Camosun expresses its sorrow and stands alongside the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc

Camosun College is horrified by the news that the remains of 215 children have been found in the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School, which sat on the traditional territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc. Our hearts go out to the families and communities who were and are directly affected by this news and by the original loss of their children. We are all affected. This affirms Camosun’s commitment to redressing the impact of our shared history. In memory of these children, Camosun flags on both campuses will be lowered.

Campus return FAQS

Find answers to FAQs related to Camosun College & COVID-19. We will update these FAQ pages as new information becomes available.

Is Camosun planning for a campus return in September?

  • Yes. Based on current guidance from provincial and regional public health authorities, Camosun is planning for a full return to on-campus activity in September 2021.
  • Information and updates for students and employees will be provided as we approach the fall.

How is Camosun preparing for a full and safe return to campus in September 2021?

  • The college community is transitioning to a full and safe return to campus in-person in September 2021 as outlined in the letter from the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry sent on March 8 to all of B.C.’s public colleges and universities.
  • The health and safety of all is our top priority, and as we plan for the fall, we are continuing to work closely with the Provincial Health Officer, B.C. Government, Island Health and WorkSafeBC to make sure the right measures are in place to keep people safe.
  • Our Facilities Services and Occupational Health and Safety teams are actively reviewing the B.C. government’s Return-to-Campus Primer, and collaborating with WorkSafeBC, Island Health and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training as we plan ahead.
  • Later this summer, we will be updating our overall college safety plan based on the new Go-Forward Guidelines for post-secondary institutions currently being developed by the B.C. Government.
  • Until the revised Go-Forward Guidelines are implemented on Aug. 1, the current Go-Forward Guidelines remain in effect.

Will students have a choice to study online?

  • Each of our schools is considering the appropriate mix of courses, or portions of programs, that should be delivered face-to-face or on-line.
  • In doing this, meetings are being held across the college with Deans, Chairs and faculty groups. We know that face-to-face learning has been our strength over the years, and we will continue to be an organization that delivers primarily in-person, applied learning.
  • To serve those students who appreciate the flexibility of distance education, we will work to include some online and blended offerings where it makes educational sense to do so, but overall we are planning for a resumption of normal, pre-pandemic course and program offerings in-person and on campus in September 2021.
  • More information will be available

What should I do if I feel sick or suspect I may have COVID-19? 

  • If you are concerned you may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of, COVID-19 please phone your primary-care provider, local public health office or call 811 for free health information and advice. Tell them your symptoms, where you have been travelling or living, and if you’ve had close contact with a sick person, especially if they have had a fever, cough or difficulty breathing. A full list of COVID-19 symptoms and further guidance on actions to take to protect yourself and others are described on the BCCDC website.

Are COVID-19 vaccines mandatory and where can I find more information?

  • Getting vaccinated is safe and easy. Camosun encourages all students and employees to learn about the benefits and safety of the vaccine and consider vaccination to protect themselves and their community. No vaccines are mandatory in Canada. Vaccination status is a person’s sensitive personal medical information.
  • Even with vaccination, students and employees will still be required to follow our safety plan and public health orders and guidance until community immunity is achieved and the Provincial Health Officer changes or rescinds the public health orders and guidance.
  • To register and book your vaccine appointment, please visit: https://gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated. For more information on vaccine safety, efficacy, eligibility and the answers to other frequently asked questions, please visit: bccdc.ca/covid19vaccine. Updates on B.C.’s vaccine rollout are available on the BCCDC immunization plan website.

How can I learn more about COVID-19 in B.C.?

  • The B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) provides provincial and national leadership in disease surveillance, detection, treatment, prevention and consultation. They provide a vast amount of regularly updated data on COVID-19 including daily case counts, percent positivity rates, hospitalization numbers, regional breakdowns and much more. Please visit bccdc.ca for the latest information.
  • For the latest public health orders and guidance, please consult this B.C. government website.