This page is your connection to the latest information on the status of learning and services on our campuses. Reference archived content from May 1, 2020 to May 30, 2021 here: Selkirk College Response to COVID-19
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Ministry Releases Return-to-Campus Guidelines: July 5, 2021
B.C. Shifts to Step 3 of Restart Plan: July 1, 2021
With British Columbians achieving nearly 80 per cent adult Dose 1 vaccine coverage and COVID-19 case counts continuing to decline, the province is safely moving to Step 3 of its four-step restart plan on July 1, 2021.
During Step 3, businesses will gradually transition to new communicable disease plans, with guidelines for these plans released by WorkSafeBC on June 28. These guidelines were developed in consultation with public health and businesses will continue to be supported by WorkSafeBC and the PHO as they transition.
Capacity limits, formal health screening tests and directional arrows, as well as other physical distancing measures will no longer be required.
Moving from Step 2 to Step 3 also includes:
- return to normal for indoor and outdoor personal gatherings;
- maximum capacity for indoor organized gatherings of 50 people or up to 50% of a venue’s total capacity, whichever is greater;
- maximum capacity for outdoor organized gatherings of 5,000 people or up to 50% of a venue’s total capacity, whichever is greater;
- return to normal for fairs, festivals and trade shows, with communicable disease plans;
- return to Canada-wide recreational travel;
- reopening of casinos, with reduced capacity and ~50% of gaming stations permitted to open;
- reopening of nightclubs, with up to 10 people seated at tables, no socializing between tables and no dancing;
- return to normal hours for liquor service at restaurants, bars and pubs with table limits to be determined by venue and no socializing between tables;
- return to normal for sports and exercise facilities, with communicable disease plans; and
- mask wearing recommended in indoor public spaces for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated.
At this time, the provincial state of emergency which had been in place since March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will also be lifted.
Education Division Update: June 28, 2021
Selkirk College faculty and staff are actively preparing for a broad resumption of in-person learning for the 2021-22 academic school year. The college is excited to welcome students, instructors and staff back to locations across the region as operations shift to greater in-person learning and activities. Students can find information on specific program plans for 2021-22 here. Please have a look to find an overview of program delivery, required technology and useful links.
A vital element of programs and services is the personalized experience students expect at Selkirk College. A return to campus will allow a greater degree of experiential and collaborative learning, many aspects of life at the college that have been missing over the past year. At the same time, countless teaching and service innovations have been created that have improved accessibility. The use of technology and knowledge gained has created new opportunities for an enhanced student experience. Where possible, some Selkirk College programs will have options for online and hybrid delivery. All programs are seeking effective ways to accommodate access to learning when students are required to stay home due to illness.
Providing a quality learning experience for students remains paramount and will be carried forward with the safety and well-being of our college community as a priority. Selkirk College continues to be guided by the Provincial Health Officer, WorkSafeBC and the Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Training for a phased approach to in-person operation.
Revisions to the PHO Events and Gatherings Order: June 22, 2021
- Indoor seated organized gatherings of up to 50 people are allowed with a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
- Outdoor organized gatherings up to 50 people are allowed with a COVID-19 Safety Plan.
Sports and exercise:
- Indoor high and low intensity group exercise is allowed with reduced capacity.
- Indoor and outdoor games and practices for both adults and youth group/team sports are allowed.
- Spectators at any indoor sport activities are not allowed. Outdoor spectators of up to 50 people are allowed.
- For high performance athletes there is no limit on the number of persons who may participate in a sports event.
Thank you for the important role you play in supporting the provincial COVID-19 response.
Communicable disease plan requirements: June 17, 2021
Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, advised on June 17, 2021 that institutions will be required to transition COVID-19 specific safety plans into communicable disease plans to reduce the risk of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.
WorkSafeBC and public health experts are developing a guide that will assist employers in developing their communicable disease plans.
B.C. Prepares to Safely Move to Step 2 of its Restart Plan: June 14, 2021
Beginning on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, British Columbia will take the next step in safely bringing people back together, transitioning into Step 2 of BC’s Restart plan, including lifting restrictions on travel within B.C.
