Update: March 12, 2020
President's statement on COVID-19 response
As a college community we continue to come together in response to the rapidly-evolving situation with COVID-19. Thank you for your patience and support as we work through these complex challenges.
We all remain committed to supporting students in their educational journey and seeing them succeed. I want to recognize the efforts of faculty and staff in putting students first as plans are being discussed around program completion in the event of possible closures or interruptions.
We have committed that students who need to stay away from class won’t be unreasonably impacted where exams are scheduled or assignments are due.
A doctor’s note for students and employees who are self-isolating has also been waived. Just remember to let your supervisor or school know. Self-isolation is recommended for individuals who have returned from regions with travel health notices or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
We’re adding more wall-mounted hand sanitizers for staff and student use, and increasing touch point cleaning and sanitizing measures. Other measures such as electrostatic spraying units to disinfect high traffic areas are in use.
Accurate and timely information at times like this is critical, which is why we continue to provide information to the college community.
The college COVID-19 Response Coordination Team now meets daily. It includes the College Executive Team, Chief Information Officer, Emergency Manager and Executive Director of Facilities Services. This group brings together issues from across the college to one table and is currently going through scenario planning.
We are receiving inquiries related to Graduation 2020 and the 2020 S’TEṈISTOLW̱ Conference and, at this time, it is premature to make decisions as these events are months away.
The college is following the travel recommendations of the Government of Canada and has prohibited work-related travel to China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy.
We will continue to take our lead from the regional and provincial public health officials. I’ve spoken with Dr. Richard Stanwick, the Chief Medical Health Officer for Island Health. He repeated the need to follow the same advice that is recommended for the cold and flu season: wash your hands often with soap and water, sneeze or cough into your elbow, avoid others who are unwell and stay home when you are sick.
Camosun has a history of looking after one another when times are difficult. Thank you again for your understanding, flexibility and support.
Take care and stay safe.
Sherri Bell, President
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):