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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

This web page provides updates to Carlton Trail College’s community about the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak and the steps the College is taking in response to this situation. 

For up-to-date and accurate public health information, visit the Government of Saskatchewan’s website at www.saskatchewan.ca or the Government of Canada's website at www.canada.ca/coronavirus.   

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Fall 2020 Blended Learning Program Delivery
May 26, 2020 Update

This fall, Carlton Trail College intends to deliver its programs and courses through a blend of in-person and distance learning methods, including online delivery. At this time, educators feel a combination of in-person classes, online instruction and distance education options gives students the best chance of academic success during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

As the health and safety of our learning community is a priority, the College is committed to following the guidance of our provincial government, through the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, our health agencies and the Chief Medical Health Officer. We have also been working closely with our partners in post-secondary education as we plan for fall delivery. The College’s blended learning approach will follow established principles and protocols to ensure compliance with government health directives.

Access to Carlton Trail College learning locations will remain restricted this spring, summer and into the fall. Staff and students will continue to work and learn from home.

Starting in September, the College’s blended model will combine online, classroom, laboratory, shop, clinical and physical instruction. A cautious, blended approach will allow us to tailor a response that works for students, accrediting agencies and within our program locations. It will also permit the College to closely monitor program implementation and to make adjustments, if necessary.

Details about specific programs will be communicated as soon as possible.  

Current and prospective students are encouraged to watch Carlton Trail College’s website at www.carltontrailcollege.com for further information.

There are no tuition increases for Carlton Trail College programs delivered over the 2020-2021 academic year.

Please continue to refer to saskatchewan.ca and the Re-Open SK Plan for the most up-to-date and accurate COVID-19 information for the province.

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Completion of Carlton Trail College's Emergency Aid Funding Program & Student Awards Reminder
May 22, 2020 Update

Effective as of today, we will no longer be accepting applications for Carlton Trail College’s COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid Bursary program. Please note we have expended the allotment of funds that enabled us to provide this temporary financial support. This program is now closed.

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) is available and may provide short-term income support for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI). Student advising services remain available, should you wish to talk to someone.

A reminder that many student awards are available to help pay for educational expenses  – visit our student awards page to find out more.

Please continue to refer to saskatchewan.ca and the Re-Open SK Plan for the most up-to-date and accurate COVID-19 information for the province.

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Canada Emergency Student Benefit, Extension of Early Application Scholarship Deadline & Victoria Day Closure
May 14, 2020 Update

To assist students experiencing financial hardship, the federal government has announced details about the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) program. This financial support is available to post-secondary students (including recent post-secondary and high school graduates) who are unable to find work due to COVID-19. Starting May 15, 2020, students may apply online or by phone. Find further details online at: www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/emergency-student-benefit

Interested in a Carlton Trail College program? Please note the Early Application Scholarship deadline has been extended to June 15, 2020! You could be entered to win a $1,000 scholarship! Visit our student awards page to learn more about scholarships, bursaries and other available awards.

Planning for the fall term is ongoing. And while some of our programs make look a little different depending on the COVID-19 pandemic situation, please know that Carlton Trail College is dedicated to providing our students with the skills graduates need to succeed. The health and safety of our learning community continues to be a priority. Decisions will follow the guidance of our provincial government, health agencies and the Chief Medical Health Officer.  

Please be aware Premier Scott Moe has extended the province’s State of Emergency for another two weeks.  All public health orders remain in effect, including physical distancing and restrictions on gatherings. For everyone’s health and safety, please keep these public health measures in mind. Phase 2 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan begins May 19.

A reminder that College operations are “closed” to mark Victoria Day on Monday, May 18.

To everyone in our learning community ... stay well, stay safe and enjoy the long weekend!

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
May 4, 2020 Update

Our College community is committed to our students and staff as they work and learn in a variety of ways – we know these are challenging times and appreciate everyone is doing the best they can to complete their studies.

Today marks the start of the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan, a gradual and phased-in approach announced last week by Premier Scott Moe and Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Shahab. The goal of the plan is to slowly and responsibly lift business, program and service restrictions within the province. There are specific guidelines for each phase of the plan. As this plan evolves, our College will continue to follow the advice of government and health officials.

In the interim, Carlton Trail College students and staff will continue to work and learn from home.

In the coming weeks, we anticipate having more information on what future programming and service options will look like for our College. Thank you for your patience.

Student wellness remains a priority … a reminder that the student advising team remains available should you wish to reach out with questions, issues or concerns.

