora College Grad 2020 on Facebook.

Town Hall – June 17 – What We Heard – Strategic Plan
Thanks to all of you who participated in to the Town Hall webinar on Wednesday; there were more than 120 of us on the line! I would like to thank Lynn Morris Jamieson for the Strategic Planning update. A summary of her presentation is included with this email.

Thank you for your feedback and questions. There were many thoughtful, insightful comments and questions that need to be considered as we move forward with our transformation journey. Your expertise and input will be vital on our journey. If you didn’t have a chance to ask your question, please advise your supervisor who will pass the question along to me for a response.

I understand that for some of you at Thebacha campus that the connection was not great.. Internet and phone lines in the NWT continue to present some challenges for us all so hopefully next time will be better!

One question that was been raised is about reimbursement of expenses incurred by working from home. Information has been sent out previously from the GNWT and the College outlining what expenses would be considered for re-imbursement, which include telephone and internet overages and office consumables that must be pre-approved by your supervisor, Assistance with utilities such as heat and electricity are not eligible for reimbursement.

COVID-19 has created many challenges for all of us and I am thankful that everyone in the NWT remains healthy and safe. We are all doing our best to help our students, our institution and the Territory safe as we continue to move forward with our important work.

Transformation Working Groups
Thank you to everyone who has put their name forward for the four transformation Working Groups. The Working Groups are very important to the progress we are making towards Transformation. We have been talking for a long time about how the Transformation will only be a success if the College is engaged, involved and working together as a team.

It’s not too late if you are still considering putting your name forward. If you do decide you would like to participate on one of the Working Groups please let your supervisor know and submit an Expression of Interest, 

Staying close to home? Stay learning! Recruitment and Advertising Campaign – Fall 2020
We just launched our NWT-wide recruitment campaign for the fall 2020 semester. As you can see from the title we are making sure potential students and NWT residents know they have options for quality programming while staying safe at home. The College team has put a lot of thought and work into how we can support students in September and I encourage you to take that message to your communities. Prospective students are everywhere and we need to make sure they know about Aurora College. Keep an eye out for the campaign in upcoming newspapers, social media, radio and local media outlets.

Have any questions about the Campaign? Please contact Jayne Murray. 

Emerging Wisely/Transitioning back to the Workplace
As of last week, we are now in Phase 2 of the Emerging Wisely plan. If you haven't seen the Emerging Wisely plan you can access it on the website at 
www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/en/services/public-health-orders/emerging-wisely.

What does this mean in terms of returning to work?  Nothing will change about how we are working immediately, but we will share the most current information as it becomes available. We continue to work with the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer to plan for a gradual return to the workplace for the Aurora College team. As the opening of Colleges is included in Phase 3 of the Emerging Wisely plan, most employees will remain working remotely from home. While most College staff will remain working remotely for the foreseeable future, we are looking at ways to allow staff limited access to their workspace for specific purposes, for short periods of time.

We will continue to work to refine our delivery plans for the fall and what that will mean for both students and the College team.  Any transitioning back to the workplace will be implemented in a gradual and measured way and the most important consideration in decision-making will be the health and safety of employees and the students we serve. We will continue to update you as decisions are made.

September 2020 Programming
On June 2, an email was sent to the College team and students that contained details of what programs we will be offering in the fall 2020 semester and how they will be delivered. The information is also posted on our website www.auroracollege.nt.ca, along with a Frequently Asked Questions document that we hope will help answer many of students’ questions. Please share the list of fall 2020 programs in your community with anyone who you think might me interested.

Our programming during the fall semester will be by distance learning, with specific programs delivered by a blended method of both distance and face-to-face learning later in the fall to ensure that critical skills and learning outcomes are completed. I know many of us are excited about the potential for some face-to-face instruction but we don’t have exact dates yet. This is all based on the approval by the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer, but we are all very hopeful. Our focus remains on providing quality programming for our students while our priority is keeping everyone in the Aurora College community safe and healthy. As the situation in the NWT or the rest of Canada changes, it could lead to a loosening or a tightening of public health restrictions, so we have to remain ready to adapt our deliveries and planning mid-stream.

The Orientation Committee is working on the details for students in September, and will be sharing more information as plans are finalized. The term will begin on September 8, and will incorporate a number of options for students to help them adjust to distance learning and the current learning environment.

We are planning to have student residences open in time for the start of classes this fall. For students who don’t have access to technology, we are working with the GNWT and other organizations to find ways to assist.

We are confident in our ability to deliver our programs by distance learning, however, we are offering a tuition refund for students who may not be satisfied with their distance learning experience. Students will be able to withdraw by October 9, 2020 with a full tuition refund and no academic penalty, or withdraw by November 6, 2020 with a 50 percent tuition refund and no academic penalty.

The application deadline has been extended, and applications are being accepted online at www.auroracollege.nt.ca  or students can contact the campuses directly to receive a paper copy.

My Thanks
As many of you will be starting to take summer vacation please know you have my sincere thanks for your efforts during the last three months. I’ve said it before but I want to reiterate that I am immensely proud of the work we have done as an institution to continue delivering high quality programming to our students.

I hope you many of you are able to enjoy an NWT “staycation”, have a great break, relax and stay safe.  See you in the fall.

Andy Bevan.

 


April 24, 2020
Information for Students

It has now been several weeks since COVID-19 began impacting our lives and daily activities. 

I encourage you all to continue to adhere to the direction from the Chief Public Health Officer so that we can more quickly return to what will be our new normal. 

We know things will continue to change but I know that the innovations that have been made and the challenges we have all overcome in the past few weeks will make us stronger as individuals, as a College, and as a community. 

With that in mind, I am changing the structure and frequency of my updates to fit our “new normal”. Moving forward, I will send updates weekly, and will focus on student information in general but will continue to include important information about COVID-19. I will also use the weekly update as a tool to ask you for feedback and input on various topics. 

Currently, Statistics Canada is looking for your feedback:

Statistics Canada is collecting data on the Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on postsecondary students.

Your participation is important: Your voice matters. For more info please visit: www.statcan.gc.ca/COVID-students.

 

NEW - FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS

 

The federal government has just announced a new financial aid package for students in response to COVID-19. 

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit will provide $1250 per month to eligible Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are enroled in a post-secondary program, or have recently graduated, and otherwise ineligible to the Canadian Emergency Response benefit (CERB). These payments will be offered from May to August and top-ups of an additional $500 will be applied for students living with a disability or who have dependents. 

Additionally, the government is recognizing that students have a critical role to play in supporting their communities through this pandemic and will encourage them to volunteer. The Canada Service Grant will provide students up to $5000 for their education in recognition of their contribution. 

The government also announced it will double the Canada Student Grants for low-income students. These grants will be raised from $3,000 to $6,000. The federal government will also raise the cap on Canada Student Loans from $210 to $350 a week. 

See the Government of Canada news release for more information. 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-students-financial-aid-1.554081 

PROGRAMS, COURSES, APPLICATIONS:

We are currently finalizing the list of programs that will be offered for the 2020-2021 Academic year. More information will be available soon. 

For those students whose programs were cancelled or suspended, I hope you are planning to register for fall programs. We are accepting applications online at www.auroracollege.nt.ca . We are confident we will be able to meet any challenges presented by COVID-19 this fall as we continue to adapt our programs for distance deliveries. 

If you have already applied for a program for next year; we are currently reviewing the applications and hope to get back to you soon. If you applied online, you can check your status online as well. 

How do I contact my instructor?

You can email or call your instructor. If you don’t have your instructor’s email or phone number you can find it HERE in the Aurora College Staff directory – type in their first or last name and the location (if you know it), then click on SEARCH.

HOUSING:

If you are currently in your residence or student housing unit – please stay in contact your Residence Manager to inform them of your plans and any changes to your plans.

STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (SFA):

If you receive Student Financial Assistance (SFA) it will continue until your program or course was supposed to end – even if your program is suspended or cancelled.  

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

SFA will be communicating with students through email and on social media.  To ensure you are receiving the most current and up to date information, please check your emails and follow SFA on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/nwt.sfa/ and/or Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/SFANWT

 

HEALTH:

This is a stressful time for many people. Student Services is available by phone to support you at Aurora Campus 1-867-678-0422 (12 noon-6 pm weekdays), Thebacha Campus 1-867-872-0921 and Yellowknife North Slave Campus 1-867- 445-2287 during regular business hours.

The Department of Health and Social Services has the most up to date information at www.hss.gov.nt.ca.

 

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. All travelers are required to self-isolate after returning to the NWT. As well, restrictions have been placed on all indoor and outdoor gatherings. You are expected to respect all legal orders 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/orTwitter.

The GNWT has created a new phone number 8-1-1 to call for COVID-19 related information.

For questions on COVID-19, including information on testing, self-isolation, travel restrictions, enforcement and contact information to local health care providers and resources. Available 8 AM to 8 PM, 7 days a week (NWT only).

The GNWT also posts a daily update about government services and a daily updates on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/yourGNWT/

Thank you all for your continued dedication and commitment to keeping our communities safe. I will update you again next week.

April 24, 2020

Information for Aurora College Team

It has now been several weeks since COVID-19 began its impact on our lives and our daily activities, and we are all doing our best to adapt to our new realities as we move forward together. 

We know things will continue to change but I know that the innovations that have been made and the challenges we have all overcome in the past few weeks will make us stronger as individuals, as a College, and as a community. 

With that in mind, I am changing the structure and frequency of my updates to fit our “new normal”. Moving forward, I will send updates weekly, and will focus on student and staff information in general but will continue to include important information about COVID-19. I will also use the weekly update as a tool to ask you for feedback and input on various topics. If you have suggestions of topics or issues that should be addressed, please share them. 

NEW - FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS 

The federal government has just announced a new financial aid package for students in response to COVID-19. 

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit will provide $1250 per month to eligible Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are enroled in a post-secondary program, or have recently graduated, and otherwise ineligible to the Canadian Emergency Response benefit (CERB). These payments will be offered from May to August and top-ups of an additional $500 will be applied for students living with a disability or who have dependents. 

Additionally, the government is recognizing that students have a critical role to play in supporting their communities through this pandemic and will encourage them to volunteer. The Canada Service Grant will provide students up to $5000 for their education in recognition of their contribution. 

The government also announced it will double the Canada Student Grants for low-income students. These grants will be raised from $3,000 to $6,000. The federal government will also raise the cap on Canada Student Loans from $210 to $350 a week. 

See the Government of Canada news release for more information.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-students-financial-aid-1.5540814 


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.

Late last week, you should have received an all-email about the COVID-19 General Workplace Precautions & Risk Assessment Form (Remote Work & Critical Essential On-site) from the Aurora Messenger. Please take the time to review and complete the form, and return the completed form to your direct supervisor, with a copy or note to Sharon Bernarde (sbernarde@auroracollege.nt.ca) so that the completion can be tracked. The original email and a follow-up were sent on Thursday, April 16 in the late afternoon.

Please continue to monitor your email and voicemail regularly, including the Aurora Messenger all-staff emails, and respond to students as quickly as possible. 


PROGRAMS AND RECRUITMENT

The Executive Leadership Team is working to finalize the list of programs that will be offered in 2020-21, including how and where. We will share that information as soon as it is completed.

We are accepting applications for 2020-21. Please encourage potential students to apply (online is preferred) early to assist us with planning and staffing for the fall.

Now that we are past the initial responses to COVID-19, you will notice a renewed advertising and recruitment push. However, as many of our usual recruitment and advertising venues are not available due to COVID-19, we ask for your help in sharing information about Aurora College programs with your contacts.

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.


HEALTH

information and regulations  Chief Public Health Officer that can be found HERE.

Changing how we work and working from home, whether more isolated or with family around can be stressful. Please don’t hesitate to contact 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. All travelers are required to self-isolate after returning to the NWT. As well, restrictions have been placed on all indoor and outdoor gatherings. We are all expected to respect all legal orders whether it applies to you or to your friends and loved ones and to model appropriate behaviours for our students.

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

The GNWT has created a new phone number 8-1-1 to call for COVID-19 related information.

For questions on COVID-19, including information on testing, self-isolation, travel restrictions, enforcement and contact information to local health care providers and resources. Available 8 AM to 8 PM, 7 days a week (NWT only).

The GNWT also posts a daily update about government services and a daily updates on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/yourGNWT/

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

 April 21, 2020


Information for Students

As we settle into the new normal of distance teaching and learning, I hope that everyone is starting to get into the groove and is doing well. We have been working hard for the past few weeks to get resources to students whose classes are continuing and who need extra supports to be successful.

For those whose classes or courses were suspended or cancelled, I do hope you’re looking to register for fall programs. 

I hope you are all well and at home, not gathering with friends and family in-person, and continually washing your hands. Your actions benefit others in your family and community.

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

PROGRAMS AND COURSES:

As of March 30, 2020

Full-Time Certificate, Diploma and Degree Programs

•        If you are enroled in a full-time certificate, diploma or degree program and have not heard from your instructor, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course. If you need additional resources in order to complete your studies, please discuss that with your instructor as soon as possible. 

Short-Term or Evening Courses

•        If you are a short-term or evening course and have not been contacted by your instructor or are not clear on what is happening, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course. 

Other Programs or Courses

•        If you are taking a course and have not been contacted by your instructor or are not clear on what is happening, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course.

 How do I contact my instructor?

  • You can email or call your instructor. If you don’t have your instructor’s email or phone number you can find it HERE in the Aurora College Staff directory – type in their first or last name and the location (if you know it), then click on SEARCH.

Additional information about programming is posted HERE.

HOUSING:

  • If you are currently in your residence or student housing unit – please stay in contact your Residence Manager to inform them of your plans and any changes to your plans. 

STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (SFA):

·        If you receive Student Financial Assistance (SFA) it will continue until your program or course was supposed to end – even if your program is suspended or cancelled.  

·        If you receive Student Financial Assistance (SFA) they can help you make travel arrangements. SFA Toll-free: 1-800-661-0793, Yellowknife: 867-767-9355 or by email nwtsfa@gov.nt.ca

·        SFA will be communicating with students through email and on social media.  To ensure you are receiving the most current and up to date information, please check your emails and follow SFA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nwt.sfa/ and/or Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/SFANWT 

HEALTH:

·        This is a stressful time for many people. Student Services is available by phone to support you at Aurora Campus 1-867-678-0422 (12 noon-6 pm weekdays), Thebacha Campus 1-867-872-0921 and Yellowknife North Slave Campus 1-867- 445-2287 during regular business hours.

·         The Department of Health and Social Services has the most up to date information at www.hss.gov.nt.ca.


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. All travelers are required to self-isolate after returning to the NWT. As well, restrictions have been placed on all indoor and outdoor gatherings. You are expected to respect all legal orders 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 has created a new phone number 8-1-1 to call for COVID-19 related information. For questions on COVID-19, including information on testing, self-isolation, travel restrictions, enforcement and contact information to local health care providers and resources. Available 8 AM to 8 PM, 7 days a week (NWT only).

·        The GNWT also posts a daily update about government services and a daily updates on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/yourGNWT/


Thank you all for your continued dedication and commitment to keeping
our communities safe. I will update you again on Thursday.  



Information for Aurora College Team

I hope you were all able to the warmer weather and are aware of the latest Public Heather Orders and information, including the new 8-1-1 number that has been established. They can be found here.  

