Updates for the U of A community, week ending October 22

22 October 2021

Posted: October 22, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Be CampusReady for November 1

All U of A students, faculty and staff members are required to submit their proof of full vaccination or exemption and have a valid CampusReady pass before November 1 -- even if you are learning or working remotely. If you need help submitting documents for your CampusReady pass, check out this guide for submitting vaccination verification or this guide for submitting your proof of exemption, and get your pass now. Without a valid CampusReady pass (students, faculty, staff) or proof of full vaccination (visitors), you are not permitted on U of A campuses. 

Phased return to on-campus work

Once the current provincial work-from-home requirement is lifted, faculty and unit administrative staff may transition to campus in accordance with applicable public health measures and the U of A’s phased return to on-campus work. At this time, we anticipate that wherever possible all staff will return to on-campus work by the end of January. Check-in with your supervisor about how return to on-campus work will be implemented in your work unit.

Continuity planning: Protect your research, work and team from unexpected interruptions

The U of A relies on continuity planning to protect university activities that could be affected by unexpected building closures, employee attendance disruptions, possible outbreak scenarios, or other disruptions related to COVID-19 or other emergencies. We’ve seen the need for and experienced the benefits of continuity plans throughout the pandemic. Every unit, research and work team leader should refresh and revisit their plans with their teams on a regular basis. 

Following the procedures in your prepared continuity plan will decrease the stress of managing an incident and ensure that your team is accessing replacement resources in the safest and most efficient way during an emergency. For more information about continuity planning, including resources visit the Emergency Preparedness Response website. A continuity checklist built for researchers is also available on this webpage.

Tracking COVID-19 on our campuses

The U of A regularly shares the number of on-campus community members who have recently reported a positive COVID-19 PCR test. In addition to overall case numbers, instances of COVID-19 on U of A campuses are now reported by the affected campus and faculty. Providing this information helps to keep our community informed of the COVID-19 risks on campus while still protecting personal privacy. Case numbers are updated weekly on Friday. Learn more »

Changes affecting travel

Though the Government of Canada has removed the global travel advisory advising against non-essential travel and returned to a country-by-country advisory, elevated risk still exists for travel during a global pandemic. The U of A is currently assessing implications for our community including an update to our Travel Directive. Additional information will be shared as soon as it is available.

General inquiries: U of A Public Health Response Team, phrtinfo@ualberta.ca