The health and wellbeing of students and staff remains the priority of Camosun College.
Camosun’s COVID-19 Response Coordination Team continues to monitor the situation, work on advanced planning and keep the college community safe. Due to COVID-19, we are planning for a mix in course delivery. The college will follow guidelines from the Provincial Health Officer, WorkSafe BC and the B.C. Government to ensure the health and wellbeing of students and employees.
Latest Update: May 3, 2021
Planning continues for a full return in September
From Occupational Health & Safety
Camosun continues to work on transition planning for a full and safe return to campus in September 2021 as outlined in the letter from the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. As part of the process, on Friday, April 30, the B.C. Government announced the availability of a primer offering high-level guidance to assist colleges and universities with their preparations. The COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Primer is an update in advance of the revised Go-Forward Guidelines. The primer was developed by a team comprised of public post-secondary representatives in partnership with the BC Centre for Disease Control, regional health authorities and the Office of the Provincial Health Officer. The primer advises that until the revised Guidelines are implemented on Aug. 1, the current Guidelines remain in effect.
Camosun will be providing further information on transitioning back to campus for schools and departments in the weeks ahead. Occupational health and safety measures will be introduced across all school and faculty spaces, service areas and administration spaces as part of the return to campus. Employees are asked not to initiate work on their areas without occupational and safety direction, and will be provided with the opportunity to ask questions in the coming weeks, so please wait for more on how that will unfold. In the meantime, the primer and existing Guidelines may help answer immediate questions.
The health and safety of students, employees and campus visitors continues to be main priority for Camosun.
Paid leave of absence for COVID-19 vaccination
From Human Resources Department
Recent amendments to the Employment Standards Act provide employees in B.C. with a new paid leave of absence to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The new leave gives employees the right to up to three hours of paid leave to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and is available each time an employee needs time off to be vaccinated. The legislation is effective retroactive to April 19, 2021.
COVID-19 Safety Training & Screening for students
It is important to Camosun College that all students, staff and faculty stay health and safe during this challenging time. Maintaining a safe learning environment and reducing the spread of COVID-19 is both an individual and a shared responsibility.
All students who are enrolled in a course with any on-campus or face-to-face component must complete the COVID-19 Safety Training and Initial Symptoms Self-Assessment before attending campus. There are knowledge testing questions throughout the training to support learning. Once you complete the training and final declaration form, you will receive a certificate by email to save for your records.
- Transition planning for fall 2021 - April 22, 2021
- COVID-19 exposure at Camosun College, Interurban Campus, John Drysdale Building, April 9, 2021
- B.C. puts stronger restrictions in place April 1, 2021
- A message to graduating students, their family and friends - March 29, 2021
- Planning for September - a message to employees - March 8, 2021
- COVID-19 winter update - January 25, 2021
COVID-19 Safety Plan
The most current copy of the college’s COVID-19 Safety Plan is available here.
- BC Centre for Disease Control
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- World Health Organization
- Travel & Tourism Canada
- COVID-19 Stigma Guide
- Ministry of Health BC COVID-19 symptom self-assessment tool
- How COVID-19 is affecting IRCC
- For non-health related COVID-19 questions (e.g. supports, programs, etc):