Update to Students, February 27, 2021
Dear Alexander College Students,
As of February 12, 2021, the Government of Canada has announced specific new measures to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Please read below the details regarding travel to Canada. These measures are applicable to all international students entering Canada.
“All travellers arriving to Canada by air, as of February 22, 2021, with some exceptions, will be required to take a COVID-19 molecular test when they arrive in Canada before exiting the airport, and another toward the end of their 14-day quarantine period. With limited exceptions, air travellers, will also be required to reserve, prior to departure to Canada, a 3-night stay in a government-authorized hotel. Travellers will be able to book their government-authorized stay starting February 18, 2021. These new measures are in addition to existing mandatory pre-boarding and health requirements for air travellers.
Finally, at the same time on February 22, 2021, all travellers, whether arriving by land or air will be required to submit their travel and contact information, including a suitable quarantine plan, electronically via ArriveCAN before crossing the border or boarding a flight.”
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