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Nova Scotia school closures

Posted by Jasmine Walsh, Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources on April 27, 2021 in News


To:                         Dalhousie faculty and staff

From:                    Jasmine Walsh, Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources

Date:                     Tuesday, April 27, 2021   

Re:                        Nova Scotia school closures

The Premier and Dr. Robert Strang have announced that public and private schools in Nova Scotia will be closed until at least May 12 in an effort to restrict the spread of COVID-19 in our province. We know that these closures will have significant impact on those of our faculty and staff at Dalhousie who are also parents, especially those who carry the primary parental role in their respective families, usually mothers. We continue to recognize that and intend to be flexible as we can in response.

All leaders are all encouraged to be as accommodating as possible to parents who are balancing child care and homeschooling with their work responsibilities. Should employees require assistance navigating these competing demands, our colleagues in Accessible Employment in Human Resources are here to help at accessible.employment@dal.ca. We also remind you that the Employee Family Assistance Program is a confidential no-cost option to help employees with a host of personal circumstances and can be reached at 1-800-387-4765 or workhealthlife.com.

In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 positive case for employees

All members of our community are asked to monitor their health for COVID-19 symptoms daily before coming to campus. If you are experiencing symptoms, please stay home and follow public health guidelines on symptoms and testing. In the spirit of provincial guidance, faculty and staff should work remotely if possible, even if they have been approved to return to campus. While this has generally been our guidance throughout much of the pandemic, it takes on extra importance as we work to stop these current outbreaks.

In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 positive test, employees who have been on campus must immediately contact Accessible Employment at accessible.employment@dal.ca to complete the reporting process. Accessible Employment is the contact unit with Nova Scotia Public Health for any employee-related cases. Student-related cases will be managed directly by Nova Scotia Public Health with support from Student Affairs, however, student employees who have been in the workplace must follow employee protocols. Accessible Employment will contact appropriate offices who will ensure disinfecting and other health and safety protocols are carried out in keeping with public health directives. If any employee becomes ill due to COVID-19, their sick leave bank will not be impacted.


We are aware that Nova Scotia Health has an immediate need for volunteers and we are encouraging all employees to consider whether this is something that they are able to do to assist the province. We know that our community is caring and engaged and we appreciate anything that you are able to do to assist at this time.