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COVID-19 Update: mask requirements and other protocols for the fall 2022 semester

NSCAD is very thankful to everyone in our community for remaining committed to following public health’s and the university’s guidelines and rules during the pandemic. You’re doing a tremendous job helping to keep us all safe and healthy throughout a prolonged and unpredictable situation, and your ongoing efforts will help reduce the spread of common illnesses as well. 

NSCAD has been working with NS Public Health and other universities in the province to determine how we should prepare for the return of students, faculty, and staff to campus in September in the context of a still active COVID-19 virus.  With the fall semester only a couple of weeks away, please note NSCAD’s latest COVID-19 protocols below, which become effective September 1, 2022.    

  • Masks will be required in the library and in all indoor classrooms, studios and shops at all three NSCAD campuses.  Like last year, three (3)-ply or KN95 masks are recommended.   
  • Masks will continue to be required for all Extended Studies courses.  
  • Masks are strongly encouraged in other common areas of our campus as well as the Art Store and the Anna Leonowens Gallery; please respect everyone’s personal decision. 
  • Although students, faculty and staff are not required to provide proof of full vaccination to work and study on campus, we strongly recommend everyone be up to date with their vaccinations, including boosters (depending on age group). 
  • Please stay home if you are sick and only return to campus once you no longer have any symptoms. 
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, please contact OHS@nscad.ca.  NSCAD will continue to update the COVID tracker.  
  • NSCAD will continue to offer rapid antigen test kits and KN95 masks for staff and faculty at the Service Centre. The test kits that were provided last year are now confirmed to be still fully effective until the end of the calendar year (2022) despite having an expired date on the test device. Rapid antigen test kits are also available at HRM public libraries. 
  • NSCAD will continue to offer enhanced cleaning protocols and frequent HVAC filter replacements. 

It is critical that everyone takes charge of their own health through regular testing and staying home if ill. Take good care of yourself, monitor your and your family’s health, and take immediate action if you experience symptoms.