Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
COVID-19 FAQs

Information for Faculty and Staff

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Updated: as of 3:00 PM, Thursday August 27th, 2020

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

INTRODUCING ANOTHER WAY TO REACH OUT WITH QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS:

We have a new email box for the campus community to use should they have questions/concerns that are not covered within our FAQs. This is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to reach out with any comments, questions or concerns related to COVID-19: Comments&Questions@stfx.ca 

The mailbox is monitored Mon – Fri, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

 

Returning to Campus

+ When do I need to return to campus?

Please discuss with your immediate supervisor or appropriate Dean. Depending on operational needs, some positions may be required to return to campus while others may continue working from home for a longer period of time.

+ I am returning to campus. How should I prepare?

All employees returning to campus must complete the Return to Campus Employee Application Process. This process includes a form and mandatory online training related to new COVID-19 protocols, delivered in a series of brief modules.

All employees must complete this process, including the online training, before they are eligible to return to campus.

For more information, access StFX’s Return to Campus plan here.

+ Why do I need to wear green bracelets and how do I get one?

A green wristband will be issued to every employee and student on campus. They signify that the wearer has completed their required COVID-19 safety protocol training and - if applicable – their self-isolation period. The bracelets will be required to access academic and administrative buildings, with a few exceptions for public access spaces).

Faculty and staff will be issued a green wristband when:

  1. They have completed the Return to Campus Application along with the COVID-19 Return to Campus Employee Orientation and Introduction to WHMIS 2015 courses on Moodle.
  2. They have completed the 14 day isolation period required by the province (if applicable); and,
  3. They pass and sign the general covid-19 screening questionnaire for faculty and staff at the pick up location.
+ Are face-to-face meetings permitted?

We encourage virtual meetings as much as possible.  Please try to avoid face to face meetings whenever possible, but where they are necessary you must follow physical distancing and mask requirements.

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Masks

+ Where and when must I wear my mask?

StFX requires that Non-Medical Masks be worn in all areas of the campus, with the exception of your own individual office (provided that you maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from anyone who shares your office with you.)

While teaching, it is up to each individual to wear a mask or a face shield.  However, faculty and teaching staff must wear their mask while entering and leaving the classroom.

+ What do I do if a co-worker is refusing to wear their mask in communal areas of our office (i.e. hallways, stairwells etc?)

If you are aware of a co-worker who is not wearing a mask as per established protocols, you can remind them of the requirement to do so (they may have forgotten their mask). If they continue to refuse to wear a mask, please inform your supervisor.

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COVID-19 Exposure and Symptoms

+ If I have COVID-19 related symptoms, who do I notify?

You must notify your immediate supervisor, your Dean/Director, and Janet Beaton, Health, Safety and Wellness Advisor, at jrbeaton@stfx.ca.

+ If I need to be tested for COVID-19, can I proceed to the testing site located on the StFX campus?

The testing site on campus was established by Public Health in support of students arriving from outside of Atlantic Canada. At this time, it is not intended for employee use. If you need to be tested for COVID-19, please call 811 and proceed to the testing location given to you by Public Health officials.

+ I have mild flu-like symptoms, can I still come to work, or do I need a doctor’s note to stay home?

If you have any flu-like symptoms you MUST stay home.  If you are able you may be able to work from home (in consultation with your supervisor), or, if you are unable, you can use your sick time.  A doctor’s note is not required at this time.

+ What if I don’t have any sick leave?

You may use accumulated lieu time, vacation days, personal days or take unpaid leave.

+ I was informed that I may have been exposed to COVID-19 and was asked by Public Health to self-isolate for 14 days, but I have no symptoms. Do I need to use sick time?

If you are feeling well and your job will allow you to work from home, you should discuss this option with your immediate supervisor.  If you are unable to work from home you may use sick time, followed by accumulated lieu time, vacation/personal days, or unpaid leave.

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Travel

+ I have just returned to Antigonish from outside the Atlantic Bubble and need to self-isolate for 14 days, do I need to use sick time?

If you are feeling well and your job will allow you to work from home, you should discuss this option with your immediate supervisor.  If you are unable to work from home you may use sick time, followed by accumulated lieu time, vacation/personal days, or unpaid leave.

+ Will I be able to travel for work purposes?

We are requesting everyone limit their out of province travel as much as possible.  Requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis. If you need to travel for work purposes, please discuss with your immediate supervisor or Dean.

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CAMPUS SERVICES

+ Will Morrison Hall facilities be available to employees?

No, these facilities will not be open to employees due to limited seating capacity and public health guidelines.

+ Will there be catering available on campus?

Yes, please follow the normal booking process.

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General Health and Wellbeing

+ I am not having symptoms but am feeling anxious about COVID-19. What supports are available to employees?

This can be a stressful time, if you or a family member would like to speak to someone, the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) can provide you with immediate and confidential help for any work, health or life concern.



Access your EFAP: 

  • By phone: 1-800-387-4765
  • By website: workhealthlife.com
  • Download the MyEAP app in your app store
+ Where can I go for Human Resources Information?

Please visit our Human Resources website for contact information.

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