Safety for students, staff and the community is the number-one priority at Selkirk College with strict adherence to all up-to-date health and safety guidelines put forward by the Provincial Health Authority.
COVID-19 Safety on Campus
The Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Training's COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Sector (see below) provides an overarching plan and protocols for post-secondary institutions across the province.
Selkirk College's Return to Campus Guidelines outlines the overall plan to keep students, staff and faculty safe and moving forward. Safety is the responsibility of everyone and individual efforts ensure successful execution.
If a positive case happens, Selkirk College follows direction from Interior Health. It is very important personal health information is kept confidential to protect privacy. Like other newly adapted COVID-19 practices this process involves compliance.
UPDATE: Mandatory Mask Policy
Since the creation of this content, the Mandatory Mask Policy has been extended:
It is now mandatory for all students/staff to wear masks in classrooms, shop spaces and labs. Previously, masks could be removed once seated in a classroom or in a properly distanced shop/lab space. Please continue to ensure that masks are worn in all indoor spaces and adhere to the latest adjustment.
If two or more people are traveling in a Selkirk College vehicle or in a private vehicle on college-related travel, all persons in the vehicle are required to wear a mask. This applies regardless of the distance between occupants in the vehicle. Please refer to our safe work procedures regarding vehicle usage here
Staff working alone in their own office on campus can remove their mask. However, when two or more people are present—regardless of physical distance—masks are required to be worn.
Selkirk College recognizes that a non-medical face mask is a necessary, recognized, practicable and effective method to limit the spread of COVID-19. A non-medical face mask covers the nose and mouth, ties around the ears or back of the head, fits snugly against the sides of the face, is secured under the chin and is designed to protect persons other than the wearer
Our Quarantine Plan
Following the leadership of the federal government and the Provincial Health Office, Selkirk College has implemented an extensive plan for students to self isolate upon arrival to Canada. Recent arrivals are housed under quarantine for 14 days in local hotels, with families or with homestay arrangements. Assistance with grocery and food delivery is managed by volunteers during the isolation period.
Read our plan to understand Selkirk College’s expectations and requirements to manage this period safely and smoothly.
B.C. public post-secondary institutions remain open and committed to offering students options for staying on track, graduating on time, and meeting their learning goals.