Covid-19: Information, Resources and Updates


To: All Northern College Students
From: Dr. Fred Gibbons, President and CEO
Date: March 13, 2020
Subject: Covid-19 Update

Northern College places great focus and value on the health of its students, staff and faculty and will be taking the necessary precautions to ensure your safety.

Important Updates
  1. Following discussions with the Minister of Colleges and Universities and our Board of Governors Chair earlier today; and given that all area health units in our catchment area report no confirmed cases of COVID-19, Northern College will maintain operations and regularly scheduled classes March 23, following March Break.
  2. We are asking all students to exercise caution in any planned travels, internationally or otherwise.
  3. We are conducting risk assessments with regards to large gatherings on campus and will determine if events need to be canceled. Further updates will follow.
  4. Each service and academic area have been instructed to develop a contingency plan for service and program delivery should local conditions change and the college suspend classes. *Example move course online, student advising via phone and video conference.
  5. Northern has increased hand sanitizer stations on campus and increased the frequency of cleaning hard surfaces.
Northern Policies
Northern College continues to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) utilizing the most recent information available from federal, provincial and local health authorities. While the risk to Ontarians and the Northern College community remains low, the college is advising students of the following:

Students Travelling Internationally or to an Affected Area During March Break:
Students are discouraged from travelling during the March Break, however, should you choose to travel then:
  • Contact your local health unit where you live or are staying within 24 hours of arriving back in Canada. Local Health Unit contact numbers can be found at the end of this memo.
  • Follow Public Health’s direction to self-isolate if you develop symptoms of fever, coughing or difficulty in breathing.
  • Do not come to campus; contact your Campus Manager as soon as possible using the contact information found at the end of this memo.
Students Participating in Internships & Work Experience Programming and are symptomatic:
  • Contact the local health unit where you live. Local Health unit contact numbers can be found at the end of this memo.
  • Contact your teacher or course coordinator for updates on whether the COVID 19 situation will affect your learning experience
  • In the instance that course work or aspects of your learning experience are affected by COVID 19, Northern College will work to provide tangible learning alternatives.
Students who have attended large public gatherings, college events or conventions in the past 14 days and are symptomatic:
  • Self-monitor for fever, cough, or difficulty breathing for 14 days. If symptoms of coughing or breathing difficulty develop, students should self-isolate as quickly as possible and immediately contact their health care provider or the local health unit for assessment and potential testing. Contact information is provided at the end of this email.
  • Do not come to campus; contact your Campus Manager as soon as possible via the contact list at the end of this memo.
Campus Managers will collect information about Northern College students whose studies or work may need to be adjusted due to travel to affected areas and the need to self-isolate. Please be advised that contacting Campus managers will not be necessary unless you are certain you have contracted COVID-19 and need assistance in adjusting your learning parameters.

Academic accommodations should be discussed with your academic program area to ensure program requirements can be met. If you work part-time at the college, any concerns regarding employee accommodations during self-isolation should be discussed with your manager and will be addressed on an individual basis.

You are reminded and encouraged to follow Government of Canada travel advice and advisories when planning any travel.

Campus Specific Directives & Points of contact:

Campus Contact:
Porcupine Health Unit:
705.267.1181 or 1.800.461.1818

Kirkland Lake:
Campus Contact:
Temiskaming Health Unit: 705.567.9355 or 1.866.967.9355

Campus Contact:
Temiskaming Health Unit: 705.647.4305 or 1.866.747.4305

For general inquiries please contact Telehealth Ontario at 1.866.797.0000