Find answers to FAQs related to Camosun College & COVID-19. We will update these FAQ pages as new information becomes available.
Where do I need to wear a mask?
- Masks are required in all indoor public areas including:
- Bathrooms, bookstores, elevators, lobbies, hallways and stairwells.
- Masks may be lowered for a sip of a beverage or a quite bite to eat but must be put back on immediately.
- Cafeterias, coffee shops and diners when not seated.
- Please wear a mask if not consuming food or beverages while seated.
- Classrooms, study spaces, laboratories and all indoor instructional settings.
- Masks may be removed for a sip of a beverage or a quick bite to eat but must be put back on immediately.
- As per the PHO order, an instructor or student may remove their mask when presenting if they can maintain two metres physical distance.
- During in-person appointments with campus services such as academic advising, counselling.
What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
- Contact tracing has been replaced by a self-management process as the Omicron variant is highly contagious and spreads rapidly.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, the BCCDC advises that you need to:
- Complete an online form to report your test result
- Self-isolate and manage your symptoms
- Let your close contacts know
How do I determine who my close contacts are?
- Review the BCCDC definition of close contacts to understand who needs to be notified.
How do I let close contacts know I have tested positive for COVID-19?
- Individuals who test positive are now able to send standardized notifications by using the Send a notification to your close contacts
Would a class of students be considered a close contact?
- The BCCDC defines a close contact as someone who has been near a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes when health and safety measures were not in place or were insufficient.
- There are multiple layers of protection in place on campus, including the requirement to wear a mask in indoor public spaces and inside classrooms.
- The college’s Communicable Disease Prevention Plan and Communicable Disease Prevention Guidelines outline the various measures.
Who should I notify at the college, and when is it safe for me to return to campus?
- Review the BCCDC guidelines for self isolation to determine your safe return date
- If you are a student, please notify your instructor(s) of the dates that you will need to miss in-person instruction due to self-isolating
If you are an employee, please notify your Workplace Leader and OHS
Does Camosun plan to delay the start of the semester given the surge in Omicron cases?
- The Provincial Health Officer has maintained a strong recommendation for continued on-campus instruction and services. You can read the letter from the Provincial Health Officer to college and university presidents here.
- In late December 2021, in conversation with the Ministry, and the Provincial, colleges in B.C. moved the start date for most of their programs to Jan. 10, 2022.
- This had minimal impact on Camosun as most of our classes and programs are already scheduled to begin on Jan. 10, 2022.
- A couple of health programs and some trades began on Jan. 4, 2022, with appropriate safety protocols in place.
Are campuses safe?
- Campuses are safe.
- According to the Provincial Health Officer, transmission of every variant is occurring in places like households and unstructured social settings.
- Transmission in educational settings on campus is said to be uncommon.
Are masks required on campus?
- Starting on Wednesday, Aug. 25, the Provincial Health Officer reintroduced a mask mandate in all indoor public areas including common areas of post-secondary institutions such as lobbies, hallways, stairwells, elevators, classrooms and labs.
- Masks do not need to be worn when seated to eat.
When will students, employees and campus visitors need a vaccine card?
- By order of the Provincial Health Officer, proof of vaccination will be required to access some events, services and businesses. More information on key dates, and a list of events and services is available here.
- The vaccine card will be required to access Camosun’s recreation centres, Dunlop House Restaurant including pub nights, Classroom Restaurant at Helmut Huber and indoor sporting events.
How are you keeping students and employees safe?
- Camosun has a number of layers of protection in place to create a safe learning and work environment.
- Measures include mandatory masks in class, encouraging vaccination and asking students and employees not to come to campus if sick.
- Additionally, at the direction of the Provincial Health Officer, we have temporarily closed the fitness centres on both campuses, and cancelled or postponed any organized social gatherings as part of winter welcome week.
- We will update our Communicable Disease Prevention Plan and Communicable Disease Prevention Guidelines as necessary to support daily operations for students, faculty, staff and campus visitors.
Do the ventilation systems at Camosun meet the required standards?
- Camosun’s ventilation systems are professionally designed, installed and maintained, and meet all the WorkSafeBC requirements along with ASHRAE Standards.
- Learn about how Camosun’s efficient building ventilation systems work in this video.
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. Vaccines are not mandatory to come on campus or attend classes.
- The vaccine card is required to access Camosun’s recreation centres, Dunlop House Restaurant including pub nights, Classroom Restaurant at Helmut Huber and indoor sporting events.
- 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.
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.