As we head back to campus full of enthusiasm for in-person learning, Selkirk College wants to ensure the health and safety of our campus community. As we continue to navigate the impacts of the pandemic, there are many adjustments.
The COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Guidelines provide updated public health guidance to support the full return to in-person education, research and on-campus services for B.C.’s post-secondary institutions.
There are a few simple practices we can all do to help protect others.
What can students and employees expect on campus?
Masks: Face masks/ face coverings (medical or non-medical or tightly woven fabric that covers the nose and mouth of a person but does not include a small or large clear plastic face shield) must be worn in all indoor public spaces including classrooms/shops/labs (an inside area in which a post-secondary institution provides instruction in an educational or training program). This also applies to travel in vehicles for college purposes (ie field school, fleet vehicles, maintenance vehicles). This information is current as of the PHO Order on Face Coverings issued September 2 2021.
Vaccinations: Proof of vaccination is not a requirement to study at Selkirk College. According to direction from the Provincial Health Officer, Selkirk College recommends all eligible students and employees get vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are available at no charge to everyone ages 12-plus who are living, working or studying in B.C. during the pandemic. This includes international students and their families who are living in B.C.
Starting on September 13, 2021 the BC Vaccine Card will come into effect. This Provincial Government order will require proof of vaccination to access non-essential services at Selkirk College such as recreation facilities, indoor organized gatherings and ticketed events. Though indoor/outdoor dining at restaurants, pubs and bars will require the BC Vaccine Card, on-campus cafeterias are exempt.
Symptoms: Please stay home if you are showing any signs common with any communicable disease. Learn more about what they are here. Consult medical treatment if symptoms worsen.
Daily Screening Assessment: This official Selkirk College requirement is no longer necessary for students, employees and visitors.
Occupancy Limits: Pandemic occupancy limits for classrooms have been adjusted to meet current guidelines.
Events and Student Activities: Starting on September 13, 2021 students/staff will require proof of vaccination to participate and attend non-essential campus activities and events. The BC Vaccination Card is a provincial initiative and more information can be found here.
Student Housing: Those living at Selkirk College student housing facilities in Castlegar (Kekuli House) and Nelson (Tenth Street Campus) will be required to have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination by September 7, 2021. By October 24, students living in college housing will be required to be fully vaccinated.
New Signage: The “We Care About Your Safety” posters and information around campuses looks different. Please take time to read through the changes.
Physical Distancing/Directional Signage: Respecting physical distance remains in place. Approach with caution and with respect to the comfort levels of others. Directional arrows on floors are no longer necessary. Signs indicating enter/exit for classrooms have been phased out. No physical distancing restrictions are currently in place on campus, including vehicles (fleet vans, maintenance vehicles).
Barriers/Partitions: WorkSafeBC no longer requires plexiglass barriers and partitions. Some barriers will remain where it is determined that it is not an impediment to operations.
Cleaning: Increased cleaning protocols for high touch-point areas is no longer required, but educational and public spaces at Selkirk College are cleaned routinely to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all.
Hand Sanitizer Stations: As the importance of clean hands to reduce risk of all communicable diseases remains, so will the increased presence of hand sanitizer stations at our facilities. Please contact a member of our Facilities team to replenish supplies if needed.
Contact Tracing: Notification of COVID-19 and exposures is the responsibility of Interior Health. Contact tracing does not take place with other communicable diseases.
Mental Health: The challenges brought on by the pandemic and the subsequent return to more normal times brings added stress. Selkirk College offers mental health support for both students and staff. Find out more here.
Transition to Communicable Disease Prevention Plans
The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training Return to Campus Guidelines advise that A COVID-19 Safety Plan is no longer required for September 2021. Instead, institutions will have transitioned COVID-19 specific safety plans into communicable disease plans to reduce the risk of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.
A communicable disease is an illness caused by an infectious agent or its toxic product that can be transmitted in a workplace from one person to another.
The Selkirk College Communicable Disease Plan is designed to promote the health and safety of college employees and students by providing information that can be used to prevent the contraction and spread of communicable diseases and the appropriate response to a communicable disease outbreak.
Learn more at selkirk.ca/communicable-disease-prevention.
Vaccinations at Selkirk College
Getting vaccinated is key to Selkirk College’s successful return to campus and to the health of our community. When those who are eligible and able to get the vaccine take the important step of inoculation, it protects everyone. Keeping a lid on COVID-19 will help us all stay healthy. Getting the shot is easy and free.
Vaccinations are not a mandatory requirement to study at Selkirk College, but on August 24, 2021 the Provincial Government implemented the BC Vaccine Card which will be required for participation in non-essential services and activities. Starting on September 13, 2021 the BC Vaccine Card will come into effect. This Provincial Government order will require proof of vaccination to access non-essential services at Selkirk College such as recreation facilities, indoor organized gatherings and ticketed events. Though indoor/outdoor dining at restaurants, pubs and bars will require the BC Vaccine Card, on-campus cafeterias are exempt.
Those living at Selkirk College student housing facilities in Castlegar (Kekuli House) and Nelson (Tenth Street Campus) will be required to have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination by September 7, 2021. By October 24, students living in college housing will be required to be fully vaccinated.
Find out more information about the BC Vaccine Card here.
On-Campus Vaccination Clinics
Selkirk College is hosting pop-up vaccination clinics throughout September 2021:
Registration is easy. Get your vaccination...
Testing Positive and COVID-19 Contact Information
You’ve tested positive for COVID-19. Learn what to do next. Interior Health advises you of your next steps...
You are considered a close contact if:
You were near a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes when safety measures were not in place or were insufficient. Safety measures may include physical barriers or physical distancing of at least 2 metres.
If you were wearing a non-medical mask, you would still be considered a close contact. Some interactions that are less than 15 minutes can also be considered close contact.
A person with COVID-19 sneezes or coughs on you.
You interacted with a person up to two days before they showed symptoms. Some people who don’t show symptoms may still be contagious.
You interacted with the person up to two days before they went for a COVID-19 test.
If you have been in contact with a person who has COVID-19, including up to two days before the person started to have symptoms or went for a COVID-19 test, you may be a close contact and may need to self-isolate. Learn more about what to do next from Interior Health.
COVID-19 Testing: Testing is available to any student, faculty or staff in BC. Share guidance on when to get tested with the campus community. Testing locations are available on Regional Health Authority websites. If you are considering using point-of-care tests for asymptomatic screening of unvaccinated students, faculty and staff, consult your local Medical Health Officer prior to implementation to ensure appropriate guidelines are followed.
Contact Tracing: 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 institutions to manage cases and clusters of COVID-19, as required. Work with public health to determine what protocols should be in place to manage COVID-19 cases on campus. This may include providing the name and contact information of identified students, faculty and staff upon request of public health.