May 4-10, 2020 is also Mental Health Week – visit the Canadian Mental Health Association’s website at www.mentalhealthweek.ca for additional information, resources and support materials. Our mental health matters.

Remember to wash your hands often, practice physical distancing and stay home if you're feeling unwell. Visit saskatchewan.ca as it remains the most up-to-date, accurate COVID-19 resource for the province.  

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Carlton Trail College Emergency Aid Funding & Additional Resources
April 23, 2020 Update

Following the announcement made by the Ministry of Advanced Education on April 9, 2020, Carlton Trail College’s COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid Bursary was created to provide at-risk post-secondary students with short-term, financial aid to cover basic needs and unexpected costs arising from the pandemic.

A limited amount of funding is available for emergency use.

Students are strongly advised to connect with a Student Advisor to review the fund, eligibility criteria and the application process.

Applications for the COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid Bursary will be accepted until September 30, 2020 OR until emergency financial aid bursary funds are expended.

Find bursary details and a link to the application form at: www.carltontrailcollege.com/succeed/scholarships,-awards-and-bursaries/covid-19-emergency-financial-aid-bursary 

Please note that additional government resources have been announced that may assist you if you or your family are experiencing financial hardship:

Further government resources are listed below, within the April 14, 2020 information update.

Please note while our locations remain closed, staff continue to work remotely and messages are monitored during the College's regular hours of 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. 

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Continued Location Closures, Emergency Aid Funding Announcement & Resources
April 14, 2020 Update
 
Our number one priority is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to keep our learning community safe and healthy. Along with other post-secondary institutions in Saskatchewan, the College continues to monitor the situation and follow the recommendations of our guiding Ministries and public health authorities.  

Even though our learning locations remain closed, we want to thank our staff and students for their continued work to complete their programs through a mix of alternate learning methods. Student advising services also remain available.

Last week, the Ministry of Advanced Education announced that emergency aid funding would be made available to assist post-secondary students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The College is currently determining how to assist students experiencing financial challenges. We expect to have a plan in place in the near future. Once this financial aid plan is developed, we will share this information.

The following government resources may assist you or your family if you are already experiencing financial hardship:

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we remain committed to serving the needs of our students during this challenging time.

A reminder to continue to follow all public health orders – including physical distancing, frequent hand washing and staying home as much as possible.  While difficult, we can all help flatten the curve when we continue to work together.

Please refer to saskatchewan.ca for the most up-to-date and accurate COVID-19 information.

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Closure Update, Graduation Postponement and Student Wellness
April 1, 2020 Update
 
Carlton Trail College continues to follow the direction of our health authorities and guiding Ministries as we respond to the ongoing coronavirus/COVID-19 situation. The health and safety of our staff and students remains a top priority.

All learning locations (Humboldt, Watrous, Wynyard, Four Winds Learning Centre, Punnichy, Wakaw, Wadena) remain closed, until further notice. Classes will continue in their alternate formats. Staff will continue to work remotely. 

As program and course adjustments are made, Carlton Trail College students will continue to be notified directly by College staff.  If students need more information, we encourage them to contact their instructor directly. We want to extend our appreciation to all of you as we navigate these new circumstances together. 

Even at a distance, Carlton Trail College staff are working remotely and messages are monitored on a regular basis during the College’s regular hours of 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

Due to the continuing COVID-19 situation, please note this academic year's graduation and program celebrations have been postponed. At this time, advancing individual and community health and safety is a priority. Staff will work to ensure students receive their appropriate certifications.

Student wellness is important to Carlton Trail College. Did you know ... the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Students Association (SPSA) has compiled some wellness resources. These resources are available onlineThe student advising team at Carlton Trail College remains available should you wish to reach out with questions, issues or concerns.  

General updates will continue to be provided online and via Facebook and Twitter. 

Continue to refer to saskatchewan.ca for up-to-dateaccurate public health information and the latest updates. 

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Student Loans/Provincial Training Allowance (PTA) and Student Advising
March 26, 2020 Update
 
For students accessing federal or provincial student loans, or Provincial Training Allowance (PTA), please note the following financial updates.
 
Student Loans Repayment Information
Federal - The Government of Canada has announced a plan to pause the repayment of Canada Student Loans and Canada Apprentice Loans. Effective March 30, 2020, all student loan borrowers will automatically have their repayments suspended until September 30, 2020. No payment will be required and interest will not accrue during this time. Students do not need to apply for the repayment pause.
 