Thank you again for your time and patience during our recent Town Hall GoToWebinars– we will send out all of the questions and answers later this week.

 
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 continue to address this issue.

·        Late last week, you should have received an all-email about the COVID-19 General Workplace Precautions & Risk Assessment Form (Remote Work & Critical Essential On-site) from the Aurora Messenger. Please take the time to review and complete the form, and return the completed form to your direct supervisor, with a copy or note to Sharon Bernarde (sbernarde@auroracollege.nt.ca) so that the completion can be tracked. The original email and a follow-up were sent on Thursday, April 16 in the late afternoon.

·        Please continue to monitor your email regularly, including the Aurora Messenger all-staff emails, as they contain important updates and information pertinent to our response to the current situation.

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


FACILITIES

·       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


ACADEMICS

·       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.

 HEALTH

·       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.

·         Changing how we work and working from home, whether more isolated or with family around can be stressful. Please don’t hesitate to contact 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. All travelers are required to self-isolate after returning to the NWT. As well, restrictions have been placed on all indoor and outdoor gatherings. We are all expected to respect all legal orders whether it applies to you or to your friends and loved ones and to model appropriate behaviours for our students.

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

·       The GNWT has created a new phone number 8-1-1 to call for COVID-19 related information. For questions on COVID-19, including information on testing, self-isolation, travel restrictions, enforcement and contact information to local health care providers and resources. Available 8 AM to 8 PM, 7 days a week (NWT only).

·        The GNWT also posts a daily update about government services and a daily updates on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/yourGNWT/

 

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 Thursday.

April 17, 2020

Information for Students

As we settle into the new normal of distance teaching and learning, I hope that everyone is starting to get into the groove and is doing well. 

For those whose classes or courses were suspended or cancelled, I do hope you’re looking to register for fall programs. 

I hope you are all well and at home, not gathering with friends and family in-person, and continually washing your hands. Your actions benefit others in your family and community.

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

PROGRAMS AND COURSES:

As of March 30, 2020

Full-Time Certificate, Diploma and Degree Programs

•        If you are enroled in a full-time certificate, diploma or degree program and have not heard from your instructor, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course.

Short-Term or Evening Courses

•        If you are a short-term or evening course and have not been contacted by your instructor or are not clear on what is happening today, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course.

Other Programs or Courses

•        If you are taking a course and have not been contacted by your instructor or are not clear on what is happening starting today, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course.

How do I contact my instructor?

  • You can email or call your instructor. If you don’t have your instructor’s email or phone number you can find it HERE in the Aurora College Staff directory – type in their first or last name and the location (if you know it), then click on SEARCH.

Additional information about programming is posted HERE.

 

HOUSING:

  • If you are currently in your residence or student housing unit – please stay in contact your Residence Manager to inform them of your plans and any changes to your plans.

STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (SFA):

·        If you receive Student Financial Assistance (SFA) it will continue until your program or course was supposed to end – even if your program is suspended or cancelled.  

·        If you receive Student Financial Assistance (SFA) they can help you make travel arrangements. SFA Toll-free: 1-800-661-0793, Yellowknife: 867-767-9355 or by email nwtsfa@gov.nt.ca

·        SFA will be communicating with students through email and on social media.  To ensure you are receiving the most current and up to date information, please check your emails and follow SFA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nwt.sfa/ and/or Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/SFANWT

HEALTH:

·        This is a stressful time for many people. Student Services is available by phone to support you at Aurora Campus 1-867-678-0422 (12 noon-6 pm weekdays), Thebacha Campus 1-867-872-0921 and Yellowknife North Slave Campus 1-867- 445-2287 during regular business hours.

·         The Department of Health and Social Services has the most up to date information at www.hss.gov.nt.ca.

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. All travelers are required to self-isolate after returning to the NWT. As well, restrictions have been placed on all indoor and outdoor gatherings. You are expected to respect all legal orders 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. I will update you again on Tuesday.  

 

Information for Aurora College Team

I hope you were all able to the warmer weather and are aware of the latest Public Heather Orders and information. They can be found here.  

Thank you again for your time and patience during our Town Hall GoToWebinars last week – we will send out all of the questions and answers within the next week.


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 continue to address this issue.

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

 FACILITIES

·       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

ACADEMICS

·       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.

 HEALTH

·       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.

·         Changing how we work and working from home, whether more isolated or with family around can be stressful. Please don’t hesitate to contact 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. All travelers are required to self-isolate after returning to the NWT. As well, restrictions have been placed on all indoor and outdoor gatherings. We are all expected to respect all legal orders whether it applies to you or to your friends and loved ones and to model appropriate behaviours for our students.

·       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.  

April 14

Information for Students

As we enter our third week of distance teaching and learning, I hope that everyone is starting to get into the groove of our new normal. 

For those whose classes or courses were suspended or cancelled, I do hope you’re looking to register for fall programs.  

I hope you are all well and at home, not gathering with friends and family in-person, and continually washing your hands. Your actions benefit others in your family and community.

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


PROGRAMS AND COURSES:

       Starting – March 30, 2020

Full-Time Certificate, Diploma and Degree Programs   

·        If you are enroled in a full-time certificate, diploma or degree program and have not heard from your instructor, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course.

Short-Term or Evening Courses

·        If you are a short-term or evening course and have not been contacted by your instructor or are not clear on what is happening today, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course.

Other Programs or Courses

·        If you are taking a course and have not been contacted by your instructor or are not clear on what is happening starting today, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course.

How do I contact my instructor?

  • You can email or call your instructor. If you don’t have your instructor’s email or phone number you can find it HERE in the Aurora College Staff directory – type in their first or last name and the location (if you know it), then click on SEARCH.

 

Additional information about programming is posted HERE.

 

 HOUSING:

  • If you are currently in your residence or student housing unit – please stay in contact your Residence Manager to inform them of your plans and any changes to your plans.

 

STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (SFA):

·        If you receive Student Financial Assistance (SFA) it will continue until your program or course was supposed to end – even if your program is suspended or cancelled.  

·        If you receive Student Financial Assistance (SFA) they can help you make travel arrangements. SFA Toll-free: 1-800-661-0793, Yellowknife: 867-767-9355 or by email nwtsfa@gov.nt.ca

·        SFA will be communicating with students through email and on social media.  To ensure you are receiving the most current and up to date information, please check your emails and follow SFA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nwt.sfa/ and/or Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/SFANWT

 

HEALTH:

·        This is a stressful time for many people. Student Services is available by phone to support you at Aurora Campus 1-867-678-0422 (12 noon-6 pm weekdays), Thebacha Campus 1-867-872-0921 and Yellowknife North Slave Campus 1-867- 445-2287 during regular business hours.

·         The Department of Health and Social Services has the most up to date information at www.hss.gov.nt.ca.

 

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 over the weekend was 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. I will update you again on Thursday.  

Information for Aurora College Team

I hope you were all able to enjoy a long weekend with those at home and are aware of the new Public Health Order issued on the weekend. It can be found here.  

Thank you again for your time and patience during our Town Hall GoToWebinars last week – we will send out all of the questions and answers within the next week. 

 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 continue to address this issue.

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

 FACILITIES

·       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

ACADEMICS

·       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.

 HEALTH

·       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.

·         Changing how we work and working from home, whether more isolated or with family around can be stressful. Please don’t hesitate to contact 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 travelers 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 Thursday.  

April 9, 2020

Information for Students

We are slowly figuring out what our new normal is and that includes distance teaching and learning, along with thinking about future education plans. Thank you for your patience as we work through challenges.

I hope you are all well and at home, not gathering with friends and family in-person, and continually washing your hands. Your actions benefit others in your family and community.

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


PROGRAMS AND COURSES:


Starting – March 30, 2020

Full-Time Certificate, Diploma and Degree Programs   

·        If you are enroled in a full-time certificate, diploma or degree program and have not heard from your instructor, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course.

