Update: March 13, 2020
Update to employees from the president - 5:30pm
These past few days have been difficult for all of us at Camosun College. I really appreciate everyone’s efforts, suggestions and support as we work things out together. You are an amazing group of employees that I care about deeply.
Earlier this afternoon, I met with leaders from the three employee unions – CUPE Local No. 2081, Camosun College Faculty Association and the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union – to listen to concerns and questions. I’ve also reached out and spoken with the Camosun College Student Society.
Following these discussions, I’d like to use this opportunity to clarify a number of items with the college community:
- Any college closure resulting from the COVID-19 virus would not be the same as whenever we close for a snow day. When it is a snow day, I make the final decision on whether to close or remain open. The decision to close due to COVID-19 is much different as it would be made based on the recommendation from the B.C. Government and public health officials.
- If there ever was a closure, we don’t want people to worry about being paid. We’ve run through a few scenarios and made appropriate plans to ensure continuity.
- The college is hiring additional custodians to support the enhanced cleaning and sanitizing work during the day time by Facilities Services.
- Rumours don’t help. That’s why we’re continuing to share information. If you’ve got questions, please go to the college website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for all of your patience and support during this time. Together we can get through this challenge.
Sherri Bell, President
Update: March 13, 2020 - 3:30pm
Public events at Camosun CollegeIn response to the direction of the Provincial Health Officer, the college is cancelling any indoor or outdoor college gatherings larger than 250 people. This also applies to third-party events on college property.
Additionally, the COVID-19 Response Coordination Team has made the decision not to hold any college events that involve members of the public. This includes job fairs, info sessions and award ceremonies. The decision takes effect immediately and will be in place until after the Easter long weekend (April 13). The date is subject to further review.
Employees with questions about specific events should contact their dean or director.
Update: March 13, 2020 - 1pm
General questions and concerns
For general questions and concerns related to the college’s response to COVID-19, students and employees should visit camosun.ca/covid19 for the latest information and FAQs. If the information isn’t there, please email email@example.com.
Students are to report absences or anticipated absences related to COVID-19 to their faculty. Faculty will then inform the school’s Dean.
Employees are to report absences or anticipated absences related to COVID-19 to their supervisor, who will then inform the appropriate Vice-President.
Update: March 13, 2020 - 10:30am
Camosun introduces new measures in response to provincial direction
Camosun College is implementing a number of new measures effective immediately as part of efforts to slow transmission of COVID-19 and protect the college community. The directions follow the March 12 joint statement from B.C.’s Minister of Health and the Provincial Health Officer.
Following the recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer, all work-related travel outside of Canada, including the United States, is suspended.
Students and staff who travel outside of Canada for personal reasons are asked to stay away from the college for 14 days upon their return.
The Provincial Health Officer has also directed event organizers to cancel any gatherings larger than 250 people.
In response to the public health direction, the college is cancelling any indoor and outdoor college gatherings larger than 250 people. This also applies to third-party events on college property. More information to come.
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):