Provincial - Effective immediately, a six-month student loan repayment moratorium has been put in place, mirroring a similar federal provision. Student loan repayments will not be collected from borrowers or withdrawn from accounts for six months, beginning March 30, 2020. Students who are able to and who wish to continue payments must contact the National Student Loan Service Center at 1-888-815-4514.
 
Students currently receiving student loan payments will continue to receive these funds through April, as scheduled. Students are encouraged to check their portal account for details.
 
Students may continue to apply for Canada Student Loans. There is no change to the application process.  
 
Provincial Training Allowance (PTA) Information
Students who are currently receiving PTA funds will continue to receive these funds at the end of March, as scheduled. Students can check their portal account for original disbursement details.
 
Student Advising
Carlton Trail College’s student advising team is available to help our students, even at a distance. Students in current programs will have been assigned an advisor. If you are unsure who your advisor is, please contact the College at 1-800-667-2623 or email studentservices@carltontrailcollege.com.  

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
March 23, 2020 Update

Carlton Trail College continues to support our staff, students and partners, as best possible, during the changing coronavirus/COVID-19 situation. We continue to monitor federal and provincial updates and are committed to following direction from our health authorities and guiding Ministries.

Please note all learning locations (Humboldt, Watrous, Wynyard, Four Winds Learning Centre, Punnichy, Wakaw, Wadena) are closed, until further notice.

Carlton Trail College students have been contacted regarding the status of their specific programs. As program and course updates become available, Carlton Trail College students will be notified directly by College staff. 

If students need more information, we encourage them to contact their instructor directly.

We value everyone in our learning community. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to assist students address these unique learning circumstances. 

Need to contact Carlton Trail College?

For general inquiries and updates:

  1. Visit www.carltontrailcollege.com or follow our Facebook and Twitter channels
  2. Email the College at information@carltontrailcollege.com
  3. Call the Humboldt administrative location at 1-800-667-2623 or (306) 682-2623

Please note while our locations remain closed, staff are working remotely and messages are monitored on a regular basis during the College’s regular hours of 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

Prospective students may still view our upcoming programs and courses via our website, or may email us with specific questions.  

Thank you for your patience as we continue to support our learning community as best possible at this time. General updates will continue to be provided online and via Facebook and Twitter – please monitor these channels. 

Continue to refer to saskatchewan.ca for up-to-dateaccurate public health information and follow Saskatchewan’s public health orders. 

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
March 19, 2020 Update
 
Following the Government of Saskatchewan's State of Emergency declaration on March 18, 2020, Carlton Trail College is immediately restricting access to its learning locations.
 
To protect our community, on March 19, all regional learning locations (Watrous, Wynyard, Four Winds Learning Centre, Punnichy, Wakaw, Wadena) will be closed, until further notice. 
 
The Humboldt administrative and learning location is transitioning its operations on March 19 and 20.  As of March 20, the Humboldt location will be closed. 
 
Carlton Trail College is advising its students directly as to individual programming decisions and/or alternate learning scenarios.
 
The coronavirus/COVID-19 situation continues to rapidly develop. The College's closures remain in place, until further notice. 
 
The health, safety and well-being of our community is incredibly important, please continue to follow heath precautions and refer to www.saskatchewan.ca for up-to-date, accurate information. 
 
College updates will continue to be posted online via our website and social media channels.
 
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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
March 16, 2020 Update
 
As the coronavirus/COVID-19 health situation changes and as new information is made available, recommendations and advice to our learning community may change. Please understand there is a need to be flexible to adapt as needed as we work to address pressing concerns.
 
Carlton Trail College remains committed to the health and safety of our staff and students, even in challenging times. To date, there are no known cases of coronavirus/COVID-19 at any of Carlton Trail College’s learning locations.
 

In partnership with the province’s other post-secondary educational institutions, Saskatchewan Regional Colleges are suspending all classes and programming for the remainder of this week.

In an effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, Regional College programs will be offered through alternative delivery options where possible, effective March 23, 2020.

The updated class schedule is as follows:

March 17-20: In-person classes are suspended.

March 20: More information will be provided to students regarding online or alternative delivery, where possible.

March 23: Alternative delivery programming for students will begin, where possible.

Updated information for students will be provided by email from each program.

We appreciate that this is a challenging time for students, faculty and staff.  We will continue to work with you to share information as soon as it becomes available.

At this time, regional college campus/learning locations are not closing. Limited service provision will impact some locations. We strongly encourage individuals to call us at 1-800-667-2623 to determine a location’s level of service and to have specific questions addressed. 

Updated information will continue to be available via our website.