Short-Term or Evening Courses

·        If you are a short-term or evening course and have not been contacted by your instructor or are not clear on what is happening today, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course.

Other Programs or Courses

·        If you are taking a course and have not been contacted by your instructor or are not clear on what is happening starting today, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course.

How do I contact my instructor?

  • You can email or call your instructor. If you don’t have your instructor’s email or phone number you can find it HERE in the Aurora College Staff directory – type in their first or last name and the location (if you know it), then click on SEARCH.

 

Additional information about programming is posted HERE.

 

 HOUSING:

  • If you are currently in your residence or student housing unit – please contact your Residence Manager to inform them of your plans.

 

STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (SFA):

·        If you receive Student Financial Assistance (SFA) it will continue until your program or course was supposed to end – even if your program is suspended or cancelled.  

·        If you receive Student Financial Assistance (SFA) they can help you make travel arrangements. SFA Toll-free: 1-800-661-0793, Yellowknife: 867-767-9355 or by email nwtsfa@gov.nt.ca

·        SFA will be communicating with students through email and on social media.  To ensure you are receiving the most current and up to date information, please check your emails and follow SFA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nwt.sfa/ and/or Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/SFANWT

 

HEALTH:

·        This is a stressful time for many people. Student Services is available by phone to support you at Aurora Campus 1-867-678-0422 (12 noon-6 pm weekdays), Thebacha Campus 1-867-872-0921 and Yellowknife North Slave Campus 1-867- 445-2287 during regular business hours.

·         The Department of Health and Social Services has the most up to date information at www.hss.gov.nt.ca.

 

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 over the weekend was 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. I will update you again on Thursday.  

Information for Aurora College Team

Thank you all for your time and patience during our Town Hall GoToWebinars these past two days.  Feedback so far has been that it was a good platform to use.

This will not be your only opportunity to participate in these calls – there will be more as we move forward.

For those of you who were teaching and unable to attend the webinars, the questions and their answers will be circulated in the next week.

I hope you are able to enjoy down time with your family this long weekend, while continuing to keep a physical distance. 

 

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 continue to address this issue.

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

 FACILITIES

·       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

ACADEMICS

·       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.

 HEALTH

·       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.

·         Changing how we work and working from home, whether more isolated or with family around can be stressful. Please don’t hesitate to contact 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.  

April 7, 2020

Information for Students

We are slowly figuring out what our new normal is and that includes distance teaching and learning, along with thinking about future education plans. Thank you for your patience as we work through challenges.

I hope you are all well and at home, not gathering with friends and family in-person, and continually washing your hands. Your actions benefit others in your family and community.

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

                                            

Programs and Courses:                      

Starting – March 30, 2020

Full-Time Certificate, Diploma and Degree Programs   

If you are enroled in a full-time certificate, diploma or degree program and have not heard from your instructor, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course.

Short-Term or Evening Courses

If you are a short-term or evening course and have not been contacted by your instructor or are not clear on what is happening today, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course.

Other Programs or Courses

If you are taking a course and have not been contacted by your instructor or are not clear on what is happening starting today, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course.

How do I contact my instructor?

You can email or call your instructor. If you don’t have your instructor’s email or phone number you can find it HERE in the Aurora College Staff directory – type in their first or last name and the location (if you know it), then click on SEARCH.

 

Additional information about programming is posted HERE.

 

Housing:
If you are currently in your residence or student housing unit – please contact your Residence Manager to inform them of your plans.

Student Financial Assistance (SFA):

If you receive Student Financial Assistance (SFA) it will continue until your program or course was supposed to end – even if your program is suspended or cancelled.  

If you receive Student Financial Assistance (SFA) they can help you make travel arrangements. SFA Toll-free: 1-800-661-0793, Yellowknife: 867-767-9355 or by emailnwtsfa@gov.nt.ca

SFA will be communicating with students through email and on social media.  To ensure you are receiving the most current and up to date information, please check your emails and follow SFA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nwt.sfa/ and/or Twitter athttps://www.twitter.com/SFANWT

 

Health:

This is a stressful time for many people. Student Services is available by phone to support you at Aurora Campus 1-867-678-0422 (12 noon-6 pm weekdays), Thebacha Campus 1-867-872-0921 and Yellowknife North Slave Campus 1-867- 445-2287 during regular business hours.

The Department of Health and Social Services has the most up to date information atwww.hss.gov.nt.ca.

 


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 over the weekend was 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. I will update you again on Thursday.     


INFORMATION FOR AURORA COLLEGE TEAM

We made it through the first week of teaching from a distance. You did a great job. The part you played in this is much appreciated.  

I look forward to answering your questions during our call this week.  It’s our first trial of the GoToWebinar platform and it might not be perfect our first try but we will continue to get used to meeting from a distance.  I encourage you to sign in on a computer as it will be easier to ask your questions if you do so. 

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 continue to address this issue.

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

 Facilities

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

Academics

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.


Health

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.

Changing how we work and working from home, whether more isolated or with family around can be stressful. Please don’t hesitate to contact 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 Thursday.  

 

 


April 2, 2020

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

For many of you this week brought a new way of learning. For others you have been thinking about continuing your education at another time and how, and when, that might occur. 

For those of you who moved to a distance learning format, I hope your first week has been going well. I urge you to work together with your instructors to address any issues or challenges you may face.

For those of you who are not continuing your program at this time, you are important to us, so please think about how we can support you as you consider your future plans for education and training.

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

PROGRAMS AND COURSES:

Starting – March 30, 2020

Full-Time Certificate, Diploma and Degree Programs   

If you are enroled in a full-time certificate, diploma or degree program and have not heard from your instructor, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course.

Short-Term or Evening Courses

If you are a short-term or evening course and have not been contacted by your instructor or are not clear on what is happening today, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course. 

Other Programs or Courses

If you are taking a course and have not been contacted by your instructor or are not clear on what is happening starting today, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course.

How do I contact my instructor? 

You can email or call your instructor. If you don’t have your instructor’s email or phone number you can find it HERE in the Aurora College Staff directory – type in their first or last name and the location (if you know it), then click on SEARCH.

Additional information about programming is posted HERE.


HOUSING:

If you are currently in your residence or student housing unit – please contact your Residence Manager to inform them of your plans. 

STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (SFA):

If you receive Student Financial Assistance (SFA) it will continue until your program or course was supposed to end – even if your program is suspended or cancelled.  The next scheduled payment is April 1, 2020.

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

SFA will be communicating with students through email and on social media.  To ensure you are receiving the most current and up to date information, please check your emails and follow SFA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nwt.sfa/ and/or Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/SFANWT 

HEALTH:

This is a stressful time for many people. Student Services is available by phone to support you at Aurora Campus 1-867-678-0422 (12 noon-6 pm weekdays), Thebacha Campus 1-867-872-0921 and Yellowknife North Slave Campus 1-867- 445-2287 during regular business hours.

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 travelers 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. I will update you again on Tuesday.  


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. 

FACILITIES

·      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

ACADEMICS

·       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.

 HEALTH

·       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.  

March 27, 2020

Information for Students

For many of you Monday will bring a new way of learning. For others you will be thinking about continuing your education at another time. 

For those of you who are moving to an online teaching and learning environment, please be patient with yourself and with the processes as we all get used to this new way of working together. 

For those of you who are not continuing your program, you are important to us, so please think about how we can support you as you consider your future plans for education and training. 

The situation is continually changing and this daily message provides the information we have each day. To stay informed, continue to check your Aurora College email. 

Please note, the Aurora College website is still experiencing intermittent issues but please continue to check. Our IT team is working with Northwestel to resolve the issues as soon as possible. 
                                             

PROGRAMS AND COURSES:

  • Aurora College is taking steps to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus by changing the way we teach and learn. We recognize that everyone must work together to protect our communities.

