Camosun stands with Indigenous peoples

From Sherri Bell, President

The revealing by the Penelakut Tribe of 160+ undocumented and unmarked graves on the grounds of the former Kuper Island Industrial School and foreshore deepens the pain of all Indigenous peoples.

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Return to Campus Summary

July to September 2021

The COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Guidelines were released Monday, July 5 to support the full return to in-person education, research and on-campus services for B.C.’s post-secondary institutions. Throughout the pandemic, Camosun has carefully followed health authority and government direction as part of a commitment to safety of students and employees. As health authority guidance shifts based on many factors including vaccination rates, we are carefully following the guidance enabling a full and safe return to campus in the fall.

COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Guidelines

The COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Guidelines  (“the RTC Guidelines”) are aligned with BC’s Restart Plan, and reflect a transition away from prescriptive COVID-specific orders and protocols in order to return to pre-pandemic occupational health and safety (OHS) protocols and guidance.

  • The RTC Guidelines were developed by a team of experts from B.C.’s post-secondary sector in partnership with representatives from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, regional health authorities, the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. The RTC Guidelines are hosted here.  
  • They are effective immediately and replace the COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Sector (June 2021) and the interim Return-to-Campus Primer (April 2021).

Along with the RTC Guidelines, Camosun also ensures compliance with all WorkSafeBC requirements including alignment with B.C’s Restart Plan.

Return to Camosun during the Transitional Period

The following explains how the RTC Guidelines, B.C. Restart Plan, and WorkSafeBC requirements may affect you on Camosun Campuses during the transitional period of July 1 to September 7 (at the earliest) and the return to campus period for staff and faculty of August 1 to September 30.

Please note that while the transition period is effective immediately, we will be gradually rolling out the transitional activities over the summer and into September and incorporate these activities into the planning that is already underway. More information on the rollout plan will be made available once the details have been finalized.

Between now and September 2021, the following will occur:

Protocol

Action

Masks

Wearing a mask is recommended for students, faculty, staff and campus visitors for all indoor spaces at Camosun until you are fully vaccinated. Proof of vaccination is not needed.

  • This includes common/public spaces, learning spaces, offices, lunchrooms, etc..

Physical Distancing

The requirement of staying apart 6ft/2m has now been relaxed. This includes learning spaces, offices, meeting rooms, lunch rooms, elevators, washrooms, etc.

Please avoid forming crowds in indoor areas. 

Occupancy Limits – all areas

We are no longer required to limit the number of employees in their workplace or students in learning spaces as part of ongoing communicable disease prevention measures.

  • This includes classrooms, offices, elevators, washrooms, lunchrooms, etc.

Health Checks

Daily self-administered health checks will be a personal responsibility.

Students, faculty, staff and campus visitors are not required to confirm that they have completed the health self-assessment prior to accessing campus. 

For employees, there will no longer be a need to fill in the daily health check form online.

Symptoms - When to get tested (Students/Employees)

If you or anyone in your family feels sick stay home and get tested immediately

The public health authorities and BCCDC state that if you or anyone in your family experiences just one key symptom of fever, chills, cough, loss of sense of smell or taste, difficulty breathing then you must get tested and stay home. 

If you have one secondary symptom of sore throat, loss of appetite, headache, body aches, extreme fatigue/tiredness, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea then stay home until you feel better. 

If you have two or more of the secondary symptoms above, then stay home and wait 24 hours. If not better after 24 hours, go and get tested.

  • Use the B.C. COVID-19 self-assessment tool to determine if testing is needed.
  • Please contact 8-1-1 or your healthcare provider for medical advice as necessary. (Note: 8-1-1 also provides translation services in 130 languages.)

Vaccinations

Faculty and staff are eligible to take up to three (3) hours without loss of pay to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for both doses.
COVID-19 vaccines are available at no charge to everyone ages 12+ living, working or studying in B.C. during the pandemic; this includes international students and their families while in B.C.

Vaccinations are not mandatory however, ImmunizeBC highly recommends getting the vaccine.

Barriers/Partitions

According to WorkSafeBC, Plexiglas barriers and partitions are no longer a requirement, however, based on the recommendation of the Provincial Health Officer  Camosun will continue to use some existing COVID-19 protocols that do not negatively impact operations, such as barriers and partitions.

Traffic Flow/Directional Signage

According to the RTC Guidelines, Camosun is no longer required to manage the flow of pedestrian traffic within buildings or confined areas. However, based on the recommendation of the Provincial Health Officer we will continue to maintain directional signage to reduce points of congestion.

Communicable disease prevention plan

Camosun is no longer required to maintain a COVID-19 Safety Plan, as such we have begun to transition to a communicable disease prevention plan.

Communicable disease plans will reference the core public health measures that include staying home when sick, practicing good hand hygiene, as well as any additional health and safety protocols prescribed by local and provincial medical health professionals. WorkSafeBC and public health experts are currently developing a guide that will assist employers in developing their communicable disease plans.

COVID-19 Safety Training

Completing the COVID-19 Safety Training is no longer a requirement.

Cleaning

Increased cleaning protocols for high touch point areas are no longer required, and educational and public spaces are cleaned routinely as recommended. Camosun incorporates cleaning of high touch areas into regular cleaning routines.

Events and Student Activities

Student, work and social events can resume, however during Phase 3 of the B.C. Restart Plan, they must continue to adhere to prevailing PHO Orders, WorkSafeBC guidelines, and RTC Guidelines. 

SafeStart will no longer be used to book events. If planning an event during this transition period to September 7 please use the existing event request process to book space and request services. This will ensure OHS is also aware and can review event requests for compliance with current orders & guidelines.

Engaging with First Nations and Indigenous Communities

Camosun will continue to work collaboratively with local First Nations and Indigenous community partners to ensure that the health and safety of Indigenous learners and communities are considered.

Return to Campus Logistics

Employees are asked to please not initiate any modifications to their work areas. 

Assessed spaces will be returned back to pre-COVID configurations by Facilities staff.  

More information on the Return to Campus Plan for Camosun will be communicated shortly.

Hand Sanitizers

Hand sanitizer stations will continue to be available throughout all Camosun buildings. Please contact Facilities Services to replenish supplies.

Mental Health

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Human Resources has collaborated with a cross-college advisory committee to produce a COVID-19 focused Mental Well-being Support Plan.

Please visit the Healthy Together! SharePoint site for details

Contact Tracing

Notification of COVID-19 cases and exposures at post-secondary institutions (PSIs) will continue to be managed by public health authorities. 

Please refer to Appendix A of the RTC Guidelines for further details.

Ventilation
Camosun’s ventilation systems are professionally designed, installed and maintained, and meet all the WorkSafeBC requirements along with ASHRAE Standards
Learn about how Camosun’s efficient building ventilation systems work in this video.

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Contact information

Melodie Hutmacher

Emergency Manager

Camosun College

250-370-3280

hutmacherm@camosun.ca