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
March 13, 2020 Update 

In an effort to protect the academic progress of students at Saskatchewan’s post-secondary educational institutions during the current pandemic, and under the leadership of the Ministry of Advanced Education, the province’s post-secondary institutions are meeting regularly as a group to coordinate their individual responses to the disease and to update their existing containment and contingency plans. 

The Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for the general population. However, there is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for individuals 65 and over, and for those with compromised immune systems or underlying medical conditions. 

Carlton Trail College remains committed to the health and safety of our staff and students, even in challenging times. 

Based on consultation with the province’s Chief Medical Health Officer, the University of Regina, the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Saskatchewan’s Regional Colleges have agreed on the following risk-mitigation measures to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19): 

  1. Cancellation of non-essential events – Institutions will cancel events not directly tied to the academic progress of students.  
  1. Increased restrictions for all incoming or outgoing travel to other countries – Institutions will immediately increase existing travel restrictions for students, faculty and staff. 
  1. Preparation of online education options – Where possible, institutions will move the delivery of course material and instruction online in order to reduce the need for person-to-person contact. 
  1. Expansion of coronavirus (COVID-19) Risk Mitigation Awareness campaigns – Institutions will further promote education campaigns about the disease, to ensure students, faculty and staff are aware of steps they can take to reduce the risk of infection, including social distancing measures, self-isolation and hygiene techniques. 

These measures are effective immediately. Please note that circumstances surrounding the spread of this disease are evolving rapidly around the world, and additional measures may be required as circumstances change. 

We will continue to meet with provincial educational institutions over the weeks ahead to support a common provincial response to this situation and to act quickly when required. 

Recommended Health Precautions

There are several, basic steps to take to reduce or prevent illness: 

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Throw away used tissues as soon as possible and wash hands afterwards.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home if you are sick. 

Health questions and concerns can be directed to Saskatchewan’s HealthLine by calling 811. 

Travel

The College continues to follow Saskatchewan’s travel guidelines. Currently, we are not encouraging international travel and urge individuals to reassess domestic travel arrangements. Recent travelers are strongly urged to monitor their health when they return home. Saskatchewan’s travel guidelines are updated, as required, and are available at www.saskatchewan.ca/coronavirus.    

Personal Responsibility

Carlton Trail College is a diverse community committed to upholding our values of integrity, respect and accountability within a caring, responsive environment. As such, we need to work together to address this wide-ranging public health issue. Follow basic health precautions. Self-monitor your health. Seek out up-to-date health information from reliable sources. 

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) health situation changes and as new information is made available, recommendations and advice may change. We need to be flexible to adapt as needed.     

Please continue to refer to updated information available via our website or contact the College at 1-800-667-2623.

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
March 11, 2020 Update

The health and well-being of our learning community is a priority to all of us as we continue to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19 ) situation. Senior administration has been meeting regularly to review operational procedures, should any adjustments be needed.

At this time, the risk to Saskatchewan residents remains low.

As of March 11, 2020, there are no laboratory confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the province. However, this situation could quickly change. As of March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.

This change in outbreak status means the College will continue to connect with federal, provincial and local public agencies to prepare for any operational modifications that may need to occur. We will continue to provide relevant updates.   

Please continue to take these recommended steps to help reduce or prevent illness: 

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Throw away used tissues as soon as possible and wash hands afterwards.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

 For the most up-to-date and accurate information, visit the following websites:

 Government of Canada

 Government of Saskatchewan

 World Health Organization

 If you have any questions or concerns, call Saskatchewan Public Health Services at: 

  • Saskatoon: (306) 655-4620
  • Regina: (306) 766-7777
  • Prince Albert: (306) 765-6500
  • Melfort: (306) 752-6310

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
March 6, 2020 

Carlton Trail College is monitoring the coronavirus situation to determine possible impacts to our learning community.  As always, the safety and well-being of our students and employees remains a priority.   

At this time, the risk to Saskatchewan residents remains low.

As cases of coronavirus are detected, the Government of Canada and Saskatchewan Public Health will update travel notices and general public information.  As with any health-related outbreaks, the College will diligently follow recommendations from these agencies.

Please continue to take these recommended steps to help reduce or prevent illness: 

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Throw away used tissues as soon as possible and wash hands afterwards.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

 Health precautions and travel advice is provided via the following links:

 Government of Canada

 Government of Saskatchewan

 World Health Organization (WHO)

 If you have any questions or concerns, call Saskatchewan Public Health Services at:

  • Saskatoon: (306) 655-4620
  • Regina: (306) 766-7777
  • Prince Albert: (306) 765-6500
  • Melfort (306) 752-6310

 

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