COVID-19

We understand that it is a difficult and confusing time for many of us and it is valid to be worried. We want to reassure you that we are here to help. SUNSCAD is prepared to support our members and we are in communication with the university to ensure your needs are prioritized, especially those of you who are most impacted. Decisions made by other bodies such as NSCAD, Dal, and the province, will have an impact on students’ health and wellbeing, SUNSCAD’s ability to provide services, and your educational experience. These are all factors we are trying to consider when we make our decisions. We will provide updates via email, and here on our website, as changes are made. If you are a student who is at high-risk, or in need of help, please do not ever hesitate to reach out. If you are are self-quarantining and in isolation, or financially impacted, please reach out immediately by emailing president@sunscad.org. SUNSCAD has resources available for students in need.

Feeling anxious or stressed?

Visit NSCAD’s Wellness website to learn what services are available and how to access them. Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-888-429-8167 Good2Talk Nova Scotia: 1-833-292-3698 (Professional counsellors provide free, anonymous and confidential telephone counselling to post-secondary students.)

What if I feel unwell?

Those with flu-like symptoms, who have not travelled internationally to an affected region, should stay at home. Call 811 to speak with a registered nurse in Nova Scotia or see a healthcare professional if you prefer. There is also a Government of Canada COVID-19 information line at 1-833-784-4397. To help you better understand if you need to talk to 811, please review this simple questionnaire.

SUNSCAD Services

Food Bank appointments
We will be moving to a new model for food bank access. There will now be scheduled times for access on Mondays and Thursdays from 1-3pm (if neither of these times work for you, please contact us directly at equity@sunscad.org). We ask that from now on, students fill out the Sign-in Sheet provided here to access food bank items. You must also sign out a Campus Access Authorization form at https://forms.nscad.ca/, and do so at least a day before your scheduled visit. At your scheduled time, you will meet a SUNSCAD food bank assistant at the main entrance of Fountain Campus, to be escorted up to the food bank. You will let them know what items you need, and they will assist you by handling the food and other items for decreased risk of contamination. In addition to regular food bank items, we will be providing tampons and pads. You will see these when you are choosing the rest of the items from the food bank. Please let us know to include them during your visit.
Food Bank orders
In addition to food bank pickups, we are now offering deliveries to students who are unable to come in person due to limited or no access to transport or being at high risk to COVID-19. Orders will be accepted through a Google Form here. These orders will be open from Monday evenings to Thursday mornings. Deliveries will be prepared and completed on Friday afternoons. You will use this Google Sheet to view available food bank items to list in your order, which will be refreshed each Monday and Thursday afternoon. This service is done on a first come first served basis at this time. We can not guarantee that what you request will be available when we pack your order. Due to higher volumes of orders, we must now keep the food item limit at a maximum of 20 per order.
Office Hours
The SUNSCAD offices will be closed for the duration of limited access to NSCAD campuses. Tara Fleming, our main staff person, will be working from home at this time. She will be available during her regular office hours via email for any questions related to Greenshield Health Plan or U-Pass services. The SUNSCAD executive will be holding their office hours via Instagram/FB livestreams during their designated times. You can utilize these livestreams to ask us questions or just to hang out if you are feeling the need for company! We will potentially be incorporating fun activities to do while livestreaming as well. Find us on Facebook at S.U.N.S.C.A.D. and on IG @studentunionofnscad. See hours below: Mondays 5:00-7:00pm (Kassidy Bernard, President) Tuesdays 9:00am-11:00am (Olivia Fay, VP Internal) Wednesdays 3:00-5:00pm (Jacey Byrne, VP Equity) Thursdays 3:00-5:00pm (Peri McFarlane, VP Finance) Fridays 1:00-3:00pm (Raquel Sylva, VP Academic) Saturdays 12:30-2:30pm (Asha Galloway, VP External)
Events
In doing our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, SUNSCAD’s in-person events for the remainder of the semester are cancelled or postponed. We are now in the process of planning online activities and events to continue to engage with the student body and foster community-building at this time. If you have any ideas for this, please email internal@sunscad.org! See below for specific events/meetings:
  • SUNSCAD Spring Pop-Up: Cancelled
  • Graduation Party: Postponed
  • All regular meetings moved to Google Hangouts.

Relevant Updates and FAQs

NSCAD University has a Student FAQ which is updated regularly to address many concerns of students at this time. If you have a question not answered via the FAQ, please reach out to president@sunscad.org.