What happens next?

  • Below is an outline of how things will change over the coming weeks and months at Aurora College. It is important that you contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program as soon as possible.

As of March 30, 2020

Full-Time Certificate, Diploma and Degree Programs   

·         Most courses associated with the following full-time certificate, diploma and degree programs will continue to be offered in a distance learning format.

·         Not all courses, practicums or workshops may be continuing in these programs so it is important you contact your instructor to find out more information.

·         If you are enroled in a full-time certificate, diploma or degree program and have not heard from your instructor, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course.

Short-Term or Evening Courses

·         Some short-term or evening courses will also be continuing in a distance learning format. Some of these were already set up for distance delivery and can be continued without significant modification

·         If you are a short-term or evening course and have not been contacted by your instructor or are not clear on what is happening starting on Monday, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course.

Other Programs or Courses

·         University College Access Program (UCAP), Occupations and College Access Program (OCAP) and some Campus Based ALBE courses may still be continuing.  Your instructor will have contacted you. 

·         Unfortunately, most of the programming offered through community learning centres has been postponed for now. These are typically short-term programs that require face-to-face learning. Programs that require hands-on learning or in-person learning have also been suspended or cancelled.

·         If you are taking a course and have not been contacted by your instructor or are not clear on what is happening starting on Monday, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course.

How do I contact my instructor?

  • You can email or call your instructor. If you don’t have your instructor’s email or phone number you can find it HERE in the Aurora College Staff directory – type in their first or last name and the location (if you know it), then click on SEARCH.

Additional information about programming is posted HERE.

 HOUSING:

·         Your Aurora College residence or student housing unit will remain open and operational until the end of your scheduled semester, even if your classes are online, suspended or cancelled.

·         Students should be making plans to return to their home community when their program was scheduled to end, if they haven’t already.

·         If you receive Student Financial Assistance (SFA) they can help you make travel arrangements. SFA Toll-free: 1-800-661-0793, Yellowknife: 867-767-9355 or by email nwtsfa@gov.nt.ca

 

STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (SFA):

·         If you receive Student Financial Assistance (SFA) it will continue until your program or course was supposed to end – even if your program is suspended or cancelled.  The next scheduled payment is April 1, 2020.

·         If you receive Student Financial Assistance (SFA) they can help you make travel arrangements. SFA Toll-free: 1-800-661-0793, Yellowknife: 867-767-9355 or by email nwtsfa@gov.nt.ca

·         SFA will be communicating with students through email and on social media.  To ensure you are receiving the most current and up to date information, please check your emails and follow SFA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nwt.sfa/ and/or Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/SFANWT

 

HEALTH:

·         If you are returning to the NWT after reading week you should be aware of the strict orders of the Chief Public Health Officer that can be found HERE.

  • This is a stressful time for many people. Student Services remains available by phone at 1-866-287-2655 (Aurora and Thebacha Campuses) and at 1-866-291-4866 (Yellowknife North Slave Campus) during regular business hours.

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 over the weekend was 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. I will update you again next week.  

March 26, 2020

Information for Students

We understand that changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic have been stressful. Your success as a student at Aurora College is important to us.

The situation is continually changing and this daily message provides the information we have each day.

Continue to check your Aurora College email and visit the Aurora College website for additional information.

                                             

PROGRAMS AND COURSES:

  • Aurora College is taking steps to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus by changing the way we teach and learn. We recognize that everyone must work together to protect our communities.
  • As you know by now, all programs are suspended for this week (March 23-27), and all in-person classes are cancelled for the rest of your semester.

What happens next?

  • On Wednesday, March 25, you should have received an email or phone call from your instructor letting you know what is happening with your program or course.
  • Below is an outline of how things will change over the coming weeks and months at Aurora College. It is important that you contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program as soon as possible.

As of March 30, 2020

Full-Time Certificate, Diploma and Degree Programs   

  • Most courses associated with the following full-time certificate, diploma and degree programs will continue to be offered in a distance learning format.
  • Not all courses, practicums or workshops may be continuing in these programs so it is important you contact your instructor to find out more information.

·         If you are enroled in a full-time certificate, diploma or degree program and have not heard from your instructor, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course.

Short-Term or Evening Courses

  • Some short-term or evening courses will also be continuing in a distance learning format. Some of these were already setup for distance delivery and can be continued without significant modification

·         If you are a short-term or evening course and have not been contacted by your instructor or are not clear on what is happening starting on Monday, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course.

Other Programs or Courses

  • University College Access Program (UCAP), Occupations and College Access Program (OCAP) and some Campus Based ALBE courses may still be continuing.  Your instructor will have contacted you. 
  • Unfortunately, most of the programming offered through community learning centres has been postponed for now. These are typically short-term programs that require face-to-face learning. Programs that require hands-on learning or in-person learning have also been suspended or cancelled.

·         If you are taking a course and have not been contacted by your instructor or are not clear on what is happening starting on Monday, please contact your instructor to confirm the status of your program or course.

How do I contact my instructor?

  • You can email or call your instructor. If you don’t have your instructor’s email or phone number you can find it HERE in the Aurora College Staff directory – type in their first or last name and the location (if you know it), then click on SEARCH.

 

Additional information about programming is posted HERE.

 

HOUSING:

·         Your Aurora College residence or student housing unit will remain open and operational until the end of your scheduled semester, even if your classes are online, suspended or cancelled.

·         Students should be making plans to return to their home community when their program was scheduled to end, if they haven’t already.

·         If you receive Student Financial Assistance (SFA) they can help you make travel arrangements. SFA Toll-free: 1-800-661-0793, Yellowknife: 867-767-9355 or by email nwtsfa@gov.nt.ca

STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (SFA):

  • If you receive Student Financial Assistance (SFA) it will continue until your program or course was supposed to end – even if your program is suspended or cancelled.  The next scheduled payment is April 1, 2020.

·         If you receive Student Financial Assistance (SFA) they can help you make travel arrangements. SFA Toll-free: 1-800-661-0793, Yellowknife: 867-767-9355 or by email nwtsfa@gov.nt.ca

March 25, 2020
This email is sent to all Aurora College students and staff on behalf of President Andy Bevan:

Dear Aurora College Student,

Aurora College takes its responsibility to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus very seriously. Consequently, we have to change the way we teach and learn to make sure we are doing everything we can. This means changes for everyone including you as a student. 

As the pandemic continues we have been faced with the challenge of meeting our responsibility and meeting our mandate to deliver quality education to northern residents. 

Today you received (or will receive) an email or call from your program or course instructor letting you know what is happening with your program. For some people the information brought relief and for others there was disappointment. 

For those whose programs are moving forward using distance learning, your continued commitment to your studies is both acknowledged and appreciated during this evolving situation. I am confident that if you work together with your instructor you can successfully complete your semester.

Some programs are suspended or cancelled, and while I deeply regret this, these decisions had to be made. We did not feel we could support you and your program in a distance learning format. These decisions were hard to make and your instructional team looked at every option before making these decisions. I know you have put a lot of work into your education and we look forward to seeing you again at Aurora College when your program either starts again or is offered once again.

I know that you have questions. Reach out to your instructors for course specific questions and to student services for more general College questions. They are ready and prepared to answer your questions.

These are the decisions we have made with the information we have today.  We know more changes may be needed in the coming weeks to protect the health of NWT residents.

The way we operate has changed and starting Monday, we’ll be stepping into unknown territory as some programs or courses start using distance learning.  I have full confidence that our Aurora College team will continue supporting students in the best way we can, as we use  this new world of teaching and learning together.

This replace today’s President’s Update.  I will resume sending daily updates tomorrow.