“Thanks to our collective efforts and commitment to get vaccinated, we are ready to take another step forward in our careful restart,” said Premier John Horgan. “This next step means seeing more of the people we love, visiting more of our favourite places and safely celebrating the major milestones we’ve missed. Better days are in sight, but we must continue to do our part, get vaccinated, keep our layers of protection strong and work together to put this pandemic behind us.”
The transition into Step 2 of the four-step restart plan aligns with key metrics for moving forward. More than 75% of adults are vaccinated with their first dose, exceeding the target Step 2 minimum threshold of 65%. The other metrics for moving through the stages – COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations – continue to steadily decline.
Virtual Town Hall Focusses on Safe Return to Campus: June 8, 2021
"Vaccination" was the word of the day as Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, and her team answered questions posed by student leaders at a virtual town hall hosted by Thompson Rivers University.
In partnership with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, the recent town hall connected B.C.’s top public health official with the Alliance of BC Students and the British Columbia Federation of Students, Indigenous student associations and student unions from 25 public post-secondary institutions.
Following on the heels of BC’s Restart plan, Henry spoke about how vaccine effectiveness has reinforced confidence in a full return to campus for post-secondary institutions in the fall.
BC Restart Plan Provides Process for Months Ahead: May 25, 2021
The Provincial Government has released its four-step plan that will get British Columbia moving forward in the weeks and months ahead. BC’s Restart: A Plan to Bring Us Back Together lays out how the province will gradually and safely restart social connections, businesses and activities.
Selkirk College will join our communities in this restart plan that is guided by data rather than dates. The most important tool in the restart process is to get vaccinated.
Moving through the steps between May 25 and September 7 will depend on the following:
- Declining COVID-19 case counts.
- Increasing vaccination rate in people 18-plus.
- Declining COVID-19 hospitalization rates, including critical care.
- A declining COVID-19 mortality rate.
Selkirk College will continue to adapt its health and safety protocols based on guidance from the Provincial Health Officer, the Ministry of Advanced Education & Training and WorkSafeBC.
The Provincial Government will release more specific post-secondary restart plans in the coming days.
Virtual Meeting with Health Officials Sets Course: May 13, 2021
In preparation for the full return of post-secondary learning across British Columbia in September, the Ministry of Advanced Education & Skills Training hosted a virtual town hall meeting to discuss the preliminary health guidance provided in the COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Primer. Hosted by Thompson Rivers University, participants in the town hall included representatives from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), senior leaders from post-secondary institutions and post-secondary labour unions.
Dr. Bonnie Henry and PHO representatives provided information on how the province is moving forward and how post-secondary fits into the plan. Along with providing assurances that the current planning by Selkirk College fits within the province’s health and safety direction, a range of questions were answered that included vaccine timetable, accommodation, Go Forward Guidelines, control measures, testing/tracing, and outbreak management.
The May 10 session was recorded and you can view it here.
COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Primer Released: April 30, 2021
The COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Primer is now available to help B.C.’s post-secondary institutions plan for a full return to on-campus teaching, learning and research in September 2021.
The COVID-19 Go-Forward Guidelines for B.C.’s Post-Secondary Sector are being updated to reflect predicted COVID-19 conditions for the fall, along with updated infection prevention and control measures appropriate for those conditions. The Guidelines are expected to be released in the coming weeks with implementation planned for August 1.
In the interim, the COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Primer is a planning tool intended to provide high-level guidance to support planning for the safe return of students, faculty and staff throughout the summer, and the updating of campus safety plans in anticipation of a full return to face-to-face instruction.
Guideline updates are being conducted by a team of experts from the public post-secondary sector, and representatives from the Office of the Provincial Health Officer, Regional Health Authorities and the BC Centre for Disease Control. Flexibility and adaptability based on scientific evidence and epidemiology to manage the COVID-19 virus will continue to be important as the postsecondary system returns to on-campus activities.