Dear members of the Acadia community,
Our students are arriving
Phase 4 allows for a gradual return of students so they can complete 14-days of self-isolation required for anyone entering Nova Scotia from outside Atlantic Canada.
Self-isolating students must also check-in daily and have three COVID-19 tests. Students from within Atlantic Canada will not be moving into residence until September 19. Classes begin on September 21.
It is always a challenge to transition to university, and circumstances make this year makes that even tougher. Please continue to support our students as they arrive and during their self-isolation. There is an impressive lineup of online information, orientation, and wellness planning ready to go thanks to the efforts of many of you. Thank you!
Public Health has loosened the restrictions for self-isolating students, which means you will see signage in designated areas on campus that are restricted for their use. There are locations adjacent to each residence building (open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.), and two areas - the Tower Field and University Hall lawn (open 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. weekdays, and 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. weekends) - where these students can get exercise and fresh air. We recommend you avoid those locations during those time periods.
There are also students from inside the Atlantic Bubble who have returned to Wolfville and the surrounding area ahead of classes, so you will see them moving about freely in the community. Please welcome and support them to be good neighbours.
Know your work plan
Unit plans must still be submitted and researchers who operate a facility, such as lab or institute that employs research assistants or students must still complete a return to research plan. However, individuals are no longer required to apply to return to campus. Those who can work from home are encouraged to continue that practice.
Research and unit plans that were submitted earlier for Phase 1 or 2 may need to be updated. Please review and submit changes. Details will be available on the Employee section
of the COVID-19 information website.
As we transition through Phase 4, other restrictions may eventually be lifted. Right now, access to the general public remains unchanged.
The Province of Nova Scotia continues to implement its phased Reopening Nova Scotia
plan and has recently added helpful resources for post-secondary education
. Our work with the provincial government, health authorities, sister institutions, and community has helped us immeasurably.
Mark your calendar
We hope you will join us on Friday, September 11 at 10:30 a.m
. for a live Teams Town Hall presentation so we can welcome you back and provide an orientation about Fall 2020. Team Live link
This will be a time like no other in Acadia's history, but we remain committed to providing an exceptional student experience. Thank you for doing your part to protect our community and deliver on our promise to students.
Dr. Dale Keefe
Provost and Vice-President, Academic
Mr. Chris Callbeck
Vice-President, Finance and Administration
Chief Financial Officer