November 23, 2020
Province introduces new public health restrictions
From Sherri Bell, President
Amid these challenging times I am grateful for all of your dedication to support our students and each other. I know we are all feeling the strain of COVID-19 but our renewed efforts will help keep our college community safe until a vaccine is available. My heartfelt thanks for your continued vigilance as we work hard to ensure our students continue to receive the best education and support services possible.
We’ve always known that our plans amid the pandemic could change at any given time. As we planned for the months ahead we knew that we could find ourselves moving forward or back as the number of COVID-19 cases rise or fall.
New public health orders
On Nov. 19, the Provincial Health Officer announced further restrictions as COVID-19 cases continue to escalate and concerns grow about community spread. New provincial orders significantly reduce social interaction and travel. The new rules are in place until at least midnight on Dec. 7.
There are still a lot of questions but we must trust the guidance of our Provincial Health Officer, especially as updated guidance is being developed.
What this means for Camosun
The orders have a number of implications for students and employees at Camosun. Active health checks (daily screenings) are now mandatory for everyone coming on campus along with masks in all indoor public settings and in all workplaces for shared work areas and where physical distancing cannot be maintained. More details will follow. Employees are encouraged to work remotely wherever possible.
Educational activities that support student learning and development will continue as they are exempt from the suspension of events and gatherings.
We continue to work closely with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training to review the new orders as they relate to the post-secondary sector and Camosun. We will share updates in the days and weeks ahead as new information becomes available. It is critically important we all do our part to keep each other and our community safe.
Take care of yourself, your families and each other.
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):