First Aid COVID-19 Compliance - Your Safety First
Pre-course Self-assessment Form: Arrive at least 15 minutes before class start time to complete health screening.
The following protocols and procedures are in place to ensure Selkirk College is the safest place to take first aid training:
Arrive Early: students are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of class to allow time for the Covid Screening questions before the class begins
PPE: students will be provided with PPE (gloves, disposable masks, their own disposable one-way CPR valve)
Masks: Selkirk College has a mandatory face mask policy in shared spaces. Please note that to be exempted from the face mask policy you must receive a formal accommodation through Accessbility Services well in advance of your course start date. See here for Mask Policy and here to contact Accessibility Services.
Reduced Classes: class sizes are reduced in size to ensure safe distancing
Cleaning: mannequins and all other equipment are sanitized after every class; lungs in the mannequins are replaced after each class
Sanitizing: all equipment is sanitized between classes
Screening: students and staff undergo daily health screening
WorkSafe BC Certification Update
As British Columbia begins to open its doors, accessibility to first aid training will increase across the province. It is the expectation that those with expired certificates will seek recertification as soon as safe training is available.
Meanwhile, to further accommodate physical distancing and safe practices, WorkSafeBC has extended certificates that have an expiry date between March 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020. These certificates will now be acceptable in the workplace for 180 days beyond their original expiry date. If you are unable to recertify immediately, please view these OFA Level 1 videos here, to brush up on your skills. You may find the first aid reference manual here. Certificates will not be reprinted.
First Aid Attendants and employers do not need to take any actions to qualify for the extensions. WorkSafeBC will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and recommendations put forth by federal and provincial agencies, and should additional extensions be required we will release further information and direction at that time.
Red Cross Certification Update
To accommodate the ongoing COVID-19 situation and the impact on in-person training, we have re-evaluated our position regarding First Aid recertification (participant levels). Further to the information shared in September, please note the following update: participant-level certificate holders with certifications that expire between March 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021 can attend a recertification course until March 31, 2021.
This extended window will allow those with expired certifcations the opportunity to recertify as facilities reopen and training resumes. For further information visit myrc.redcross.ca.
New Learning Terminology
Due to COVID-19, we are planning for a mix in the delivery of courses. Terminology students can expect to hear about includes:
Online – Where students will be provided with content, activities, and evaluation that students can access at flexible times, with due dates for specific activities and evaluations. Students will be able to contact and engage with their instructors and fellow students on our learning management system, Moodle.
Remote – With a schedule (synchronous) where students will be expected to attend classes aided by remote technology such as Zoom. Instructors will provide lectures and other learning activities in real time.
In-person – Where students will attend scheduled on-campus and off-campus applied learning activities related to their program. Examples of these activities include studios, shops, labs, field work, practicum and others.
Hybrid/Blended – Where students will learn with a range of scheduled remote learning, online asynchronously and in-person instruction.
Are you offering First Aid courses?
Yes! Check out our course line up and new safety protocols to keep students safe: First Aid
How can I get in touch for registration?
Our registration has not changed. Register online through the above links at selkirk.ca/ce or contact CEWT Registration.
Does Community Education and Workplace Training (CEWT) have any online options for learning?
Yes! We are continuing to expand our online course offerings. Click here to find out more about our CEWT online learning options.
I am not feeling well. Do I still come to class?
Do NOT come to campus if you are not feeling well. Informed decision making is important in stopping the spread of COVID-19. The virus spreads person-to-person so it is important to avoid contact with people who are sick and for sick people to stay home. It is important to recognize any symptoms of illness to ensure you isolate yourself if necessary.
Do I have to wear a mask all-day long and/or for my entire class?
No. You are only expected to wear a mask in all college shared areas (e.g. hallways, cafeteria, washroom, etc.). When you are in class and physically distanced from your classmates, you will not be expected to wear a mask. However, if in-class activities require close proximity to others, you will be required to wear a mask.
I have a health condition which prevents me from wearing a mask. How do I receive an accommodation for this so I will not be required to wear a mask?
If you have a health circumstance which prevents you from wearing a mask you can request an accommodation through Selkirk College’s Accessibility Services. However, please note that you will need to request this accommodation well in advance of your course start date as this process is not immediate.
I was sick the day of my course so I was not able to attend. Can I get a refund?
You will need to email your local campus CEWT registration contact to determine whether your circumstances qualify you for a refund. These are determined on a case-by-case basis. For a list of the CEWT registration contacts for our campuses, please click here.
I need to pick up a manual in advance of my course. Where do I pick it up?
Please contact your local campus CEWT registration contact to make arrangements for payment and pick-up.
Is Learning in Retirement still taking place?
In response to the challenges of very limited access to Selkirk’s campus and continuing social distancing requirements, most of our program this fall will be offered online, using the Zoom platform. This will allow many more members to engage with learning opportunities. Learn more...