Find answers to FAQs for employees related to Camosun College & COVID-19. We will update these FAQs as new information becomes available.
Can employees with an underlying health condition be accommodated to work remotely?
- It is anticipated that the COVID-19 vaccination will contribute to the safety of all employees, including those with underlying health conditions, such that the safety risks will be similar to pre-pandemic circumstances. Employees should discuss the safety practices being implemented with their workplace leader and consult with their doctor to evaluate the level of risk for their condition.
- If you present with medically-supported functional limitations that you feel may prevent you from being on campus or require additional safety measures, please consult with your Employee Health Advisor to determine if a medical accommodation may be appropriate. Should it be determined that remote work may be an appropriate medical accommodation, but is not operationally feasible, other leave options may be explored.
- Medical accommodations are provided when an employee has a diagnosed medical condition that presents with medically supported restrictions or limitations impacting an employee’s functional capabilities to perform their job demands. The specific accommodation measure(s) implemented to support the employee will be dependent upon the employee’s functional capabilities and the college’s operational requirements, including pedagogical and service level needs.
Can employees who care for a family member with a medical condition that makes them clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 be accommodated to work remotely?
- Workplace accommodations may be provided when an employee’s family obligations are such that there is a serious interference between their workplace and family responsibilities. The specific accommodation measure(s) implemented would be dependent on the employee’s individual circumstances and the college’s operational requirements, including pedagogical and service level needs.
- It is anticipated that the COVID-19 vaccination will contribute to the safety of all British Columbians, including those with underlying health conditions, such that the safety risks will be similar to pre-pandemic circumstances. Employees should discuss the safety practices being implemented with their workplace leader and consult with their family member and their family member’s doctor to evaluate the level of risk.
- If your family member does present with a medical condition that may require you to work remotely, as a means of reducing risk to your family member, please contact your Human Resources Consultant to explore the family status accommodation process. Should it be determined that remote work may be an appropriate family status accommodation, but is not operationally feasible, other leave options may be explored.
Do instructors need to wear a mask while teaching?
- Instructors and other presenters do not need to wear a mask when behind a barrier or two metres away from students while teaching in indoor public spaces.
Do students need to wear a mask while presenting?
- Students are exempt from wearing masks when delivering a presentation or lecture if they are two metres away from others, or there is a physical barrier.
Are there any face mask exemptions?
- Face mask exemptions are contained in the Order of the Public Health Officer.
What type of masks are required?
- We are following the guidance and recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer.
- The Provincial Health Officer order defines a face covering as a medical or non-medical mask; or a tightly woven fabric; but does not include a small or large clear plastic face shield.
Where are masks available?
- If you have lost or forgotten your mask, a disposable replacement mask can be provided at the campus libraries, the facilities reception desk, or at vending machines at Interurban campus.
- Students can also pick up a replacement mask at the CCSS Office in Campus Centre at Interurban campus, and/or Fisher Building at Lansdowne.
- Masks are also available for purchase at the bookshops on both campuses.
What should instructors do if a student is not wearing a mask?
- Ask them to leave and come back when they have a mask.
If students refuse to wear a mask should faculty call security?
- Yes, the same as enforcing any other campus policy.
Are students who say they are exempt from wearing a mask allowed to stay in a class?
- Students requiring a medical exemption in learning spaces should be registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning.
What happens when there is a positive COVID-19 case on campus?
- As outlined in the BCCDC return-to-campus guidance, public health follows up on every person who tests positive for COVID-19. This process is called contact tracing.
- Contact tracing helps to identify and manage close contacts, who may be at increased risk for COVID-19.
- Public health will work with post-secondary institutions to manage cases and clusters of COVID-19, as required.
What is the college doing to improve ventilation in buildings?
- As per BCCDC return-to-campus guidance, Camosun continues to ensure that all mechanical heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are designed, operated and maintained in accordance with WorkSafe BC requirements and ASHRAE Standards for indoor air quality, and that they are working properly.
- Watch this video on the college’s ventilation systems.
Will the situation change? Could we go back to online delivery?
- The college continues to follow public health guidance and recommendations.
- We will take our lead from public health experts to ensure the health and safety of our campus community.
Are students and employees required to physically distance in indoor spaces?
- The physical distancing requirement of keeping two metres (six feet) away from one another, while in a public indoor setting, is no longer in place as of July 1, 2021.
- While physical distancing is not required, we still need to respect people’s personal space.
Are there additional sanitizing measures?
- Camosun continues to clean and disinfect educational spaces, public spaces and high touch areas daily.
- As per the BCCDC return to campus guidance, cleaning is not required between classes.
Will vaccinations be available on campus?
- The Island Health Vax Van will be on campus with first and second doses (after 28 days) available to anyone who wants one. Dates will be shared in CamNews and posted at camosun.ca/covid19
Will testing be available on campus?
- BC Colleges has issued a statement on behalf of its 10 members colleges, including, Camosun, saying that we will not be requiring voluntary vaccination disclosure or testing for educational activities.
Do I need a BC Vaccine Card to enter the cafeteria or bookstore?
- On-campus cafeterias and campus bookstores are excluded from the BC Vaccine Card.
Any plans for a vaccination survey?
- We know that vaccination rates in our region are high.
- According to the BCCDC COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard, as of Aug. 30, 2021, 91% of people 18 and older in Greater Victoria have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 84% are fully vaccinated with both doses.
What happens if employees or students are sick? Can classes move online?
- Students or employees who are sick should stay home.
- Faculty cannot arbitrarily move to online or hybrid. The modality has been set, we need to stick to it unless directed otherwise by the Provincial Health Officer.
- If a faculty member is unwell, they should stay home and not be working. If absences go beyond two classes, the college will attempt to find a substitute.
Can faculty hold office hours online?
- Office hours can be delivered as faculty deem appropriate.
How will the college address people who feel their workplace is unsafe?
- As per WorkSafeBC, if you have reasonable cause to believe that performing a job or task puts you or someone else at risk, you must not perform the job or task. You must immediately notify your supervisor or employer, who will then take the appropriate steps to determine if the work is unsafe and remedy the situation.
Will the college be introducing flexible work conditions?
- All employees at Camosun are expected to transition back to campus by the end of September.
- The college is developing a framework to create a fair and transparent process to support the continuation of working from home for employees in the near future.