Update to Students, January 23, 2021
Dear Alexander College Students,
As of January 7, 2021, all passengers (including international students) travelling to Canada must test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before travel. Please see below an excerpt from the Government of Canada’s website:
“On December 31, 2020, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, under the authority of the Aeronautics Act, is requiring effective January 7, all passengers five years of age or older, be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling by air from another country to Canada.
Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to coming to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test within 72 hours prior to boarding a flight to Canada.”
For more information on testing requirements, including a FAQ, please see here: www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2020/12/pre-departure-covid-19-testing-and-negative-results-for-air-travellers-coming-to-canada.html
If you are traveling to Canada, you must inform Alexander College on arrival to advise us of your quarantine measures as per our 14 day self isolation plan. For more questions about our COVID-19 Readiness Plan or further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alexander College is now on the list of Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) that can accept incoming international students on study permits. As per the Immigration and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) site, Alexander is “able to reopen to international students who aren’t currently in Canada and who have, or have been approved for, a study permit or are travelling to Canada for a non-discretionary or non-optional purpose.”
Our COVID-19 Readiness plan has been fully ratified by the provincial and federal government stakeholders. For more information about this process and what it means for incoming internationals, please see here: www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/students/approved-dli.html.
List of Alexander College’s COVID-19 Safety Procedures:
As we welcome new and returning students back for the Winter 2021, we are starting to plan for the Spring (May 3- July 9, 2021) and Summer (July 12- Aug 28, 2021) terms. As always, the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty are our priority when making decisions regarding the delivery of classes during this time. We are carefully following the guidance and directions of the Provincial Health Officers and Public Health, and reviewing the provincial government’s BC Restart Plan as it is revised over time.
Alexander College will continue to deliver all courses virtually (including those with a laboratory component) for the duration of the Spring (May 3- July 9, 2021) and Summer (July 12- Aug 28, 2021) terms.
Registration for the Spring term opens on February 22, 2021.
Until further notice, campus facilities are not accessible to students. All student support and administrative services, including technical support for MyAC, Canvas, and Zoom, will continue to be offered virtually via email, phone, or video conferencing. Please see our website FAQ section for answers to frequency asked questions and contact information for various departments and services. Select services (at the Burnaby campus) such as student payment, document drop off/pick up services, will continue to operate on scheduled days, with all COVID-19 safety precautions in place.
With the advent of vaccination programs in the future, we are planning an eventual return to classes and services on campus. At this present time, we are carefully reviewing the situation in BC and will inform the Alexander College community once we have a firm return date. Our students, staff, and faculty have done an exceptional job in adapting to our virtual classrooms and workplace, and we wholeheartedly look forward to welcoming everyone back to campus in the future.
Alexander College will post regular updates on our website homepage, www.alexandercollege.ca/campus-notifications
Alexander College Administration