Additional Information:

All convocation, graduation and completion ceremonies from March until June are cancelled. However, we will be looking for creative ways to celebrate student achievement that do not involve gatherings. I am sure you will have ideas and I ask that you please share them with your instructor.

College residences and housing remain open and operational for students who are not able to return to their home communities before the end of their semester.

In the coming weeks the College will likely make further changes to keep up with the situation and to slow the spread of COVID-19, so please keep checking our website for the latest information:  Aurora College website

In the meantime, look after each other from a distance and continue to follow health recommendations found here.

Sincerely,

Andy Bevan
Aurora College President

March 24, 2020

Information for Aurora College Team

Thank you for your efforts as we respond to the immediate COVID-19 pandemic.

Our teaching and learning environments have changed and we need to continue to work together to address any new challenges.

The situation is continually changing and this daily message provides the information we have each day.

It is critical that you continue to check your Aurora College email and read all of the updates.

WORKING FROM HOME 

  • To protect the health and well-being of the few members of the College team that 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.
  • Please continue to check your e-mail and voice mail, and respond to students as quickly as possible. 

 

FACILITIES

  • All College buildings, learning centres and research facilities are closed. The custodians and janitors are cleaning spaces; thank you for respecting their work and staying away from these areas.
  • Residences and student housing will remain open and operational for those students who can’t get to their home community or for those that can’t access alternative housing before the end of their semester.

ACADEMICS

  • Only practicum placements for 4th Year BSN students will continue with their individual mentors this week - 23-27 March.  All other practicum placements for students are on hold for this week.  All students will be contacted by their  faculty by the end of the week with further information about their particular practicum for the week of 30 March - 3 April. 

HEALTH

  • If you are returning to the NWT after reading week 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:

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

MARCH 23, 2020

Information for students, staff and faculty

This is the first day without classes, and many of our friends and neighbours are self-isolating after returning to the NWT. It is a strange feeling for all of us but it is necessary for the health of the community.

We are all looking forward to the time when our operations will stabilize, even though it will be in a different way than we expected when we began the semester.

This message provides the information we have today. The situation is continually changing and we will update you again tomorrow.

We are moving forward, acknowledging what we don’t know, but making decisions based on the information we do have.

At the bottom of this email are links to websites that will provide you with the most up-to-date information about what is happening.

Please continue to check your Aurora College email or visit the Aurora College website daily for updates.                                             

FOR STUDENTS

ACADEMICS:

·      Our main goals right now are to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the Aurora College community and reduce the risk to communities across the NWT.

·      All programs and classes are suspended for the week of March 23-27 and there are no in-person classes for the remainder of the semester, please do not come to the campus or community learning centres.

  • Only practicum placements for 4th Year BSN students will continue with their individual mentors this week - 23-27 March.  All other practicum placements for students are on hold for this week.  All students will be contacted by their  faculty by the end of the week with further information about their particular program for the week of 30 March - 3 April. 

·      Instructors are finalizing decisions about which programs can be delivered by distance and how. Your instructor will e-mail you on Wednesday to let you know what is happening with your program. We have already been hearing from some students, and I appreciate your commitment to your studies. 

·       The virtual library is open and online services will continue to be available, but even online courses are suspended for this week.

·       All College buildings including community learning centres and research centres are now closed. Moving forward, you will need to contact your instructor by phone or e-mail.

·      The convocation, graduation, and completion events that were scheduled between now and June have been cancelled until further notice. We will look for ways to celebrate student achievement in ways that do not involve large gatherings.

HOUSING:

·       There have been no changes. Residences and student housing will remain open and operational for students who can’t get to their home community or for those don’t have access to alternative housing at this time.

HEALTH:

·       The situation will continue to change quickly. All health information should come from the NWT Chief Public Health Officer, and you can find the latest information on her GNWT website. Please follow all of her recommendations and remember that new recommendations will come as the situation changes.

·       This is a stressful time for many people. Student Services remains available by phone at 1-866-287-2655 (Aurora and Thebacha Campuses) and at 1-866-291-4866 (Yellowknife North Slave Campus) during regular business hours. 

FOR THE COLLEGE TEAM

WORKING FROM HOME

·       Our main goals right now are to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the Aurora College community and reduce the risk to communities across the NWT. 

·       To protect the health and well-being of the few members of the College team that 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. Our main task for the coming days is to develop creative solutions that do not require being on campus.

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

FACILITIES

·       All College buildings, learning centres and research facilities are closed. The custodians and janitors are disinfecting spaces; thank you for respecting their work and staying away from these areas.

ACADEMICS 

·      A significant amount of work has taken place to identify ways to resume programs by distance learning. It is a sign of your commitment to student success. There are some encouraging early results but we all need to be aware that distance education will not be possible for every course. Your expertise will be needed in the weeks ahead, regardless of what happens with individual programs. You continue to be the trusted resource students count on to support their success.

·      The convocation, graduation and completion events that were scheduled between now and June have been cancelled. We will look for ways to celebrate student achievement in ways that do not involve large gatherings.

  • Practicum placements for 4th Year BSN students only will continue with their individual mentors this week - 23-27 March.  All other practicum placements for students are on hold for this week.  All students will be contacted by their  faculty by the end of the week with further information about their particular program for the week of 30 March - 3 April. 

·         We will continue to update the Q&A list as the situation continues. Please forward any new questions to your supervisor so they can be added.

 

HEALTH

 

·       The situation will continue to change quickly. All health information should come from the NWT Chief Public Health Officer, and you can find the latest information on her GNWT website. Please follow all of her recommendations and remember that new recommendations will come as the situation changes.

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

Please continue to check the following websites for the most up-to-date information about what is happening:

·         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 over the weekend was 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 and I will update you again tomorrow.

MARCH 21, 2020

Information for students, staff and faculty

Thank you everyone for your patience as we respond to our new reality. 

Our teaching and learning environments are changing and I am confident in our ability to work together in addressing new challenges as they arise.

This message provides the information we have today. It is continually changing and we will update you again on Monday.

We are moving forward acknowledging what we don’t know, but making decisions based on the information we do have.  

Today’s email highlights some important information that was shared yesterday to students and staff, as well as some clarification on key issues.                                             

FOR STUDENTS

ACADEMICS:

·       Please note that Aurora College has suspended all programs and classes at campuses and community learning centres for the week of March 23 – 27.  Please do not return to school on Monday. 

·       Convocation, graduation and completion ceremonies are canceled until further notice. This was not a decision we made lightly, we are taking steps to protect the overall health and well-being of our communities, residents, students and staff. This affects all of the ceremonies between now and the end of June. We are considering options for recognizing student achievement and will be reaching out to the Aurora College community for suggestions. This means we are canceling the convocation, graduation and completion events because they are gatherings and we want to continue to support self-isolation. I want to assure you that this does not reflect which programs will or won’t continue using a different delivery method. We look forward to providing information about your individual programs on Wednesday March 25.

·       In response to the risks associated with COVID-19, starting Monday, March 23rd all Aurora College facilities will be closed to students until further notice. With the closure of all of our buildings to students and the public we will be posting signs on the doors to make sure everyone is aware.   This includes campus buildings, community learning centres, research centres and the Arts, Crafts & Technology Micro-Manufacturing Centre. We recognize that this will be very disappointing for members of our community that rely on these facilities and I want to again assure you that this was a difficult decision and one we made to help prevent the transmissions of Covid-19.  

·       All programs and classes including distance learning and CLCs have been temporarily suspended from March 23-27, as we identify which programs can be delivered by distance learning and to prepare new student supports.

·       We have already been hearing from some students and I appreciate your commitment to your studies. Your instructors are working hard to find ways to deliver many programs by distance, but this may not be the case for all programs. We will share with you the plan for each Aurora College program and course on Wednesday, March 25.

