COVID-19 Student Update: November 26, 2020

Dear Students:

Alberta has declared a State of Public Health Emergency.

New mandatory measures to bend the curve of cases are in effect. Effective November 27, 2020 new restrictions will limit the amount of contact between people in the community, while still allowing businesses to offer services. Most retail businesses may remain open with capacity limited to 25% of the occupancy set under the Alberta Fire Code. Businesses open by appointment only are not permitted to offer walk-in services. Appointments should be limited to one-on-one services:

  • Personal services such as hair salons and barbershops, esthetics, manicure, pedicure, body waxing and make-up, piercing and tattoo services,

  • Wellness services including acupuncture, massage and reflexology

These businesses must follow all current public health guidance for their sector and should consider virtual options where possible.

Private career colleges can continue to operate and offer in-person training, however, are required to follow protocols as implemented by the Government of Alberta. Private career colleges are not required to report to the PCC Branch if a student tests positive for COVID-19, however, they must follow contact tracing and close-contact quarantining requirements.

Here are additional resources you may want to review should you have any additional questions:

Post-secondary learning during COVID-19:

COVID 19 Information for Albertans:

Updates from the Chief Medical Officer:

All public health guidance and physical distancing requirements must be followed.

Please see AHS guidelines to protect your health and those around you for further information.

Our Commitment to our Students, Staff, Faculty, Models and Clients

Your safety is of the highest priority to us as we continue with our in-person training classes. In-class training will continue under the same stringent safety, hygiene and cleaning protocols that have been in place since we re-opened for in-class training June 22, 2020. It is important to note that Premier Kenney in his announcement on November 24th singled out the personal services, hair and esthetics industry as an example as an industry that is following the recommended protocols and that has not had a single reported case of Covid-19 spread. This is a tremendous testament to the commitment that you and all of us in the beauty industry have shown to keep our business and industry moving forward during this crisis!

We continue to follow all recommended safety protocols, in addition to the following measures:

  • EIE Training Centre remains closed to walk-in traffic and visitors

  • In-class practical training is proceeding with limited class sizes and physical distancing

  • Students can book practical training days and exams via our self-serve online training portal

  • Administrative Staff work from home and at facilities on staggered schedules to limit number of people in our facilities at the same time

  • Restricted access to our facilities to limit the number of people in our buildings at the same time

  • Enhanced Personal Protective Equipment requirements for Student, Staff, Models and Clients

  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols of our facilities

  • Daily staff screening for Covid symptoms and temperature checks

We continue to monitor the situation and will keep our student body updated.

Please be aware that the following will still be in effect:

  • Social Distancing is in full effect, all students and staff will keep a distance of 2 meters away from each other

  • Hand Sanitizer, cleaning wipes and cleaning supplies available throughout the building at high traffic areas

  • Masks are MANDATORY at all times

  • Masks are mandatory in all areas of the school; the exceptions are as follows:

  • At a private workstation in a separate office

  • While eating lunch while physically distancing

  • Clients getting services (including models and demos for the school) at which time the service provider or student must wear a mask and a face shield or goggles.

  • Staff and Students to follow pre- and post-cleaning protocols after each client and model

We also ask that you continue to take the following steps:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • Wear a clean cloth mask, or new disposable mask everyday, do not reuse disposable masks. 

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

  • Cover your mouth with your elbow when you cough or sneeze. 

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Follow all recommendations provided by AHS 

  • Should you begin to have symptoms immediately do the  AHS self assessment and follow all mandatory directions. 

If you, or someone in your household, shows COVID-19 related symptoms, please notify your instructor so that we may track any potential outbreaks within the College. All such personal information will be maintained in confidence unless given permission to share. Thank you for your trust and for choosing us as your training provider!

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