·       In order to keep everyone safe, I am asking students not to go to the campus buildings or community learning centres. Please stay in your home community if you are already there, or make plans to return to your home community at the earliest opportunity.

·       The majority of Aurora College staff are now working from home and your instructors will be available by phone and e-mail. Their contact information is on the Aurora College website if you don’t already have it.  

STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (SFA)

·       Students will continue to receive their Student Financial Assistance (SFA) benefits while enrolled in full-time studies and the next scheduled payment is April 1, 2020.

·       There is now additional important information on the SFA website that you should review https://www.ece.gov.nt.ca/en/services/education-culture-and-employment-covid-19-updates/information-post-secondary-students

·       SFA will be communicating with students through email and on social media.  To ensure you are receiving the most current and up to date information, please check your emails and follow SFA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nwt.sfa/ and/or Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/SFANWT

HOUSING:

·       There have been no new changes 

·       Residences and student housing will remain open and operational for students who can’t get to their home community or for those don’t have access to alternative housing at this time.

HEALTH:

·       The situation will continue to change quickly. All health information should come from the NWT Chief Public Health Officer, and you can find the latest information on her GNWT website. Please follow all of her recommendations and remember that new recommendations will come as the situation changes.

·       This is a stressful time for many people. Significant changes are coming quickly to many aspects of our lives and we need to work together to make the best of this difficult situation. Please avoid guessing about the situation and keep up-to-date with information directly from the NWT Chief Public Health Officer.

·       Student Services remains available by phone at 1-866-287-2655 (Aurora and Thebacha Campuses) and at 1-866-291-4866 (Yellowknife North Slave Campus) during regular business hours.

FOR THE COLLEGE TEAM

WORKING FROM HOME

·       As we continue to adapt to our changing work environment, I hope you are able to get some rest this weekend at home. As mentioned in the Manager’s Toolkit shared with all employees earlier this week, it’s really important that we keep well-being and mental health top of mind. Work/life balance is important to all College team and gives you the personal time you need to recharge and support students when classes resume.

·       Please remember that the campus buildings are closed except for a few of members of the College team that are required to be on site. To protect their health and well-being, I would ask that you do not go to the campus for any reason without direction from your supervisor. Our main task for the coming days is to develop creative solutions that do not require being on campus.

·       If your supervisor contacts you to go to a campus to pick-up a laptop or other equipment that has been assigned to you then please proceed directly and stay only as long as required. Your supervisor will notify the Campus Director that you will be onsite and the approximate time that you will be there.

·       Out of respect for the health and well-being of our colleagues that are required to work at the campus, you will not be permitted to return to a campus to print documents or access general office supplies.   

·       We recognize that how we work is rapidly changing and know this will create both challenges and some uncertainty. We ask for your patience as we respond to new information.

·       For those of you who were contacted by your supervisor and are required to continue working at one of our College facilities thank you for your continued support of our students and operations. Please continue to follow the advice of the Chief Public Health Officer with respect to personal distancing and cleaning measures. If you see anyone in the building who is not required to be there for work, remind them that they must leave immediately.                 

·       For those working from home, please continue to monitor your work e-mail for information and direction from your supervisor. We are now distributing equipment and granting off-site access to systems in order to allow staff to work from home. Some equipment is limited, so we are working first to address the critical needs of the institution and will continue to plan how we can best support all staff moving forward.

·       I again ask for your patience as we develop and implement the day-to-day processes around checking in with supervisors, work assignments and the distribution of work.  While there will be some short-term impacts on productivity I am confident in our ability as a collective to overcome the obstacles as they arise.

·       As noted in the Bearnet email earlier this week, please change your work voice mail to indicate that you are working from home and you can be contacted by email and provide your email address.  Please remember to call in on a regular basis and check your voicemail messages.

·       Example script for work voice mail:

o   You have reached the voice mail of <INSERT NAME>, <INSERT TITLE>.  As of March 19, 2020, the College has asked most employees to work from home.  As a result I am not available at this number.  I can be contacted by email at <INSERT EMAIL ADDRESS>

·       Please add an Out of Office notification to your emails notifying callers that you are working from home. 

·       Example script for out of office email notification:

o   As of March 19, 2020, the majority of College staff are practicing social distancing and working remotely. During this time, you may experience slight delays in services. We thank you for your patience.

·       If you are not working remotely, because you are on annual, sick or special leave, please reflect that you are on leave in your Out of Office notification and provide the name and email (and phone if available) information for an alternate contact such as a co-worker, manager/supervisor. 

  • Please enter your PeopleSoft information remotely for approval by your manager/supervisor. 

Let’s continue to work together to support community health, student success, and the changing work environment during these rapidly changing times.

FACILITIES

There have been no new changes
 

In response to the risks associated with COVID-19, starting Monday, March 23
rd all Aurora College buildings, community learning centres and research facilities will be closed to students and the public. Only a small number of Aurora College staff  are on-site at any one of our facilities due to operational requirements. We are taking every precaution to protect their health and well-being.


Our custodians and cleaners are working their way through our buildings cleaning and disinfecting spaces.  Classrooms and washrooms  will be cleaned first and offices will be completed last.  Once spaces are cleaned they will be posted and your help in making sure these spaces remain undisturbed will be appreciated. 

ACADEMICS

·       There have been no new changes 

·       Convocation, graduation and completion ceremonies are canceled until further notice. This was not a decision we made lightly, we are taking steps to protect the overall health and well-being of our communities, residents, students and staff. This affects all of the ceremonies between now and the end of June. We are considering options for recognizing student achievement and will be reaching out to the Aurora College community for suggestions. This means we are canceling the convocation, graduation and completion events because they are gatherings and we want to continue to support self-isolation. I want to assure you that this does not reflect which programs will or won’t continue using a different delivery method. We look forward to providing information about your individual programs on Wednesday March 25.

·       I continue to recognize and appreciate the significant amount of work that has already started to identify ways to resume programs by distance learning. It is a sign of your commitment to student success. There are some encouraging early results but we all need to be aware that distance education will not be possible for every course. We will know more next week about what is realistic.

·       We will continue to update the Q&A list as the situation continues. Please forward any new questions to your supervisor so they can be added.

HEALTH

·       The situation will continue to change quickly. All health information should come from the NWT Chief Public Health Officer, and you can find the latest information on her GNWT website. Please follow all of her recommendations and remember that new recommendations will come as the situation changes.

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

·       As GNWT employees, you will be receiving human resource information directly


MARCH 20, 2020

Information for students, staff and faculty


Thank you everyone for your patience as we respond to our new reality.   

Our teaching and learning environments are changing and I am confident in our ability to work together in addressing new challenges as they arise.

This message provides the information we have today. It is continually changing and we will update you every day.

We are moving forward acknowledging what we don’t know, but making decisions based on the information we do have.   

 
FOR THE COLLEGE TEAM

WORKING FROM HOME

 We recognize that how we work is rapidly changing and know this will create both challenges and some uncertainty. We ask for your patience as we respond to new information.

For those of you who were contacted by your supervisor and are required to continue working at one of our College facilities thank you for your continued support of our students and operations. Please continue to follow the advice of the Chief Public Health Officer with respect to personal distancing and cleaning measures.                

For those working from home, please continue to monitor your work e-mail for information and direction from your supervisor. We are now working to distribute equipment and grant off-site access to systems in order to allow staff to work from home. Some equipment is limited, so we are working first to address the critical needs of the institution and will continue to plan how we can best support all staff moving forward.

I again ask for your patience as we develop and implement the day-to-day processes around checking in with supervisors, work assignments and the distribution of work.  While there will be some short-term impacts on productivity I am confident in our ability as a collective to overcome the obstacles as they arise.

Employees who have been asked to work from home will not have the option of working in their office.  However, if for example you have forgotten something in your office or you need to print something, you will be able to come in and get what you need.  If you do come into the office, it is of critical importance that you connect with your supervisor before attending the workplace so the time of arrival can be approved and let your supervisor know when you leave.

 
As noted in the Bearnet email earlier this week, please change your work voice mail to indicate that you are working from home and you can be contacted by email and provide your email address.  Please remember to call in on a regular basis and check your voicemail messages.

Example script for work voice mail

You have reached the voice mail of <INSERT NAME>, <INSERT TITLE>.  As of March 19, 2020, the College has asked most employees to work from home.  As a result I am not available at this number.  I can be contacted by email at <INSERT EMAIL ADDRESS>

Please add an Out of Office notification to your emails notifying callers that you are working from home. 

Example script for out of office email notification

As of March 19, 2020,
the majority of College staff are practicing social distancing and working remotely. During this time, you may experience slight delays in services. We thank you for your patience.

·         If you are not working remotely, because you are on annual, sick or special leave, please reflect that you are on leave in your Out of Office notification and provide the name and email (and phone if available) information for an alternate contact such as a co-worker, manager/supervisor.

Let’s continue to work together to support community health, student success, and the changing work environment during these rapidly changing times.

FACILITIES

·         In response to the risks associated with COVID-19, starting Monday, March 23rd all Aurora College buildings, community learning centres and research facilities will be closed to students and the public. Only a small number of Aurora College staff are on-site at our facilities due to operational requirements. We are taking every precaution to protect their health and well-being.

ACADEMICS

·         Convocation, completion and graduation ceremonies are now canceled until further notice. This was not a decision we made lightly, but it is necessary to protect the overall health and well-being of our communities, residents, students and staff. This affects all of the ceremonies that were planned to happen between now and the end of June. We are considering options for recognizing student achievement and will be reaching out to you for suggestions. 

·         I am very impressed with the work that has already started to identify ways to resume programs by distance learning. It is a sign of your commitment to student success. There are some encouraging early results but we all need to be aware that distance education will not be possible for every course. We will know more next week about what is realistic.

·         We will continue to update the Q&A list as the situation continues. Please forward any new questions to your supervisor so they can be added.

HEALTH

·         The situation will continue to change quickly. All health information should come from the NWT Chief Public Health Officer, and you can find the latest information on her GNWT website. Please follow all of her recommendations and remember that new recommendations will come as the situation changes.

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

·         As GNWT employees, you will be receiving human resource information directly.

Thank you all and I will be in contact again tomorrow.

 FOR STUDENTS:

ACADEMICS:

·         Convocation, completion, and graduation ceremonies are now canceled until further notice. This was not a decision we made lightly, we are taking steps to protect the overall health and well-being of our communities, residents, students and staff. This affects all of the ceremonies between now and the end of June. We are considering options for recognizing student achievement and will be reaching out to the Aurora College community for suggestions.

·         In response to the risks associated with COVID-19, starting Monday, March 23rd all Aurora College facilities will be closed to students until further notice. With the closure of all of our buildings to students and the public we will be posting signs on the doors to make sure everyone is aware.   This includes campus buildings, community learning centres, research centres and the Arts, Crafts & Technology Micro-Manufacturing Centre. We recognize that this will be very disappointing for members of our community that rely on these facilities and I want to again assure you that this was a difficult decision and one we made to help prevent the transmissions of Covid-19.  

·         All programs and classes including distance learning and CLCs have been temporarily suspended from March 23-27, as we identify which programs can be delivered by distance learning and to prepare new student supports.

·         We have already been hearing from some students and I appreciate your commitment to your studies. Your instructors are working hard to find ways to deliver many programs by distance, but this may not be the case for all programs. We will share with you the plan for each Aurora College program and course on Wednesday, March 25.

·         In order to keep everyone safe, I am asking students not to go to the campus buildings or community learning centres. Please stay in your home community if you are already there, or make plans to return to your home community at the earliest opportunity.

·         The majority of Aurora College staff are now working from home and your instructors will be available by phone and e-mail. Their contact information is on the Aurora College website if you don’t already have it.  

STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (SFA)

·         Students will continue to receive their Student Financial Assistance benefits while enroled in full-time studies and the next scheduled payment is April 1, 2020.

·         SFA will be communicating with students through email and on social media.  To ensure you are receiving the most current and up to date information, please check your emails and follow SFA on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nwt.sfa/ and/or Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/SFANWT

HOUSING:

·         There has been no change – Residences and student housing will remain open and operational for students who can’t get to their home community or for those don’t have access to alternative housing at this time.

HEALTH:

·         The situation will continue to change quickly. All health information should come from the NWT Chief Public Health Officer, and you can find the latest information on her GNWT website. Please follow all of her recommendations and remember that new recommendations will come as the situation changes.

·         This is a stressful time for many people. Significant changes are coming quickly to many aspects of our lives and we need to work together to make the best of this difficult situation. Please avoid guessing about the situation and keep up-to-date with information directly from the NWT Chief Public Health Officer.

·         Student Services remains available by phone at 1-866-287-2655 (Aurora and Thebacha Campuses) and at 1-866-291-4866 (Yellowknife North Slave Campus) during regular business hours.

 

MARCH 19, 2020

Information for students, staff and faculty

Thank you everyone for your patience as we respond to our new reality.   

Our teaching and learning environments are changing and am confident in our ability to work together in addressing new challenges as they arise.

This message provides the information we have today. It is continually changing and we will update you every day.

We are moving forward acknowledging what we don’t know, but making decisions based on the information we do have.   

FOR THE COLLEGE TEAM

WORKING FROM HOME

  • We recognize that how we work is rapidly changing and know this will create both challenges and some uncertainty. We ask for your patience as we respond to new information hourly.

  • For those of you who were contacted by your supervisor and are required to continue working at one of our College facilities thank you for your continued support of our students and operations. Please continue to follow the advice of the Chief Public Health Officer with respect to personal distancing and cleaning measures.                

  • For those working from home, please continue to monitor your work e-mail for information and direction from your supervisor.

  • For those of you that will be working from home, I ask for your patience as we establish what technology equipment and tools will be required by our team, as well as the day-to-day processes around checking in with supervisors, work assignments and the distribution of work.  While there will be some short-term impacts on productivity, the Information Systems & Technology Team are working diligently to ensure our team has the tools we need. 

  • Employees who have been asked to work from home will not have the option of working in their office.  However, if for example you have forgotten something in your office or you need to print something, you will be able to come in and get what you need.  If you do come into the office, it is of critical importance that you connect with your supervisor before attending the workplace so the time of arrival can be approved and let your supervisor know when you leave.

  • As noted in the Bearnet email yesterday, please change your work voice mail to indicate that you are working from home and you can be contacted by email and provide your email address.  Please remember to call in on a regular basis and check your voicemail messages.

  • Example script for work voice mail:

    • You have reached the voice mail of <INSERT NAME>, <INSERT TITLE>.  As of March 19, 2020, the College has asked most employees to work from home.  As a result I am not available at this number.  I can be contacted by email at <INSERT EMAIL ADDRESS>

  • Please add an Out of Office notification to your emails notifying callers that you are working from home. 

  • Example script for out of office email notification:

    • As of March 19, 2020, the majority of College staff are practicing social distancing and working remotely. During this time, you may experience slight delays in services. We thank you for your patience.

  • If you are not working remotely, because you are on annual, sick or special leave, please reflect that you are on leave in your Out of Office notification and provide the name and email (and phone if available) information for an alternate contact such as a co-worker, manager/supervisor.

Let’s continue to work together to support community health, student success, and the changing work environment during these rapidly changing times.

ACADEMICS

  • We will continue to update the Q&A list as the situation continues. Please forward any new questions to your supervisor so they can be added.

HEALTH

  • The situation wil